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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced legislation that would designate manufacturing hubs across New York State and the country.

She says the "Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act" would create jobs and invest in local economies, creating dedicated federal funding and technical assistance to communities that are awarded the designation.

She says a "designated community" could be a city, a county, or a region; any area that has a history of manufacturing or a business plan to enhance it.

No policy should be built on the backs and hearts of children. That was Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s response to the immigration policies running under the Trump administration.

Gillibrand says the practices currently being used on the southern border are inhumane and immoral, and not how America works.

"We have the Statue of Liberty standing in our state. It is in New York Harbor. And that statue says we will take all those who are poor, hungry, destitute, who need our protection."

A protest Tuesday evening is calling for bail reform.

Ashley Gantt is an organizer and says since Tuesday is Juneteenth, a day that recognizes the abolition of slavery, they wanted issue a call for another emancipation.

"We're doing it in commemoration and saying now emancipate our jails. Because even though Juneteenth happened and there was this emancipation of slavery, we believe that slavery was just reinvented in the form of mass incarceration."

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Proposed legislation would raise the age someone could buy cigarettes and tobacco products, from 18 to 21 years old.

In Monroe County, that is getting the push from Legislator LaShay Harris, who says it’s a small step to protect our young people.

She says the issue also hits close to home.

"There are many people in my family that have been smoking since they were in their teens. 13, 14, years old and many of them have suffered long disease, lung damage, cancer because of it."

Harris says this would protect our young people from starting to smoke earlier.

Evan Bourtis

Christine Bailey graduated from college at the age of 37, while raising her teenage daughter and working. Sometimes they’d even do homework together.

"It was a lot of late nights and a lot of early mornings. There really was no down time,” said Bailey, who graduated from St. John Fisher College in 2014. One day, Bailey took her daughter, who was 16 at the time, with her to school. "At that time, she was actually closer in age to some of my classmates than they were to me,” Bailey recalled.

Bob Boyd

During the Great Recession of 2008, some residents of the South Wedge neighborhood became unemployed. When neighborhood members were trying to figure out what to do with a vacant lot on Hamilton Street, they decided to start a community garden, in part to alleviate financial stress by offering access to cheaper food. Ten years later, the South Wedge Victory Garden is still in use.

Katelyn Perry

The area was teeming with people who leisurely walked about the variety of tables and stands enjoying the nice weather after what felt like a long winter.  Cash changed hands as people bought fruits, desserts, and more from what seemed like an endless array of vendors’ displays. The Rochester Public Market is truly one of the community’s hubs.

While I don’t live far from the City of Rochester, I had never experienced what the Public Market was like. So I traveled there to see what the buzz was all about.

Community Paint Out brings new murals to School 12

Jun 15, 2018
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It’s not easy to bring together dozens of students, 100 cans of paint and a handful of artists to create a mural.

But that’s exactly what community artist Shawn Dunwoody did this month. In honor of Frederick Douglass’ 200th birthday, Dunwoody, students and other artists and professionals came together to paint several wall-size murals at Rochester’s School 12, where Douglass’ home once sat.

The murals depict portraits of Douglass alone and with other well-known historical figures such as Susan B. Anthony. Some of his quotes are also turned into art on the walls.

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Juneteenth is Tuesday, but across the nation, African-Americans will celebrate the holiday -- which is also known as Freedom Day -- this weekend.

The day marks the end of slavery, when two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers rolled into Texas to free those still in bondage. Slavery would still be legal in several instances for a few years afterward (even upheld by the state’s supreme court), but June 19 is largely seen as the day slavery ended.

Brittany's Law proposes registry for eighth time

Jun 15, 2018

Should a state registry list domestic violence perpetrators? State legislators, experts and advocates have been wrestling with that question for years.

State Sen. Catharine Young (R,C,I-57) sponsored Brittany’s Law in 2009. The law would create that registry and list all offenders convicted of a felony domestic violence offense. The legislation is in response to the deaths of 12-year-old Brittany Passalacqua and her mother, Helen.