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We are keeping a watchful eye on the wet weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for all Western New York until Saturday night.
Between one and two inches of rain may fall over the next 48 hours.
So far, the Tonawanda Creek in Genesee County is not a concern.
The level of the Tonawanda as measured in Batavia stands at just over 3ft. It is forecast to rise to 8ft. by tomorrow night, but that is still below the 9ft. flood stage.

The unemployment rate in Genesee County rose more than a full percentage point from December to January.
The January jobless rate for Genesee County was an even 9 percent, up from 7.9 percent in December but still below the 9.6 percent unemployment rate recorded a year ago.

Ronald MurrayA 16-year-old Batavia High School student is missing and lawmen are asking for help to find him.
Ronald Murray Junior has been missing since January 21st when he left Batavia High School and failed to show up for classes at BOCES.
Ronald is described as a white male, 170-pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about Ronald Murray is asked to call the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

We now know the date of the special election to fill the congressional seat suddenly left vacant by Chris Lee.
Governor Cuomo has called for the special election on Tuesday, May 24th.
The Republicans have selected their candidate: Assemblywoman Jane Corwin of Clarence.
The Democrats have announced seven people who have expressed interest in running. Among them: Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul, former Amherst Town Supervisor Satish Mohan and Jane Bauch from Orleans County. No one from Genesee County has applied.
The Democrats will hold face to face interviews with each candidate on March 19th in Geneseo.

A former Erie County television executive has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the beheading of his wife. 
An Erie County judge handed down the maximum sentence against Muzzammil Hassan and issued a protection order for the couple's two children. 
A jury found the Pakistani-born Hassan guilty last month of second-degree murder.
Prosecutors said he stabbed and decapitated Aasiya Hassan back in 2009, just six days after she filed for divorce.

The push to keep people from smoking in upstate New York seems to have stalled.  A new report by BlueCross BlueShield finds that after dropping significantly over the last decade, the adult smoking rate in upstate New York seems to have leveled off at 21 percent, 3 percent higher than the national average.

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