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It is a homecoming of sorts at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester. Anoki, a female polar bear that was born that zoo in 1996 will be coming back.

Anoki, who left the Rochester zoo in 1998 to go to Albuquerque Biological Park, then was moved to the Maryland zoo in 2008.

The Seneca Park Zoo has been without a polar bear since April, when Aurora died of age-related causes.

Anoki was born at the local zoo in 1996 to Aurora and Yukon. Yukon died in 2008.

RTS moves on to Phase 2 of Reimagine RTS

Aug 3, 2018

Rochester's Regional Transit Service is one stage closer to finishing a multiple year-long overhaul, Reimagine RTS. The transformation includes changes to bus routes, frequency and streamlining the schedule so users who ride during the week can rely on that same route on the weekends as well.

https://www.lifespan-roch.org/upstate-elder-abuse-center

Lifespan, the Monroe County based organization that provides services to older adults and caregivers, will help coordinate an expanded statewide effort to combat elder abuse.

Governor Andrew Cuomo this week announced $8.4 million in state and federal funding to help provide those services, and the NYS Office for the Aging is partnering with Lifespan  and Weill Cornell Medicine’s NYC Elder Abuse Center to help distribute and manage the funding through September of 2020.

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A proposal to raise the age to buy tobacco products in Monroe County did not make it out of committee at a county legislature meeting on Monday.

That proposal by Democratic legislator LaShay Harris lost in a 3 to 2 vote along party lines in the Agenda/Charter committee.

Several organizations spoke, including the American Heart Association, speaking in support of the measure, and the New York State Vapor Association, which was opposed.

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The Republican Majority Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature is demanding an investigation of how documents are treated at the Department of Motor Vehicles in the County Clerk's office.

This week, News10NBC reported that documents containing personal information were simply thrown away instead of properly disposed of at the Henrietta and Irondequoit branches.

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Funeral services for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are being held Friday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and a number of notable political officials will be in attendance.

Among the most recent names mentioned, Former President Bill Clinton. It was previously announced that his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be among those delivering a eulogy, along with civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

City of Rochester

Hundreds of people attended a candlelight vigil at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in Rochester on Monday night to honor the life of Trevyan Rowe, the 14-year-old boy whose body was recovered from the Genesee River on Sunday.

Trevyan had autism, and when he got off a school bus on Thursday morning to go to School 12 on South Avenue, he apparently never went into the school, and wandered away.

More than a thousand people, including many volunteers, were looking for him right up until his body was found in the river near the Douglass Anthony Bridge.

For the first time in about a month, the number of new confirmed flu cases in Monroe County have dropped from the previous week.

The latest weekly numbers show 540 new cases of flu, down from 715 the week before. And the total number of deaths so far this flu season remains at 11.  There has not been a flu related death since the week that ended on February 10th.

Monroe County health department spokesman John Ricci  says it may be too early to call it a trend, but it is a positive sign.

The number of flu  cases in Monroe County continues to rise, but there were no new deaths related to the flu for the latest reporting week, which ended February 17.

The county reported total confirmed cases for the season at 4,430, up 715 from the previous week.

The number of new flu cases has risen each week for the last four weeks.

Where should residents call to report possible child abuse? The county or the state?

Since 2015, Monroe County residents have had to rely on calling the statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment. The county hotline is defunct. But County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo’s eight-point plan to overhaul the local child welfare system includes re-establishing the hotline.

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