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The late Sen. John McCain will be honored at an expansive ceremony at Washington's National Cathedral on Saturday.

Former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush will give remarks, along with McCain's longtime friend Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and several others.

Three of McCain's children will give readings, and Renee Fleming (who grew up in Churchville and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music) will perform "Danny Boy" at the late senator's request.


HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon swapped insults and clashed over policy Wednesday in their only scheduled debate before the Sept. 13 Democratic primary.

While the testy, hourlong exchange at Hofstra University featured plenty of interruptions and insults, neither candidate landed the political equivalent of a knockout blow likely to significantly alter the race.

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Community leaders and law enforcement are reminding motorists to be alert for children as the new school year is about to get underway.

Irondequoit has some new, lower speed limits in place throughout the town, including 20 miles per hour for many school zones.

Town Supervisor Dave Seeley says they've added signage and the town has had an extensive public awareness campaign to alert people to the speed limit changes.

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New York State is strengthening its law requiring school bus drivers to submit to random drug and alcohol screening.

Current state and federal law does call for such testing, but it does not include Class C bus drivers who drive smaller school buses.

The new law includes that class of drivers, which represents about a third of the 51,000 school bus drivers in New York State.


A new poll gives Republican Congressman John Katko a 15-point lead in the 24th Congressional District. The Spectrum News/Siena College poll released Monday night shows Katko leading Democratic challenge Dana Balter 54-39 percent.

Pollster Steve Greenberg says that Katko, the first person to win consecutive terms in the district in a decade, has a strong lead in a district closely divided between Democrats and Republicans.

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Activists gathered in Washington Square Park Sunday afternoon to urge Senators to Vote No on Brett Kavanaugh.

Protesters expressed concerns on what role Kavanaugh would play if elected to the Supreme Court, considering his record on issues such a Roe v. Wade and voting rights.

Cara Lynch is the Communications Director for Indivisible Rochester. She says sister events were happening around the country, and that the local event was cosponsored by Indivisible, Rochester NOW and Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York.

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New York State leaders weighed in Saturday night after learning of the death of Sen. John McCain.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced that he wants to name the Senate building that housed McCain's suite of offices after the Arizona senator, who served as chairman of the Commerce Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, gets a call at least once a month from a law enforcement officer or a landlord about a pet left behind after a renter is evicted from their home.

Now, a new state law in New York will require police who are serving eviction notices to check a property for pets and ensure that any animals in the home either leave with their owners or find other housing.  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation on Thursday.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators in New York state have issued a subpoena to Michael Cohen as part of their probe into the Trump Foundation, an official with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration confirmed to The Associated Press Wednesday.


A poll released Tuesday night in the 25th Congressional District shows a solid lead at this point in the campaign for Democrat Joe Morelle who is facing Republican candidate Dr. Jim Maxwell in November.

The Spectrum News/Siena College poll shows Morelle with a 55-31 percent lead over Maxwell.

Both are vying to succeed the late Louise Slaughter, the longtime Democratic Congresswoman who died earlier this year.