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Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford Will Testify To Senate Panel, Lawyers Say

Updated at 9:05 p.m. ET Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her in high school, has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her attorneys said Saturday. Bipartisan negotiators have tentatively agreed to work toward a Thursday hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee with Kavanaugh and Ford, but talks continue on a final agreement, according to multiple congressional sources. After multiple...

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The general election for governor in New York is heating up, with the Republican candidate, Marc Molinaro, calling for the resignation of a former advisor to incumbent Andrew Cuomo, while the sitting governor rallied against President Trump.

Molinaro is making  a statewide string of appearances to focus on what he says is rampant corruption in the Cuomo Administration.

“This governor is allowing almost a corrupted criminal enterprise to function within state government,” Molinaro said. “And it needs to come to an end.”

The World Affairs Council of Rochester kicks off its new season of speakers with a conversation about Mexico's evolving criminal landscape. There has been a great deal of news coverage of Mexican gangs, spurred by the White House.

Dr. Eric Olson is Deputy Director of the Latin American Program and Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His work focuses on the impacts of violence and organized crime on democratic governance. Dr. Olson is our guest for the hour. 

A new list of "25 dying professions you should avoid" has gone viral, and it's generating conversations about the occupations listed. While it may not seem surprising that door-to-door salesperson is on the list, do you think lawyer should have been included? What about mortgage broker, travel agent, or IT expert? This hour, we talk to professionals whose careers (or former careers) are on the list. Our guests:

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President Trump issued his most forceful defense yet of his embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters during a press conference with Poland's president, Trump called Kavanaugh "a great man" and said that he feels "terribly" for the federal appeals court judge and his family.

Apple will start selling its new iPhones and Apple Watch models on September 21, and also on that day, the company will move into a much larger store at Eastview. 

Mall general manager Mike Kauffman says Apple will be moving just a couple of doors down, in the same wing at Eastview.

“They’re more than doubling their size, I think a lot of it really is geared toward improving the customer experience, giving people a little bit more room when they walk in, having more sales people or customer service people to assist.”

Policy changes at the Blue Cross Arena

Sep 18, 2018
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The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial, along with Pegula Sports and Entertainment, are announcing some major policy changes at the downtown venue.

It will now be a completely smoke-free facility, and there will no longer be any designated smoking areas on the property and fans won't be permitted to smoke on the premises.

The smoking restriction also applies to electronic tobacco products, too.

The arena will also start using metal detectors and fans will be subject to hand-held metal detector screenings for all events.

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Some community members are criticizing a draft of the police accountability board from Rochester City Council.

The Police Accountability Board Alliance and The Religious Leader Caucus of the Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society or ROC ACTS are two groups who have spoken out against certain parts of the draft legislation.

Pastor Wanda Wilson is a member of both those groups.

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When it comes to how people of color are portrayed in local media stories, there is a disconnect between what community members and the media perceive.

That's one of the findings of a series of polls commissioned by Causewave Community Partners for its Shaping our Stories report. The surveys questioned 550 residents statistically reflective of local demographics and 46 members of Rochester area media outlets. WXXI News participated in the survey.

First hour: Discussing "dying" professions

Second hour: Dr. Eric Olson on Mexico's evolving criminal landscape

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These KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival shows are like chasing lightning bugs across a hillside. For most of the shows, you get one, two, maybe three looks at them. And that’s it. They’re gone.

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Meet Nevada's 'Trump Of Pahrump'

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Dennis Hof sits on a red and black velvet couch under TV screens that flash pictures of scantily clad women. Behind him, the doorbell is ringing and women in lingerie line up. Men walk in, select one of the women, sit with them at the bar and eventually head down a long hallway into bedrooms.

"We call it a meet and greet. So a customer comes up and the bell goes off and we let the girls know there's a new client in the house come out and meet him," he says, sipping on iced coffee and explaining the ways of his brothel.

Next week marks a grim anniversary for Las Vegas. The single deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. A man opened fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino into crowds at a country music festival on Oct. 1, 2017. He killed 58 people, injured hundreds more and left this city reeling.

A year on the city is still healing. We spoke to two survivors.

'I hid under someone who was dead'

California election officials are launching a new effort to fight the kind of disinformation campaigns that plagued the 2016 elections — an effort that comes with thorny legal and political questions.

The state's new Office of Election Cybersecurity will focus on combating social media campaigns that try to confuse voters or discourage them from not casting ballots.

During the 2016 election, in addition to hacking email accounts and attacking voting systems, Russian agents also used social media to plant disinformation intended to drive down voter turnout.

There's a lot of talk about how to make our food supply more sustainable. And, increasingly, eaters connect the dots between a healthy diet and a healthy planet. One line of evidence? A shift on grocery store shelves.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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Wegmans is partnering with a high-tech company to offer a new option for people who are blind or have low-vision.

The Rochester supermarket chain is working with a California-based tech company called Aira, a firm that uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to remotely assist people who are blind or have low vision with a variety of tasks.

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The old Gates police substation in Westgate Plaza has sat empty for roughly a decade. But on Thursday, the Autism Council cut the ribbon for the station’s new life as the Autism Family Information and Referral Services Center.

The center is a one-stop shop for families, educators and people with autism who need help with education, employment or wellness. It doesn’t provide specific services, but staff there meet with drop-in visitors to send them where they need to go.

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People with special needs will have access to new ID cards that state Sen. Pam Helming says will help them communicate with emergency responders.

The City of Rochester has adopted new, accessible construction guidelines.

Stephanie Woodward is the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester.

"It was certainly a windy road to get here, but the point is that we got here."

Woodward says the CDR has been working tirelessly with the city in order to make sure people with disabilities have access to accessible, affordable, and integrated housing in Rochester.

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