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Lawmakers look to Legalize Small Fireworks

Fireworks are still illegal in New York State, but a bill to legalize sparklers and small fireworks around Independence Day and New Years pass the Legislature this week.

Some lawmakers say the bill would prevent people from buying them out of state to ensure the industry is regulated. The bill would not allow the sale of large fireworks or firecrackers.

Governor Cuomo vetoed a similar measure last year that would allow the sale to those over 18, citing safety concerns. The bill is now under review at his desk.

Western New York to Receive Environmental Grants

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council is receiving state money to help create cleaner, greener communities.

The grant comes in the first round of funding from Governor Cuomo's program that invests in smart growth planning and sustainability.

The Western New York plan calls for an increase in renewable energy production by 75-percent by 2025; with a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. It also seeks to increase and improve alternatives to driving alone.

Third Suspect Arrested in Aaron Hernandez Case

A man that was arrested in Connecticut in connection with the murder case against former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has been sent to Massachusetts, while a third suspect has been arrested in Florida.

41-year-old Ernest Wallace turned himself in to local police in Miramar, Florida after a warrant for his arrest was issued. He, along with Carlos Ortiz, who was arrested in Connecticut on Wednesday, will be turned over to Massachusetts State Police.

Ortiz was charged in Connecticut as a fugitive of justice, and appeared again in a North Attleboro court on Friday to plead not guilty to a charge of carrying a firearm without a license in Massachusetts. He has been ordered to be held without bail until a July 9 hearing.

Hernandez, who is facing 5 charges, including a first-degree murder charge, is now being investigated for possible involvement in a drive-by shooting in Boston last summer that killed two men.

Police believe that a possible motive for killing 27-year-old Odin Lloyd was that he had information about the shooting, especially since he lived in the same neighborhood as the two men found dead.

In addition, the Patriots are allowing anyone with No. 81 Aaron Hernandez jersey to exchange it with a free jersey of comparable value. 

The exchange will only be offered during the weekend of July 6-7 and is only for jerseys purchased at the pro shop at Gillette Stadium or at

Hernandez was released by New England shortly after he was arrested earlier this week.


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