posted on January 29, 2014 07:16
Bitter Cold again today has closed two local school districts.
Oakfield-Alabama has closed for the third day in a row.
Pavilion Central has closed today due to a plumbing problem at the high school. Pavilion faculty and staff are to report and students scheduled to take regents exams are to report to the elementary school at their scheduled time.
The National Weather Service has a Wind Chill Warning in effect until 10 this morning.
Congressman Chris Collins says he’ll vote in favor of the compromise farm bill when it comes up for a vote later today.
Collins says the bill gives local farmers some certainty for the next five years.
The deal announced, couples a one-percent cut in the food stamp program with cuts in a few subsidies to producers.
Collins says the money for food stamp assistance can go to those who truly need it based on income requirements, not those who he says were manipulating the system.
Newly released statistics indicate that the unemployment rate dropped two full percentage points in Upstate New York during 2013. The state Department of Labor says the unemployment rate was eight-point-four percent in December of 2012.
In Genesee County, the unemployment rate for December was 6.2 percent - more-than-two-percentage points less than a year ago.
Orleans County fell out of the top 4 highest unemployment rates in the state. It stands at 8.4 percent for December.
A South Buffalo hockey dad accused of assaulting his son's coach after a game this month is now facing more serious charges.
Michael Schaefer is now charged with second degree assault, a felony. He was originally charged with a misdemeanor.
Schaefer reportedly told police that he was upset with the coach at St. Francis High School who he accused of bullying his son.
A Buffalo Bills fan who fell from the upper deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium during a game is being given more time to weigh his legal options. Robert Hopkins is charged with misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment. Hopkins was allegedly sliding down a railing at the stadium when he fell to the seats below, injuring another fan. Prosecutors say they are not planning to offer Hopkins a plea deal.