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Ice from the sky yesterday may have caused serious damage to crops on the ground.
Monday morning’s severe thunderstorms ripped through northern
GeneseeCounty and southern OrleansCounty. And they brought with them inch-wide hail-stones, according to the National Weather Service.
Hail can prove deadly for big area crops like onions, corn and apples.
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The deal for First Niagara to buy up HSBC's branches slated for closure is now appearing a little less sweet for Western New York.
First Niagara Financial Group announced Sunday it would buy all 195 Upstate HSBC bank branches on the chopping block.
But yesterday, First Niagara took a step backwards, saying they’ll likely be getting rid of at least 100 of those branches. Factors include regional overlap, and federal anti-trust laws, which prevent one bank from monopolizing an area. First Niagara says they’ll likely sell off all the branches they don’t open themselves.
Current HSBC Banks in our region include Attica, Batavia, and three in Orleans County.
There is also a First Niagara currently in Batavia.

The doctor is in,at Genesee Community College. Dr. James Sunser officially began his tenure as the new president of GCC yesterday morning. Sunser takes over for 37-year president Dr. Stuart Steiner.
Sunser will spend the next two weeks moving into his new office and transitioning into his new job. Yesterday, he sat down with WBTA News to talk about the potential he sees in GCC.
"When you look at this campus, and the quality of the can see that the community has made investments," Sunser says. "And the college has done a great job inviting the community to the college."
Sunser is originally from Onondaga, New York. He tells WBTA News he has now moved to a new home in Indian Falls.
PROGRAMMING NOTE: Hear our full-length interview with Dr. James Sunser, Wednesday morning on our Main & Center program

In Wayne County, an Avon man has died after being struck by a vehicle. His death came just minutes after he’d already survived a collision with a tree.
The accident happened early Saturday morning, when 23-year-old Michael Wormuth of Avon apparently lost control of his pick-up on Route 350 and struck a tree. The tree fell into the roadway, but Wormuth was able to exit his vehicle safely.
A good Samaritan stopped to check on Wormuth and began to call
9-1-1. That’s when another car came speeding onto the scene. That driver never saw the tree, and Wormuth never saw the oncoming vehicle. It sped right through the tree and struck Wormuth, killing him.
No charges are expected in the investigation.


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