It’s Thursday, CiMixers. Are you adjusted back into your fall groove yet? I’m not quite there. Soon, I hope.

Looks like we’re in for a stretch of nice weather. It’s going to be dry and sunny with temperatures in the mid-70s today, according to The Weather Channel.

More kids in New York are heading back to school for their first day of the 2019-20 academic year. Good luck, if that pertains to you or someone in your family! Among those heading to school for the first time (and seeing her first day posted all over social media): Princess Charlotte.

Hurricane Dorian is once again a Category 3 storm — with wind gusts roaring at more than 110 mph — after weakening earlier in the week.

The storm began raking the Southeast U.S. seaboard early today and left tens of thousands without power as it threatened to inundate low-lying coasts from Georgia to Virginia with a life-threatening storm surge after its deadly mauling of the Bahamas.

Nearly 8,000 Air and Army National Guard professionals are on duty in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina preparing for the storm.

Dorian is now to blame for 20 deaths in the Bahamas — with more fatalities expected to be discovered amid a massive rescue effort across the storm-ravaged Caribbean country, an official said.

Despite what the National Weather Service says, President Donald Trump is insisting he was right about Dorian heading for Alabama.

New York isn’t expected to sustain Dorian’s wrath, but three things are certain, according to John Murray, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service on Long Island: big waves, gusty wind and a bit of rain.

In the news…

Ten Democratic 2020 presidential candidates presented their plans for tackling climate change in a seven-hour CNN town hall on global warming.

Federal investigators grilled the captain, surviving crew members and the owner of the scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off of Southern California, killing 34 people.

Yahoo said it suffered an outage today across its services, including Yahoo Mail.

Parliament handed new British Prime Minister Brois Johnson two stinging Brexit-related defeats.

Law enforcement officials and many school administrators say active shooter drills are crucial for preparing and safeguarding students, but methods vary widely and now include experiences that child trauma experts say do little more than terrify already anxious children.

The federal judge who oversaw Jeffrey Epstein’s dead criminal case is feuding with a Fordham School of Law professor over his decision to let Epstein’s accusers speak in court after his death.

The roughly 2 million “property tax relief credit” checks that go out each year have started to be mailed out to homeowners whose adjusted gross household income in 2017 was $275,000 or less and whose school district stayed under the property-tax cap.

Five people were injured in a two-car crash last night at the intersection of Knox Cave and Pleasant Valley roads, Albany County Sheriff Craig D. Apple Sr. said.

If Assemblywoman Pat Fahy of Albany gets her way, the DMV will come down much harder on inspection stations that break rules or hand out inspection stickers to vehicles that shouldn’t get them.

A group of inmates is suing the New York state prison system over its efforts to crack down on prescription drug abuse, saying they are being forced to live with chronic pain because some medications have become too difficult to get behind bars.

Calls from Floral Park Mayor Dominick Longobardi to meet with Cuomo over concerns about the Islanders’ $1.3 billion Belmont project came as a surprise, officials in the governor’s office said, because a sit-down is already scheduled.

Nassau officials announced the county’s first case of measles since 2013 but said it is not related to others in New York State.

State Sen. James Tedisco hosted six county clerks and an Assembly member at his Clifton Park office to denounce Cuomo’s license plate fee, which he called a “highway heist,” and promised to hold hearings — possibly before the end of the year – to eliminate it.

New York laws could be enabling rapists to avoid prosecution in cases where their victims are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, according to the state’s district attorneys.

Central New York Republican state Sen. Joe Griffo is proposing an addition to the vehicle and traffic law that would ban drivers from staying in the passing lane of an interstate for more than a mile and a half unless they are overtaking or passing another vehicle.

The NYC Council will weigh in today on a plan to move inmates from Rikers Island into four new jails in New York City neighborhoods – a plan embraced by Mayor Bill de Blasio to replace the jail complex has set off fervent opposition as it enters a critical phase.

The opioid crisis is costing Long Island’s economy roughly $8 billion a year in medical costs, lost worker productivity and economic losses, according to a new study.

Thirty-one stray cats and kittens from South Carolina arrived safely in the Capital Region, escaping the incoming Hurricane Dorian.

A state fee of $2.50 for each new tire sold in New York, in place since 2003, has largely accomplished the goal of funding enforcement and cleanup efforts at illicit tire dumps around the state. But the agency in charge of the program has used some of the funds for other purposes, according to an audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

A coalition of more than 200 organizations has formed to push a panel charged with overhauling the state’s campaign finance laws to focus on the details of any public campaign financing system.

Development at the former Beech-Nut site in Canajoharie continues this week as Montgomery County’s Business Development Center seeks bids for environmental cleanup and asbestos removal at the 19th century-era factory.

Schalmont High School Principal Imran Abbasi will be leaving his current position for a job in the Niskayuna Central School District as the director of world languages, English as a second language and social studies – a districtwide post.

Schenectady’s Civilian Police Review Board is short on members, with three openings on the nine-person body.

The Albany Police Department is announcing road closures ahead of the city’s 2019 Labor Day parade tomorrow.

Albany Police K9 Officer Bintz has a new bullet and stab protection vest thanks to a donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc. It’s embroidered in memory of former Albany Police Chaplain Father James Lefebvre.

Severe storms that moved through Hoosick Falls yesterday afternon caused three homes to catch fire due to down wires.

Another ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Albany’s Lark Street, this one for the 288 Lark Wine and Tap though it has been up and running since June.

Schenectady will be a mecca for the senses this weekend. Between the cultural festivals, food-focused events, live music and visual art, the city will be bustling.

Nassau County Comptroller and former Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman said he will return “as quickly as possible” more than $52,000 that the state said he was improperly paid when he left the city job.

The butter sculpture from the New York State Fair will be turned into renewable energy as food for a biodigester.

All sides in a federal lawsuit challenging outside income restrictions on state lawmakers are agreeing to hit pause on the case (for now).

Taryn Duffy, vice president of corporate communications for the Yonkers racino owned by MGM resorts, will be the first woman to lead the trade association that represents racing and gaming venues across New York, including Rivers Casino & Resort and Saratoga Casino Hotel.

A year ago, electric rental scooters were hailed as the next big thing in transportation. But their troubles in San Diego, CA show how the services have now hit growing pains.

A total of 360 pro and amateur bass anglers are competing this week on Oneida Lake in the Bassmaster Eastern Open, which kicks off today.

Four recreational cannabis stores could be coming to Springfield – the largest city in Western Massachusetts.

More women have come forward to accuse opera great Placido Domingo of sexual harassment.

Procrastination. We all do it. Here’s why.

The tiny home movement shows no sign of slowing in popularity. This appeals to me for some reason…how about you?

Photo credit: George Fazio.