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11:10 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Friday, August 29th

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First hour: Organized labor roundtable

Second hour: Recording artist David Lanz

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WXXI Local Stories
7:14 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Attendance Up at State Fair

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ Attendance is up at the New York State Fair in its first week. 

The fair kicked off its 12-day run last Thursday in Syracuse. 

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that attendance surged Wednesday with more than 65,000 people attending throughout the day. That's up by more than 20,000 people compared to last year, helping bring the seven-day attendance totals up from 2013. 

Officials attribute the surge in attendance Wednesday to good weather and evening shows by Carrie Underwood and Joan Jett. 

The fair runs through Labor Day 

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Connections
10:47 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, August 28th

First hour: Zephyr Teachout

Second hour: The music of our youth (and why we still love it)

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WXXI Local Stories
7:09 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Widespread Time Warner Internet Outage Early Wed. Morning

There was a widespread outage affecting a number of Time Warner internet customers in different parts of the country early Wednesday morning.

Reports started coming in between 5 and 6am.

Time Warner sent us this statement just after 8:00 a.m.

"At 4:30 a.m.ET today, during routine network maintenance, an issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On Demand services. As of  6:00 a.m ET,  services were largely restored, as updates continue to bring all affected customers back online."

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WXXI Local Stories
7:02 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Rochester Drivers Don't Rank Well On New Accident Survey

A new survey of the safest cities in the U.S. when it comes to vehicle accidents doesn't rank Rochester very well.

The survey by the Allstate Insurance Company ranks America's 200 largest cities in terms of the frequency of car collisions to identify which cities have the safest drivers.

Rochester ranked near the bottom, coming in at number 144, with the study showing that the average driver in Rochester will experience a car accident every eight years.

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WXXI Local Stories
10:50 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Plastic Pollutants Found Throughout Great Lakes Food Chain

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Scientists have been spending the summer studying the impact of micro-plastic pollution in the Great Lakes.

Sherri Mason, professor of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at SUNY Fredonia, led the team of researchers that first called attention to pollution from plastic microbeads found in personal care products - everything from facial scrubs to shampoo. 

Mason says these plastic beads are too small to be filtered by sewage plants, and they're making their way into all five of the Great Lakes and the fish and birds that swim in those waters.            

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WXXI Local Stories
1:23 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Amish Community To Help Neighbors Who Took Care Of Kidnapped Girls

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RICHVILLE, N.Y. (AP)  The Amish are famous for their barn raisings, when an entire community turns out to help a neighbor.

In northern New York, members of an extended Amish family plan to hold a "garage raising" for the couple who returned two kidnapped Amish girls to their home.

Jeffrey and Pamela Stinson tell the Watertown Daily Times that the garage at their home in St. Lawrence County recently burned down while they were on vacation in Maine. The fire was believed to have been started by a stray cat knocking over a battery jumpstart box inside.

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Connections
8:14 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Monday, August 25th

First hour: XL Love

Second hour: Discussion of police action

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WXXI Local Stories
6:45 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Forum Will Address Questions About Medical Marijuana

Credit medicalmarijuanaconsulting.com

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester is hosting a community forum on medical marijuana this week.

The organization's executive director, Holly Anderson, says the event on Wednesday is free for people who want to know more about what to expect as New York State gets ready to make marijuana available for those with specific illnesses.             

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