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President Obama will be in Western New York this afternoon talking about the economy.  But he will also meet with family members of the victims of Colgan Air Flight 3407. 
The families have been pushing for tougher federal regulations on things like pilot experience in the wake of the February 2009 crash that killed 50 people when the plane slammed into a house in Clarence Center.
WBTA’s Geoff Redick will be covering the President this afternoon. His reports will air on WBTA and posted here.

The Genesee County Legislature has allowed the County Clerk to become a retailer for E-Z Pass.
That’s the prepayment system that allows motorists to drive through State Thruway toll plazas.
Genesee County Clerk Don Read said the county's application has been submitted to the Thruway Authority. He expects to be able to sell the E-Z Pass devices in 4 to 6 weeks.
The E-Z Pass costs $25 and gives drivers $25 worth of toll credit. It is automatically replenished on your credit card. Genesee County gets to keep $4 for every E-Z pass sold.

Reginald Wilson, convicted of breaking into a home on State Street last fall, has been sentenced to 15-years in state prison.
The 37-year-old Wilson remained defiant yesterday claiming that he did not break into the home of the elderly woman.
He told the court such an act was,  “beneath” him.
Wilson has a 27 page criminal history and four felony convictions.
He was offered a plea deal that would have resulted in a sentence of 2 to 4 years. He refused to take it and instead went to trial where a jury found him guilty.

A federal judge has blocked Governor David Paterson's plans to furlough tens of thousands of state workers.  The federal judge is issuing a temporarily restraining order, putting the governor's proposal for one unpaid workday each week on hold for at least two weeks.  The furloughs were set to go into effect on Monday.  Another hearing is set for May 26th.  Governor Paterson says he is looking forward to his day in court.

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