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AROUND THE STATE

Clinton speaks at SU, answers questions

SYRACUSE (AP) -- Re-establishing American leadership around the world is critical in the aftermath of the recession, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday during an appearance at Syracuse University.

"American leadership remains as essential as it has in the past. It's a daily struggle," Clinton said during a question-and-answer session arranged through the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

The former U.S. senator from New York covered an array of topics, including human rights, public health, energy, diplomacy, climate change, social media and Congress' gridlock.

"If we're going to be judging the rest of the world, we have to judge ourselves," she said. "We make mistakes. We have to be asking ourselves what we can do better." Her message resonated with the students, many of whom stood in line for hours; hundreds were turned away.

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Catholic shrine refuses $750 tourism grant

AURIESVILLE (AP) -- A Mohawk Valley Catholic shrine has turned down a tourism grant after questions were raised about church-state separation conflicts.

The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors awarded the $750 grant in February to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville. Officials believe 5,000 people will come to the shrine when Kateri Tekakwitha is canonized as a saint Oct. 21. She was a Mohawk Indian who lived nearby.

The Gloversville Leader-Herald reported that Americans United for Separation of Church and State said the grant violated the First Amendment.

A local official proposed a resolution saying the grant would only be used for sectarian purposes.

But spokesman Beth Lynch said the new conditions made it impossible to take the money.