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Increase in blue-green algae causes some beach closings in Canandaigua

The Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association says due to what it calls a “substantial increase in blue green algae” on parts of Canandaigua Lake over the last 24 to 48 hours, some beaches have been closed. The Department of Health has been working with beach operators and municipal officials around the lake. The following beaches have been closed until further notice: Kershaw Beach, Deep Run, West Lake Road School House Beach, Onanda Park and the Canandaigua Yacht Club’s private beach....

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A top federal official toured the laser lab at the University of Rochester on Tuesday.  Lisa Gordon-Hagerty  is Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration. That agency is responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.

Gordon-Hagerty said the role that the Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics  plays in this process is a crucial one.

Residents who use water from the Village of Victor have a boil water notice in effect. That notice came out Wednesday after E. coli bacteria was found in the water.

The Monroe County Water Authority says it was informed on Wednesday that the bacteria was found in village drinking water on August 15.

A map showing areas that are impacted is available here.

The first meeting of the commission created to devise a public campaign finance system for New York's political races is scheduled for Wednesday. Advocates hope the commission, which has been slow to start, will start taking steps toward a final report due in December.

The commission, announced in March, does not yet have a staff or a schedule of promised public hearings, but advocates for public campaign financing in New York say they hope that will be announced at the meeting. 

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Lake Ontario is on the decline, but that doesn’t mean the worst is over.

The Army Corps of Engineers announced it doesn't expect the water in the Great Lakes to go down too much, too soon.

Keith Kompoltowicz is the chief of the Corps' watershed hydrology branch in Detroit, Michigan.

"Currently all the lakes are on their seasonal decline," he said via phone Tuesday. "But additional records for the month of August are still likely on a few of the lakes."

The head of the state’s Republican Party says there’s no need to require New Yorkers to buy new license plates beginning in 2020, if their current plates are still readable and in good condition. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has begun a contest to allow New Yorkers to choose among five different designs for new license plates to be issued beginning next year.  While the public can decide how the license plates look, they don’t have a say in whether they can keep their old plates.

Sports betting will officially open at del Lago Resort & Casino on Friday afternoon. The casino is partnering with the online sports betting company DraftKings.

Officials at del Lago say the lounge they are setting up will offer what they describe as a high-tech, retail sports betting experience. It will include 23 self-service wagering kiosks.

There will also be a full-service restaurant and bar with seating for nearly 200 people. Sporting events will be shown live across more than 1,000 square feet of LED video screens.

The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report  showing racial disparities in Irondequoit and Greece policing. 

The report, based on information given by the police departments, says that in 2014, a third of all traffic stops in Greece involved black people, though only 6 percent of the town’s residents are black.

In Irondequoit, black people were involved in 38 percent of police stops in 2014, though only 9 percent of the town’s population is black.

The police chiefs from these two departments  address the concerns raised in the report.

Guests:

--Iman Abid, NYCLU Genesee Valley Chapter Director

--Chief Richard Tantalo, Irondequoit Police Department

--Patrina Freeman, member of the planning committee for the Irondequoit Police Community Relations Forum 

--Chief Patrick Phelan, Greece Police Department

What exactly is a demagogue? What is populism? Two grassroots groups, Action Together-Rochester and Indivisible Rochester, are presenting a panel discussion on the topics of demagoguery and populism. They’ll explore the history of demagogues and the ways to recognize aspects of demagoguery.

Our guests:

·      Michael Brown, assistant professor in the Department of History at RIT

·      James Bowman, associate professor of English at St. John Fisher College

·      Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College

·      Amanda Flannery, leader with Action Together Rochester

·      Hermann Vogelstein, event organizer

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The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation say last week’s Operation Hardhat was a success.

During the joint initiative, state troopers dressed as highway workers kept an eye on drivers traveling through work zones on state highways.

State Police say they issued 112 tickets; among them were 40 for speeding and 34 for cellphone use while driving. The initiative was to urge drivers to eliminate distractions while driving and to give highway workers room in work zones. Fines are doubled for motorists caught speeding in a work zone.

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Monroe County parks officials say they are investigating a potential blue-green algae bloom in the pond area of the Ellison Dog Park.

County Parks Director Larry Staub says that the pond area is closed until further notice. He says that samples will be collected by the Department of Environmental Services for analysis.

Contact with Blue-green Algae can make people and animals sick.

Officials say that if you or your dog recently visited the pond area, be sure to rinse any area of contact with clean water. If symptoms occur, contact a medical provider.

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It takes a few seconds: Palestinians place electronic ID cards on a sensor, stare at the aperture of a small black camera, then walk past panels fanning open to let them through.

Israel is upgrading its West Bank checkpoints with facial recognition technology to verify Palestinians' identities as they cross into Israel. The new system, which began rolling out late last year, eases their passage with shorter wait times — but is drawing criticism about the role the controversial technology plays in Israel's military control over Palestinians.

Updated at 11:35 a.m. ET

South Korea plans to terminate a military intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, prompting concerns about security cooperation between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington as North Korea's nuclear and missile threats loom over the Korean Peninsula.

It's the latest breakdown between Seoul and Tokyo: Earlier this month, Japan removed South Korea from its "whitelist" of favored trade partners, prompting a retaliation in kind.

Australia has agreed to join a U.S.-led naval contingent protecting commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman amid alleged attacks by Iran against vessels operating in the strategic waterways.

Australia will join Britain and Bahrain as part of a maritime security mission to escort commercial shipping in the region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Wednesday. He said his government would lend a frigate, patrol plane and specialist defense force personnel.

Canberra's contribution was meant to be "modest, meaningful and time limited," Morrison said.

President Trump defended the idea of buying Greenlandderided by critics within the United States and rejected by Denmark, which controls it — in part by saying the idea first came from President Harry Truman.

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From the Inclusion Desk

We talk about adaptive sports for kids with disabilities. It's in advance of the Little League World Series Challenger Exhibition Game, which will air on WXXI-TV this weekend.

The Challenger division includes children with physical and intellectual disabilities, and we have a Challenger program here in Rochester.

We'll talk to an organizer and a player with the Webster Challenger program, and we'll talk to an organizer and camper at Camp Abilities -- a camp for kids with visual impairments. It's a conversation about inclusion and more. 

Guests are:

  • Ron Kampff, organizer of the Webster Challenger Baseball League
  • Anthony Vignare, member of the Webster Challenger Baseball Team
  • Matthew Farwell, Camp Abilities graduate assistant
  • Chris Smoker, camper at Camp Abilities   

This story was produced by WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, focusing on disabilities and inclusion.

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Wegmans is offering families who have young children with mobility restrictions a new way to help their kids shop with their parents or other adult relatives.

It’s a specially adapted shopping cart, called ‘Go to Shop,‘ that Wegmans is getting through a company called Firefly.

Linda Lovejoy is a community relations manager for Wegmans. She said this shopping cart is different from other carts that Wegmans already makes available for kids or adults with disabilities.

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The American Council of the Blind, an advocacy group for the rights of visually impaired and blind people, elected new leadership at the organization’s 58th Annual Conference and Convention in Rochester.

Around 1,200 people attended, along with roughly 300 guide dogs at the Riverside Convention Center for the week-long event, which wrapped up Friday.

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Rocco Rodrigues was diagnosed with autism at age 2.  Now 9 years old, Rocco has spent the past four days at the "iCan Bike" camp at the Gordon Field House at RIT learning to ride a bike, something that AutismUp says over 80 percent of people with autism never learn to do.  

On Thursday morning, he was riding at a pretty good speed around the track with two volunteer spotters running alongside him.

"It's a little bit...I'm not gonna say scary, but startling," he said. "You want to know why? Because you feel like you're gonna fall over."

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