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A fast-moving thunderstorm caused wide-spread damage to parts of western New York last night…fortunately, not in Genesee County.
The National Weather Service issued reports of thunderstorms developing ahead of a cold front in several counties across the area, including Genesee. 
Downed power lines were reported in Amherst, North Tonawanda and Buffalo but authorities reported no serious damage in Genesee County.
The severe storms come on the heels of last weekend's tornado outbreak.

Another special session is scheduled for this morning in Albany to try to complete a state budget that's four-months late. 
Nine state Senators were no-shows during last night's session.
The state budget was due on April 1st.  Governor Paterson wants state lawmakers to craft an alternative budget proposal should Washington fail to deliver federal Medicaid funds and allow SUNY schools to set their own tuition rates.

Ashley Furniture will open a retail store in Batavia next month.
The company has announced it will take over the former F.Y.E. store in the Batavia Commons.
The store will be known as Ashley Furniture HomeStore Outlet and will retail scratch and dent items currently stored in the company’s distribution center on Saile Drive.
The company still looking for three part-time sales people.

From the City Courtroom:
The male half of the Farrall Park Picnic Table Caper has had his case put off until next month.
Justin Amend of Oakfield is charged with Public Lewdness for his alleged role.
Amend’s lawyer wanted more time to talk with prosecutors about a plea deal.
The female part of the case, Suzanne Corona, is expected to be back in court next month as well.

The Town Board of Wheatfield, in Erie County, has delayed a vote on a measure that would limit the number of cats and dogs residents can own.  A meeting earlier this week drew less than a dozen residents so the board postponed the vote to gather more information.  The measure would restrict residents to a maximum of four dogs and ten cats over the age of six months.

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