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Amber Alert issued for missing children in Greece

Greece Police, along with federal, state and local authorities continue their urgent search for two missing children who police say could be in imminent danger. An Amber Alert was issued at about midnight Monday night for two small kids police say were abducted from a home on English Rd. in Greece at about 8:40 p.m. One child is identified as Shekeria Cash, approximately 3 years old, described as a Black female, with braided, black hair and brown eyes. She’s about 4 feet tall and weighs about...

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President Trump pardoned his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who was indicted for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of people in an online campaign to raise funds for a southern border wall — one of dozens of acts of clemency in the final hours of his administration.

The lengthy list of 73 pardons and 70 commutations landed after midnight. Trump is slated to leave the White House for the last time early Wednesday morning, skipping the inaugural ceremonies of his successor, President-elect Joe Biden.

Democrats call for outside probe of Flagler-Mitchell

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Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature are calling for an independent investigation into the circumstance that led one of their own, Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell, to send a sexually explicit photo to a 19-year-old woman.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County on Tuesday reported 308 new cases of COVID-19. There were no new deaths.

The 7-day rolling average of new cases is 431 new cases per day. The 7-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 6.4%.

The positivity rate for the Finger Lakes region is now at 6.62%. That is sixth highest in the state, behind the Mohawk Valley, Long Island, North Country, Capital Region, and the Mid-Hudson region.

778 people in the Finger Lakes Region are hospitalized, 172 of them are in ICU.

Governor Cuomo's office

  

In his budget address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said the state’s fiscal future is dependent on how much aid it receives from Washington under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden and the Democratic led Congress. Cuomo is seeking $15 billion to plug two years of state budget gaps, and he’s threatening to sue if he doesn’t get it.

What can employers do if workers refuse to get vaccinated for COVID-19? What can employees do if they don't want a vaccine, but are being told they must get one? Where are the lines drawn? Who is protected by the law?

These workplace debates about vaccines are already popping up. Our guests are attorneys who try to help us navigate these questions:

We hear reaction to Governor Cuomo's 2021 state budget address from our guests:

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Roughly three-quarters of New Yorkers say they have either already been vaccinated against COVID-19 or plan to do so; the remainder don't plan on getting the vaccine. 

Those are the findings of a new poll from Siena College. 

Pollster Steve Greenberg said the largest numbers of survey respondents who say they won't get vaccinated are represented among five different demographic groups:  Republicans, independents, African Americans, Latinos, and voters under the age of 35.

Max Schulte

A regional appellate court has denied a plea for a change of venue by lawyers representing Mayor Lovely Warren and two of her campaign associates in their criminal campaign finance case — setting the stage for a trial in Rochester.
 

Plug Power

Governor Andrew Cuomo has made the official announcement about a hydrogen fuel cell operation coming to the Rochester area that will create 377 jobs.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer first revealed plans by the Albany-area alternative energy company, Plug Power, in late December.

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First hour: Governor Cuomo's 2021 state budget address

Second hour: Discussing workplace debates about COVID-19 vaccines

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Renowned doctors working at the forefront of the national and state coronavirus response answer your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

With the lack of live, in-person music happening, WXXI is still bringing the artists you love to you - to your home, from the artists homes. Welcome to HomeStage.

Just because you're stuck in the house doesn't mean there's nothing to do. Check out all the virtual events on the CITY event calendar you can be a part of!

Across the Universe with Jeff Spevak

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Rock royalty has played the tiny room known simply as the Bug Jar.

There was The White Stripes, before the duo became indie-rock favorites. The Black Keys, before returning to town a few years later for gigs at Blue Cross Arena and Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. Vampire Weekend. The 1975, sharing a bill with Rochester’s Joywave. 

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President Trump pardoned his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who was indicted for allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of people in an online campaign to raise funds for a southern border wall — one of dozens of acts of clemency in the final hours of his administration.

The lengthy list of 73 pardons and 70 commutations landed after midnight. Trump is slated to leave the White House for the last time early Wednesday morning, skipping the inaugural ceremonies of his successor, President-elect Joe Biden.

Hall of Fame pitcher and long-time baseball announcer Don Sutton died Monday night in his sleep at the age of 75.

His son Daron Sutton wrote on Twitter of his father, "He worked as hard as anyone I've ever known and he treated those he encountered with great respect."

Sutton's 23-year Major League Baseball career started with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1966. He remained with the franchise until 1980 and would later return in 1988 for his last season.

Aid agencies report swarms of locusts have been descending on farms in northern Kenya, destroying crops and even leaving pastures bare of vegetation.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization in a regional update on the pests says swarms have been detected this week in seven counties in Kenya compared to just four a week ago.

Across the Horn of Africa locust invasions have reached dangerous levels in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, according to the FAO.

Updated at 1:45 a.m. ET Wednesday

The months-long investigation into allegations that Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina engaged in insider trading has been closed by the Justice Department and it will not pursue any charges, the GOP senator announced on Tuesday.

"Tonight, the Department of Justice informed me that it has concluded its review of my personal financial transactions conducted early last year. The case is now closed," Burr said in a statement.

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For the second year in a row, the Tops Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade will not be held because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The parade committee posted a statement saying that an in-person, traditional parade is not feasible in 2021. The Rochester event is one of the largest parades in the area and usually brings tens of thousands of people to the downtown area.

The committee is considering a virtual alternative.  You can get updates at rochesterparade.com.

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For the 2nd year in a row, the Tops Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade will not be held because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The parade committee posted a statement saying that an in-person, traditional parade is not feasible in 2021. The Rochester event is one of the largest parades in the area and usually brings tens of thousands of people to the downtown area.

The committee is considering a virtual alternative.  You can get updates at rochesterparade.com.

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From the Inclusion Desk

On the morning of April 21, Sarah McSweeney woke up with a temperature of 103 degrees — and it kept rising. Staff at her group home worried that the woman with multiple disabilities — she couldn't walk or speak words — had contracted COVID-19. They got her into her bright pink wheelchair and hurried to the hospital, just a block down the street from the group home in Oregon City, Ore.

That afternoon, Heidi Barnett got a phone call from the doctor in the emergency room.

Accessible Adventures

The coronavirus pandemic has delayed plans for a partnership to provide recreational sports opportunities for people with disabilities in western New York.

In March, Rochester Accessible Adventures partnered with Greater Buffalo Adaptive Sports to form the Western New York Adaptive Inclusion Collaborative. The goal of the collaborative is to develop a regional adaptive and inclusive sports system.

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When most of Monroe County was designated a yellow zone on Monday over rising coronavirus cases, preschool classes for students with disabilities at CP Rochester switched to remote learning on a moment’s notice.

Allison Green’s 4-year-old daughter, Emma, was caught off guard this week when her school bus didn’t arrive.

“It led to tons of emotions this morning, lots of crying and just complete and utter meltdown over the fact of 'where's her bus?’ ” Green said Wednesday.

People living with developmental disabilities often have to overcome more challenges to cast their ballots than the average voter. As they navigate those hurdles, some Western New York advocates in the disability community are also tired of being an overlooked voting bloc.


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