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 It appears that Batavia and Genesee County will again escape the brunt of foul winter weather in Western New York.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning has been issued for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.
Those areas could expect to see 12 to 20 inches of snow before the warning ends late tonight.
No such warning has been issued for Genesee County.

The Batavia Fire Department is looking to the volunteer fire service to fill vacancies in the city fire department.
Chief Jim Maxwell tells WBTA four recruits have joined the city’s department. Three are volunteers from departments in the area and one is new to the fire service.
The four, including the second woman to join the department, will head to Utica next month for a three-month training program.

A 16-year-old boy is facing a murder charge after he allegedly beat his girlfriend's one-year-old baby to death.  I
It happened in the southern Erie County town of Springville Tuesday night. 
Officials say the teenager was baby sitting little  Austin Smith when the killing took place.  
The child was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time after arrival.  
The 16-year-old is not being identified because of his age, but is being prosecuted as an adult for second degree murder. 

Governor Cuomo says changes could be coming to New York State's new gun control law.  Cuomo says discussions are being held to alter the law to allow for high-capacity ammunition clips with ten rounds.  The law put in a new limit of seven rounds, but Cuomo says a seven-bullet magazine does not exist which makes that part of the ban problematic.

Local V-A officials are trying to figure out why the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has abruptly cancelled an athletic competition for veterans.  
The National Veterans Golden Age Games were expected to attract over a thousand former military members and at least 25-hundred total visitors to Western New York.  
The VA blames the current fiscal climate for cancelling the event, which would have taken place in late May and early June in Buffalo.

A new poll finds opposition among New York voters to hydrofracking is on the rise.  The latest Quinnipiac University poll found that 46 percent of state residents say they are against the gas drilling procedure currently being weighed in Albany.  Less than two years ago, support for hydrofracking was at 47 percent… 42 percent were against.
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