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Bausch + Lomb to add jobs as part of expansion in Rochester & Ireland

Bausch + Lomb is adding jobs in Rochester and also at its facilities in Waterford, Ireland. The company announced on Tuesday that it will expand contact lens manufacturing, adding multiple production lines at these two sites to support the manufacture of its daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lenses. It’s expected that the expansion at the two sites will lead to a total of more than 200 new jobs over the next four years. About 100 of those jobs will be in Rochester, a B+L spokesperson...

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Girls in grades 6 - 12 will be heading to the Rochester Institute of Technology this weekend to learn how to code.

The Saturday event is called ROCGirlHacks, and Caitlin Lander, who works with Women in Computing at RIT, says it will challenge participants to come up with technological solutions and tools focused on female empowerment and safety.

"Those projects are along the lines of active bystander, confidence either within the self or within technology, as well as stopping cyberbullying."

RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability

RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is partnering with a local company to turn dairy industry waste into a useful byproduct.

Scientists are involved in a yearlong project to study the potential use of excess whey - a common waste product in the making of yogurt- into a food source for medicinal mushrooms for the Rochester-based Empire Medicinals.

First hour: Girl Scouts discuss the Boy Scouts welcoming girls

Second hour: Exploring why younger adults are better than younger adults at discerning fact from opinion

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In Henrietta, off Jefferson Road, in a shopping plaza, right next to the Dollar Tree there’s a little shop with a big sign out front that says SMASH THERAPY - GRAND OPENING.

Smash Therapy is full of private rooms with metal plated walls and giant wooden tables. Clients are given glassware, electronics, and other assorted breakable items - as well as bats, sledgehammers, and crowbars. Then, well… I think you know what happens next.

Gillibrand reverses, openly considering 2020 run for president

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Two years out from a presidential election isn't stopping some Democrats from making their White House ambitions known, including New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who ran on a campaign that she would finish her term.

Just days after midterm elections, Democrats are openly discussing a run against President Donald Trump. Among those considering campaigns are U.S. senators, including Gillibrand, New Jersey's Cory Booker, Ohio's Sherrod Brown and California's Kamala Harris.

Bausch + Lomb is adding  jobs in Rochester and also at its facilities in Waterford, Ireland. The company announced on Tuesday that it will expand contact lens manufacturing, adding multiple production lines at these two sites to support the manufacture of its daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lenses.

It’s expected that the expansion at the two sites will lead to a total of more than 200 new jobs over the next four years. About 100 of those jobs will be in Rochester, a B+L spokesperson said.

Updated at 10:59 a.m. ET

Amazon's HQ2 is getting divided by two.

Instead of building a massive second headquarters in one location, Amazon announced Tuesday that it would build two offices, one in New York City and another in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. The specific locations are the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens and Arlington, Va.

Updated at 8:40 p.m. ET

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has defeated Republican Martha McSally to win the Arizona Senate race, the Associated Press projected Monday evening.

With Sinema's victory to flip the open seat of retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, she becomes the first Democrat Arizona has elected to the Senate since 1988. She will not only be the state's first female senator but will also be the first openly bisexual senator in U.S. history.

What does it take to run for office? A record number of women ran for office this year, and many were first-time candidates who were part of a grassroots movement.

This hour, our guests help us understand how to enter the political arena and gain campaign experience. They share their own experiences developing a volunteer base, financing a campaign, attracting donations, and networking. It's a preview of a forum tonight at Brue Coffee. In studio:

  • Gary Pudup, former candidate for the 134th Assembly District seat; longtime volunteer, manager, and adviser for local campaigns; and WXXI volunteer
  • Andrew Hollister, former candidate for Rochester City Council and lieutenant governor of New York State

Empire State Development

IDEX Health & Science, a photonics manufacturer, has officially opened its new ‘Optical Center of Excellence' in Henrietta.

The facility is located on John Street, and officials say it will support the company’s life science, semi-conductor, and defense businesses.

Empire State Development, New York’s economic development agency, says that IDEX had considered moving its operations out of the state.  But now, they say that IDEX is retaining 186 jobs and creating at least 34 new positions.

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Since its creation in 1994, Amazon has grown far beyond books. It's become almost synonymous with online shopping, while building a large physical footprint of warehouses and stores, a workforce of more than 600,000 people and a cloud business used extensively by the U.S. government, among others.

Updated at 10:35 a.m. ET

At least 42 people have died in a wildfire in Northern California that burned through the town of Paradise with shocking speed, making the Camp Fire the deadliest in state history. Fire crews are working to fight that blaze, along with another large wildfire in Southern California, where at least two deaths have been reported.

A Wisconsin school district says it is investigating a photo of a large group of male high school students giving what looks like the Sieg Heil, a victory salute used by Nazis.

Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller told Wisconsin Public Radio and The Associated Press that she became aware of the photo's existence on Monday after it began circulating on social media. The photo, of Baraboo High School students, was reportedly taken last spring.

WPR and the AP say the school district and Baraboo police are investigating.

Anyone who remembers the recount of the 2000 presidential race in Florida may feel an unsettling case of deja-vu. That the state is now conducting three recounts, including for the governor's and U.S. Senate races.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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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.

New York City Board of Elections

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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A new institute at St. John Fisher College will focus on nursing that supports individuals with developmental disabilities.

Paychex founder and philanthropist Tom Golisano and the Golisano Foundation donated $5.8 million to the school to create the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing. Tom Golisano donated $5 million and the foundation donated $800,000.

It is the first of its kind in the country, and will focus on training health care providers to support this population.

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A wide-reaching epidemic

WXXI, in partnership with public broadcasting stations across New York state, is airing special programming examining the opioid crisis.

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