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WXXI Local Stories
4:05 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Local Professor Talks To Nervous Relatives In Ottawa

The gunfire that killed a soldier in Ottawa, Canada Wednesday, has unnerved a lot of people in that community, including the family of a local woman.

Sarah Burns is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at RIT.

Burns grew up in Ottawa, and her parents still live there. She says the shooting  that also left the suspected gunman dead in Wednesday’s attack near Parliament, shook up a lot of people including her family members.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:14 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Vigil Calls Attention to Afterschool Programs

Credit racf.org

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester are hosting a candlelight vigil tonight. It's part of a nationwide event calling attention to the benefit of afterschool programs.

Boys and Girls Clubs executive director Dwayne Mahoney says the programs offered by his organization and others in Monroe County can make a real difference in a child's life.                       

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WXXI Local Stories
5:40 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Homeless Advocates To Take Down Tents In Washington Square Park

Credit TWC News

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and Sister Grace Miller of the House of Mercy issued a joint statement Wednesday afternoon saying that advocates for the homeless have agreed to take down the tents they pitched this week in Washington Square Park.

The tents went up because the advocates say they are not getting the help they need from the county. Monroe County officials maintain that they already work with 17 shelters and invest nearly $5 million toward helping the homeless.

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WXXI Local Stories
8:58 am
Wed October 22, 2014

PBS Online Series: "The Whiteness Project"

An interactive online series from the PBS POV program is bringing everyday white Americans, who would not normally engage in a project about race, into the racial discussion.

According to the producers,  “We take for granted that there is a "white" race in America, but rarely is the concept of whiteness itself investigated. What does it mean to be white? Can it be genetically defined? Is it a cultural construct? A state of mind? What privileges are exclusive to Caucasians?”

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Need to Know
11:22 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Coming Up On NTK: Race For Governor, Education Collaboration, & High Falls Film Festival

Watch Need to Know this Thursday at 8pm on WXXI-TV, Channel 21.1 and Cable 11 or 1221.

Connections
9:55 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, October 21st

Credit NPR

First hour: Police body cameras

Second hour: New book details U of R history

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Connections
4:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Connections: Tobacco Settlement Funds; Finger Lakes Restaurant Week

We start this hour by talking to Cal State finance professor Jim Estes about how the big tobacco settlement money has become a potential disaster for states like NY. Estes wrote a piece in the New York Times explaining how the states have mismanaged the money in two ways:

1)      Less than 2% is being spent on smoking prevention, and

2)      Many states have taken advance payments, opening a big potential hole decades from now.

Then we’ll preview Finger Lakes Restaurant Week, which is aimed at convincing the Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse markets to try new places. Joining us will be Christina Roberts of Finger Lakes Wine Country and Orlando Rodriguez, Executive Chef of Veraisons Restaurant.

WXXI Local Stories
8:01 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Local Spice Blend To Support Veterans

Wegmans says it will start selling Salute Seasonings, which is a gourmet spice blend manufactured in Rochester and benefits veterans.

Sankar Sewnauth, the President of CDS Monarch, an organization which provides support to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, says 100 percent of proceeds from the sales benefit clinical therapy, vocational rehabilitation and temporary housing for veterans with issues such as PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

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WXXI Local Stories
12:51 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Water Main Break Causes Problems On Mt. Hope Avenue

Credit TWC News

A water main break flooded a portion of Mount Hope Avenue Sunday night.

So much water poured into the road that it caused a portion of the road to collapse. The pipe is about 100 years old.

Water started to pour in the street around 7:30 p.m, and the situation appeared to be under control a couple of hours later.

A portion of Mt. Hope, from South Avenue to Alexander Street, was closed and crews expect to have one lane open in each direction by 5:00 a.m. on Monday.

It will take some time, however, to complete repairs to the damage caused by the water.

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