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2:26 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Thruway Fully Reopened After Snowstorm

Credit TWC News

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say the entire length of the New York State Thruway is open again following last week's snowstorm.

The last closed exit reopened Sunday. All Thruway service plazas are also open now.

More than 80 snowbound vehicles have been towed from the highway to three lots. Drivers can find out where to pick up their vehicles at the Thruway website ( ).

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Local News
12:42 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Rochester Crews Helping Clear Snow Return From Buffalo

A crew of Rochester workers and their heavy equipment returned from Buffalo on Sunday. That was one of the many instances of upstate cities sending help to the region that was slammed by lake effect snow.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and other city officials applauded, as the convoy of 20 trucks and personnel arrived back at the City Operations Building. They had been there since Friday morning, joining hundreds of workers from all over the state who helped people in Western New York dig out from several feet of snow.

Warren says this is the sort of thing that neighbor cities do for each other.

"We recognize and know that Buffalo would do the same for Rochester if we were in this situation and I'm excited at the fact that we were able to show our sister city some compassion at this time of Thanksgiving."

Mike Quattrone is Assistant Director of operations and parks for Rochester. He was out in Buffalo helping clear tons of snow off area streets.

As you go through your career as a public servant it's times like these that the employees really rally to get things done, did an awesome job, tremendous," Quattrone told WXXI News.

Quattrone and his crew worked 16 hour days while they were in Buffalo. Crews and equipment from Monroe County and other area communities were also in Buffalo over the weekend.

Local News
10:02 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Digging Out & Preparing For Flooding

Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo is making significant progress clearing streets still clogged from an epic storm left more than 7 feet of snow even as a flooding threat looms, the city's mayor said Sunday.

A ban on driving will continue in hard-hit South Buffalo as hundreds of dump trucks, loaders and other snow removal equipment continue to work around the clock, Mayor Byron Brown said.

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The Two-Way
5:36 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

Washington, D.C., Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, but started out as a champion for the city's disenfranchised.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:28 pm

Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78.

The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C. Council, was famous for fighting for the District's disenfranchised, but won national notoriety after he was caught on FBI video with an ex-girlfriend and crack cocaine in 1990.

He was considered by many to be the district's most charismatic and controversial politician.

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Local News
4:23 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

NYS Officials Outline Flood Plans


Governor Cuomo on Saturday  highlighted flood preparedness measures at New York State’s emergency response headquarters in Alden, Erie County.

He says with the region is experiencing rising temperatures following days of record-setting snowfall, there is a  strong possibility of significant flooding.

Cuomo has directed state agencies to redeploy resources to help communities in that area, including bringing in boats, high axle vehicles, and more than 176,000 sandbags.

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Local News
12:37 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Most Thruway Exits Open Now

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — Drivers are now free to exit the New York State Thruway in most areas pummeled earlier this week by up to 7 feet of snow.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo had reopened a 132-mile stretch of the closed thoroughfare on Friday. But drivers would have had to cross the Pennsylvania border before being able to leave it because ramps remained closed along the westernmost 75 miles. That's the stretch that runs parallel Lake Erie's shore.

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Around The State
11:55 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Flooding Is New Threat In Buffalo

Checkers restaurant in Cheektowaga
Credit Chris Caya / WBFO

BUFFALO (AP) After a three-day onslaught that dumped a historic 7 feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 12 people, the sun came out, but so did predictions of flooding caused by rain and temperatures of up to 60 degrees.

Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock said there might be trouble with drainage as snow and the uncollected autumn leaves underneath blocked catch basins.  “The biggest flood threat would be on Monday when temperatures are at their warmest,'' he said. ``There could be general urban flooding.”

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Local News
9:56 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thruway Reopens; Fears Of Flooding As Temperatures Rise

Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A stretch of the New York State Thruway closed by a snowfall totaling up to 7 feet reopened Friday for the first time since hundreds of motorists were stranded Tuesday.

A spokesman for the Thruway Authority said the westernmost 132 miles of Interstate 90 opened at 3 p.m. Some exit ramps remained closed.

The snow ended Friday but looming rain and warm temperatures raised the threat of flooding.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for the Buffalo area.

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4:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Poverty Related Illness

Western New Yorkers living in poverty are at a higher risk for many chronic and life-threatening illnesses. High rates of miscarriage, infant mortality, toxic stress, asthma, and diabetes disproportionately affect the most vulnerable among us. The new federal health care law makes some attempts to equalize access to medical services. We’ll look at whether there has been progress and what steps we should to improve the health of the least fortunate Americans with our panel:

  • Dr. Matt Devine, Highland Family Medicine
  • Dr. Lorinda Parks, Jordan Health
  • Candice A. Lucas, URMC Center for Community Health
4:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Hospital Readmissions


When patients come back to the hospital for a second time after a surgery or emergency room visit, it has tremendous costs. These costs affect no one more than the patients themselves, who can lose their lives. We’ll talk to experts and hospital administrators about projects to lower readmissions and the conventions in the affordable care act that attempt to lower hospital readmissions through penalties.

Our panel:

  • Anna Lambert, associate director of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Nursing at Strong Hospital
  • Jordan Rau, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News
  • Dr. Eugene Litvak, president & CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Optimization