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WXXI interviews Gov. Cuomo about Lake Ontario flooding

Governor Cuomo says that the lake is at flood level now, and what officials are worried about most is the weather, both the possibility of any more rain, and the winds, which depending on the direction, could cause waves that create more flooding. The governor is worried about a repeat of the damage we saw in 2017, and he says with increasing frequency of this kind of problem, there needs to be a hard look at what kind of building or rebuilding along the lake front might be done after damage...

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RPD Reports Increased Number of Shooting Incidents

Jan 5, 2012
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The number of shootings in the city has spiked over the past two months according to data released by the Rochester Police Department.

The report shows there have been 31 shooting incidents since November 1st, and 14 since Christmas. That’s nearly double the number of shootings over the same period the previous year.


In his State of the State speech, Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a new commission to reevaluate the state’s education system.  One day later, it’s receiving a mixed response.


Cuomo set up a potential fight with the education establishment during an otherwise mostly congenial State of the State speech, when he chided them for what he says is putting their own interests before those of school children. He told the crowd that superintendents, principles, teachers, and janitors have their own lobbyists.


Rochester Mayor Tom Richards says he is optimistic after attending Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address.

He says he believes the Governor and the legislature are hoping to maintain the momentum of the accomplishments of 2011.

Click on the audio player above to hear Alex Crichton’s interview with Richards from Thursday’s Morning Edition on WXXI-AM 1370.

Richards also addressed reports of a potential bankruptcy filing by Eastman Kodak. He says changes at Kodak are inevitable and the city of Rochester will just have to deal with any problems that may cause.

The head of the local teachers union says Albany is bullying the city school district by suspending millions of dollars in federal Race to the Top money.

But Dr. Adam Urbanski says he’s confident the issue will be resolved soon.

State Education Commissioner, John King, announced earlier this week that State Improvement Grants to 10 school districts - including Rochester - are being suspended.

King cited shortcomings in the application for the grant money - in particular the teacher-principal evaluation system - as the reason for the suspension.

Small earthquakes in Ohio and Arkansas associated with hydraulic fracturing for natural gas have taken many people by surprise. Gas industry executives say there's no hard evidence that their activities are causing these quakes. But some scientists say it's certainly possible; in fact, people have been causing quakes for years.

In the 1960s, geologists realized that gold mines in South Africa had created small earthquakes. Caverns dug into the earth thousands of feet below the surface collapsed. The "pancake" effect caused quakes — in one case a magnitude-5.2 temblor.

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a State of the State message that focuses on job creation, through infrastructure repair, expanded gambling, and energy improvements. The governor will also take on the education community in his second year in office, demanding greater accountability.

Cuomo, as part of his growth and jobs agenda, proposes building the largest convention center in the nation to promote tourism. He would replace the Javitts Center in Manhattan, with a larger venue at the Aqueduct race track in Queens.


The Wall Street Journal cites unnamed sources in reporting that Eastman Kodak Company is preparing to seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the coming weeks.

The Journal's story includes information about Kodak's efforts to raise money by selling digital patents. If Kodak is unsuccessful, bankruptcy could come as early as later this month or in February according to their information.

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The leading cause of healthy infant deaths in Monroe County -- is unsafe sleeping habits. That’s from the Baby Safe Sleep Coalition.

The coalition and the Monroe County Health Department announced their partnership to help lower the number of newborn mortalities. The initiative includes sending a pamphlet on safe ways for babies to sleep with each new birth certificate mailed this year.

State of the State Live Coverage on WXXI Today

Jan 4, 2012

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will deliver his second State of the State Address today at 1:30 p.m.  WXXI will carry the speech live on WXXI-TV, WXXI-AM 1370 and WXXINews.org.

This will be Cuomo's first State of the State speech during which he can discuss a record of achievement as governor.  Last year's address came just days after his inauguration following a decisive election victory in November of 2010.

You can watch the speech in the video box below.

The Republican Race, Beyond Iowa

Jan 4, 2012

We've been helping our friends at It's All Politics on the big story of the morning, which, as you've no doubt heard, is that after a nail-biter of a night, Mitt Romney took the Iowa primary by eight votes. Rick Santorum pulled a surprising turn around to end up second.

Here's some of the territory we've covered on IAP:



We report on some of the issues that could arise if legal pot comes to New York

News from NPR

The U.S. Postal Service is experimenting with self-driving trucks to move mail across state lines.

The USPS has partnered with San Diego-based TuSimple on a two-week pilot program, focusing solely on a 1,000-mile route between Dallas and Phoenix.

Rashema Melson was among the more than 1,750 undergraduates who received diplomas from Georgetown University last weekend.

Before she attended college on a full scholarship, Melson graduated at the top of her class as the valedictorian of Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C.

She was also living with her mother and brothers at D.C. General, a family homeless shelter that shut down last year.

The New York Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday that closes the "double jeopardy" loophole, permitting state authorities to prosecute someone who receives a pardon from the president. The vote was 90-52.

Top Democrats in the state framed the change as a way to stand up to President Trump by removing a shield that had protected defendants from being prosecuted twice for similar crimes and could have benefited those receiving pardons.

One morning a year ago, federal immigration agents swept into the Midwest Precast Concrete plant in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and arrested 32 men who were working there illegally.

"I was in the car eating when all of a sudden they all arrived," one worker tells NPR. "They took me out of the car and put handcuffs on me and on everyone else too. They even had a dog." The worker did not want his name used because his case is being heard by a judge.

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From the Inclusion Desk

What do young adults with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers need to know as they prepare to exit the school system? It's a question that will be addressed at an upcoming conference hosted by Nazareth College and AutismUp.

We're joined by conference organizers and participants to discuss medical care, housing, employment, and more. In studio:

  • Rachel Rosner, director of education and support services for AutismUp
  • Cyndi Kerber Gowan, lecturer in education at Nazareth College and faculty liaison for LifePrep@Naz
  • Jake Collier, self-advocate

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Leaders from St. John Fisher’s Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing announced a partnership with an Irish college on Wednesday.

Fisher and Waterford Institute of Technology plan to share resources for best practices and research when it comes to nursing at-risk populations like those with developmental disabilities. Fisher’s Wegmans School of Nursing received a grant last fall to open the Institute.

The Institute's founding director, Dianne Cooney Miner, said Waterford is the perfect match for Fisher.

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Medical students said they are seeking out ways to improve their own training after a conference in Rochester this weekend.

The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry held its annual meeting in the downtown Hyatt hotel. People came from across the U.S. and other countries to hear about challenges and successes in medical care for people with disabilities.

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A new dental clinic is under development at the University of Rochester Medical Center. It’s designed to support people who might have a hard time getting service in most other dentists’ offices.

“The support comes in two parts,” said Dr. Eli Eliav, director of URMC’s Eastman Institute for Oral Health. “Equipment and staff.”

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