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Proposed Rochester City School District budget calls for deep cuts

The proposed Rochester City School District budget unveiled Tuesday evening would cut a number of staff positions; 326 in all, including 194 teachers. The $925 million spending plan calls for cuts in a number of areas in order to balance the budget. One of the issues outlined in the document by Interim Superintendent Dan Lowengard is declining enrollment. It shows the district with just over 25,000 students in the upcoming school year, compared to 31,511 a decade ago. “We have to get to a...

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RIT Libraries will hold an event this week aimed at improving gender equity on one of the internet's most popular resources.

RIT Libraries is hosting its third annual Women on Wikipedia edit-a-thon this Friday.

The goal is to improve and add to the number of Wikipedia entries based on women. One study estimated that women are the subject of only 30 percent of biographies in the online encyclopedia.

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In just about three months, Gibbs Street will be transformed into "Jazz Street" as the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival hits downtown.

Now in its 18th year, the festival will be held June 21 to 29 and present more than 320 shows. All club passes will also be shareable.

Producer John Nugent talked about what it takes to schedule a line up for a festival like this.


Voters in Victor head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of their 215-year-old village fire department.

At issue is whether to dissolve the volunteer department run by the village and establish an independent joint fire district with the town.

Victor Mayor Gary Hadden says this discussion has been going on for a couple of years, and the referendum on the ballot calls for adding some paid firefighters to complement the 53 volunteers.

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As floodwaters begin to recede, Vice President Pence announced in a tweet that he would visit Nebraska on Tuesday to take stock of the devastation.

His visit comes as 74 cities, 65 counties and four tribal areas have declared states of emergency in Nebraska, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.

First hour: How faith-based groups are helping refugees in Rochester

Second hour: Addressing barriers to fatherhood

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A suspicious package found at the Federal Building in Rochester on Tuesday morning caused some big traffic tie-ups in that area.

The package was found during a routine sweep by security personnel at about 8 a.m.

Rochester Police cordoned off several blocks near that building and the nearby Holiday Inn, and traffic along State Street was backed up onto Lake Avenue, with cars being diverted onto ramps at the Inner Loop.

With Lake Ontario's water levels about a foot above average, communities along its shoreline are trying to get help in preventing the flooding that devastated the area in 2017.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Cuomo administration is launching a program aimed at increasing the diversity of the faculty in the State University of New York system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the goal of the program called Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth is the hiring of 1,000 early to mid-career professors from minority groups by 2030. The Democrat says the program is being implemented at all 64 SUNY campuses.

New York State Department of Health

New York state has launched a campaign to raise awareness around addiction treatment services available to pregnant women.

The state health department and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services said in a statement Monday that women should know “it is OK to ask for help,” and that their doctors can help treat addiction.

OASAS said it oversees 40 residential addiction treatment programs in New York dedicated specifically to women, including several in western New York and the Finger Lakes.


Activists are calling for a volunteer firefighter in the town of Rush to be fired because they say he made racist comments on Facebook.

The comment was allegedly made by Doug Watson last month in the comments section of a livestream on Facebook where Federal charges on money laundering, conspiracy, and wire fraud against Rochester City Council Vice President Adam McFadden were being announced.



News from NPR

Years from now, when people look back on the aftermath of Russia's attack on the 2016 election, a key part of that history will have been written by women.

Most of the federal judges in Washington, D.C. — who have been quietly managing the grand jury process and presiding over arraignments and guilty pleas for nearly two years — happen to be women.

In a Himalayan valley surrounded by military barracks, blasts of artillery fire often reverberate across the icy mountain peaks. This is one of the world's longest-running conflict zones. It's near where India and Pakistan recently traded airstrikes. So it's not unusual to see helicopters buzzing overhead.

But on a morning in early February, one particular chopper was not part of the conflict.

Every year, the Supreme Court hears around 150 cases, and while there will usually be a few blockbuster opinions, the majority garner little media attention. But these more obscure decisions can often illustrate something interesting, even unexpected, about one of the justices. And so it was on Tuesday with Justice Neil Gorsuch and a relatively obscure and underplayed Indian treaty case.

States. They're just as perplexed as the rest of us over the ever-rising cost of health care premiums.

Now some states –including Montana, North Carolina and Oregonare moving to control costs of state employee health plans. Their strategy: Use Medicare reimbursement rates to recalibrate how they pay hospitals. If the gamble pays off, more private-sector employers could start doing the same thing.

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From the Inclusion Desk

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The budget proposal approved Wednesday by the New York state Assembly includes a pay increase for therapists who work with the state’s youngest residents.

Reimbursement rates for early intervention providers, who work with children from birth to 3 years old, would increase 5 percent under the plan.


As the ReImagine RTS project moves forward, changing the way buses move through Rochester, different communities are worried how the changes will affect them.

People with disabilities say many are concerned about fixed routes and paratransit.

Fixed routes are the big buses you see out on the roads, following a single route. And under the Americans with Disabilities Act, paratransit has to exist as a supplement to this service. Within three-quarters of a mile around a fixed route, riders with disabilities can access door-to-door transportation.

Golisano Foundation

The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics on Wednesday honored seven health care organizations and professionals who are working to bring health care services to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo proposed an increase in pay Tuesday for special education providers who haven’t seen one in almost a decade.

Dinolfo, a Republican, said the 15 percent increase is the right amount to stave off an impending shortage of speech therapists, child psychologists, counselors for parents, and other people who work in preschool special education.

“The reason we’re being so proactive is we want to make sure that we don’t put ourselves, the county, our children, in a crisis situation,” Dinolfo said.

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