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Trump's National Emergency Sets Up Legal Fight Over Spending Authority

Before President Trump even uttered the words "national emergency" on Friday, there was already a lot of talk about legal challenges. Here's the central question: Is it constitutional for the president to ignore Congress' decision not to give him all the money he wants for a Southern border wall — and, instead, get it through a declaration of a national emergency? Trump clearly anticipates a court fight and is looking to the new hard-line conservative Supreme Court majority for help. As he...

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Talkin' Birds: The Great Backyard Bird Count

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As birds flitted on and off colorful feeders in a flicker of flapping feathers, and chattered in chirps — punctuated by the occasional trill — a band of birdwatchers offered a cacophony of their own.

"I heard a red-winged blackbird!"

"There's a blue jay!"

"Is that a downy woodpecker?"


Some heavyweights in state politics say they support a leadership shake-up in the rochester city school district. If you thought the idea of mayoral control had died down years ago - it’s back. Assemblyman David Gantt is pushing for reform by recently introducing two bills to the state legislature - both would take power away from the school board. Gantt says a change is essential because “we can’t just let kids sit there and die on the vine.” Mayoral control has its share of supporters and opponents - one critic being Rochester School Board President Van White who joins this edition of Need to Know.

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The 3rd Annual Kodak Film Awards were held in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.

Academy Award winning writer/director/producer Adam McKay was the first recipient of the KODAK Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual who has created an extraordinary body of highly successful and internationally acclaimed motion picture art during their career.

McKay’s VICE, a film about former Vice President Dick Cheney’s rise to VP has received 8 Academy Award, 6 BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations and marks his 6th feature shot on 35mm film.

It was the fish’s failures as an invasive species, perhaps more than its successes, that first drew Sunči Avlijaš to studying tench.

Before President Trump even uttered the words "national emergency" on Friday, there was already a lot of talk about legal challenges.

Here's the central question: Is it constitutional for the president to ignore Congress' decision not to give him all the money he wants for a Southern border wall — and, instead, get it through a declaration of a national emergency?


The Monroe County District Attorney’s office says that four people accused of plotting against an Islamic community in the Catskills were indicted by a Monroe County grand jury this week.

The charges against 18 year old Andrew Crysel of East Rochester, 19 year old Vincent Vetromile of Greece, 20 year old Brian Colaneri of Gates and a 16 year old suspect, include six felony counts; five of those counts are indicted as crimes of terrorism.

The charges include conspiracy, criminal possession of a weapon and attempted criminal possession of a weapon.


A federal task force has announced new recommendations that encourage health care workers to refer many women who are pregnant or have just given birth to mental health counseling.

Local health care systems said they were already following the recommendations, published this week by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Low unemployment, fewer local high school grads and changing demographics are a few reasons why enrollment at community colleges like Monroe Community College is dropping.

That’s according to a spokesperson at MCC, where enrollment has gone from 18,995 in 2010 to 12,273 students today.

Christine Casalinuovo-Adams is associate vice president of enrollment at the school. She said the college is taking a creative approach to handling falling enrollment.

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A man armed with a handgun entered the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, Ill., on Friday afternoon and killed five civilians, officials announced at a news conference. Five police officers were also wounded.

First hour: How to engage in dialogue with the opposition

Second hour: "Her Voice Carries"



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December 23, 2012. Bayada, Homs.

July 29, 2014. Old City, Aleppo.

July 4, 2018. Douma, outside Damascus.

A study released Sunday tallies the chemical weapons attacks over the course of the Syrian Civil War. At least 336 have occurred, according to authors Tobias Schneider and Theresa Lütkefend of the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute.

Inside the concert hall of the Violin Museum in Cremona, Italy, Antonio de Lorenzi plays the prelude from Bach's Partita No. 3 on a Stradivarius violin. Cremona is the town where master luthier Antonio Stradivari crafted his storied instruments three centuries ago.

But there's no guarantee that his instruments' inimitable sound will survive for centuries more, says Fausto Cacciatori, the museum's chief conservator.

Tom and Tamara Conry were dead set on returning to Paradise after the deadly Camp Fire destroyed the town last November. The couple's home was barely touched by the fire, and most other survivors had a much steeper climb to recovery.

But when their property insurer, American Reliable, notified them in December that it wasn't renewing the couple's homeowner's coverage, they realized that returning home would be even harder than expected.

When Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, left his post as U.S. Interior Department secretary on Jan. 2, he was under fire on multiple fronts.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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When Monroe County scrapped a planned waitlist for families looking to get their children evaluated for developmental delays late last year, advocacy groups said it had narrowly avoided running afoul of state and federal laws.


With temperatures finally headed back above freezing, this might be a good time for homeowners to clear sidewalks of ice and snow.

Ericka Jones is an advocate for the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester. She uses a wheelchair to get around. She says this winter has been tough on her and a lot of other people with disabilities.

“Honestly it really only takes about an inch of snow for me to get stuck,” Jones said. “And that’s happened at least once or twice this winter.”

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For kids with autism or other sensory processing disorders, going to loud, crowded places like the Strong Museum can be overwhelming. That’s why the museum started Sensory-Friendly Sundays, making accommodations so all children can enjoy a comfortable visit.

Sensory-Friendly Sunday was a one-off event in 2018. But Noelle McElrath-Hart, spokesperson for The Strong, said they had so much positive feedback, they’re planning a couple this year.

World champion ski racer, Lindsey Vonn, has said: “I always channeled what I felt emotionally into skiing - my insecurities, my anger, my disappointment. Skiing was always my outlet and it worked.” Snow sports have long been hailed for their therapeutic benefits. Benefits available to all people of all different abilities. For decades, a local program has been making such benefits an option by offering adaptive sporting opportunities to individuals with disabilities. We learn more about SportsNet and the work to make access to sports available to all.

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