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Juan Vazquez

Digital Engagement Facilitator

Juan is responsible for digital audience engagement and digital strategies for WXXI News. He also fills in for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

As a life-long Western New Yorker, Juan has had extensive experience in broadcasting, audience engagement, and promotion.

Juan was Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara where he developed project and event management experience, budget creation and monitoring, and fundraising/sponsorship planning and solicitation and serving as a representative on the Binational Economic Developers Association.   

Juan's broadcasting experience includes stints at his hometown of Dunkirk, NY along with Batavia, NY where he handled morning shows, news reporting, operations, and sports play-by-play.  Juan has a B.S. in Communications from the SUNY Fredonia and an M.B.A. from SUNY Empire State.

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WXXI News / Alex Crichton

Gas prices spiked in the Rochester region over the past week as the demand for gasoline hit record highs for April.

AAA of Western and Central New York pegs a gallon of gas in the Rochester region at $2.85 a gallon, a nine cent spike from last week. The large demand is one reason for the spike.

“Prices are likely to increase a bit more as demand increases,” said Lindsey Kensey, communications specialist with AAA. “This demand from last week is the highest on record for the month of April, and exceeds summer demand from years past.”

The Rochester Regional Health Flower City Challenge is on Sunday, and the race will be affecting traffic on Sunday.

The 5K and half-marathon races will be run through the city with the start and finish line at the Blue Cross Arena.

The following traffic closings will be in effect for the morning of Sunday, April 22:

Court Street Bridge is closed from 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Broad Street Bridge between South and Exchange will be closed from 4:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sears Holdings

The decline for Sears stores continue as the location at the Greece Ridge Mall is closing.

A report from Business Insider reported that the Greece Ridge Mall location was one of at least 21 Sears stores that the company plans to shut down. The report also stated two Kmart stores will close.

NYS Canal Corp.

Earth Day is this weekend, and for the 13th year in a row, New York State Canal Corporation is holding its annual Canal Clean Sweep.

The Canal Corporation is expecting nearly 3,000 volunteers to fan out across the canal and help beautify the area, along with celebrating the centennial of the canal system, formerly known as the Barge Canal.

A mom and her son were found dead inside their Orleans County home Wednesday night, and authorities are still trying to figure out the exact cause of death.

The bodies of 38-year-old Joan Gilman and her son, 14-year-old Richard Gilman Jr., were found by firefighters after they were called to their home in Kendall. The home had been without electricity for several days, and the two were using propane-run appliances and a portable generator for power. One neighbor, Cheryl Harper, told Spectrum News that the portable generator had been running for days.

The House holds a special celebration to remember the life of Rep. Louise Slaughter.

Nine months after installing Gregory Vincent as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, the colleges will be looking to replace him.

Vincent resigned from his post Friday, effective immediately, after allegations that he may have plagiarized portions of his doctoral dissertation at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. The announcement of Vincent's resignation came in a message sent to HWS faculty, staff, and students from Chair of the HWS Board of Trustees Thomas S. Bozzuto, and was obtained by WXXI.

Liam James Doyle / NPR

At 10 a.m., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing on Capitol Hill for a second day of hearings about protecting its users' data. The House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing follows hours of questioning by lawmakers in the Senate. Facebook is under scrutiny after revelations that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of tens of millions of Facebook users. The company is accused of using that data to target American voters in the 2016 election.

Liam James Doyle / NPR

Starting at 2:15 p.m., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is testifying on Capitol Hill to answer questions about protecting user data. The hearing held by the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees follows news that the data-mining and political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information of up to 87 million Facebook users. The firm is accused of using that information to target Facebook users with political advertising in 2016. The two Senate committees are holding a joint hearing called "Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data."

In this WXXI Business Report, we bid arrivederci to Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano at Eastview Mall. Plus, some good news for small business job growth, and Hillside Family of Agencies says goodbye to a longtime leader who is retiring. 

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