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Familiar themes sounded in Genesee County’s annual State of the County address.

Legislature Chairwoman Mary Pat Hancock delivered her speechlast night before about 50 people in the old county courthouse. 
As she has done for the past several years Mrs. Hancock called for reform of the state’s Medicaid system.
Medicaid costs Genesee County 10-million dollars a year.
Mrs. Hancock also summarized the accomplishments of various county departments over 2011 and looked ahead to the challenges of 2012.

Albion Police are asking for help as they try to locate a missing teenager.
17-year-old Ashley Deskins was last seen a week ago Tuesday at Albion High School around 8:00 in the morning. 
Deskins is white with blonde hair and blue eyes. 
She is 5'2" tall and weighs about 135 pounds. 
She may be riding in a white Chrysler Sebring.

A convicted rapist in Livingston County, who disappeared just as he was about to go on trial, has been located and is back behind bars.
40-year-old David Wampler was arrested for rape and various drug charges in January of 2011.
Just before he was to stand trial, he managed to post 50-thousand dollars bail and disappeared.
A jury convicted Wampler in “absentia.”
He was located this week in Austin, Texas. 
Extradition proceedings are underway.

Houston Texas free agent Mario Williams will be back in Orchard Park today to meet with the Buffalo Bills.  The team is trying to close a deal that would make the 27-year-old the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.  Williams spent most of Wednesday morning meeting with team officials and most of the afternoon touring the city with his fiance.  The six-foot-seven defensive end has 53 career sacks. 

The Niagra Falls Air Reserve Station is back open after a suspicious package caused a lockdown.  Officials say it was delivered to a building on the base yesterday morning and contained a letter with "Arabic writing" on it.  The base was locked down until just before 5 p.m. when the all clear was given.  A base spokeswoman said the FBI took the package for further testing but did not say what was in it.

It appears legalized casino gambling has taken another step forward in New York State.  As part of an expected agreement between Albany lawmakers and Governor Cuomo, the issue of casino gambling will be put to a public referendum in November of 2013.  Several Indian tribes have spoken out against the plan, saying it goes against a previous agreement with New York officials to not compete with Indian casinos.
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