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Batavia’s United Memorial Medical Center is reporting the number of C. diff bacteria cases now in the hospital is down to four.
The number had reached as high as six last week.
Laurie Gergen is UMMC’s Infection Control Manager.
Appearing on WBTA’s Main and Center program, Gergen said the hospital is staying in  contact with the NYS Health Department:

"We have had conference calls with the state, asking 'what should we be doing?'What are their recommendations?'I think the advantage of that is  they (the Health Department) deal with these outbreaks in multiple facilities.They are the experts on it. They know what works and what doesn't," Gergen said. 

The family of 86-year-old Margaret Wagner of Batavia alleges lax procedures at UMMC may have caused Mrs. Wagner to become gravely ill with the C diff bacteria. Read original story HERE.

State Police have found the body of a missing college student in Steuben County.  Authorities say the body of 21-year-old Rochester Institute of Technology student George Delany was discovered late Sunday in the Town of Cohocton.  Delany was reported missing last month and search teams had been scouring the area for him.  Authorities say there were no notes or indications of foul play in the discovery, and Delany's cell phone remains missing.

35-year-old Tyrone Richardson of Walnut Street, Batavia has been arrested for allegedly grabbing another person by the throat and placing them in a head lock.
Batavia Police said Richardson left the scene of the alleged crime but later turned himself in. Richardson was jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail.

A new bill being discussed in Albany would change the way teacher disciplinary hearings are paid for around the state.  Currently, the state Education Department pays roughly six-million dollars a year to arbitrators who rule on disciplinary cases for teachers.  A new bill would require school districts and the teachers union to fork over some of the costs of such hearings. 

Those convicted of domestic violence could soon get the same treatment as convicted sex offenders and be put on a statewide registry.  Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson is just one of several state lawmakers pushing a bill that would require domestic violence criminals to be listed in a statewide database.
Such a bill, they say, would help reduce the number of violent crimes.

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