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RCSD Supt. Barbara Deane-Williams to retire in January

The Rochester City School District will be looking for a new Superintendent of Schools. A statement was released late Thursday night by Barbara Deane-Williams saying that she intends to retire effective January 31, 2019. Deane-Williams did not go into specifics about why she is retiring. She will be holding a news conference late Friday afternoon. In her statement, Deane-Williams says it has been “a privilege to serve as Superintendent and work side-by-side with so many dedicated educators,...

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After word came late Thursday night that Rochester School Supt. Barbara Deane-Williams will retire at the end of January, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia released this statement to WXXI News on Friday:

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The Rochester Police Department has opened a new substation at Rochester General Hospital. 

“It’s important for us to have a private place here to talk to people if they need to report a crime or talk to police,” said Capt. Mark Wiater. 

IT workers were still wiring the room and testing the computers Friday morning, the first day of the substation’s operation. 

“Gotta make sure I can log on,” Wiater said. 

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WASHINGTON (AP)  Federal safety investigators have been unable to conduct a full examination of the limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people nearly two weeks ago in upstate New York because local prosecutors are probing it as part of their case against the limo company's operator. 

While a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says it is working cooperatively with local officials, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday that investigators have privately expressed frustration over their inability to fully examine the limousine. 

The Department of Justice has launched an investigation of child sex abuse within Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic Church, sending subpoenas to dioceses across the state seeking private files and records to explore the possibility that priests and bishops violated federal law in cases that go back decades, NPR has learned.


The Rochester City School District will be looking for a new Superintendent of Schools.

A statement was released late Thursday night by Barbara Deane-Williams saying that she intends to retire effective January 31, 2019.

Deane-Williams did not go into specifics about why she is retiring. She will be holding a news conference late Friday afternoon.

The opioid crisis in Monroe County continues to take lives, break families, damage dreams, and devastate communities. There are now 122 reported opioid deaths in the county this year, as of October 2018. Are we seeing improvements with this epidemic or are things getting worse? The answer depends on who you ask and the statistics you read. On this edition of Need to Know we join public broadcasting stations throughout the state for a special report: New York’s Opioid Crisis.


Two longtime Rochester journalists were inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame on Thursday. 

Anchors and reporters Ginny Ryan and Doug Emblidge, both of 13-WHAM TV were inducted during a ceremony in New York City.

Ryan told us that the award is really about not just her accomplishments but a lot of people she’s worked with along the way.

Among the statewide races, the contest for state comptroller often gets little attention from voters. But there’s still lots of interest in the post itself — incumbent Tom DiNapoli faces three challengers.

DiNapoli has twice won election to the post, but he was first appointed to the position by the state Legislature in 2007, after the previous comptroller, Alan Hevesi, pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

Constellation Brands

Newlands, who was brought on board in 2015 as an executive vice president, indicates that the announcement this week that he will take over as CEO of Constellation Brands next March was all part of the succession plan.

Current CEO Rob Sands will then assume the role of executive chair.

Newlands says he’s known the Sands family and been familiar with the operation for more than 20 years, since he used to do consulting for them.

And while Newlands home is in the Chicago area, he is well acquainted with the Finger Lakes, having grown up near Corning.

“I know the upstate new York area pretty well because I spent my entire growing up days an hour-plus outside of Rochester, so I know the area pretty well as well, and we certainly expect, especially given the founding foundation right there literally on the lake, that Victor is going to continue to be the headquarters of the company.”



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Dozens of people are holding a Roman Catholic Mass in the underground basilica of Spain's Valle de los Caídos, the Valley of the Fallen. The vast complex outside Madrid includes a monument and a church that leads to the tomb of Spain's 20th century dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco. The cave-like place is dark and full of fascist-era architecture: rigid lines and imposing statues.

On a recent Saturday, Franco's tomb is covered in flowers with red-and-yellow ribbons depicting the Spanish flag. Several people kneel down and kiss the tomb.

Afghanistan will wait an extra week to hold elections in Kandahar, the large province where a Taliban attack killed the powerful police chief on Thursday. The violence came just two days before Afghan voters are slated to elect members of parliamentary seats.

The Afghan Independent Election Commission recommended postponing the vote during an emergency meeting that included President Ashraf Ghani and the heads of the country's intelligence and security agencies.

President Trump says he believes missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, telling The New York Times that his judgment is based on intelligence reports "coming from every side."

If Saudi Arabia is responsible, the consequences will be "very severe," he told the Times.

Vice President Pence also used strong language on Thursday while speaking with reporters in Colorado.

With new enforcement priorities under the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are taking aim at employers that knowingly hire unauthorized immigrants. The most recent — and largest — bust happened at a trailer manufacturing plant in northeast Texas.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a local nonprofit is recognizing a long-time employee.

Young Kim is 37 years old. She's been working at Unistel Industries on Blossom Road in Rochester since 2002.

Unistel is a nonprofit that provides job training and placement for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Young and her colleagues work on assembly lines at the company, which is the country's number one supplier of spices for the U.S. military.

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You may have seen pictures of two local men go viral: a barber giving a man a haircut on the sidewalk because the shop wasn’t accessible by wheelchair.

But since the story went national, it’s raised questions about how people with disabilities are covered in the media.

Devin Hamilton is 30 years old. He's an engineer working in Webster, and he has cerebral palsy. He says one day, he decided to get a haircut at Joe's Upscale Barbershop, a few blocks from where he works. But when he rode his wheelchair over there, he didn't see a ramp.

We're joined by former Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who authored the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Research shows that among similarly sized cities, Rochester is the single worst in the country when it comes to employment and poverty for people with disabilities. 

Harkin is the keynote speaker for the upcoming ROC EmployABILITY conference, which is focused on increasing employment opportunities and reducing poverty among people with disabilities. We preview that conference. In studio:


In Rochester, the graduation rate for students with disabilities is 22 percent* compared to 40 percent nationally.  The median individual earnings for those with disabilities is $14,450. This is $4,000 below the national median.  That means Rochester’s disabled community is the poorest in the nation when compared to the 75 largest metropolitan areas.

Despite the systemic challenges of educational segregation and stereotypes, adults with intellectual disabilities are challenging the perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

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