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It is one of the coldest mornings of this winter season.
Low temperatures are hovering in the single digits below zero.
A Chill Advisory remains in effect until 10 this morning.

Batavia’s United Memorial Medical Center is becoming what’s called, “A fully integrated affiliate” of Rochester General Hospital.
The partnership announced yesterday expands upon a working relationship already in place between the two hospitals.
UMMC CEO Mark Schoell says the affiliation with Rochester general will allow the local hospital to grow beyond what it could ever be on its own.
The affiliation requires government approval which could take six to nine months to complete.
UMMC will keep its name and local board of directors.

Erie County Assemblyman Sean Ryan wants to see reforms put into place at the state's industrial development agencies.  Ryan says the agencies function is to distribute tax breaks in order to retain jobs, but in many cases the companies lay off workers a short time later.  Ryan says the Amherst IDA gave a mortgage company more than four-million-dollars in tax breaks to add 400 jobs, but they have already laid off 135 of them.

The town of Clarence is taking ownership of the Flight 3407 crash memorial site.  The memorial is located on the property where the home of Karen and Douglas Wielinski was destroyed by the crash of the Continental Connection flight. 
Under the arrangement approved by the Town Board this week, nothing will change at the memorial site, which features a walkway in the shape of an airplane wing and 51 stepping stones, one for each crash victim.

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