Leaders of the opt-out movement say they're still not pleased with New York state's Common Core-based tests and the pressures they place on students and teachers.

Last year, there were about 250,000 students across the state who opted out of the exams. As officials prepare to administer the English language arts exams this week to students in grades 3 through 8, some are expecting similar refusal numbers this year. 

Flu season is winding down. That according to Dr. John Treanor, the head of the infectious disease division at URMC, who says it appears the cases of the more serious strain are finished, but there may still be a few cases out there of the more moderate strain.

“We went through a moderate flu season this year but looking at the numbers of positive tests in the microlab and other indications of disease activity it does appear to be definitely on the wane. That doesn’t mean it’s completely gone, but it’s clearly going away," he told WXXI News.

The city of Syracuse has developed a business web portal that allows users to access information to start or grow their businesses. The database application is meant to spur economic development in small businesses.

One of the issues in this week's state budget negotiations is aid to college students, public and private. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing free tuition for most public higher education students, while private schools are proposing more aid for their students.


A new report sums up the crazy winter that brought unusually warm temperatures to the Great Lakes region -- as well as some brutal Lake Effect snowstorms.

Toronto recorded its highest February temperature -- 66 degrees -- on Feb. 23, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. The following day, more records were set in Syracuse (71), Binghamton, N.Y. (70), and Erie, Pa., (77).

In the spring of my senior year of high school, I took daily trips to the mailbox. It might have been the only time in my life when I knew for a fact that any day, letters with my name on them would appear in the mailbox from colleges that had read through my hopeful applications.

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House Republicans scrapped a vote on their health care replacement plan on Friday after defections from both the right and center that made it clear the bill would not pass.

"Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land," House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted shortly after he pulled the bill. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future. I don't know how long it's going to take us to replace this law."

M&T Bank’s regional Rochester headquarters has a new home. On Friday the bank officially unveiled its new space at the building formerly occupied by Frontier Communications on South Clinton Avenue.

M&T had its regional headquarters on East Avenue near Union Street for a number of years, but regional president Dan Burns says they really needed some updated offices.

A recent study of the economy for the Rochester area over the last several years presents a mixed picture.

The study is an annual report from the Washington based think tank, the Brookings Institution. The Metro Monitor report tracks the economic performance of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.

A well-known local attorney and former Board Chair of  WXXI has died.

Alfred “Skip” Hallenbeck was 87, and died on Wednesday. He is originally from Hudson, New York, and was a partner with Nixon Peabody later joining Sybron as General Counsel. He eventually retired from the firm of Ward Greenberg.

Hallenbeck  served on a number of boards of Rochester area organizations, including WXXI, where he was Board Chair from 1973-1975. Since then he has served on the station’s Trustee Council.

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