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The V-A medical center in Batavia has been cleared of any wrong doing in the recent probe of excessive wait times.
The report also cleared the V-A medical center in Buffalo.
Investigators say that at both Batavia and Buffalo they found no reason to do a further review.
The report found that patients were given appointments within 30 days in 97-percent of cases, which exceeds the national average.

Calling hours will be held today for Army Paratrooper Sgt. Shaina Schmigel.
The body of Sgt. Schmigel arrived at Buffalo Airport late yesterday and was escorted through Medina where hundreds turned out to honor the 2010 Medina High School graduate.
The escort then made its way to Batavia where the city council meeting was suspended as the body passed by City Hall on their way to Tomaszewski Funeral Home where calling hours will be held from 2 until 8 today.
Sgt Schmigel died in a training jump at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The Batavia City Council last night, by the slimmest possible vote approved $1,900 to reimburse the Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) for hanging flower baskets downtown.
The 5-4 vote followed a 20 minute debate over whether or not the purchase of flowers was a “fiscally responsible” use of taxpayer funds.
Ward 6 Councilwoman Rose Mary Christian minced no words with her criticism of the BID. She looked around the council chamber and wondered aloud, "where is the BID director so we can rip his ass.”
Joining Briggs and Christian in opposition were councilmen John Deleo and Gene Jankowski.
Council members Patty Pacino and John Canale defended the BID and its request for reimbursement.
Both said $1,900 was a small amount of money to improve the look of downtown and make it more appealing for business.

The city of Batavia spent $10,700 last year defending itself against a lawsuit filed by the City Centre Mall Association.
The figure was obtained by Batavia resident John Roach through a Freedom of Information Request.
The legal fees for the 2012-2013 fiscal year were incurred before the city filed a counter suit against the mall association earlier this year.

Seven Livingston County jail employees are avoiding serious penalties after pleading guilty over the falsification of time cards.  The seven guards all admit that they engaged in shift swapping at the jail.  The employees then submitted false time cards indicated that they had worked when they really did not. 
The only criminal penalty being imposed on the workers is a $125 fine, although all of them lost their jobs over the issue.

Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly is out of the hospital.  Kelly was released from Erie County Medical Center yesterday after completing a six week regimen of chemotherapy and radiation for sinus cancer in his upper jaw.  Kelly has been in the hospital since May 15th.  Doctors will now wait at least two months to determine the next steps in his cancer treatment.

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