Lead Story Archive

Stocks tumbled around the world Thursday amid signs of economic weakness. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 400 points to close down more than 3.6%.

The western New York Regional Council held its first public meeting in Buffalo Tuesday, but portions of the gathering were still conducted behind closed doors.

WXXI Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports a Siena College poll finds while the President is still viewed favorably by more than half of those surveyed, two thirds think he is doing only a fair or poor job in office.

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Daniel Robison explains how a researcher at the University at Buffalo is trying to kick off a revolution in the way we learn about our environment - by asking for your help.

Environmental and government reform groups are calling on Governor Cuomo's Environmental Department to triple the amount of time for public comments on proposed rules for hydro-fracking in New York.

WXXI and our Voice of the Voter partners want to know what questions you'd like us to ask city school board candidates in a series of interviews that will air before the upcoming Democratic primary.

Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard and City Councilman Adam McFadden are addressing the citizen review board in the city.

WXXI Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen Dewitt reports the state legislature's task force on redistricting continues its work despite a promised veto from the governor and public support for an independent commission.

On Need to Know Rochester, Interim Rochester City School Superintendent Bolgen Vargas talked about progress in his first months on the job. (Aired August 12, 2011)

With construction booming on Syracuse's University Hill, utility company National Grid announced a $6.2 million investment to update its electric infrastructure there.

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is proposing a remedial fund for hydrofracking, similar to the state's oil spill fund, to reimburse citizens if they suffer environmental damage from the gas drilling process.

WXXI Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports Governor Cuomo says he's staying optimistic about Wall Street and the financial sector's future right now.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed below the 11,000 mark Monday. President Obama sought to calm the market jitters, saying the downgrade was not about the nation's fiscal soundness, but about its political impasse.

WXXI Innovation Trail reporter Zack Seward provides in depth analysis of New York's new system of regional economic development councils.

WXXI Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports Republicans in the State Senate changed their position on the counting of state prison inmates for drawing new legislative district lines, required every ten years.