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Monroe County opioid overdoses top 1,000 this year; task force responds

Monroe County’s total overdoses for the year have surged past 1,000 in the last few days, topping last year’s numbers by more than 250 with six weeks still left in the year. Those statistics, based on unofficial data from the sheriff’s department and the medical examiner’s office and shared at a meeting of the county’s heroin task force , paint a bleak picture of the epidemic’s toll, said Deputy Mike Favata. “We’re not going to sugarcoat anything. These last two months have not been good,”...

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Republican Brian Kemp will be the next governor of Georgia, with Democrat Stacey Abrams admitting Friday afternoon that there was no path to victory, following a bitter 10-day battle since Election Day.

Monroe County Heroin Task Force

Monroe County’s total overdoses for the year have surged past 1,000 in the last few days, topping last year’s numbers by more than 250 with six weeks still left in the year.

Those statistics, based on unofficial data from the sheriff’s department and the medical examiner’s office and shared at a meeting of the county’s heroin task force, paint a bleak picture of the epidemic’s toll, said Deputy Mike Favata.

Jennie-O Turkey is recalling over 91,000 pounds of ground turkey in connection to one illness from salmonella.

The strain involved has been linked to a yearlong outbreak of 164 cases of illness, including one death, in 35 states. The USDA has said more product recalls from different companies could follow.

The first illnesses related to the strain began in November of last year, according to a CDC investigation.

Senate GOP Leader John Flanagan was re-elected as the leader of the Republicans in that chamber on Friday, surviving a challenge from upstate Sen. Cathy Young of Olean.

But come January, he’ll be in charge of the minority party. In elections earlier this month, Democrats won enough seats to take control of the Senate for only the third time in the last century. 

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The New York State Canal Corporation says it has begun work on the latest phase of a program regarding maintenance along the embankment of the canal in Monroe and Orleans counties.

This is a followup to work that included cutting some trees along the embankment, which canal officials have said was necessary to provide the safety and stability of the embankment. But the way the clear cutting looked in some of those areas prompted controversy and legal action by some towns that halted that work.

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The 1816 Farmington Quaker Meeting House played a significant role in the civil rights movements of the mid-nineteenth century.

Bill Brandow is an historical preservation architect with John G. Waits. He says the spot played a pivotal role in abolition and women’s suffrage.

"All of the lead proponents of those two movements at one point or other spoke at or visited Farmington Quaker Meeting House."

The meeting house is still standing, although it’s gone through several transitions.

Deer crash season at its peak in November

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AAA has researched crash data, and they’ve found that by far, November is the worst month for deer crashes in New York.

In November 2016, for example, there were nearly 45-hundred deer crashes - that’s one every ten minutes.

Over 200 of those were in Monroe County, and AAA spokesperson Elizabeth Carey says the auto club suggests people be extra attentive behind the wheel, especially at dusk.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Polarization and its impact on democracy;
  • Sexual assault in the military; 
  • Journalist safety in Mexico and the U.S.;
  • Why younger Americans are better than older Americans at discerning fact from opinion.

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Hundreds of students from 37 high schools gathered at the Wegmans Conference Center for the 7th ROC2 Change Student Summit on Race, this time hosted by Brighton High School.

Senior Sonia Zand was one of the organizers for the student-run event.

She says the students are learning about intersectionality, defined as the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect.

We discuss a documentary called "The Good Mind.” It explores Native American land rights through a look the Onondaga Nation’s battle with the U.S. government.

We discuss treaties, what sovereignty means, and how to preserve Native American culture. Our guests:

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For the first time since women have been allowed to apply, a female soldier is one step closer to becoming a member of the Green Berets.

The Army opened its special operations jobs to women in 2016 but none has ever made it passed the initial Special Forces Assessment and Selection process, a 24-day program designed to push soldiers to the brink of mental and physical exhaustion.

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Republican Brian Kemp will be the next governor of Georgia, with Democrat Stacey Abrams admitting Friday afternoon that there was no path to victory, following a bitter 10-day battle since Election Day.

Washington, D.C., got its first snowfall of the season this week. And at Smithsonian's National Zoo, at least one animal was really, really excited about it.

On an afternoon last September, a string of explosions suddenly hit Merrimack Valley, Mass. At least five homes were destroyed and a person was killed. More than 20 others were injured.

Federal investigators say they have now pinpointed what caused the sudden explosions on Sept. 13 — a natural gas company field engineer made a major mistake in the plans he developed for construction work that happened earlier that day, resulting in a disastrous chain reaction.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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Artists Unlimited has been bringing together actors with and without disabilities for plays for 18 years, and WXXI’s Caitlin Whyte has been following the cast and crew of this year’s show, “The Little Mermaid.” For the last of her three stories from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, she talked to one of the lead stars and his family about how the program affects them.

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As Artists Unlimited, a local theater group that integrates people with and without disabilities, gets ready for its latest production of the Little Mermaid, WXXI's Caitlin Whyte stopped by another rehearsal for a unique part of the play — the fly scenes. She has been following the group as they prepare for their 18th production.

When I walk into fly rehearsal, just a week before the show debuts, the crew is discussing how to rig Ariel up for her big reveal, turning from mermaid to woman, while in the air.

It takes a second, but they figure out the scene. The fly crew is a team of dads, most with kids in the play, pulling ropes and securing harnesses to make the underwater scenes more intricate and lifelike.

Center for Disability Rights

Rochester's Center for Disability Rights has started sorting through what the organization’s systems advocate Ericka Jones called a "bumpy" Election Day.

Jones spent the day tracking problems that people with disabilities encountered at polling sites. She said complaints around specially designed voting machines called “ballot-marking devices” came up often.

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As candidates and political parties try to get out the vote on Election Day, another group is working to make sure that once people get to their polling place, they have the tools they need to cast a ballot.

Ericka Jones tracks complaints about polling places that aren’t equipped to help people with disabilities, and tries to find solutions. Jones is the systems advocate at Rochester’s Center for Disability Rights, and she called Election Day “one of the most stressful days” of her year.

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