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Monroe County officials have some good news for parents needing COVID-19 PCR testing for their children to return to school.

“Pediatric PCR testing is now available at the Monroe County Fleet Center on Paul Road,” said County Executive Adam Bello during a COVID briefing on Friday.

Bello said testing is only available for children ages 4-19 who are enrolled in a K-12 school and are not under quarantine by the Department of Health.

He said kids must also be symptom and fever-free without medication for 24 hours.

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Ecologists are sounding an early alert for Monroe County about the spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect that’s relatively new to New York and that presents a threat to agriculture.

Local children's health advocates say they are increasingly concerned about the mental and behavioral health needs among the community's kids. They say the pandemic, violence in schools and the community, and the stressors of living in poverty have left many children -- especially those from disadvantaged communities -- with unmet needs.

This hour, our guests examine the gaps in services and make their recommendations for how to increase access to care. Our guests:

Voters in New York will see five proposals on the ballot this Election Day. Two relate to voting rights and one pertains to clean air and water. What do voters need to know? And what impact would the proposals have, if passed?

We discuss these questions with our guests:

First hour: Discussing NYS ballot proposals 2, 3, and 4

Second hour: How to increase access to mental health services for children in need

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Upward of $53 million is expected to be paid out to counties in the Finger Lakes region under settlements reached to end state lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies and distributors.

The Little renames theater for Jane and Larry Glazer

Oct 14, 2021
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The Little Theatre on Thursday renamed one of its theaters after the late Jane and Larry Glazer, the Rochester couple whose philanthropy and businesses reshaped the city.

The Glazers were trustees of The Little and its parent, WXXI Public Media, and together co-chaired the organizations’ popular “Go Public” fundraising campaign.

That initiative raised $18 million, according to the organizations, and a portion of the revenue went toward improvements at The Little that included new seats, lighting, a screen, and a digital projector, among other enhancements.

Election Day is less than a month away. This year, there are five proposals on the ballot -- four of which will directly impact voters in Western New York. This hour, we discuss the first proposal: Amend the process for determining congressional and state legislative districts. Our guests weigh in on the process of redistricting at the state/federal and county/local levels. The County Legislature and the Independent Redistricting Commission are hosting public hearings about proposed state maps.

Our guests this hour explain what voters need to know. Our guests:

A local production about sexual identity and religion is back by popular demand. We talk with cast members of OFC Creations' production of "BARE". The pop opera tells the story of a Catholic school boy who is in love with his roommate, and both of their struggles with coming out.

Cast members have shared their perspectives during talkbacks after the performances. We've invited them to continue the conversation on Connections. Our guests:

  • Eric Johnson, director/producer of BARE, and founding executive director of OFC Creations Theatre Center
  • Jack Mountain, cast member playing Lucas
  • Evan Williams, cast member playing Jason
  • Callan Comeau, cast member playing Matt


Gov. Kathy Hochul says the state has ended its opposition to a 2006 ruling from New York's highest court that required billions more to be allocated each year to schools to address inequities in the education system.

The legal settlement means that New York will fully abide by the court order.

The New York Court of Appeals ordered that the state pay the additional money to the poorest schools 15 years ago, but the decision was never fully carried out by lawmakers.