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Reaction continues to the Indiana law which prohibits state laws that ``substantially burden'' a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.

This as Indiana's governor is calling for legislation on his desk this week that will clarify that the new law does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Executive Director of the Gay Alliance, Scott Fearing, says there are similar measures in other states, but experts consider this law to be the most dangerous for the LGBT community.

Details are sketchy, but officials with the City of Rochester say that an employee in the Emergency Communications Department was arrested early Tuesday morning. City Hall says the arrest was done by the FBI and the employee was on duty in the 911 Center at the time of the arrest.

Officials will not release any further details about the arrest.  

They say that as a union member, the employee is covered by a collective bargaining agreement, and any potential disciplinary action will need to follow protocols established under the union contract.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter reportedly is running for re-election next year. That according to the Democrat and Chronicle, which says that the Fairport Democrat's intentions were included in an email sent to supporters on Sunday seeking campaign donations.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Senate has confirmed a Republican county executive to chair the Thruway Authority board.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney was nominated by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the unpaid position at the authority responsible for the state's systems of toll highways and canals.

An attorney and former prosecutor, she was first elected to the county post in 2007.

Howard Milstein, the billionaire appointed by Cuomo to chair the Thruway Authority board, resigned last year.

The number of heroin deaths in Rochester is up 300% since 2012. Last year, almost 100 people died from overdoses. Authorities report that a particularly dangerous mix of heroin cut with fentanyl is responsible for more than half of those deaths.

In the wake of this information, Senator Chuck Schumer says now is not the time to cut funding for a federal anti-drug initiative.

NEW YORK (AP)  There's a deal between GNC and the office of New York's attorney general over the company's Herbal Plus products. 

Last month, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens. They were accused of selling store-brand herbal supplement products in New York that either couldn't be verified to contain the labeled substance or were found to contain ingredients not listed on the labels. 

Jefferson Road Post Office Named After Local War Hero

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Federal officials and family members were on hand for the dedication of the Specialist Theodore M. Glende Building at the postal facility in Rochester.

Glende sacrificed his life to save five fellow soldiers in Afghanistan in 2012.

His widow, Alexandra, was also there for the dedication.

She says she wants people to remember how her husband loved his country, and he fought and sacrificed for us all.

Unclaimed Money: Some Could Be Yours

Mar 29, 2015

Someone has $1.7 million sitting in a dormant account that is now being held by New York State.

In fact, the state has 31 million unclaimed accounts worth $13 billion.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging people to visit Millions of people could end up with unexpected windfalls by simply typing in their names and some other identifying information. Of course, not every person with unclaimed funds will feel like a lottery winner.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state budget negotiations stretched into the weekend as legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo worked to resolve differences over school funding, teacher evaluations and a minimum wage hike before a new fiscal year begins Wednesday.

Cuomo told reporters Saturday that he's optimistic lawmakers will agree to his top priorities: greater disclosure of lawmakers' outside income and education reforms including revised teacher evaluations that put greater emphasis on student test performance.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Comptroller's Office reports approving more than $8.8 billion in payments in February, including $545,000 to various recipients to settle the sexual harassment lawsuit against former Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

The once-powerful Brooklyn Democrat was accused of groping, intimidating and manipulating young female staffers in a 2012 scandal. He denied it.