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RPO names new president and CEO

The RPO has a new president and CEO. The board chairperson of the orchestra, Jules Smith says that Curtis Long has been named to those roles. He has been president of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 2008. Long previously worked in executive positions with the Dayton Philharmonic and the Delaware Symphony. He succeeds Ralph Craviso, who came on board with the RPO in 2015, and told WXXI News in June that he was looking to transition out of that job. Craviso says the orchestra is on track...

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An award granted to the University of Rochester will help coordinate and connect researchers around the nation.

The $19 million federal grant comes from the National Institute of Health, and is for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which works to help biomedical scientists move their research forward.

The money will help fund a new networking initiative called the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration, or CLIC, at the university. It will help researchers communicate better within in the nationwide clinical and translational network.

Kodak Alaris is moving. But it’s not going very far.

The company, which is involved in photo kiosks, various photographic products and software solutions, has been located in the Eastman Business Park, but has announced it is moving to the Rochester Technology Park in Gates.

The company says the 250,000 square foot space will serve as the company’s U.S. headquarters and will house its CEO, as well as be the base for three of its four business groups.

Do you ever read a great book... but feel like you have no one with whom to discuss it? Or that you have no time to really digest or appreciate it?

Open Letter Books is trying to offer a remedy for that problem with their new project called "Two Month Review."

It's an effort to discuss a single book, bit by bit, over two months. Their upcoming book is known as the Icelandic Ulysses, called Tomas Jonsson, Bestseller.

We'll talk about their featured books -- and the value of examining art slowly, instead of binging and instantly moving on to the next idea.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren joins us in studio.

It's our second round of interviews with the candidates for mayor. We  discuss the recent questions that arose surrounding her campaign finances, as well as the proposed downtown performing arts center, economic development and other city issues. 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a bill allowing local BOCES and municipalities to directly purchase New York State produced foods.

A current initiative called Farm to School allows districts to purchase food from local farms up to $200,000 without going through the state. The new bill would allow BOCES and county governments to do the same.

State Agricultural Commissioner Richard Ball said it’s important to maintain good relationships with farmers.

City relaunching rewards program for good deeds

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City officials stood with dozens of young people at the Frederick Douglass R-Center on South Avenue to announce the re-launch of "Positive Ticket," a program that rewards people for positive behavior.

"If I happen to come across you and you're helping someone struggling with groceries, (by) carrying them into the house, for us, that's a positive interaction, and that's something we want to recognize," said Rochester Deputy Police Chief Wayne Harris.

The RPO has a new president and CEO. The board chairperson of the orchestra, Jules Smith says that Curtis Long has been named to those roles.

He has been president of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 2008.

Long previously worked in executive positions with the Dayton Philharmonic and the Delaware Symphony.

He succeeds Ralph Craviso, who came on board with the RPO in 2015, and told WXXI News in June that he was looking to transition out of that job.

Some industrial hemp farmers in Madison County are rooting for a bill that would take the plant off the federal government's Schedule 1 list of Controlled Substances and into the homes of New Yorkers as food products, like a baby green or protein bar.

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President Trump has announced that the government will not allow transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, a year after the Pentagon lifted its ban on transgender service members.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday morning, he wrote:

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First hour: Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, part two

Second hour: Open Letter Books' Two Month Review

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One person was killed and five people critically injured Wednesday evening when they were ejected from a ride at the Ohio State Fair.

Columbus fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said the "Fire Ball" malfunctioned and some of the riders were thrown off. Video posted online appears to show part of the ride detaching before people drop out of their seats to the ground.

Gov. John Kasich has ordered all rides at the fair shut down until they can be inspected.

Senate Republicans have at least narrowed the options on what comes next for the Affordable Care Act — casting two separate votes since Tuesday that knocked out a "repeal-only" proposal and rejected a plan for replacement.

So, as lawmakers resume debate on Thursday, they will be staring at basically one possibility: a so-called "skinny repeal" that would surgically remove some key provisions from Obamacare, while leaving the rest intact — at least for now.

The Trump administration announced sanctions on Wednesday against Venezuela, intended to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to drop plans for a controversial election.

The sanctions target 13 current or former officials from Maduro's government, freezing their U.S. assets and preventing Americans from doing business with them, the AP reports.

In the seven years since the Affordable Care Act was passed, CEOs of U.S. health care companies have made a lot of money.

Their compensation far outstrips the wage growth of nearly all Americans, according to reporter Bob Herman, who published an analysis this week of "the sky-high pay of health care CEOs" for the online news site, Axios.

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From the Inclusion Desk

Hélène Biandudi Hofer, host and producer of WXXI’s weekly news and public affairs program Need to Know, was honored at the Center for Disability Rights’ (CDR) Annual Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Gala Fundraiser at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Thursday night.

Hofer received the Adele Carlson Advocacy Award in recognition of her extensive coverage on disability issues. Her coverage is part of WXXI’s on-going Move to Include initiative in partnership with the Golisano Foundation.

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It has become easier for Monroe County residents who have disabilities to navigate the sometimes frustrating process at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Reasonable accommodations can be requested when people make an online reservation for a DMV appointment at the Greece, Henrietta, and Irondequoit locations.  There is now also an option on the DMV's recorded message at (585) 753-1604 to request special accommodations for people with disabilities at another location when possible.

An international disability rights activist known for his work in native Saudi Arabia is in Rochester. Mohammed Saad joins us to talk about his work to make a variety of every day life experiences more accessible for the visually impaired, including cooking, using technology, and event photography. He's our guest for the hour. 

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Two area lawmakers brought a number of service providers and other agencies together Friday in an effort to help the families impacted by the sudden closure of a local daycare operation.

It’s now estimated that more than 150 families were affected by last week’s closing of the Stepping Stones Learning Center, an Irondequoit daycare that provided daycare and classroom instruction for a number of children, many of them with developmental disabilities.

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