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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a state-wide health emergency after a flu epidemic has affected nearly 20-thousand New Yorkers already this year.  
Last year only four-thousand people across the state came down with the virus throughout the entire season.  
Cuomo issued an Executive Order to allow pharmacists to administer flu shots to anyone between six months of age and older.  
Normally, state law only allows the vaccine to be given to people over 18.  
So far, 18 children across the U.S., including two from New York, have died as a result of this year's outbreak.

Genesee County has had 107 confirmed cases of the flu.
There were 90 cases in all of last year.
Genesee County Public Health Director Paul Petit says we’re just approaching the peak of the season:
“Flu season obviously cycles. You have worse years and better years so to speak as you go throughout the years. This year, for some reason, the strains coming about throughout the United States and here locally in Genesee County happen to be hitting a little harder.”
Pettit say as we get later into the season, vaccines may not as be as readily available, so the best defense is to get inoculated as soon as possible.

The Buffalo V.A. hospital is reaching out to the nearly 600 veterans treated between 2010 and 2012 to let them know they may have accidentally been exposed to HIV and Hepatitis.  
The Department of Veterans Affairs says hospital employees were not properly labeling insulin pens and may have used the same pens on multiple people.  
The hospital will be giving free blood tests to the patients to rule out any infections.

A century old barn in Attica has gone up in flames. 
Fire, believed to have been caused by an electrical problem, swept the 80 by 40 foot barn on High Street yesterday afternoon.
Two horses safely escaped.
Damage pegged at $200,000.

Two Lewis Place women are behind bars this morning for allegedly leaving their children unattended.
Ashley Kreutz, 25, of 10 Lewis Place has been charged with leaving her two children unattended for four hours.
A few doors away, at  2 Lewis Place, Christina Sanchez-Anderson, 24, was also charged with leaving her two children alone.
Police said one was walking the street without shoes. One child from the Kreutz home was taken to Strong Hospital for evaluation.

WBTA’s Eye on Government:
The Batavia City Council holds a business meeting tonight.
City management is expected to take the wraps off next year’s budget proposal.
Council meets at 7 tonight at City Hall.

Funeral services have been scheduled for a 25-year-old Army soldier from Bliss, Allegany County, who was shot and killed in Texas earlier this month. 
Calling hours for Army Specialist Austin Samson are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.  
A funeral service is being held Friday, with full military honors. 
Specialist Samson died in a hospital one day after being shot outside a convenience store in Killeen, Texas.


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