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Recovery Work Begins After Hurricane Michael Carves Through Florida Panhandle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13UoLG4assM Updated at 4:55 a.m. ET Tropical Storm Michael rampaged through South Carolina, North Carolina and finally southeastern Virginia on Thursday, before heading for the Atlantic Ocean. The storm's traveling speed accelerated to 29 mph by evening, according to the National Hurricane Center, with winds of 65 mph. A storm surge watch remained in effect from Ocracoke Inlet, N.C., to Duck, N.C. The hurricane center said life-threatening winds and flash...

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Athena Award Winner

Jan 18, 2001

New Penfield Library

Jan 18, 2001

Rochester NY – The Penfield Town Board will dedicate a new one-point-nine million dollar library this evening at the Penfield Community Center. Last January Penfield voters approved funding needed to make major improvements at the library, which included expanding the facility from over 17 thousand feet to 28 thousand square feet.As a result of this expansion, Penfield's town property tax rate increased eight cents for every one thousand dollars of assessed value.

    Rochester NY – The " Bait and Shoot" program will continue in the town of Irondequoit. That was the decision of the Monroe County Long Term Deer Management Advisory Task Force. The " Bait and Shoot" program started eight years ago in an attempt to thin the deer population at Durand Eastman Park. Figures released by the County shows that 845 deer have been killed resulting from the " Bait and Shoot " program since 1993..

      Givens Jury Reaches Decision

      Jan 18, 2001

      December Unemployment Rate

      Jan 18, 2001

      Rochester NY – The December 2000 unemployment rate for the Greater Rochester area stands at three-point-seven percent, according to figures released today from the State Labor Department. An increase in private sector jobs was one reason given for our area's low jobless rate. Statewide, New York's unemployment rate for December 2000 was four-point-five percent.

        Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki stressed fiscal prudence as he introduced an 83-billion-dollar state budget proposal. It includes a controversial retooling of New York's school financing system that may make the budget a tough sell in the state legislature.

        Violence Task Force

        Jan 12, 2001

        Rochester, NY – Half-a-dozen democrats on the Monroe County Legislature want to establish a permanent violence reduction task force. It would be a panel including all levels of government, law enforcement, private agencies and neighborhood groups. And it would plan ways of decreasing violent crime.

        Democratic leader Todd Bullard submitted the proposal, along with Democrats Christopher Wilmot, Ronnie Thomas, Bill Benet, Willie Lightfoot and Jose Cruz.

        Museum Grant

        Jan 12, 2001

        Rochester, NY – An area museum is receiving a substantial gift. Genesee Country Village and Museum is getting 300-thousand dollars worth of financial support from the Gleason Foundation.

        The grant goes to the museum's "Adopt A Village" program, and will be used to help take care of the museum's more than 100 buildings, including 57 historic structures. The funding will be used for renovation projects include roofing and painting, along with a comprehensive maintenance and restoration plan for the buildings.

        Vending Machine Cameras

        Jan 12, 2001

        Rochester, NY – Kodak is teaming up with Maytag Corporation to put film and single-use cameras in vending machines. They plan to roll out thousands of camera-and-film vending machines over the next three years.

        Officials at Kodak say they want to satisfy instant cravings for must-have snapshots in morethan 10,000 high-traffic locations around the country like beaches, parks or ski resorts.



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        At 10 a.m. on Sept. 22, Granville Street in Vancouver turned into a river. Brightly colored cardboard salmon, bicycle floats and hundreds of people dressed in costumes flowed down the street, carrying huge silkscreen banners and flags as big as sails printed with the words "Wild Salmon Forever." People sang, beat drums and called the wild salmon home.

        Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., who has been accused of covering up sexual abuse scandals during his tenure as the bishop of Pittsburgh.

        In March 1980, Patricia Morales Tijerino and her sister had just left a wedding in a little chapel in El Salvador's capital and were on their way to the reception.

        "And then I spotted him," Morales Tijerino recalls. "He was in his white cassock."

        Óscar Arnulfo Romero, the Roman Catholic archbishop of San Salvador, was standing alone in a garden outside the church.

        A number of states are blocking web traffic from foreign countries to their voter registration websites, making the process harder for some U.S. citizens who live overseas to vote, despite the practice providing no real security benefits.

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        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.

        Veronica Volk / WXXI News

        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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