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Is the local job market improving?
State Labor Department officials say the latest unemployment numbers show it’s not getting worse.
The March jobless rate in Genesee County stood at 8.4 percent, down from 9.1 percent a month earlier and less than the 8.7-percent unemployment rate last year.
Similar improvement was shown in Orleans and Wyoming Counties.

County Mar. 2010 Feb.  2010 Mar.  2009
Genesee 8.4 9.1 8.8
Orleans 10.1 11.0 10.8
Wyoming 10.8 11.5 10.9




A young Town of Darien man has been arrested for allegedly breaking into a Batavia business last December.
19-year-old Jacob Meinhold of Dodgeson Road, Darien, is facing a felony burglary count.
Deputies say Meinhold broke into the Oil Doctor on West Main Road and stole a quantity of New York State inspection stickers.

Steve Hawley makes official, what was really no surprise. He’s running for another term in the state assembly.
The Batavia Republican assembled about a hundred supporters for his announcement yesterday on the steps of the old county courthouse.
Hawley has served in the state assembly for the past four years.
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Governor Paterson is dismissing a plan by state Senate Democrats to borrow money to continue property tax rebates to seniors.  Paterson says the move simply delays the cost.
The governor says the proposal is simply an election year gimmick being floated to win favor of voters.  The state budget remains more than two weeks late and no sign of an agreement is near.

The man who disrupted air traffic over Buffalo in September by pointing a green laser at two aircrafts in flight, has avoided jail time.  The judge handed 21-year-old Eric Voight of Buffalo a sentence of 100 hours of community service along with a stern warning never to do it again.
Authorities say he pointed the laser at a FedEx aircraft and an Erie County Sheriff's helicopter.

That high pitch squealing noise you heard from Ontario County yesterday was probably just adolescent girls.  That's because teen heart throb Justin Bieber performed a special concert at Marcus Whitman High School in Gorham.  Students at the school won the 45-minute performance as a prize for collecting more than three-thousand dollars for the Hillside Family of Agencies.  School officials had announced the concert would be sometime this week but kept the exact day a secret to prevent a crush of fans from swarming on the school.

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