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Cuomo signs bill to combat climate change

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed into law a bill that could greatly reduce greenhouse gases in New York. He was joined by former Vice President Al Gore, a longtime activist against climate change. At Fordham University, Cuomo told an audience of Democratic lawmakers, union leaders and environmentalists that the law, which sets a goal of reducing all greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050, is the "most consequential" of his administration. "In a few minutes, I will sign the most aggressive

LISTEN: Rochester native co-creates first PBS Kids series with Native American lead

PBS Kids recently debuted the first nationally distributed children's series to feature a Native American lead character. "Molly of Denali" can be seen weekdays at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on WXXI-TV and every day at 7:30 p.m. on WXXI-Kids (cable 1277/OTA 21.4). Click on the LISTEN link above to hear an interview with the series' Executive Producer and co-creator Dorothea Gillim from PBS member station WGBH-TV in Boston. The Rochester native and graduate of Brighton High School says Wegmans inspired

LISTEN: Rochester native co-creates first PBS Kids series with Native American lead

Chasing the Moon: Inspiring appreciation for space travel

The Strasenburgh Planetarium at the Rochester Museum & Science Center is using the facility's new digital projection system to show off a new program called "The Eagle has Landed," which re-creates what the Apollo 11 astronauts saw outside the window of the lunar module as they landed. The show uses archival film and audio to enhance the experience for those watching the show.

Family shaken after ICE detains Albion man

Antonino Hernandez-Bautista left for work Tuesday morning. He would not be coming back. About 8 a.m. Tuesday, a calm summer day with clear skies in Albion, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers pulled over and arrested Hernandez-Bautista and took him to a federal detention facility in Batavia, about 20 minutes away. There, he called his wife, Lucila, to tell her where he was and what had happened. She has withheld her last name out of fear for her safety. After her husband was detained,

Chasing the Moon: Deep space exploration involves Rochester companies

For decades, L3 Harris Technologies has been involved with NASA, including the development of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. It's yet another connection to Rochester's long association with a variety of space programs. The 50th anniversary this month of the moon landing is being celebrated at L3 Harris as well as at Eastman Kodak, since Harris's Space and Airborne Systems business has its roots in the photography and related work that Kodak did in

Chasing the Moon: Deep space exploration involves Rochester companies

Chasing the Moon: Kodak photography mapped landing site

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would commit to a lunar landing by 1970 before a special joint session of Congress. That ambitious goal set off a scramble that required an enormous effort by scientists, engineers, astronauts, and many others as the U.S. tried to respond to the Soviet Union's early accomplishments in the so-called "space race."

State education commissioner unexpectedly resigns

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia abruptly resigned Monday, taking members of the state Board of Regents by surprise. She said she will take a new job at the end of August at an unnamed national firm. Elia, who is the first female commissioner in the history of the State Education Department, said she decided now is the right time to leave the post, and has agreed to accept a job with a national firm that works to turn around struggling public schools. "I'm very excited about

Camp teaches kids with autism how to enjoy one of the rites of childhood

Rocco Rodrigues was diagnosed with autism at age 2. Now 9 years old, Rocco has spent the past four days at the "iCan Bike" camp at the Gordon Field House at RIT learning to ride a bike, something that AutismUp says over 80 percent of people with autism never learn to do. On Thursday morning, he was riding at a pretty good speed around the track with two volunteer spotters running alongside him. "It's a little bit...I'm not gonna say scary, but startling," he said. "You want to know why? Because

Camp teaches kids with autism how to enjoy one of the rites of childhood

Cuomo continues to question safeguards in new immigrant driver's license law

The first lawsuit has been filed against New York's new law to permit undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses as Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued to cast doubt on the effectiveness of the new law. The lawsuit filed by Erie County Clerk Michael "Mickey" Kearns seeks court action to prevent the state from forcing county clerks who are against the new law to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Kearns. speaking a few days before the suit was filed, said he believes the New

Cuomo continues to question safeguards in new immigrant driver's license law

New state law safeguards against ICE facial recognition searches through DMV databases

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI have been using facial recognition software to sift through Department of Motor Vehicle databases to track down undocumented immigrants in some states. In New York state, however, a new law that allows the immigrants to apply for driver's licenses has safeguards against such searches. Researchers at Georgetown University Law Center obtained documents related to the searches using the technology, which The Washington Post reported on this past

New state law safeguards against ICE facial recognition searches through DMV databases

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