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AAA: Top Deadly Mistakes Made by Teen Drivers

Oct 17, 2016

AAA reports teen drivers have been involved in nearly 14 thousand fatal crashes the past 5 years, and over 42 hundred of them involved speeding.

After conducting a survey of 142 driving instructors, AAA has found the top three mistakes teen drivers make while learning to drive are speeding, distracted driving, and not properly scanning the road.

Driver Training manager for AAA, Michael Formanowicz, says parents can help their teen drivers by setting a good example in those areas.

Paychex founder and philanthropist Tom Golisano brought his story of success and entrepreneurship to Roberts Wesleyan College on Friday.

The occasion was the college’s semi-annual Leadership Breakfast.

College President Deana Porterfield says it’s an opportunity for community members to “benefit from Tom’s knowledge and wisdom and network with other professionals."

Golisano started Paychex in 1971 with just $3,000 and an idea…to make payroll outsourcing easy and affordable for small businesses. 

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman is adopting the recommendations of a commission that suggested some public safety officers be armed.

The recommendations call for 38 public safety officers at the Medical Center, which includes Strong Hospital, to be armed, as well as four senior officers in the Department of Public Safety.

Seligman says none of the rest of the 180 public safety officers will be armed for routine assignments on the River Campus, at the Eastman School of Music, or on other non-Medical Center campuses.

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Causewave Community Partners, formerly the Ad Council, is announcing new partnerships in the effort to combat distracted driving.

President and CEO Todd Butler says it's part of the "Yeah, You're That Distracting" initiative launched in 2012.

And after seeing a decline in distracted driving, Butler says the most recent study shows progress has stalled.

So they're trying a new tactic by putting the onus on the caller.


After a growing number of U.S. cities and states rebranded Columbus Day and called it Indigenous Peoples’ Day, students at the State University of New York have joined the movement.

Columbus Day traditionally recognizes explorer Christopher Columbus' 1492 arrival in the Americas. Critics say the holiday whitewashes America's painful history of colonialism, slavery, and the damage of Native American cultures.

RIT has received a federal grant to research sustainable solutions for minimizing and managing the growing and complex challenges of food waste.

The $1 million National Science Foundation grant was awarded to Callie Babbitt, an associate professor at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.

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Four Rochester schools, which have been struggling academically, have learned they will not be forced to deal with increased supervision by the state.

New York State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia has announced that nine out of 10 persistently struggling schools in the state made demonstrable improvement during the 2015-16 school year.

That includes four  schools in Rochester, the East Lower School and East Upper High School, James Monroe High School and School 9, the Dr. Martin Luther King School.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's schools will have to teach about mental health in their state-mandated health classes in two years. 

The 40-year-old mandate for health education already specifically requires teaching about alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and the prevention and detection of cancers. 

Sponsors say the new curriculum will increase the likelihood that students recognize the signs of mental illness in themselves and others and seek help when it's needed. 

They say many students with emotional or behavioral disorders drop out of high school. 

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RIT is participating in a national project to increase the number of women and minorities enrolled in graduate physics programs.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, ethnic and racial minorities earned only 7 percent of the physics doctoral degrees that were conferred between 2012 and 2014. Nineteen percent of the graduates were women.

(WXXI News & AP) Education advocates have begun a  150 mile walk  from New York City to Albany to press the state for more school funding.

The walk is organized by the Alliance for Quality Education, which says students, parents, educators and elected officials will participate.

Organizers say the walk commemorates the 10-year anniversary of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case that directed more money to poor school districts. Advocates say communities are still owed billions of dollars.