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Local unemployment rate drops in March

More people are finding jobs in the greater Rochester area. The New York State Labor Department released preliminary unemployment numbers for March. The Greater Rochester area unemployment rate is 6.7%, which is down from 7.7% a year ago. 

The unemployment rate in February 2014 was 7.2%

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Harley School holds grand opening of The Commons

It could be called the “barn of the future.”  In honor of Earth Day, the Harley School held an official grand opening of its latest facility called The Commons.

The Commons is a place to learn about solar energy. School leaders say the goal is to have students from Pre-K to twelfth grade operate the facility with net zero energy use.

Ward Ghory, Harley School, said, “We thought we’d bring a barn into the future. So what we have here is a structure. One wall is a greenhouse and it's got solar chimneys.”

The facility is 15, 000 square feet.

     

Brush fire on Pinnacle Hill threatens broadcast equipment

Crews worked to put out a brush fire on Pinnacle Hill in Rochester near an area where TV and radio transmitter towers are located, including one for News10NBC.

Neighbors called 911 around 11 p.m. Monday after seeing the flames. Firefighters say because it is a remote area and the road that leads to it is small, it was a challenge getting trucks to the scene. Officials say a back up crew was called to help. News10NBC has learned firefighters were able to put out the fire before any broadcast equipment was damaged.

Investigators are trying to figure out how the fire started.

Harley hosts press conference and public opening of The Commons, a “Living Building”

The Harley School will hold a public opening and press conference of The Commons Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The ceremony will begin the public opening in the Briggs Center for Civic Engagement, located on the third floor of the building.

The Commons, which opened to students in January 2014, is the first PreK-12 education space in the country designed to put multiple tools for creating a sustainable future directly into the hands of students. Systems of The Commons include solar panels, geo-thermal wells, VRF heating and cooling, solar chimney, and state-of-the-art construction and insulation. The Commons houses three new educational resources for the school. The Briggs Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Mindfulness and Empathy Education (CMEE), and a state-of-the-art Science Center are among the three.

MCC radio station to hold Monte Carlo night to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

The Monroe Community College radio station, The Fuse, will be holding a Monte Carlo night on April 28th from 7 to 10 pm to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. It will be held  in Monroe A & B at Monroe Community College's Brighton Campus.

The night will feature games including roulette, craps, blackjack and Texas hold ‘em as well as prize auctions and giveaways. Games run from 7 to 9 pm, followed by an auction starting at 9 pm. For a $10 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project, attendees will receive $500 in gaming chips, which can later be redeemed for FuseBucks. FuseBucks can then be used in an auction to win prizes such as gift cards and electronics.

There will be free giveaways, drinks and hors d’oeuvres provided. 

New York State Exposed: NYS lawmakers are third highest paid in the country and now they want a raise? So how much do they make?

When's the last time you got a raise? For the men and women we elect to the state legislature, it's been 15 years.  

Now, the rumor going around the state is that some of them want to vote for a pay raise and do it after the November election. So we think you ought to know how much they make right now, including all the money on top of their salaries.  

This is why we're on our New York State Exposed Campaign and Monday, we are exposing our lawmakers' perks of the job. 

There are all kinds of people who get paid extra for extra work. They enjoy certain financial benefits to their job, but they don't get paid by your tax money.

Your state lawmakers do. 

Nazareth College students receive prestigious 2014-2015 Fulbright Awards

Nazareth College is proud to announce that the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has selected three of its students as recipients of the 2014-2015 U.S. Junior Fulbright award.

Teri Bunce, of Spencer is an international studies and history double major with a minor in French. She will teach English in South Korea after she graduates in May. Upon her return, Bunce plans to attend graduate school in the Washington, D.C. area and pursue a career in international relations.

Katelynn Kundrata, of Hamlin, is a graduate student majoring in the School of Education. She will teach English in primary and secondary schools in Malaysia after graduating in May. She plans to continue teaching English upon her return.

Matthew Maloney, of Fairport, is a history and Spanish double major with minors in legal studies and political science. He will travel to Andorra to teach English at Centre de Formació Professional to kids ages 16-18.