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Arrival of Spring coincides with Persian New Year

When the Vernal Equinox ushers Spring into the Northern Hempisphere at 5:58 p.m. on Wednesday, Persians around the world will mark the start of a new year. The Feldman Ballroom at the University of Rochester is the setting for a celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring tea, dance, music, and speakers who will talk about the history of Nowruz, the name for the Persian New Year. Click on the LISTEN link above to hear Shahin Monshipour, organizer of the festive event, explain the rich tradition

Public campaign finance measure struggling to gain ground in Albany

A push to enact a statewide system of public campaign finance for political races appears to be floundering in New York. But advocates have not given up on a proposal that they say would change the culture of a state capitol where many lawmakers have grown dependent on donations from special interest groups. There have already been 125 fundraisers for legislators' election campaigns in Albany since the session began - a total of 25 days since January. The minimum price for an entry ticket ranges

RIT to develop software to detect deepfake videos

The $100,000 grant for RIT comes from the The Ethics and Governance in A-I Initiative , a joint project from the MIT Media Lab and Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. This project and the other projects funded by this effort are aimed at helping combat the spread of misinformation, particularly when that happens through the use of artificial intelligence. At RIT, researchers will work on designing software to help automatically detect what they call, 'deepfake videos.'

Business Report: Xerox may sell off one of its businesses

In the latest WXXI Business Report, companies may be more optimistic to add staff this year - we'll tell you what a new survey from Manpower reveals. Plus, is Xerox selling off its customer financing business? Reuters says they're exploring the option, so what does that mean for the company? Then, how is New York state helping manufacturing companies protect themsevles from cyber risks?

State Ed. Dept. and AG release report on Trevyan Rowe death

A report from the state Education Department and attorney general (located at the end of this story) found "systemic failures" at School 12, the city school that 14-year-old Trevyan Rowe attended at the time of his death. Rowe was a student in special education who died after walking away from school on March 8, 2018. His body was found in the Genesee River on March 11, 2018. On Tuesday, State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a

Business Report: Wages going up across the state; Hart's Local Grocers is closing

In the latest WXXI Business Report, a new Paychex report shows that nationwide, small business job growth is flat, but wages are rising. Sad news as Hart's Local Grocers, the only grocery store in downtown Rochester, announced it's closing later this month. A report from the New York state comptroller shows that mortgage foreclosure filings are falling in the Finger Lakes and across much of the state. And, a large donation from a Webster company will help with the construction of a playground to

Business Report: Wages going up across the state; Hart's Local Grocers is closing

With climate change potentially affecting water levels, homeowners defend lakeside living

In a changing climate, people living on Lake Ontario may be more at risk for flooding and extreme weather, so what compels them to stay?

With climate change potentially affecting water levels, homeowners defend lakeside living

Jeff Spevak talks with Judy Collins, about social activism and music

Judy Collins has worn her activism on her songwriter's sleeve since the 1960s, when she moved to New York City's Greenwich Village, plunging into a scene of folk-music driven activism. She is a voice of peace and civil rights, but also travail, publicly sharing her own experiences with alcoholism, drug abuse, bulimia and the suicide of her son. Collins, who plays Saturday, March 9 at Hochstein Performance Hall, is an unerring judge of other songwriters' material: She has had hits with Joni

Advocates say there's money for schools, despite the budget gap

There were some emotional moments when lawmakers and supporters of a school funding measure rallied at the Capitol Tuesday. They were there to advocate for $4 billion - money they say has long been owed to them under an order by the state's highest court. Miriam Aristy-Farer began helping hold fundraisers for the elementary school in her Washington Heights neighborhood when her son was small, and she saw that the district lacked art and music teachers, and special assistance for children with

Business Report: Remembering winery owner John Brahm III; what's next for Gro-Moore Farms?

We start off the latest business report with sad news, the sudden passing of Arbor Hill Winery owner John Brahm III. Then, some good news in Genesee County as a dairy plant will see a new life, and what's next for Gro-Moore Farms in Henrietta?

Business Report: Remembering winery owner John Brahm III; what's next for Gro-Moore Farms?

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