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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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WXXI Local Stories
4:23 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

3 People Injured In Chemical Explosion At UR

Credit University of Rochester

Official say that three University of Rochester grad students were injured following a small chemical explosion on campus on Saturday afternoon. It happened in the basement of  Hutchison Hall, which houses the school's chemistry department.

The students were injured when some chemicals were mixed. Their injuries are said to include acidic burns, but are not life-threatening. They were all taken to Strong Hospital for treatment.

The students names are: Jared Kneebone, Kathlyn Fillman, and Malik Al-Afyouni.

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WXXI Local Stories
11:40 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Brockport Post Office Renamed For Fallen Soldier

Credit militarytimes.com

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and members of the family of a fallen soldier gathered in Brockport on Saturday for the formal designation of the Brockport Post Office as the Staff Sergeant Nicholas J. Reid Post Office Building.

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WXXI Local Stories
9:42 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Marking The Opening Of College Town

Credit TWC News

University, government and community leaders cut the ribbon Friday to officially open College Town, a cluster of businesses and services on Mt. Hope Avenue adjacent to Strong Memorial Hospital. The bookstore is open, and a new grocery store is coming. But one basic addition is among the items that got UR President Dr. Joel Seligman excited about the project.

"A total of 1800 new parking spaces. There is nothing a university president dreams of more than parking spaces, and at last, we're achieving them."

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WXXI Local Stories
2:58 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Service Workers At The University Of Rochester Ratify New Contract

Service workers at the University of Rochester including Strong Hospital have ratified new, three-year labor contracts. The union, SEIU, says the the employees "strongly approved" the new pacts on Thursday night.

Officials say the contracts  continue health insurance fully paid by the employer, and establish a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2017 for workers with five years of service. The contracts also contain a total of seven percent in wage increases over the life of the agreement.

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