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Noelle E. C. Evans

Reporter/Producer

Noelle E. C. Evans is a general assignment reporter/producer for WXXI News with a background in documentary filmmaking and education.

Noelle worked in Quito, Ecuador, for a Venezuelan media organization during a critical time in the country’s history. She has a nuanced understanding of the need for freedom of the press, and is conversational in Spanish.

Noelle is a BBC Grace Wyndham Goldie scholar and has worked with BBC Radio Wales and the BBC World Service. She received her M.A. in International Journalism from Cardiff University in Wales – one of the top ten ranking journalism schools in the UK. Noelle was awarded the university’s USA Excellence Scholarship in 2016.

She began as an intern at WXXI in 2014.

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New York Immigration Coalition

The Trump administration announced Wednesday a new regulation that would allow indefinite detention for migrant children and families who enter the U.S. illegally.

The acting secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, said that under this new rule, "All children in the government's care will be universally treated with dignity, respect, and special concern in concert with American values.”

New York Immigration Coalition’s Anu Joshi said that’s unlikely, given the administration’s track record.

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A top federal official toured the laser lab at the University of Rochester on Tuesday.  Lisa Gordon-Hagerty  is Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration. That agency is responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.

Gordon-Hagerty said the role that the Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics  plays in this process is a crucial one.

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The 50th annual Puerto Rican festival opened Friday afternoon at Frontier Field with food, music, and good vibes. It was sunny, and the mix of music, food, and the energy couldn’t be more welcome after weeks of bad news.

Early Friday afternoon, the crowd was small but vibrant. Jose Andres Nieves, 79, is here with a group from Centro de Oro, a Latinx senior center run by Ibero. Jose says he came for the live music.

"I am a fanatic of Trio Los Condes from Puerto Rico, but I like salsa and merengue, anything," he says in Spanish.

NYCLU

The New York Civil Liberties Union released a report Thursday showing racial disparities in Irondequoit and Greece policing. 

The report, based on information given by the police departments, says that in 2014, a third of all traffic stops in Greece involved black people, though only 6 percent of the town’s residents are black.

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Democratic Rep. Joe Morelle announced Wednesday that he is taking action on climate change.

“There is no greater threat facing humanity, and there’s probably never been a greater threat ever to face humanity," Morelle said.

Morelle said he is sponsoring the Climate Emergency Resolution that Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced last month. He’s also endorsing multiple environmental bills.

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Monroe County Clerk Adam Bello, a Democratic candidate for county executive, has announced a plan to combat climate change in the county.

Bello said Tuesday that the six-part plan would be a pillar of his administration if elected. It includes a Climate Action Board, something of an Environmental Management Council revival.

The board would help his administration put together a climate action plan, which would include:

RocHealthData.org

A report released Tuesday offers data about the Rochester region’s health.

The Community Health Indicator Report found that in the 13 counties around the region, smoking is higher than the national average, as is obesity.

The report also found that about two-thirds of people in the region who have high blood pressure have the condition under control. Around 74 percent of people with diabetes are managing their condition as well, the research found.

Spectrum News

Abigail Hernandez was denied bond again last week by an immigration judge. Hernandez is a former Rochester City School District student and a young woman with an intellectual disability who has been detained in Batavia and faces possible deportation. 

Hernandez’s attorney, Michael Marszalkowski says there hasn’t been much precedent for someone in the young woman's position.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to stop collecting data on bee colonies in places like Rochester. 

Spectrum News

In the wake of two mass shootings this past weekend, President Donald Trump said it was mental illness and hatred that pulled the trigger, not the gun. An official with Rochester's Mental Health Association says this misses the point. 

After a total of 31 people were killed by gunmen in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, Trump said law reforms are needed to prevent people with mental illness from accessing guns. He also suggested involuntary confinement “as needed.”

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