posted on July 06, 2010 07:18
An air quality alert has been extended into today for Genesee County and all of Western New York.
The ozone warning is in effect from 10 this morning until 10 tonight.
Persons with respiratory problems should use caution when outside and limit your level of activity. Experts advise to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
On the police beat:
A Buffalo man has been arrested for ripping off Darien Lake.
Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say 18-year-old Darrell Huggins took 416-dollars in cash while he worked for Darien Lake.
Firecrackers are being blamed for a fire that destroyed a barn in Livingston County. Firefighters from six volunteer departments responded to the blaze on Reeds Corners Road in Sparta Sunday night.
The Sheriff's Office reports the barn was a total loss, but there were no animals or farm equipment inside and nobody was injured. The investigation is ongoing, and criminal charges are pending.
The red carpet is out in New York for today's visit by Britain's Queen Elizabeth. The 84-year-old monarch is due to arrive at JFK Airport this afternoon in preparation for a speech before the UN General Assembly. Later, she will tour Ground Zero and lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site. The queen will also meet with first responders and U.S. family members of 9-11 victims. She'll then wrap-up her whirlwind visit with a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at British Garden in nearby Hanover Square. The Queen hasn't visited New York since 1976.
Governor David Paterson has promised further action on the state's budget, but when that will happen is up in the air. As of today, the state's spending plan for the now current fiscal year is 96 days late. During last week's special session the Assembly passed the complete budget package, while the Senate passed all the items in the budget except for the revenue bill. Aside from the hanging revenue bill, officials say the amount of aid they're slated to receive for Medicare funding from the Washington D.C. is also preventing them from moving forward.