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Need to Know Rochester
8:30 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Inside the Common Core

On this week’s Need to Know Rochester, we’re inside the classroom to get a glimpse of the Common Core in action. Everybody’s weighing in - students, teachers, parents and education leaders give their take and whether they think the new standards will last. Also on the show – we hear from the leaders of two private schools in our area who have said “no thanks” to the Common Core. They explain why. Also, we’re back in the kitchen to finish up an easy Italian meal to help celebrate the entrance of spring.

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7:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Irondequoit Officials, Medley Owner Disagree On Former Mall's Condition

A report just released by the Town of Irondequoit fire marshal says that code violations still exist at Medley Centre.

The letter from fire marshal Greg Merrick to officials at Bersin Properties says that while it's evident work has been done to clean up the mall since a broker sprinkler system caused damage to the mall earlier this year, there are still building code violations.

Merrick says during a walk-through at the mall this week  he found combustibles including cardboard and furniture in several areas of the complex.

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5:47 am
Thu April 3, 2014

WNY Native Injured In Ft. Hood Shooting

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A Western New York native is reportedly among the 16 people injured in Wednesday's shooting at Ft. Hood.

According to WIVB-TV in Buffalo, Major Patrick Miller of Allegany had surgery last night for his wounds.

Miller is a 2003 graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He is a brigade comptroller at Fort Hood.

An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at the base last night, killing three people before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009. 

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Connections
10:03 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Coming up on Connections: Thursday, April 3rd

12 noon: Putin's next moves

1pm: Equal Pay Day

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3:55 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Final Lawsuit In Flight 3407 Crash Settled

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP)  The final federal lawsuit filed after the crash of Continental Flight 3407 that killed 50 people near Buffalo has now been settled. 

The agreement reached Wednesday means there's no need for the federal trial scheduled for May 28. 

However, three lawsuits are still pending in state court, and one or all of those could progress to trial. 

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2:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Local Law Enforcement Agree to Work with Bivona in Child Abuse Cases

Recently sworn in Greece Police Chief, Patrick Phelan signs the Memorandum of Understanding with Bivona Child Advocacy Center.
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8:19 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Judge Denies ESPN's Request to Dismiss Libel Suit

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A federal judge has denied a request by ESPN to dismiss a libel suit filed by the wife of former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.

 Laurie Fine accused the sports cable television network of libel and slander in its coverage of child-molesting allegations against her husband. The lawsuit, filed in May 2012, claims the network's coverage was grossly irresponsible. State and federal investigators dropped charges against Fine.

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7:38 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Bills Stadium Group Meets with Sense of Urgency

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Bills owner Ralph Wilson's death has raised the sense of urgency for a newly formed stadium search committee to address the franchise's long-term needs to remain viable in Buffalo.

That was the consensus voiced by members of what's called the "New Stadium Work Group,'' which met for the first time Tuesday, a week after Wilson died.

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy said members "understand the seriousness of the process.''

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz called the meeting productive, but cautioned it could take years before making recommendations.

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7:33 am
Wed April 2, 2014

In Tax Season, NY Officials Warn of Phone Scams

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New York officials are warning about tax collection scams. 

Scammers are calling people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service or the state Tax Department and demanding immediate payments.

Tax officials say New Yorkers should be careful about providing personal information or making payments in response to telephone calls.

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7:31 am
Wed April 2, 2014

NRC Lets Constellation Transfer Nuke Licenses

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SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) _ The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the direct transfer of operating licenses for five commercial nuclear power reactors, including three in upstate New York. 

The licenses for the Nine Mile Point and Ginna nuclear power plants on Lake Ontario, along with two at Calvert Cliffs in Maryland, will be transferred from Constellation Energy to Exelon. 

The license approval also includes three spent fuel storage installations and allows Exelon to integrate the operations of the facilities into its existing nuclear fleet. 

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