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Noelle E. C. Evans

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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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Contestants will spend 30 hours inside coffins -- sometimes with worms for company -- for the chance to win cash and other prizes in a contest at Six Flags Darien Lake. 

The second annual "Coffin Challenge" on Friday and Saturday is part of the park’s annual Fright Fest. 

Participants will compete for a $600 grand prize, season passes to the park for next year and access passes to the remaining weeks of Fright Fest.

Mike Arena with Six Flags says that the contest suits the season.

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Friday is the last day to register if you want to vote in the Nov. 5 general election. 

If you make the deadline either by registering in person or postmarking your application on time, you are eligible to vote early as well. It’s the first year for early voting in New York state, and seven polling sites will be open from Oct. 26 through Nov. 3.

If you miss the deadline, you still have options.

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Former City Council Vice President Adam McFadden pleaded guilty to new felony charges on Wednesday. McFadden admitted to defrauding and embezzling over $100,000 from a children’s community organization. 

McFadden said that while he was the executive director of Quad A for Kids, he falsified invoices and receipts amounting to $131,163. Quad A is an organization that offers after-school programs for youths in the city.

Assemblyman David Gantt is calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take immediate action on the Rochester City School District’s financial crisis. Gantt says that the state has failed to act while the district floundered for more than 40 years. 

In a letter to Cuomo on Monday, Gantt strongly condemned the City School District’s leadership for what he says was deliberate and systematic overspending of at least $30 million in the last fiscal year.

He proposes that a financial control board be established, followed by mayoral control of the district.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli joined striking members of the United Auto Workers union outside a General Motors plant in Rochester on Monday, as tensions continue between workers and the company.

DiNapoli spoke to workers on the picket line outside the plant on Lexington Avenue. He says he supports the UAW in their negotiations with GM.

"I certainly support them in their battle and I hope that GM, which has been an enlightened company in many ways, will listen to their better angels and come up with a positive resolution as soon as possible," DiNapoli says.

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The Ibero-American Action League held its annual luncheon on Friday and presented its first State of the Latino community address. 

Ibero’s president Angelica Perez-Delgado says that Ibero’s immediate focus is on improving quality of life for people living in the Northeast corridor of Rochester which has been the scene of an open-air drug market.

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It’s tax-extension season. For those who filed for a six-month extension deadline, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance offers some advice. 

If you did get one of those extensions,  the deadline to submit your taxes is on Oct. 15.

Taxpayers with adjusted gross household incomes of $66,000 or less in 2018 can file their taxes electronically using free software through the state Department of Taxation and Finance’s website. The state recommends that taxpayers file electronically rather than on paper for accuracy and faster processing.

A local non-profit group dedicated to ending homelessness held a symposium Tuesday, focused on addressing barriers that homeless people face when they need services. 

In 2018, at least 835 people were homeless in Monroe County, according to a count by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Across the state nearly 92,000 people were without a place to go last year.

But those numbers don’t account for records of student homelessness. The New York State Education Department reported around 153,000 students in temporary housing last year.

Press Office of Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie visited GM workers who are on the picket line in Rochester on Monday when he made a few  stops around the area. Around 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers union have been on a national strike against General Motors for eight days as of Monday.

Heastie says that people should be prioritized over profits, particularly with the type of profits that GM has.

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The global climate strike, a worldwide event to bring awareness to climate change, was a focus at the University of Rochester on Friday. Students organized a teach-in with speakers from groups working to combat the climate crisis. 

 

Ashley Bardhan is a senior at the university and one of the organizers of the teach-in. She says she was moved to take action because national and international leaders aren’t doing enough to curb climate change. 

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