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The Batavia City School budget for next year has been approved.
59-percent of voters yesterday said yes to the 39-million dollar spending plan.
This revised budget will increase school taxes by 4.1-percent.
The first budget, rejected by voters last month, would have increased taxes by about 5 and a half percent.
Yesterday’s actual vote was: 561 yes, 398 no.

A Batavia girl struck by a car as she rode her bicycle is in satisfactory condition this morning.
13-year-old Emily Sherman was hurt yesterday afternoon as a car was exiting Denny’ restaurant just as Emily and a friend were riding by.
The girl was dragged by the car into the street and appeared to be pinned under the car. She was taken to Strong Memorial by Mercy Flight and is doing OK this morning.
The car was driven by 23-year-old Erin George. She told police she only saw one bicyclist and not the other.

A gay marriage bill could hit the Senate floor today.  There is a good chance a vote will take place on expiring rent laws which means if lawmakers get that out of the way, same-sex marriage could be next.
The Senate needs just one more vote to pass same-sex marriage and the Assembly has already cleared the measure.  Meanwhile, hundreds on both sides of the controversial topic continued to rally at the State House yesterday.  

The United Way Campaign of Genesee County has gone over the top.
The drive exceeded its goal by 6-percent, generating $414,702.
Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell and his wife Ann Marie have been named Co-Chairs for the 2011-2012 campaign.

Hundreds of Rochester teachers were set to possibly receive pink slips Tuesday due to a budget crunch.  Layoff notices were scheduled to go out to as many as 400 Rochester School District teachers, though the actual number of layoffs will likely be much less if teachers approve a new contract proposal.  Teacher's union officials say educators are scheduled to vote on the new contract Thursday, at which point schools will notify some teachers that their positions are being restored.

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