The Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY will present “Journey to the Son: A Celebration of Son House” from August 26 – August 29, 2015. The celebration is made possible in part through a grant from The New York Council for the Humanities.

The four-day festival weaves together music, theatre, film, audio recordings, storytelling and lectures to celebrate Rochester’s adopted son, Eddie “Son” House -- blues singer and guitarist who lived from 1902 to 1988.

Jenni Werner is the Literary Director and Resident Dramaturg at Geva Theatre Center and she joins us to tell us more.

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A television station says its interview with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was abruptly canceled when the station said it wanted to ask him about more than his new memoir.

According to WHAM-TV in Rochester,  Cuomo's book publisher HarperCollins arranged the interview for Wednesday night. A Cuomo aide later called, asking the station to limit  questions to the memoir. When the station refused, the interview was canceled.

Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday for a woman charged with buying the guns a western New York man used to shoot four suburban Rochester firefighters on Christmas Eve 2012.

Prosecutors say Dawn Nguyen lied on a gun purchase form in 2010 when she claimed the rifle and shotgun she bought were for her, when they were really for ex-convict William Spengler.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren — all new officeholders — participated Wednesday in an Albany Law School forum called  “Leading a New Era in City Government: Women Mayors of Upstate New York.”

The public event at the school’s Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom gave attendees a personal glimpse into not only the day-to-day challenges faced by the three Democrats and their municipalities, but also their individual governing styles and the paths they took to leadership.

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Recalling his days as an upstate New York college student, Vice President Joe Biden says it seemed back then that companies like Kodak, Bausch and Lomb and Xerox would go strong forever. But at a community college campus Wednesday, he said times and jobs have changed, and pushed for educational programs that train students for today's higher tech jobs.

Biden's remarks came during a visit to Monroe Community College with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, a community college professor, along with State University Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Education Commissioner John King Jr. in tow.

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The public information officer for Rochester's new mayor says her driver was traveling at more than 80 mph when pulled over by a state trooper on the Thruway while heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech last week.

Christine Christopher, spokeswoman for Lovely Warren, tells the Times Union of Albany that Reggie Hill was "exceeding 80" when he was pulled over last Wednesday in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 90 in the Mohawk Valley while driving the mayor to Albany. Hill wasn't ticketed.

NY rewards 4 districts for efficiency savings

Mar 6, 2013
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On Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo held the districts up as models for the rest of the state, while promising them $12 million in competitive grants over the next three years.

Rochester is the biggest winner, receiving $4.5 million for identifying $9.5 million in savings. Newburgh and Kenmore-Tonawanda will each get $3.6 million for finding nearly $6 million in savings and Queensbury is being awarded $561,000 for finding $624,000 in savings.