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Award winning Metro Focus returns tonight on WLIW

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A new edition of the award-winning MetroFocus premieres in the New York metro area Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW21 and Thursday, May 8 at 8:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN and at 10:30 p.m. on NJTV.

Albany Public TV Innovation Trail reporter Jenna Flanagan reports from Millbrook, New York, where scientists are searching for clues on how to protect people from ticks. Lyme disease is one of the most commonly known diseases, but doctors warn that there are other tick-borne diseases which, if left untreated, can lead to chronic illness.

Camden, New Jersey has been listed as one of the nation's poorest and most violent cities for years. Last year, the city and state formed the Camden County Police Department, which is equipped with new technology and more police officers patrolling the city hoping to crack down on crime. Now, as NJTV News managing editor and anchor Mike Schneider reports, there may be signs of improvement.

On May 14, PBS Nature premieres Leave it to Beavers, a documentary about North American beavers, their habits, history and role as one of nature's top infrastructure engineers. Filmmaker Jari Osborne tells MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman the behind-the-scenes story of the new documentary.

David Frank of The New York Times introduces us to a group of seniors from the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, a public high school on Governor's Island with a special focus on marine science and technology. Nine students got the chance to keep up with their underwater education at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island.

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