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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter toured the ongoing progress of the Rochester Intermodal Station Thursday, as work on its interior kicks into high gear.

Construction on the project, which is expected to bring together trains, buses, improved station parking, and bicycle and pedestrian access, Slaughter said, is on track to be completed by August.

“I can’t wait to cut the ribbon this new station later this year,” she said.

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LGBT advocates are denouncing and conservatives are praising the Trump administration's decision to lift Obama-era federal guidelines concerning transgender students.

The guidelines allowed students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their gender identities.

"It's on the forefront of people's minds, it happens often enough. I think people are generally questioning, is this going to change anything,” said Steve Carling, deputy general counsel for the Rochester City School District.

Although the big winner in Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing was sold in Indiana, New York State had 2 second-place tickets worth $1 million, and one of those was sold in Rochester.

Lottery officials say it was sold at the 7-Eleven at 4424 Lake Avenue in the city. Another $1 million dollar winner was sold in Suffolk County on Long Island.

Lottery officials say the sole winning ticket for an estimated $435 million Powerball jackpot was sold at an Indiana convenience store. 

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Rochester police say four people were shot Wednesday night on Genesee Street. It happened about 8 p.m. on Genesee near Kirkland Road.

Authorities say it appears none of the injuries are life-threatening. All four victims are from Rochester. They include a 27-year-old man who was seriously injured, along with a 34-year-old man and two 32-year-old men.

The shooting happened near one of the city’s "blue light" cameras.  There’s no word yet of any suspects.

The shooting on Genesee happened on the same day that three other people were shot in the city.

A Victor man who claims to be the victim of a hate crime says he wants the community to know his story.

Jim Eskildsen said he went to the Victor Village Inn early on the morning of Feb. 5 with his girlfriend and another friend to enjoy some karaoke.  

Eskildsen said he and his male friend stepped outside  for some fresh air behind the bar when they were assaulted by two men who told him they had been watching them.

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Monroe County Deputies have charged a Town of Sweden man with assault following a hunting accident early Monday evening.

Authorities were called to Covell Road in that down for a report of a man who was shot in the stomach.

The victim, 32 year old Robert Williams of Bergen, was taken to Strong Hospital where he is listed in guarded condition.

Deputies say the man they eventually charged, 42 year old Brett Blackburn, tried to render first aid to Williams. Blackburn’s son was also there.

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The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley says there has been an increase in reports of bias-motivated incidents in the Rochester area in the last three months.

Rochester police are investigating the apparent theft of two gay pride flags and one Black Lives Matter flag on Garson Avenue over the weekend.

Gay Alliance executive director Scott Fearing said he was told by a board member who lives on that street that closer to ten LGBTQ flags are missing from residents' yards.

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A local Congressman got an earful, and then some, when he held four town hall meetings in Western New York and the Southern Tier on Saturday.

The sessions were raucous at times with protesters making their displeasure known loudly, particularly on the issue of the planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Reed supports the initiative of President Trump and Congressional Republicans to get rid of the ACA and replace it with something else.  He told WXXI News on Sunday that despite town hall meetings that got quite heated on Saturday, he doesn’t regret holding them.

Two Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies suffered what are described as non-life threatening injuries after an accidental shooting early Sunday.

Authorities say the two men were at a private residence in Hilton just after midnight and had just finished cleaning and loading a handgun.

The gun dropped and one of the deputies tried to catch and in doing so, he grabbed the trigger and the gun went off, shooting him through his hand and in his lower leg. A bullet fragment also hit the other deputy in the leg.

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A class offered at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester is encouraging people to learn more about the history and practice of Islam.

Dr. Joseph Kelly is the professor emeritus of religious studies at Nazareth College and leads the sessions. He said the classes were created to eliminate any uncertainty or fear people might have towards the faith, and separate the religion from extremist groups.

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