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Trump, Congress Reach Agreement On 2-Year Budget Deal

Update at 6:22 p.m. ET President Trump announced an agreement on a two-year budget deal and debt-ceiling increase. The deal would raise the debt ceiling past the 2020 elections and set $1.3 trillion for defense and domestic spending over the next two years. Congressional sources briefed on the deal said it would suspend the debt limit until July 31, 2021, and include parity in spending increases for defense and domestic programs. It would include about $77 billion in offsets for those...

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Boris Johnson is now the U.K.'s incoming prime minister, after winning a party election.

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Geneva Police are asking for tips from the public in trying to solve some recent incidents involving racist graffiti in that city.

Officers say that one of the incidents happened in early June, with a swastika and the words ‘white power’ spray painted on a door to a storage shed on Elm Street. 

Then, just last week, a similar incident happened close by, where a Geneva resident noticed two swastikas spray painted on the Mount Calvary Church of God and Christ on Milton Street. 

Wegmans says it will run a pilot program in two stores to remove plastic bags as of next Monday,  July 29. That will happen at stores in Ithaca and Corning.

The company notes that the decision comes after its announcement in April that Wegmans will eliminate plastic bags at all of its New York State stores ahead of the state ban that takes effect on March 1, 2020.

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Longtime local lawmaker Paul Haney has died at the age of 78. The Democrat and Chronicle says he died Sunday at Strong Memorial Hospital of complications from a fall.

Haney’s experience in public government included having served as Monroe County’s finance director, as well as stints on both Rochester City Council and on the Monroe County Legislature.

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Advocates of ending solitary confinement in New York's prisons ended the 2019 legislative session disappointed that changes made to the practice did not go further, and they say they'll be back to fight for more progress. 

One advocate, Victor Pate, spent 90 days in solitary confinement when he was serving a prison term for robbery. That was 23 years ago, but Pate said he still feels like a trauma survivor. 

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A renewed effort to fight invasive mussels in the Great Lakes is underway.

Invasive quagga and zebra mussels aren’t new to the Great Lakes. But according to some experts, they’re among the greatest threats to the ecosystem.

Dan Molloy is an expert in aquatic invasive species, especially the quagga mussel.

"Their populations can explode, they eat microscopic plants which are the foundation of the ecosystem, and they’re the only freshwater mussel or clam that can attach to thing."

Have you tried FaceApp, the social media app that shows you what you might look like in your twilight years? Many users expressed concerns about privacy when they learned FaceApp's developer is based in Russia. Experts say the concerns about security are largely overblown, but they're glad users are thinking about privacy.

What actually happens to your data when you submit it to apps or websites, either willingly or without knowing? Our guests help us understand how the technology works and our rights related to privacy. In studio:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law 
  • Jonathan Weissman, senior lecturer in the Department of Computing Security at RIT
  • Emily Hessney Lynch, social media strategist and founder of Serve Me the Sky Digital

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More than 5,000 horses have died from racing or training on U.S. race tracks in the country since 2014.

And over a six-day span this month at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, there were four equine deaths.

That’s according to Patrick Battuello, the founder of Horseracing Wrongs, a nonprofit organization that he said is committed to ending horse racing in the United States.

He said the horses are bred for speed, are subject to intensive training at 18 months of age and are forced to run at breakneck speeds with a person perched on top of them, wielding a whip.

We discuss the results of a survey that collected committee feedback about celebrations following the annual Puerto Rican Festival. In October, the Northeast Safety Committee asked residents in Monroe County and beyond to share their opinions about post-festival celebrations. In previous years, the events on the Sunday night following the festival -- which are not organized by the Puerto Rican Festival or Puerto Rican Parade -- have been marked by disorderly behavior and sometimes dangerous incidents.

The committee hopes the survey results will help them find a peaceful and safe way to celebrate Puerto Rican culture after the festival. We talk to the committee members about what they learned. In studio:

  • Annette Ramos, member of the Northeast Safety Committee
  • Rose Mary Villarrubia-Izzo, member of the Northeast Safety Committee
  • Anthony Plonczynski, member of the Northeast Safety Committee
  • Anthony Nunez, member of the Northeast Safety Committee

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York has become the first state to ban the declawing of cats. 

The measure was signed into law Monday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo after lawmakers passed it in the spring. 

Animal welfare advocates and many veterinarians say the once-common operation is unnecessary and cruel. It involves slicing through bone to amputate the first segment of a cat's toes. 

New York's largest veterinary organization had opposed the bill. It argued that declawing should remain a last resort for cats that won't stop scratching furniture or humans. 

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At a time of polarization and political chaos, the United Kingdom and the United States are about to be led by two remarkably similar figures. On Tuesday, Britain's ruling Conservative Party elected Boris Johnson as their leader by an overwhelming margin, sending him to No. 10 Downing Street. He will take office on Wednesday.

Boris Johnson is now the U.K.'s incoming prime minister, after winning a party election.

It's been seven years since passing boaters found Dawn Day's body floating in a lake on the high plains of Wyoming. Sitting next to each other on the couch, a warm breeze coming in through the screen door, her dad Gregory Day and her aunt Madeleine Day miss Dawn's laughter.

"She was crazy," Madeleine Day says.

"Crazy in a good way, huh?" Gregory Day says. "Make you laugh."

"That's what she did. She always wanted everybody to be happy," agrees Madeleine Day. And she says it was trying to make people happy that kept Dawn from leaving an abusive boyfriend.

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The American Council of the Blind, an advocacy group for the rights of visually impaired and blind people, elected new leadership at the organization’s 58th Annual Conference and Convention in Rochester.

Around 1,200 people attended, along with roughly 300 guide dogs at the Riverside Convention Center for the week-long event, which wrapped up Friday.

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Rocco Rodrigues was diagnosed with autism at age 2.  Now 9 years old, Rocco has spent the past four days at the "iCan Bike" camp at the Gordon Field House at RIT learning to ride a bike, something that AutismUp says over 80 percent of people with autism never learn to do.  

On Thursday morning, he was riding at a pretty good speed around the track with two volunteer spotters running alongside him.

"It's a little bit...I'm not gonna say scary, but startling," he said. "You want to know why? Because you feel like you're gonna fall over."

April Franklin

Nonprofit organization Rochester Accessible Adventures and charitable foundation Endless Highway are bringing wheelchair basketball to young people in Rochester.

Both organizations help provide more accessible activities for people with disabilities. The new team, called the Rochester Rockets, is the only youth wheelchair basketball team in the area, and it is bringing the game to athletes of all abilities.

Alex Crichton

The Strong Museum is partnering with several other organizations to offer working internships at the museum for 16 people on the autism spectrum.

Museum President and CEO Steve Dubnik said the program, called Strong Employment and Life Foundations, or SELF, gets to the core of the Strong’s educational mission.

“We are an educational institution, so we continue to educate these young adults … as they have gone beyond high school or into young adulthood,” Dubnik said.

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