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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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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.

Search Continues for Missing Woman

Jan 11, 2001

Shortsville, NY – The search continues for an 82-year-old woman missing since Tuesday. Helen Lois Goodwin walked away from the privately run home for adults where she had lived since 1998, police said. Temperatures were below freezing on Tuesday.

Goodwin, who had a history of depression, frequently went for walks but usually told the house's owners when she was going out. There was no mention this time and she left her purse behind.

Woman Found

Jan 11, 2001

Shortsville, NY – The body of an elderly Ontario County woman was found this afternoon in a snow bank, about one thousand feet from an adult facility she walked away from earlier this week. Hundreds of people were involved in the search for 82-year old Helen Lois Goodwin of Shortsville.

Missing Woman

Jan 11, 2001

Shortsville, NY – The Ontario County Sheriff's Department is searching for a missing elderly woman. 82-year old Louis Goodwin was last seen last night leaving her Shortsville home. She is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds with blue eyes and white hair. Deputies say Goodwin left her home between six and nine last night and hasn't been seen since. She does not own a car and is taking medication.

    Rochester NY – The noted defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran filed a notice of claim against Monroe County on behalf of a 20-year-old woman who says she was raped by three county sheriff's deputies.

    Cochran was joined by the Reverend Norvel Goff of the Rochester NAACP in calling for rapid completion of a state police investigation into the rape charge. Cochran also wants the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Bureau to investigate the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

    Clean Air in the Classroom

    Jan 10, 2001

    Rochester, NY – One key to improving student performance and attendance in schools may have nothing to do with standardized tests and raising standards, but everything to do with the air in classrooms.

    State advocates released a parents' right-to-know guide about laws governing safe air and other conditions in schools they say are distracting students, making them sick and affecting their performance.

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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:

    INTELLIGENT LIVES

    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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