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Cuomo issues executive order to ban flavored e cigarettes in NY 

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to direct his health department to ban all flavored electronic cigarettes, in response to a vaping heath emergency that has sickened hundreds and killed six people. The lung ailment, which has been contacted by 64 New Yorkers, has so far been linked to black market marijuana vaping products that also contain liquid vitamin E oil. But the governor says vaping of any substance is not a healthy practice and is addicting an alarming number of young...

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A new center for people with autism and their families has opened in Rochester.

The Golisano Autism Center is a “one-stop hub” for services and support for people with autism, said Ann Costello, director of the Golisano Foundation.

NEW YORK (AP) A U.S. congressman and early supporter of President Donald Trump said Thursday he doesn't know if he'll seek re-election next year as he emerged from a court hearing Thursday where it seemed increasingly likely that his inside trading trial might be delayed from February until next summer. 

A later trial for Rep. Christopher Collins, who represents part of Western NY,  would fall after the June election primaries and make the criminal charges faced by the Republican a bigger focus of any campaign fight. 

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Local officials are lauding a national program that is putting hundreds of people to work in Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren joined employees from McDonald's to announce details of the Archways to Opportunity program.

Through the program, independent franchisees are expected to hire over 8,400 workers statewide this fall, including 230 in the Rochester area. Most McDonald's restaurants are run by independent owner/operators.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called for a national election, which will happen in six weeks. Imagine that: a national election campaign that goes from start to finish in less than two months. In the United States, the campaign is essentially endless, with official campaign events running for two years.

Which system is better? Which is more productive in allowing the population to choose a leader? Our guests weigh in:

  • Rob Shum, a Canadian who serves as a professor of public policy at the College at Brockport
  • Paul Hypolite, an American who serves as a political strategist
  • Anthony Plonczynski-Figueroa, an American who serves as a political consultant and founder of LaCumbre

Vaping, or the use of electronic cigarettes, has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after reports of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the products. Monroe County Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mike Mendoza is urging county residents to stop using all vape products until the investigation into the cause of those illnesses concludes.

Is the nationwide response proportionate to the health risks? It’s a question debated by doctors and people who use vape products. We sit down with local physicians to discuss the risks associated with vaping (and with cigarettes) and the latest into the investigations on pulmonary illness. We also hear from people who use e-cigarettes. In studio:

  • Dr. Mike Mendoza, M.D., Monroe County Public Health Commissioner
  • Dr. Nicholas Nacca, M.D., emergency medicine and toxicology specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Scott McIntosh, P.h.D., associate director of the Smoking Research Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Andrew Ribble, owner of Liquid Cloud Lounge and Greenhaus CBD

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Nazareth College is taking another step in the effort to enhance its undergraduate and graduate music programs.

The Nazareth College Wind Symphony is just one of the orchestras that make up the extensive menu of music performance and other programs at that college.

And now, Nazareth has announced it will establish a School of Music.  It’s led by Mario Martinez, an accomplished opera singer and also an arts administrator, who says that forming a new school will, among other things, help Nazareth better market its music offerings to prospective students and staff.

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First hour: Understanding the health risks of vaping

Second hour: Exploring the differences between the Canadian and U.S.election processes

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Sufian Zhemukhov immigrated to the United States from Russia in 2010 to pursue his work. He's an associate research professor at George Washington University and teaches European history and Russian history at the University of Maryland.

He said navigating American culture has been the most difficult part of his transition. Along the way, Zhemukhov took a storytelling class to hone his English skills.

He'll be using those storytellilng skills this weekend when he's town for the 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival. His show is called "Flirting Like an American."

Purdue Pharma, the maker of the opioid drug OxyContin, has reached a tentative deal worth billions of dollars that would resolve thousands of lawsuits brought by municipal and state governments who sued the company for allegedly helping to fuel the opioid crisis.

The pending settlement likely means Purdue will avoid going to trial in the sprawling and complicated case involving some 2,300 local governments across 23 states.



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North Carolina state Sen. Rick Horner is pointing at a colorful computer screen.

A staffer points and clicks, points and clicks, slightly changing the dimensions of the red, yellow and cyan jigsaw puzzle at Horner's request.

It's a map of the voting districts of North Carolina. Horner, a Republican, is shaping democracy — and generally having a ball.

Shoppers beware. That warning has come from economists ever since the trade war with China began last year. Eventually, they said, the fight between the two economic superpowers will hit regular Americans with higher prices at the cash register. The tariffs will bite.

Already some things are costing more. But the impact of the tariffs is uneven.

Bridget Desmukes was surprised when her OB-GYN recommended low-dose aspirin at her first prenatal appointment this past spring. She knew about daily low-dose aspirin being prescribed to people recovering from a heart attack or stroke. But for pregnant women?

Most Isolated Tribe In Continental U.S. Gets Broadband

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Nestled among turquoise blue waterfalls and cottonwood trees, the tiny Havasupai reservation is only accessible by foot, by mule or by helicopter. It's a five-minute flight from the rim of the Grand Canyon to Supai Village on the canyon floor, where 450 tribal members live in small homes made of panel siding and materials that can be easily hauled or lifted in.

It's no wonder Internet access has been a challenge. But recently, the Havasupai have had some help from the Oakland-based nonprofit MuralNet.

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From the Inclusion Desk

A new center for people with autism and their families has opened in Rochester.

The Golisano Autism Center is a “one-stop hub” for services and support for people with autism, said Ann Costello, director of the Golisano Foundation.

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.


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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