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Sunrise Smart Start: Friday, August 7

Sunrise Smart Start

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Here are the latest headlines in today’s Sunrise Smart Start on Thursday, August 6, 2020.

No word yet on schools from Gov. Cuomo

Still no word on whether Governor Cuomo will allow schools to reopen in the fall. The reopening will be based on region. Cuomo says they won’t open any school unless the viral transmission rate is under control.

He also reinforced that ultimately it will up to parents. Cuomo is expected to make a decision Friday or Saturday.

Rally in Rochester demands more protections for tenants amid pandemic

According to a US Census Bureau survey, close to 24 million Americans are worried they won’t be able to pay their rent in the coming weeks. That prompted a rally in Rochester yesterday.

Protesters rallied in front of the Monroe County Hall of justice pleading for a longer ban on evictions.

Current state law says during the pandemic tenants can’t be evicted for being unable to pay rent due to financial hardship.

NYS Fitness Alliance sends detailed safety protocols to New York State for approval on gym reopening

The state is currently in phase four of reopening — but gyms are still closed.

Yesterday a newly formed group called the New York State Fitness Alliance released its reopening plan that it submitted to the state.

The group says the ten page report has been approved by an infectious disease expert in Chicago.

It consists of safety guidelines that would apply to all gyms in New York.

AG James files lawsuit to dissolve NRA

State attorney General Letitia James is suing the National Rifle Association.

Following an 18-month investigation, the state is accusing NRA leaders of using donations as a personal piggy bank.

It specifically accuses the executive vice president of using the funds to take trips to the Bahamas.

Rochester man facing arson charges after setting police car on fire during riot

Another Rochester resident arrested in connection to the riot that took place at the end of may.

25-year-old Christopher Tindal was charged with arson and conspiracy to commit arson.

Prosecutors say in a video he and another suspect walked towards a Rochester police car, lighting it on fire.

Tindal faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a 250 thousand dollar fine if convicted.

“Staycations” along canals and trails offer free way to rediscover New York, boost economy

Due to the pandemic, a New York’s travel advisory list, many people are looking at “staycations.”

Local businesses at six stations along the Erie Canal and the Empire State trail are offering free activities like water sports and access to biking. It is all part of Gov. Cuomo’s New York forward program.

Weather forecast: A shower or two, but still a decent day

Although today won’t be as picture perfect as yesterday, it will still be a decent day. Any light showers that develop won’t last long and will largely be south and east of Rochester closer to a passing lobe of Low pressure that’s tracking near to the coast. 

Between the showers and clouds, we’ll likely fail to get out of the 70s tomorrow, marking the fourth straight day we haven’t seen 80. Enjoy the change for the cooler, as the heat returns next week.

As far as the weekend is concerned, both days look quite nice. Early clouds Saturday will give way to a good supply of sun. Temperatures will rebound back to near 80 on Saturday and well into the 80s by Sunday. Expect the thermometer to toy with 90 again by Monday before a front arrives with more showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday. 

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