One of the things that the Obama Whitehouse and the First Lady Michelle Obama jumped on was the challenge of getting more Women and Girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math or STEM. Less than 2 percent of women make it into the IT workforce, despite the fact that about 12 percent graduate with IT degrees.

Minority communities are also underrepresented in science fields according to the National Science Foundation. In our first hour we’ll talk with a graduate of the StepITUpAmerica initiative, a Rochester woman who’s out to make waves in the IT field.

It may have been the most momentous sausage sandwich moment at the New York State Fair since Senate candidate Rick Lazio refused to eat the state fair staple the year he ran against Hillary Clinton. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul bought a sandwich for one of the protesting teachers trailing her on the fairgrounds opening day Thursday.

Dozens of educators dogged Hochul around the fairgrounds yesterday chanting and repeating many of the concerns they’ve had about the Cuomo administration’s education policy for years now. And communication seems to be a big part of the dispute.

Today is the opening day of The New York State Fair which always has a great impact on central New York at this time of the year.

Seven years ago, New York state implemented new accessible voting systems in the election process. But the Rochester-based Center for Disability Rights remains concerned at the low number of people with disabilities making their way to the polls.

The Ballot Marking Devices were introduced at each polling place. These machines provide increased opportunities for individuals with disabilities to vote privately and independently through the use of interfaces triggered by sound and touch.

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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney announced on Tuesday that construction is now complete on the new Lakeview Amphitheater along Onondaga Lake. Country singer Miranda Lambert will be the opening act, scheduled to perform on September 3.

A longtime coal-burning energy plant in the Town of Tonawanda faces closure under a plan submitted by its owner to the New York State Public Service Commission. Seventy-nine jobs are slated to be cut by next March.

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New York’s economic development agent was in Rochester Tuesday to certify minority and women owned businesses. At least one board member wants to see more of these trainings across Upstate.

Empire State Development gave a morning training seminar at the Ibero-American Action League that went over the process for businesses to get certified for government contracts.

Governor Cuomo set a goal that the state contract with 30 percent minority and women-owned businesses.

Cuomo vetoes prescription drug law

Aug 25, 2015

Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill last week that would have given doctors the final say in the medications their patients can access under their Medicaid Managed Care plans. Patients must now appeal every time their prescribed drugs are denied.

The governor said the nicknamed “provider prevails” law could have an unbudgeted fiscal impact on the state.

Kev Coleman is the head of data and research at HealthPocket.com. He says insurers work to keep costs down by limiting the medications they cover.

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A small but passionate group of About 50 activists with the Sierra club, gathered on the southern lawn of Albany’s Academy Park to deliver a 14-thousand signature petitions demanding Governor Cuomo deny the bailout of the Cayuga Power Plant. 

The bailout would come via the governor’s Public Service Commission that currently subsidizes the plant to the tune of $4 -million a month.

The Tompkins County installation has two units that burn coal, and one that uses natural gas or oil depending on the market.

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Cosmetic products containing small plastic beads are now banned from being sold in Erie County.

The measure was signed into law this week, following a unanimous vote by that county's legislature in July.

Microbeads are found in products such as facial scrubs and lotions and even toothpaste. On an ingredient label they are listed as polyethylene, polypropylene, or acrylates co-polymer.

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