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Rochester, N.Y., was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and the eye care company, Bausch + Lomb.

Led by these companies, the manufacturing sector once employed 60 percent of Rochester's workforce. Now, that's less than 10 percent. And so, like many cities in this country, Rochester is trying to build something new from its manufacturing heritage.

If you want to understand the story of Rochester, says historian Carolyn Vacca, you need to come to High Falls, where from a bridge visitors see a waterfall and a panoramic view of downtown.

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Health care providers from across the United States and Canada and overseas came together in western New York to discuss the most effective approaches to treating refugee populations, many of whom have experienced significant trauma fleeing from conflict zones.

There are between four and five million refugees in the U.S. and their experiences often result in unique health needs.

Community Composting

Every Thursday, Luke Stodola goes out driving, filling the bed of his truck with, well, poop. Sometimes, buckets and buckets of it.

“We give them a bucket full of composted soil, their cats defecate into the soil and we re-compost that soil cat-poop mixture into more compost,” Stodola said.

He works with an alternative waste-management company in upstate New York. He and the co-owners of Community Composting provide door to door service collecting food scraps, and the occasional bucket of cat litter.

Just over ten years ago, Paul McFadden was told outright by a convenience store owner that he was not employable because of a series of convictions in his teens.

Paul McFadden said, "What's the problem? What's going on?"

He said, "A person like you will never work inside of here. You've been a criminal all of your life. You've been a gang member all of your life. You and your kind will never... if I had it my way, I wouldn't even let you step foot inside of my store.”

App to navigate farmers’ markets wins upstate challenge

May 14, 2014
Alex Crichton/WXXI News

The winners of the Rochester Institute of Technology/AT&T "Civic App Challenge" were announced at RIT's MAGIC (Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity) Center Tuesday.  

The Grand Prize winners for the New Civic App category was Nick Evesky of Webster and Peter Traeg of Greece who took home $5,000 for their "Public Market Guide" app which "contains social media, event and venue information on farmers markets around the county."

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