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Dinolfo wins Independence Party primary

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo won the Independence Party primary on Tuesday. After securing nominations from the Republican and Conservative parties, this win locked her in for the local Independence Party, beating out her Democratic and Working Families opponent, County Clerk Adam Bello. "I know and you know that Monroe County voters always vote for the person," she said. "And the Independence voters spoke loud and clear." Dinolfo credits her message of more jobs and stronger...

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Monroe County Democratic Elections Commissioner Tom Ferrarese said he’s still counting ballots from Tuesday night’s primary races -- and will be until at least next Tuesday.

The combination of a low turnout and a close race means absentee ballots may matter more than usual. In the Democratic primary for the Northwest Rochester City Council seat, Jose Peo leads LaShana Boose by just 25 votes. 

“These are absentee ballots that were requested after we printed our poll books, for the most part,” said Ferrarese. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on his way to Israel to carry out what he said is an economic mission. But Cuomo said the trip also has a personal focus.

Cuomo said he'll meet with business leaders at Technion University about four key industries -- tech startups, innovations in drones and medical technology, and navigation devices that are being developed for uses like self-driving cars.

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Marc Cohn, Rob Tardik, and the Dave Glasser Quartet were some of the performances that highlighted the Tuesday night of the 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. Check out photos from WXXI photographer Fred SanFilipo in our Flickr album

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A conference focusing on innovation, imaging and optics is one of the events bringing people to downtown Rochester this week.

The Light and Sound Interactive Conference (LSI) is attracting an eclectic mix of people involved in multimedia, gaming, education and technology to the center city.

Republican commentator Charlie Sykes wants President Trump to be defeated in the 2020 election. Here’s the problem: writing for Politico, Sykes writes that Democrats are finding ways to botch this opportunity. He offers his list of ways that Democrats can blow the election. But what do Democrats think?

Our packed panel discusses the many views within the political left – from the calls for a “safe candidate” like Joe Biden, to the calls for bold reforms offered by candidates like Elizabeth Warren. In studio:

We sit down with Dr. Marvin McMickle, the retiring president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Dr. McMickle announced his plans to retire last year; his last day is Sunday.

We talk to him about a range of issues, including his accomplishments at Colgate, political discourse, equality, racism, religious freedom, and more. 

Rochester comics featured on Comedy Central series

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Rochester's comedy scene will get a rare spotlight on national TV this week, when Comedy Central airs the latest episode of "Hart of the City," comedian Kevin Hart's program showcasing vibrant comedy cities across the United States.

Flour City and the wider region is the focus at 11 p.m. Friday, as three comedians with local ties -- Rochesterian Joél James, Rochester-born Zack Johnson, and Travis Blunt from Syracuse -- are featured, with live performances filmed at Photo City Improv as well as an interview segment with Hart.

Hundreds of Rochester children will get help with social-emotional development, sex education, and more, thanks to a $1.375 million grant from the New York State Department of Health.

The five-year grant will fund a new "sexual risk avoidance education" program.

Children from the ages of 10 to 13 will learn about anatomy, sexually transmitted diseases, and teen pregnancy.


First hour: Dr. Marvin McMickle, retiring president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Second hour: Will Democrats botch the 2020 election?

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The music-noir trio VickiKristinaBarcelona tames the beast with beauty.

The beast in question is the gruff, hardscrabble world of Tom Waits. The trio charmed the Rochester International Jazz Festival last year, returned to Rochester for a show in January at The Little Theatre, and was back at it Tuesday at Geva Theatre Center's Wilson Stage.



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Walmart is expanding a program that allows for online orders of groceries to be picked up and paid for with food stamps at more than 2,500 locations.

It's the latest move by a major retailer to give low-income shoppers more options for using food stamps in the modern era of online shopping. Walmart, one of the world's largest retailers, began piloting the use of food stamps for online grocery pickup service in 2017 in a few locations.

Louisiana officials announced a deal Wednesday with Asegua Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Gilead Sciences, that would allow the state to provide hepatitis C treatment to its Medicaid and prison populations. They also secured the necessary clearance from the federal government Wednesday for a novel approach to paying for the drugs and expect the program to start July 15.

Bill Wehrum is stepping down as the Environmental Protection Agency's chief air quality official at the end of the month, amid mounting scrutiny over possible ethics violations.

EPA Administrator Andrew Andrew Wheeler said Wednesday that Wehrum's departure as the head of the agency's Office of Air and Radiation is both voluntary and expected.

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The sheriff in Broward County, Fla., announced the firing of two more deputies Wednesday because of their actions during last year's school shooting in Parkland. An investigation found that neither deputy tried to locate and confront the shooter. Seventeen students and faculty of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were killed.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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The Strong Museum is partnering with several other organizations to offer working internships at the museum for 16 people on the autism spectrum.

Museum President and CEO Steve Dubnik said the program, called Strong Employment and Life Foundations, or SELF, gets to the core of the Strong’s educational mission.

“We are an educational institution, so we continue to educate these young adults … as they have gone beyond high school or into young adulthood,” Dubnik said.

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As the town of Irondequoit gets ready for a possible new community center, it's also taking a look at how inclusive its recreation programs and policies are.

The Town Board recently approved a contract with Rochester Accessible Adventures. The organization will review Irondequoit's town-sponsored programs and facilities.

The local Alzheimer’s Association is involved in a pilot program designed to better serve people with developmental disabilities.

The Golisano Foundation is providing a $100,000 grant that will be used by Alzheimer’s Association chapters in the Rochester and Buffalo areas to help train providers who are serving older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Step-by-Step Developmental Services

Even as preschool special education providers began inking contracts with Monroe County this week, the county has continued to clarify what those contracts mean.

The new agreements, set to take effect July 1, laid out new reimbursement rates for preschool special education services. The county sets these rates, and pays the providers, to ensure that children receive the services they’re entitled to under the law.

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