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Get up to speed on the stories you may have missed by subscribing to Ear Shot, the podcast that brings you on-demand stories, interviews, and other tidbits of what's happening around Rochester and the Finger Lakes, all from the WXXI News team.

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Conductor inspires UR students to challenge selves, society

4/17/2019
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Conductor Dr. Rachel Waddell describes music as a “performing tool to bring people together.” She views her work with the orchestras at the University of Rochester’s River Campus as a chance to have people challenge themselves, and society. She is now in her second year at the University of Rochester as director of orchestra activities. The musicians in the orchestras she conducts now are college students, faculty, and amateur community musicians. Most are not majoring in music or planning...

Duration:00:05:18

Recognize prejudice before it's too late, warns Holocaust survivor

4/17/2019
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A local Holocaust survivor says he has shared his story 50 or 60 times over the years, and he will do so again this week. Stephen Hess and his twin sister, Marion, were just five years old when they and their family were taken by the Nazis in 1943. He said he didn't fully comprehend what was happening, but he does remember some aspects of the trauma.

Duration:00:07:50

How would legal weed change New York?

4/11/2019
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With recreational marijuana on the horizon, how could New Yorkers expect the culture to change? The push for cannabis regulation and prohibition began in the early 1900s, and really took off in the 1930s. Nick Robertson, an assistant professor of criminal justice at Rochester Institute of Technology, said this was due in large part to propaganda like the film “Reefer Madness.” "If you smoke marijuana, you were gonna go crazy," he said. "You were going to do horrible things, it would destroy...

Duration:00:03:52

Recreational weed brings opportunities, concerns for medical users and providers

4/10/2019
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As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature indicate they’re moving closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, users and prescribers of medical cannabis – particularly in rural areas – have been wondering what the change will mean for them. New York state keeps a list of medical marijuana practitioners in each county who agree to be named publicly. There are 26 in Monroe County. But in Orleans County, there are none. The counties of Genesee, Livingston and Wayne each have one...

Duration:00:04:08

Potential pot legalization pushes New York employers into unknown territory

4/9/2019
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When you walk into Optimax, you instantly hear the buzz of people at work on millions of dollars’ worth of machinery. The Victor company is an optical manufacturer known for creating the lenses for the 2020 Mars rover . It’s tough to imagine people using these machines while high. But with legal recreational marijuana a real possibility in New York state, that’s something the folks at Optimax are thinking about now. “You have to have some rules to meet the expectations of the workforce, to...

Duration:00:04:18

State lawmakers aim to curb robocalls

4/4/2019
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When state lawmakers return later this month for a post-budget session, they hope to tackle several issues, including trying to curb the number of robocalls that New Yorkers receive. The call are annoying and becoming more frequent. According to the company You Mail, which makes call-blocking software, New York reported the third-highest volume of robocalls in the nation for the month of March .

Duration:00:03:07

Resolution by Seneca Falls town supervisor to end Women's Hall of Fame funding fails

4/2/2019
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The Seneca Falls Town Board on Tuesday night rejected a resolution to end funding for the Women's Hall of Fame if it inducts Jane Fonda. But that was only after over an hour of passionate debate between Hall supporters and Vietnam veterans on Fonda's actions in the 1970s. Last week, town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro proposed a resolution that would end town financial donations for events associated with the hall because of Fonda's nomination. Vern Brewer was one of the many Vietnam veterans who...

Duration:00:02:04

Business Report: Some senior living facilities are changing ownership

4/1/2019
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In the latest WXXI Business Report, find out what an economist and an executive with JPMorgan Chase think about the prospects for the national and the regional economy this year. Plus, some senior living facilites in the region are getting a new owner.

Duration:00:02:56

Lawmakers pull all-nighter to meet budget deadline

4/1/2019
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The New York State Legislature completed work on the state budget around 7:30 a.m. Monday, after pulling an all-night session to complete the budget relatively on time. The spending plan represents a compromise where not everyone is completely happy. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pleased with the results of the spending plan. “This is probably the broadest, most sweeping state plan that we have done,” Cuomo said. “There are a number of national firsts.” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, in remarks early...

Duration:00:02:56

Hanging out with the first all-girl Boy Scout troop in Rochester

4/1/2019
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This February, Boy Scouts of America made a major change and started allowing girls to join the club. And while some young girls flocked to meetings with dreams of hiking and shooting guns, Girl Scouts of America thinks there is some misinformation about what being a member of their club really means.

Duration:00:05:53

Maeve Reed's quest: a community not afraid to talk about suicide

3/29/2019
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A Fairport teen has been working for the last several years to end the stigma around mental illness. Maeve Reed lost her best friend to suicide when they were both freshmen in high school. At the time, Maeve said there was a silence about it, like people were sweeping her friend's death under the rug.

Duration:00:03:04

Pushback in Albany on prevailing wage extension

3/26/2019
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Unions and many Democrats in the state Legislature are pushing for an expansion of the state’s prevailing wage law. But they are finding that the change might have some unintended consequences.

Duration:00:03:24

State eases restrictions on addiction treatment drug

3/26/2019
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Chad Rank has been taking buprenorphine for years. But he's still coming to terms with what it means for his recovery from more than a decade of addiction to opioids. "A few months ago I talked to my doctor, and I was like, 'Maybe I want to come off of it,'" Rank said. "It's a real internal struggle: Do I want to keep taking this?" Buprenorphine is a prescription drug used to help people quit heroin, painkillers, or other opioids. But it carries its own stigma , especially in 12-step...

Duration:00:03:57

Final lobbying push at the Capitol as budget takes shape

3/25/2019
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Assemblyman Harry Bronson, a Democrat from Rochester, is the sponsor of a bill to extend prevailing wage rules to projects that draw from private and public government funds. He was joined by around 200 construction workers who stood on the Capitol’s ornate million dollar staircase between the Senate and Assembly chambers. The workers say the change would add significantly to their pay. “We’re going to fight like hell, between now and the end of next weekend, to make sure this is in the...

Duration:00:04:06

Business Report: Develop Super 8 film in a beer can

3/25/2019
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In the latest WXXI Business Report, the new employment numbers point to job growth here and statewide. Rochester's own Monro is expanding into California, and learn how you can use a beer can from a local craft brewery company to develop Super 8 film.

Duration:00:03:51

Can forensic science be trusted in courts?

3/25/2019
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The dean of the UCLA School of Law will be in Rochester this week to bring more attention to what she and many others consider a serious problem in the judicial system - faulty forensic science. Jennifer Mnookin says it's a factor in half of the known cases of wrongful conviction. "That doesn't mean forensic science is wrong half the time. Let me be clear about that," Mnookin said. "But in the cases where we know we got the wrong answer and we go back and say, 'where were the problems?',...

Duration:00:10:43

Governor has the upper hand in a late budget

3/22/2019
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The new state budget, due April 1, will be first one decided by an all-Democratic state legislature in a decade, after Republicans ruled the Senate for most of the past century. And while the leadership of the Senate and Assembly have been newly reasserting their governing powers when it comes to the spending plan, there’s only so far that they can go in their disagreements with Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Speaker of the State Assembly, Carl Heastie, and the Senate Leader, Andrea...

Duration:00:04:16

New 'Arts in the Loop' effort aims to use artistic activity to draw people downtown

3/21/2019
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It’s called Arts in the Loop, and the play on words is partly related to the filling in and revamping of a portion of the Inner Loop. Jim Doser, director of the Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music, is one of the people involved in these discussions. He says the hope is to create art, media and technology exhibits throughout downtown. “We see, though Main Street is our initial focus, we see this initiative moving out from Main Street in kind of ever expanding loops;...

Duration:00:01:13

Casino companies see opportunity in New York's budget shortfall

3/21/2019
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Gambling casino companies are pressing Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature to allow them to open gaming centers in New York City as part of the new state budget. There are a number of obstacles to overcome, but the proposal may seem tempting to lawmakers, who are strapped for cash this year. Representatives for major casino companies, including Las Vegas-based Sands and Malaysian-based Genting, have been spotted in the halls of the state Capitol in recent days, advocating to speed up...

Duration:00:04:02

MCC gets $3 million to fight hunger among students

3/20/2019
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The Wegman Family Charitable Foundation is donating $3 million to Monroe Community College. The money will aid MCC students struggling with food insecurity and other barriers to their education. The college has been paying more attention to students who have financial needs in recent years. A 2016 study from the Wisconsin HOPE Lab found that more than half of MCC students either skipped a meal or had to eat less because they couldn’t afford it; 60 percent of the students said they could not...

Duration:00:01:09