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The Rochester area and much of upstate NY has shivered through the weekend, but this kind of cold won't last too much longer.

A lake snow advisory for Monroe & Wayne Counties has been canceled, with the forecast calling for an occasional snow shower on Sunday.

Temperatures dipped below zero Saturday night after hovering near zero for much of the day. The wind chill warning was canceled on Sunday morning.

ALBANY (AP) New York is helping its private colleges with campus repairs, upgrades and construction projects.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the state will award more than two dozen schools a combined $35 million in matching grants. To receive the money the institutions have to agree to spend $3 for every $1 of state money.

Universities will use the money to pay for things like classroom repairs, upgrades to arts centers and renovations to science labs.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died. He was 79.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed Scalia's death at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas.

The service's spokeswoman, Donna Sellers, says Scalia had retired for the evening and was found dead Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast.

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ALBANY (AP) Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is being honored in Albany this weekend.

The chancellor of The City University of New York presented a distinguished alumni award to Warren on Saturday as the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus met this weekend near the state Capitol.

The award was presented at a CUNY luncheon.

Warren attended John Jay College and was elected mayor of Rochester in 2013.
 

(AP & WXXI News) — Authorities say a Rochester judge has been arrested on a drunken driving charge after being pulled over on her way to court.

Monroe County District Attorney Sandra Doorley says City Court Judge Leticia Astacio was arrested Saturday morning on the misdemeanor DWI charge after being stopped by New York State troopers on Interstate 490.

Astacio, who was elected to the judicial post in 2014, was released with an appearance ticket and ordered to appear in court in March. She hasn't immediately returned a call for comment.

Monroe County Deputies say one person suffered serious injuries after a crash early Saturday morning in Henrietta when a pedestrian was struck by two vehicles.

Deputies say it happened at about 2:45 a.m.  at Bailey Road and John Street.

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ALBANY (AP) The Adirondack Park Agency has signed off on a proposal to divide a state-owned rail corridor, with rails upgraded from Big Moose north to Tupper Lake and removed to establish a trail from Tupper to Lake Placid.

The 34-mile trail could be used in the winter by snowmobilers and skiers. It could be used by bicyclists and others the rest of the year.

Track upgrades from Big Moose to Tupper Lake would extend the excursion rail service by 45 miles.

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The high temperature on Sunday is expected to be only around 10 degrees with below zero wind chills again.

But the organizer of the annual Polar Plunge on Lake Ontario doesn’t think that will keep people away. In fact, Sam Gerbino  says it seems that the colder it is, the more people that turn out, and this Sunday he’s expecting more than two thousand people to show up at Ontario Beach Park.

He tells WXXI News you don’t even have to jump all the way into the water. 

Gates Police have charged a Rochester man in connection with an incident last October where they say a 74 year old woman was abducted and pushed into the Genesee River.

On Friday they arrested 62 year old Franklin Leonard on charges that include attempted murder, attempted robbery, and kidnapping.

Police say that last October 21st, Leonard is accused of entering a business on Chili Avenue, and pointing a gun at an employee, and then abducting the 74 year old woman. He allegedly drove her car to the river, took her from the vehicle, and pushed her into the Genesee.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • The FAFSA form and the cost of higher education;
  • The debate over bringing ridesharing services like Uber to Rochester;
  • Rochester's lead problem;
  • The possible end of tipping in restaurants;
  • The RPO's 2016-2017 season.

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