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Juan Vazquez

Manager of Digital News Operations

Juan is responsible for digital audience engagement and digital strategies for WXXI News. He also fills in for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

As a life-long Western New Yorker, Juan has had extensive experience in broadcasting, audience engagement, and promotion.

Juan was Director of Marketing and Public Affairs at World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara where he developed project and event management experience, budget creation and monitoring, and fundraising/sponsorship planning and solicitation and serving as a representative on the Binational Economic Developers Association.   

Juan's broadcasting experience includes stints at his hometown of Dunkirk, NY along with Batavia, NY where he handled morning shows, news reporting, operations, and sports play-by-play.  Juan has a B.S. in Communications from the SUNY Fredonia and an M.B.A. from SUNY Empire State.

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Schools and school districts in New York state can no longer file a lawsuit over students' unpaid meals. 

A new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday is part of the governor’s “No Student Goes Hungry” program. 

“Taking families to court over unpaid school meals is cruel, draconian, and runs counter to a school's fundamental mission to ensure the well-being of every student," Cuomo said in a statement, adding that the new law builds on his administration's work to end "lunch shaming."

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After opening its first store in New York City in 2019, Wegmans is planning to open another.

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The last time the Rochester Rhinos were on the field was 2017. The club announced today that it plans a rebirth in 2022, with a global soccer star as part of the ownership group that includes David and Wendy Dworkin who bought the club in 2016.

The Rhinos announced Tuesday that Jamie Vardy has purchased a minority stake in the club. Vardy led Leicester City to an improbable run to the English Premier League championship in 2014 and has played for England in international competition. Vardy, 34, will continue to play for Leicester City.

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AAA is teaming up with the New York State Police to make young drivers aware of the dangers that summer driving can pose for new drivers.

The auto agency calls the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. Its statistics show that fatal crashes involving teens increase during that three-month period compared to the other nine months of the year.

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Monroe County on Tuesday reported another 196 new cases of COVID-19. The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 223 new cases per day.

There were 18 new deaths, those occurred between April 10 and April 20. There have been 1,244 deaths.

The seven-day rolling average positivity rate is 2.8%.

There are 207 people hospitalized in the Finger Lakes region; 48 people are in ICU.

In terms of vaccinations, the percentage of New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose is 44.6%. The percentage of people with the completed vaccine series is 31.9%.

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Black Lives Matter activists marched through the streets of Rochester Tuesday as they marked the one-year anniversary of Daniel Prude's ultimately fatal encounter with city police.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, the REMADE Institute, a public-private partnership based at RIT that helps companies across the country with recycling efforts, is announcing $43 million in new technology research.

Plus, two local organizations -- Rochester Regional Health and Charter Communications (parent of Spectrum) -- announce plans to raise the minimum wage for their employees. Also, Constellation Brands announces a $10 million commitment to an investment fund targeted toward helping minority-owned businesses.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, the commercial real estate market in Rochester is still doing well, despite the pandemic. But one expert says some changes may be on the way.

Plus, a survey by Forbes says Rochester is one of the most affordable markets for homebuyers in the country; and Coopervision, which has operations in Rochester, is part of a new joint venture that will produce eyeglasses used to help children with myopia.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Monroe County on Tuesday reported 509 new cases of COVID-19.

There were no new deaths, the total is 685 to date.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is 620 new cases per day.  The seven-day rolling average positivity rate for Monroe County is 9%.

There are 894 people in the Finger Lakes Region hospitalized with 157 of them in ICU.

The percentage of total hospital beds available in the Finger Lakes region on a seven-day rolling average is 31%. The Finger Lakes has the second highest percentage of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in the state.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo again expanded the vaccine eligibility requirements in New York to include anyone over the age of 65.

Cuomo said Tuesday that the state's following new federal guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“I don't want New Yorkers to think that we are not doing everything we can to make them eligible for the vaccine, because I want to keep people in New York as calm as we can keep people in these anxious times,” Cuomo said. “And I don't want people to think that people in any other state are eligible when they're not.”

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