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'This Is A War Zone': Hurricane Michael Leaves Deadly Trail Through Southeast

Updated at 2:20 p.m. ET At least 11 people have died from Hurricane Michael, which slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155-mph winds on Wednesday. The storm hacked a trail of catastrophic destruction in Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia before finally heading back out over water. Five deaths were reported in Virginia, in addition to four in Florida, one in Georgia and one in North Carolina. More than 1 million people are without electricity, and areas along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere...

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The Landmark Society has announced its 2018 "Five to Revive" -- a list of five historic properties and locations in the region that are in need of investment. We're joined by members of the Landmark Society, who will discuss why these sites were chosen, what they see for their future, and how reviving historic sites can help rejuvenate parts of the community. We'll also get an update on the progress made with last year's selections. In studio:

  • Wayne Goodman, executive director of the Landmark Society
  • Caitlin Meives, preservation planner for the Landmark Society
  • Bob Seem, board member for Friends of Parrott Hall
  • Monica McCullough, Esq., Colgate Divinity School Neighborhood, founder of MM Development Advisors, and co-founder of NYWIRE (New York Women in Real Estate)

A Buffalo News editorial is making the case for substantial taxpayer support for a new Buffalo Bills stadium. The editorial claims that this will be the price for Western New York to keep a professional football franchise. Our panels responds to the editorial and discusses what taxpayers should and should not do for the team. Our guests:

  • Scott Pitoniak, longtime Rochester sports columnist and author
  • Dennis O'Brien, longtime Buffalo Bills fan
  • (phone) Matt Warren, chief of "Buffalo Rumblings"

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks plunged Wednesday as investors, fearful that rising interest rates and trade tensions could hurt company profits, ramped up their selling of high-flying technology and internet stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 831 points, its worst loss in eight months.

The losses were widespread, and stocks that have been the biggest winners on the market suffered steep declines. Apple and Amazon, the two most valuable companies in the S&P 500, each had their worst day in two and a half years.

Republican Assemblyman Joe Errigo is facing bribery and wire fraud charges after he allegedly accepted bribes in order to move a development project forward in the Rochester area.

Limousine company operator arrested after deadly crash

Oct 10, 2018
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ALBANY — The operator of a limousine company involved in a crash that killed 20 people was arrested Wednesday, police said.

Nauman Hussain was taken into custody after a traffic stop on a highway near Albany, the New York State Police said in a brief news release. Police said they charged the 28-year-old Hussain with criminally negligent homicide in Saturday's crash in Schoharie.

Hussain’s lawyer, Lee Kindlon, spoke to reporters Wednesday after Hussain's arrest and said his client isn't guilty.

Kindlon said police "jumped the gun in charging him with any crime."

New sexual harassment prevention guidelines are due

Oct 10, 2018

As of Tuesday, employers in New York, regardless of their size, needed to have sexual harassment prevention policies in place.

And they have a couple of options in regard to those regulations, according to Edward Steve, partner in Harter, Secrest and Emery's Labor and Employment Practice.

"The state issued a model policy, which employers could either adopt, or employers could have their policy, provided that it met the state's minimum requirements," he said.

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The suspect in multiple shootings is dead after leading police on a cross-town chase Wednesday. Police say he was "on a mission" to "kill his entire family."

Police pursued 39-year-old Terrell Blake after spotting him erratically driving a U-Haul van. He was shot and killed in the area of Frances and Forrester streets after he shot at officers, Deputy Chief LaRon Singletary said. Residents described a rapid succession of gunshots.

Fifty people registered as organ donors in the first two hours of an enrollment drive this week at St. John Fisher College.

It is just one event scheduled on Wednesday in a statewide effort to boost the number of New Yorkers on the registry.  New York ranks last among the 50 states in the percentage of adults ( 32 % )who are registered.

Members of St. John Fisher's men's lacrosse team are encouraging people to sign up. Organ donation is an issue close to the heart of their head coach, Dave Dobbins.

First hour: Should taxpayers pay for a new Buffalo Bills stadium?

Second hour: The Landmark Society's 2018 "Five to Revive"

UPDATE: This excercise was canceled on Wednesday due to the real-world events involving multiple shootings in Rochester.


If you see a lot of police activity around the Rochester area on Wednesday, it may be due to a Homeland Security training exercise.



From the Inclusion Desk

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In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a local nonprofit is recognizing a long-time employee.

Young Kim is 37 years old. She's been working at Unistel Industries on Blossom Road in Rochester since 2002.

Unistel is a nonprofit that provides job training and placement for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Young and her colleagues work on assembly lines at the company, which is the country's number one supplier of spices for the U.S. military.

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You may have seen pictures of two local men go viral: a barber giving a man a haircut on the sidewalk because the shop wasn’t accessible by wheelchair.

But since the story went national, it’s raised questions about how people with disabilities are covered in the media.

Devin Hamilton is 30 years old. He's an engineer working in Webster, and he has cerebral palsy. He says one day, he decided to get a haircut at Joe's Upscale Barbershop, a few blocks from where he works. But when he rode his wheelchair over there, he didn't see a ramp.

We're joined by former Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who authored the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Research shows that among similarly sized cities, Rochester is the single worst in the country when it comes to employment and poverty for people with disabilities. 

Harkin is the keynote speaker for the upcoming ROC EmployABILITY conference, which is focused on increasing employment opportunities and reducing poverty among people with disabilities. We preview that conference. In studio:


In Rochester, the graduation rate for students with disabilities is 22 percent* compared to 40 percent nationally.  The median individual earnings for those with disabilities is $14,450. This is $4,000 below the national median.  That means Rochester’s disabled community is the poorest in the nation when compared to the 75 largest metropolitan areas.

Despite the systemic challenges of educational segregation and stereotypes, adults with intellectual disabilities are challenging the perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

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