Good evening, Central New York. We're wrapping up the day for you with the most important stories you need to know and your weather outlook.

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Rain will gradually taper off for most areas tonight with partial clearing taking hold. It turns cool overnight with patchy fog likely. A dry start for most Saturday with some sun here and there will give way to scattered showers during the afternoon. A period of more widespread rain will be possible towards evening. A few scattered showers are also expected on Mother's Day, but a lot of dry weather is too. Even some sun may mix in spots, especially after noon.

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Today's Big Stories

1. State attorney general report finds Binghamton officer used excessive force after kneeling on person's back; mayor challenges findings

A Binghamton police officer should face discipline and potentially termination for kneeling on a handcuffed individual who was lying face-down on a sidewalk, state AG Letitia James’ Law Enforcement Misconduct Investigative Office said in a report released Friday. City Mayor Jared Kraham said he believes the report fails to accurately portray the full circumstances of the incident, and the city will release footage from the investigation.

2. Cannabis agency chief out amid shakeup at embattled agency, Hochul says

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul will announce Friday afternoon that the executive director of the state's Office of Cannabis Management and the office's chief equity officer will be removed from the agencies, multiple sources confirmed to Spectrum News 1.

3. Former Utica school board president admits stealing nearly $40,000 from scholarship fund

Louis LaPolla, who served as mayor of Utica for more than 10 years and president of the city school board for four years, pleaded guilty Friday to a mail fraud scheme in which he enriched himself through donations to a scholarship fund in his late wife's name, federal prosecutors said.

4. Oneida County executive highlights plans for future

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, in his State of the County address this week, noted the recent success of the IIHF Women’s World Championship in Utica.

5. Northern lights could be visible across U.S. on Friday night

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a G4 (Severe) Geomagnetic Watch for the first time since 2005, meaning the northern lights, or aurora borealis, could be visible for much of the northern United States on Friday night and early Saturday morning.

6. U.N. assembly approves resolution granting Palestine new rights and reviving its membership bid

The U.N. General Assembly voted by a wide margin on Friday to grant new "rights and privileges" to Palestine and called on the Security Council to favorably reconsider its request to become the 194th member of the United Nations.