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There were no arrests for motorists passing stopped school buses in Batavia yesterday, as Batavia Police officers participated in a state-wide enforcement of school bus laws.  Both marked and unmarked Police cars patrolled school bus routes looking for drivers passing stopped school buses.  However 7 drivers were arrested for speeding in school zones.  Batavia Police want to remind all motorists of the importance of obeying these laws on a daily basis for the safety of the school children and the community.  Police say unannounced efforts will continue by regular police patrols.

Another law enforcement operation will take place in New York State next week.  On Monday State Police will begin a concentrated effort to look for distracted drivers on roadways across New York State.

Distracted driving includes talking on a cell phone, texting, and other actions while behind the steering wheel.  It is estimated that in New York State, distracted driving is a factor in at least one out of every five accidents.

The debate is continuing across New York State on whether to increase the minimum wage.  The current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.  If a bill is passed it will be raised to $8.50 by 2013 and to $9.24 by 2014.  State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer says he’s against an increase, because he’s concerned it might hurt the people it was intended to help. Senator Ranzenhofer also says another concern is that if surrounding states have lower wages, it will only make New York State less competitive and lead to a decrease in jobs. 

A domestic dispute between an estranged couple has led to the arrest of the husband.  46 year old Raymond Radley of the Cook Road in Pavilion allegedly touched his estranged wife against her wishes at their home on the Cook Road. He has been charged with forcible touching.  Radley appeared in Pavilion Town Court and was released on his own recognizance.  He’ll return to court on May first.

There’s more bad news from Eastman Kodak.  The company has announced as part of their restructuring plan, that 41 persons in the photographic equipment and supplies area will be laid off.  That will be effective in June.  Kodak, earlier this year, filed for bankruptcy in hopes of rebuilding a more efficient business model.

In case you have forgotten, the New York State Republican Presidential Primary is next Tuesday.  The primary has garned little attention recently since Rick Santorum dropped out of the race leaving Mitt Romney to go against Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

Problems have been reported in New York State’s Medicaid program.  State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says two new audits have shown more than 40 million dollars in improper payments have been made.  DiNapoli says his auditors have made several recommendations to the Department of Health to correct their actions and recover the funds.

The man best known for hosting TV's "American Bandstand" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve, Dick Clark, has died after suffering a "massive" heart attack yesterday.  Clark's youthful appearance over the years earned him the nickname "America's Oldest Teenager."  "American Idol" paid tribute Dick Clark last night.  Prior to the contestants taking the stage, host Ryan Seacrest credited Clark for allowing shows like "Idol" to have a place on TV.  Clark's career slowed considerably in 2004 when he suffered a stroke that impacted his speech.  While he continued to make the occasional appearance, often with Seacrest, Clark's role in front of the camera was greatly reduced.  Dick Clark was 82.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement mourning Dick Clark.  Cuomo says New Yorkers will remember Clark for his energy, his youthful spirit and passion for his work.

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