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TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST Sat, 08 Apr 2017 23:19:00 +0000 TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST TEST WROC one of these tumors a year. they sent me to rochester general. rochester general lived up to their reputation as being one of the best heart hospitals in the country. my first day back my kids were jumping for joy when they saw it was me. i'm thankful that rochester general has allowed me to get healthy and to be here now. everyday is a new day. evening, and what an afternoon! sunshine with a few clouds and it's looking great out there. temperatures are all sitting in the low 50s and upper 40s and we will watch temperatures slowly drop into the 30s overnight many parts of our area still underwater- james will be back to tell us when we may dry out. plus- state lawmakers make a deal- what new laws locals could expect to see take shape. ((jordan))good evening- i'm jordan guerrein. it was a week past it's deadline -- but state lawmakers have now reached an agreement on a new 153-billion dollar budget. this year new yorkers could see tax cuts, tuition assistance, and the use of ride- hailing apps in upstate. the senate is set to convene for a vote tomorrow night at five. if it passes the senate- the budget would then move to the assembly for approval, before landing on the governor's desk. however- there is at least a 90 day period for lawmakers to contenst and oppose major portions of the budget. but it's something that the governor isn't worried about andrew cuomo, (d) governor "they'll have 90 days because i respect the legislature, but if they don't act at the end of 90 days, this plan goes into effect." the top republican in the assembly -- brian kolb -- from cananandaigua -- released a statement about the budget, saying in part- "today, we passed a financial plan that does little to solve our most- pressing financial problem." "we must enact common-sense policies that move our state in a positive direction and improve the lives of those we represent." ((jordan))one of the budget proposals many have been keeping a close eye on is bringing ride- hailing companies like uber and lyft to upstate. emily noonan went out and talked to some people who were excited about the idea -- and those who still have some concerns about it. "" emily noonan. @emilyrnoonan now that uber is coming to rochester, many people who like to enjoy a few drinks at the bar say this makes them feel more at ease fahria omar, i'm really excited, yayyy up until this point- ride-hailing companies could only operate in new york city- michael kimble i'm really excited and it long overdue since almost every other state in the country already has it so i'm super excited about being able to get it here in rochester many people we spoke to said they would choose an uber ride over a taxi because they feel it's more reliable, affordable and most importantly- - more convenient. fahria omar with the app you can just go on your phone and you can find an uber driver they can see the estimated amount of time it is between where they are and when their coming to get you, you can also see if there is an uber around and i think it's great it gives a lot of people employment like college students. county executive cheryl dinolfo agrees that bringing uber to monroe county will create more employments. she states "ridesharing means jobs for our friends and neighbors, new opportunities for tourism to fuel our economy and a much needed boost for local businesses" and uber says they've already had hundreds of people in rochester who have signed up to become drivers fahria omar i'm a full time student right now so i would definitely enjoy the extra income and i would love being an uber driver, making new friends " "michael kimble 01:22:49 i might try it just to see what it's like you know one of the biggest concerns between ubers and taxis has been security. uber drivers do not post identification like a yellow cab would. because of that uber applicants will have to go through background checks. alex martinez, yeah it might be a little concerning but at the same time i think that if you're going to get in to a car with someone you don't know there is an element of risk there but the more background checks the safer you are the better it will be for the customer too emily noonan. @emilyrnoonan the application process to become an uber driver has already started but they won't be hiring any drivers until the budget is passed-- hopefully by this summer. emily noonan news 8 ((jordan))we've reached out to the upstate transportation association for comment on this story. they've been one of the biggest opponents of ride-hailing in upstate. we have yet to receive a response from the organization. also included in the state budget- is a massive scholarship program set to help middle class families by providing free tuition to new york's public colleges. in our area -- about 80-percent of the 55- thousand families with college-age students would be eligible. elijah wesbtrook caught up with a couple of parents today -- elijah what are they saying about the plan? well jordan -- parents we spoke today are on both sides of the matter. some are for it while others are against it. now families making 125- thousand will be eligible for free tuiton at state universities like monroe community college. however there are some stipulations -- those include room and board- namely that they won't cover the bill. plus students must be enrolled full time at the school. students must also keep a certain grade point average and meet residency requirements. a student that we spoke earlier who attends the college at brockport says she's excited about the program and feels receiving free tuition will become less of a financial burder on her. ((sot)) tamara sheppard, student, suny brockport "i think for other students like me it would be awesome because we chose to stay in the state because we had some interest in staying. we had some degree that was appealing to us, so to be able to have this opportunity, i think is awesome. i think we'll definitely see less people trying to leave." this program will be phased over three years starting this fall. families making up to 100-thousand dollars would be eligible. the program also allows sutdents to pause and restart the program if there's a we've got all the details on the rest of the new policies from the budget- you can head to our website at rochester-first- dot-com. ((jordan))many parts of monroe county are still under a flood warning - as places like- black creek in churchville have seen a lot of water over the past couple days. most of the water has already crested -- but with what's been such a wet month, the water is dropping slowly. james gilbert's here now to tell us a little bit more about all of this -- james? james hey jordan, that's right it has been a wet one. we've seen the national weather service issue a few flood warnings, the one we were talking about yesterday was toward irondequoit creek, but it looks like we're really starting to see problems forblack creek near churchville. that has really inundated itself so the flooding is going to be there and continue to cause problems through the overnight tonight and into early tomorrow. seven feet is when you really start to see the problems with flooding, and the good news is that it is starting to drop quicker now. although it may be dropping it is going to take a while for anyone to see normal levels just because of how wet this april has been. the soil is completely ((jordan))we're getting more information on the u-s missle strike against a syrian air force base. federal officials estimate 20 russian-made aircraft belonging to the syrian government have been destroyed. thursday night president trump ordered an attack on the air field that was believed to have launched a chemical attack against civilians. around 80 people died after that attack this past week. many local politicans have been in support of attack --- including congressman chris collins. collins speculated earlier today on what the president's next step should be- chris collins, (r-27th) congressman "so it's evolving and we don't know what the next step would be because we don't right now the reaction, but we do know that for sure, president trump is doing something president obama would not do in holding assad accountable, and there is a strong message there" syria has been in the midst of a civil war for the past six years. england, turkey, and many other countries are have been supportive of the strike. according to the syrian government seven people were killed. activists say new airstrikes have hit a syrian town, where chemical weapons killed dozens of civilians and injured hundreds more. in the aftermath of the u-s missile strike, russia and syria are making it clear the syrian air base is back in operation... locals are saying less than 24 hours after that u-s missile operation- they once again were getting hit by airstrikes. ((jordan))google announced it is rolling out a new "fact check" feature when you use its main search engine or google news section you'll now find labels like "mostly true" or "false" next to stories that have been fact- checked& it's the tech giant's latest step to combat the spread of fake or misleading news. april is autism awareness month- and the autism council of rochester was out and running today. it's an annual 5-k at the m-c-c public safety training facility. runners were able to take part with a small donation- and a big smile. one of the runners tells us, despite the cold- it was worth it because they were raising awareness. madison montana, ran in the 5k "i feel like there's a stigma that comes around with the word or the term autism, and i feel like this was a very positive situation." more than one-hundred people ran in the event. a couple of those included rochester police recruits. about one-in-68 people in the u-s are living with autism. coming up- the fairport crew teams row for charity- we'll tell you who they're supporting -- and how much they are looking to raise. ((wx stinger)) james hey jordan, that's right it has been a wet one. we've seen the national weather service issue a few flood warnings, the one we were talking about yesterday was toward irondequoit creek, but it looks like we're really starting to see problems forblack creek near churchville. that has really inundated itself so the flooding is going to be there and continue to cause problems through the overnight tonight and into early tomorrow. seven feet is when you really start to see the problems with flooding, and the good news is that it is starting to drop quicker now. although it may be dropping it is going to take a while for anyone to see normal levels just because of how wet this april has been. the soil is completely saturdated from the heavy rains and big snows through march and that has really had a lasting effect on the soil. today we hit 51 and it is so nice out there! wall to wall blue skies as you can see here on the skycam. a very comfortable afternoon and especially after what we had yesterday as temperatures are around 15 degrees warmer than where they were yesterday after all the clouds and overcast skies. it is definitely a little breezy today. the discs weren't flying too well in my morning disc golf round. just glancing at some national temperatures, since we had a west wind, that means wind is coming out of the west, that means we'll have the air tomorrow that is already to our west. out there is's sitting righ taround 70 and that means it's likely that we also get into the lower 70s by the afternoon. just a great sunday and we'll see some really good dropping of water levels and evaporation out of the soils. anyway so it's going to be a nice evening as temperatures hang in the 40s for a good portion of the night. mostly clear skies remain through the overnight and the moon is at a waxing gibbus so that should be pretty visible tonight. tonmorrow morning in the upper 30s, and then warm up to 70! yes it is going to be a very warm afternoon, one that you'll want to enjoy. just put into a bag and save. satellite and radar shows clear skies all across the eastern half of the united states. that is because of high pressure! we are high and dry, and that high pressure will remain to bring us beautiful blue skies through the day, and we'll see clouds slowly increaseby monday morning. as we watch the high pressure system continues to move eastward that will force even warmer air pushing into the northeast. have agreat sunday! meteorologist james gilbert coming up next- easter sunday is a week from tomorrow -- and a group of folks in webster is using their love of peeps for a good cause. where you can go to check out this art work- ((jordan))the fairport crew club was rowing for a good cause earlier today. 100 kids from eighth graders to seniors in highschool- all rowed to help the perinton food shelf. it's the club's largest fundraiser- and for the food shelf- it's typically their largest donation every year. this year- the club is trying to raise 30-thousand dollars- it's a hefty goal, but the club is hoping they can get there. the rochester 'peep show' is back- just a week ahead of easter. this is the second year for the 'peep show.' it's all to benefit a number of local non-profits. artists created different displays all using those tasty mashmallow peeps candies. and as you may expect- lots of people happy to look even though they couldn't eat! if you missed it today- you've still got tomorrow to check it out. doors open at noon at the webster recreation center. coming up next... the rochester red wings kicking off their season this afternoon in syracuse... see if they began 2017 on the right foot... plus... another battle in detroit between the tigers and red sox... can the sox bounce back from a bullpen implosion yesterday?? highlights next... the rochester red wings are projected to have a strong offense this season... the only thing that kept the bats at bay this week... mother nature... two straight rainouts in syracuse to open 2017... but the rain made way for sun this afternoon... it was a little chilly... 41 degrees at first pitch... red wings and chiefs... no score... 2nd inning... mitch garver liner to left... daniel palka on his horse... scores all the way from 1st... wings on the board in 2017... garver keeps it rolling in the 3rd inning... bases full... another double to left... two runs score... 4-0 wings... a new year, same jose berrios... the righty terrific on the mound... six scoreless innings... 7 k's... allowed only 4 base runners... red wings open the season with a perfect ten... 10-0 win in syracuse... red sox in detroit... al kaline... mr tiger on hand... game tied 3rd inning... drive to center... jackie bradley junior diving snag... prevents extra bases... he's good... 1-1 in the 5th... james mccann starts a 3 run inning for the tigers with this homer to left- center off eduardo rodriguez... 4-1 detroit in the ninth... sox go down without a fight... steve selsky looks at a strike 3... sox have dropped two straight in detroit... 4-1 the final... how about some college baseball... shades were needed as fisher hosted st lawerance.. ---- cards down 2-0 in the 2nd... two on for thomas pasquale... he doubles down the left field line.. that'll bring in 2... pasquale with 4 hits on the afternoon... --- next batter.. evan ryan.. lines one into the gap in left center.. pasquale can walk home... --- fisher had a 4-2 lead.. then trailed 11-4... but scored 12 runs in the final two innings to pick up the win 16- 12 the final it's the final weekend of the season for the buffalo sabres... and the disappointing ride will come to an end tomorrow in tampa... they are in action right now against the florida panthers another team that's failed to live up to expectations... right now ???????????????... a nice lazy saturday afternoon for our friend cash... wathcing brighton take on pal-mac... game tied in the 2nd half... brighton's shea mcdonald... from behind the net... curls around in front... puts the barons in the lead 7-6... pal-mac rallied back to take the lead... brian burger

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