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Bernie Sanders Suspends His Presidential Campaign

Updated at 1:11 p.m. ET Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established. "I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth. And that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible," Sanders told supporters in livestreamed remarks , shortly after he had broken the news to campaign staff....

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Corn Hill Arts Festival

The Corn Hill Arts Festival is the latest major Rochester event to be lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, set for its 51st year, fills the streets of the city’s Corn Hill neighborhood with music, vendors and tents with art for sale. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association Board of Directors announced the cancellation of the July festival Wednesday morning.

Monroe County golf courses will remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That word came Wednesday from the Monroe County Department of Parks, which is keeping the golf courses at Durand Eastman, Genesee Valley and Churchville Parks closed until further notice. Officials say that it’s essential for everyone to stay home to slow the spread of the virus.

The county issued a statement on Wednesday which said:

“We will continue to monitor the situation and, with guidance from the Department of Public Health, re-evaluate this decision as conditions warrant.

Updated at 1:11 p.m. ET

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established.

At 12:30 p.m., watch the latest coronavirus update from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for April 8, 2020.

First hour: Discussing local climate action efforts

Second hour: How faith leaders are helping people make spiritual connections during the pandemic

Imagine you're driving in a car through the mountains, and up ahead is a tunnel. You enter the tunnel, and immediately the sunlight disappears. You don't know how long the tunnel is, how long the darkness will last, or what you'll see when you come out on the other side.

That's where we are now.

Rochester City School District

Rochester City School District’s deficit is now roughly $81 million. That’s up a third from just two weeks ago.

The district’s draft budget was based on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s state budget proposal in January. That was pre-COVID-19 which Cuomo said, has cost more than $10 billion in revenue. 

John Prine, a wry and perceptive writer whose songs often resembled vivid short stories, died Tuesday in Nashville from complications related to COVID-19. His death was confirmed by his publicist, on behalf of his family. He was 73 years old.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Five more people have died of COVID-19 in Monroe County, the public health department said on Tuesday, bringing the total death toll to 31.

The number of people being treated in an intensive care unit for the disease also climbed to its highest point yet. Of the 83 patients hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment in the county, 37 were in an ICU, the health department said.

The county confirmed 27 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. Among them were five people in their 20s.

Updated at 6:55 p.m. ET

Five days after firing the commander of a coronavirus-crippled U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, and a day after apologizing for calling that skipper naive and stupid in heated remarks to that warship's crew, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has called it quits. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has accepted his resignation.

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Across the Universe with Jeff Spevak

Imagine you're driving in a car through the mountains, and up ahead is a tunnel. You enter the tunnel, and immediately the sunlight disappears. You don't know how long the tunnel is, how long the darkness will last, or what you'll see when you come out on the other side.

That's where we are now.

News from NPR

Tens of thousands of people streamed out of Wuhan by car, train and plane after a 76-day lockdown was lifted Wednesday from the Chinese city where the global coronavirus pandemic began.

Updated at 1:11 p.m. ET

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established.

Online child sexual abuse is rising as countries close schools and impose various levels of lockdown to contain the new coronavirus pandemic, children's rights advocates in Southeast Asia warn.

Updated at 12:50 p.m.

Auto giant General Motors will build 30,000 medical ventilators for the national stockpile, at a cost of $489.4 million, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.

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Arts & Life

Corn Hill Arts Festival

The Corn Hill Arts Festival is the latest major Rochester event to be lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, set for its 51st year, fills the streets of the city’s Corn Hill neighborhood with music, vendors and tents with art for sale. The Corn Hill Neighbors Association Board of Directors announced the cancellation of the July festival Wednesday morning.

With Passover starting Wednesday night, the Jewish community in Rochester has worked to bring the joy and significance of that holiday to people who are living alone.

More arts & life stories

From the Inclusion Desk

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According to a national registry, only 13 percent of the more than 10,000 sign-language interpreters in the U.S. identify as people of color.

RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf is trying to change that.

About a year ago, NTID established a two-year preceptorship called the Randleman Program, which specifically addresses the need for diversity in the interpreting field. 

The program was named for Valerie Randleman, the first black interpreter in RIT's Department of Access Services.

April Franklin

Over the weekend, The Golisano Foundation, Special Olympics, and Best Buddies hosted the first-ever Festival of Inclusion at Nazareth College.

Hundreds of families attended the event to kick off this year's regional Spread the Word Inclusion campaign.

The first-ever Festival of Inclusion kicks off on Sunday. The community-based event organized by the Golisano Foundation, Best Buddies, and Special Olympics will promote equality and respect, and include activities accessible to people of all different abilities.

Our guests this hour preview the festival and discuss their ideas for how to create a more inclusive community. Our guests:

This story is reported from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk.

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About 1,000 athletes and coaches from around the state are in Rochester this weekend for the 50th Special Olympics New York Winter Games.

The participants have outplayed more than 30,000 of their peers to earn a shot at an Olympic gold medal in six winter sports, according to Stacey Hengsterman, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York.

“They have won their regional competitions,” she said. “They’ve trained hard and this is their statewide finals.  So they’re excited, we’re excited there’s going to be some great competitions.

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