Farming Communities Train Residents To Spot Mental Illness

There are about 20 people in a basement conference room at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center, sipping coffee and playing an introductory name game. Today, participants will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression, suicidal thoughts and more in a course called Mental Health First Aid.

Advocates Call For End To Gay/Trans Panic Defense In New York

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Members of MetroJustice and the Out Alliance are calling for the end of what they say is a discriminatory legal defense. Gay or Trans panic is a legal defense in New York and most states. After a violent crime, defendants can argue that the discovery of a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity sparked a panic that caused them to react with violence.

Developers Want Kinder, Gentler Video Games

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Local game developers are spent the weekend creating video games based on kindness at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The event, or “game jam” was hosted by iThrive Games, a company who aims to empower and inspire teens through video games. They hold these weekend long brainstorming sessions across the country, based on different elements such as kindness, or empathy. Senior Creative Director for iThrive Games, Heidi McDonald, McDonald says she’s noticed a trend in young developers wanting to make deeper, more compassionate games. “Pew-pew is fun, vroom vroom is fun, but I think we are at a place where both the player base and the developers want something deeper, they want something more.

Pollution Cleanup Moves Ahead On Great Lakes

GREAT LAKES TODAY – Just off Lake Ontario in Irondequoit Bay, Dave Hulburt is doing some work at the BayCreek Paddling Center. The shop is closed in winter, but it’s unusually warm and sunny by the water. A few cars drive by, a flock of geese flies overhead, but other than that it’s quiet on the dock.

New Yorkers Prepare For 2018 Iditarod Sled Dog Race

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Unique winter sports aren’t over now that the Olympics are done.  Scrolling through the list of the 67 mushers signed up to run the 2018 Iditarod, most are from Alaska. A few are from Canada or Norway, but among the list of arctic places, you’ll spot two people who list their hometowns in New York.

New York Aerial Skier Jon Lillis’ Quest For A Medal Ends

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Pittsford native and Olympic skier Jon Lillis made it to the championships Sunday morning in men’s aerials at the Olympics, but was out after 2 rounds. The finals began at 6:00 Sunday morning. After two rounds only the top six qualified for the final run, and Lillis came in at eighth. He was the only American to make the men’s aerials finals.

Regional Food Bank Calls Proposed SNAP Benefit Changes Harmful

ROCHESTER (WXXI) – Changes proposed by the Trump administration would reduce the amount of choice those who use SNAP benefits to buy food would have. Currently, people who use SNAP benefits get money loaded onto an EBT card, which they can take to a grocery store and shop with, buying items that fall under certain guidelines.