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The woman convicted of buying the guns that were later used in the 2012  Christmas Eve ambush of two West Webster firefighters has been denied parole.

Last September Dawn Nguyen was sentenced to eight years in federal prison. Earlier in the year she was sentenced to one and a third to four years in state prison. The sentences are running at the same time.

The New York State Board of Parole this week denied parole to Nguyen, saying that her earlier behavior demonstrated a complete disregard for the law.

An organization of community partners is taking a closer look at pay equality in the Rochester region. The Coalition of Pay Equity, or COPE, is releasing a survey to examine differences in pay between different groups.

University of Rochester's Susan B. Anthony Center is a partner in the coalition. Director Catherine Cerulli says the survey will look at pay gaps between several population divides, not just gender.

"When we think about equity, we also have to be thinking about different industries, we have to think about sexual orientation or race."


WXXI Public Broadcasting and the Little Theatre announced today that Ken Glazer, Rick Glazer and Mindy Glazer MacLaren will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the final phase of the $17 million “Go Public” Campaign to secure the future of these iconic Rochester institutions.  

Randy Gorbman / WXXI News

This year marks the 70th anniversary of some crucial events in World War II, including the surrender of Nazi forces, and later the surrender by Japan.

WXXI’s Randy Gorbman recently got a chance to sit down with one of this area’s  World War II veterans, who still vividly remembers his experiences.

Coming up on Connections: Monday, April 13th

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First hour: Equal Pay Day 2015

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New York is announcing state funding for the effort to combat poverty in the Rochester area.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says that $438,000  is available to support new AmeriCorps programs that combat poverty and fight inequality in the Rochester area.

His office says that programs that receive this money will complement the work of the recently announced anti-poverty task force by increasing access to critical services, including child and health care, job training, youth mentoring as well as promoting anti-hunger and anti-homelessness efforts throughout Monroe County.

TWC News

(TWC News & WXXI) Six  people were taken to the hospital Friday after some cleaning chemicals were mixed inside a maintenance room at the Holiday Inn on Jefferson Road.. The vapors caused eye irritation.

Firefighters said the people taken to the hospital are expected to be okay.

The hotel was evacuated, and guests were taken to a nearby business and then to another hotel.

Hazardous material teams used hoses to clean the patients before they were transported to the hospital.

The Irondequoit Town Board unanimously passed a resolution Thursday seeking to terminate a police officer who allegedly posted racially insensitive comments to his Facebook account.

The officer was put on administrative leave after a local blog posted screenshots of alleged racially insensitive remarks and pictures he posted on social media. Time Warner Cable News reports that according to town officials, the investigation verified the posts were posted by the officer.

Michelle Faust WXXI

A Rochester official is offering his reaction to a video showing a South Carolina police officer fatally shooting an apparently unarmed black man.

Adam McFadden, head of Rochester City Council's public safety committee, says he watched the video a half dozen times.

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, April 9th

Apr 8, 2015

First hour: Police-community relations

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