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April Franklin

Before her current role as the local host of WXXI's Weekend Edition and reporter at WXXI News, April spent 12 years working in the Emergency Department at URMC.

Her passion for community and storytelling led her to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Broadcast from SUNY Brockport.

April is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the current Vice President of Rochester Association of Black Journalists.

A new federal program will provide low-income residents with a monthly subsidy to help pay for internet service.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will provide a monthly subsidy of up to $50 to eligible residents to pay for internet services, and up to $75 for households on Native American territories.


This week marks one year since Daniel Prude's encounter with Rochester Police that resulted in his suffocation, and ultimately, his death. Prude was in Rochester visiting his older brother, Joe, who didn’t learn the details of Daniel’s death until months later.

Police bodycam footage showing Daniel Prude the night he was restrained was released to the public in September, six months after his death.

While additional funding for home-based services was excluded from the first two coronavirus relief bills, people with disabilities and their families will finally see some relief in the new stimulus package.

The package includes $350 billion in aid to states and localities to provide services to people with disabilities. 

Until March 2020, Joanne Gordon visited her 81-year-old mother at St. Ann’s nursing home every day, just like she had during the 12 years her mom lived there. Since March, Gordon says she had only seen her mother a few times in person, along with Zoom calls and window visits. 

“We had those few days with her and because she got better we were no longer able to come and visit her on a regular basis,” says Gordon.

Monroe County Executive Adam Bello gathered with community members on Sunday for a project 15 years in the making.  It was the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport.

A small celebration was held in honor of Rochester’s most famous abolitionist on what would have been his 203rd birthday.

Rev. Julius Jackson was a bit emotional. He started the effort to rename the airport in 2006.

COVID-19 infections are on the rise in Ontario County and officials say social gatherings are the reason.

Interim Ontario County Administrator Brian Young said a recent contact tracing revealed an outbreak traced back to a surprise party held at a Moose Lodge in late November.

Young said Ontario County hasn’t been designated a COVID-19 micro-cluster yet, but there is concern with the recent rise in infections.