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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
Capitol Bureau
1:29 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Per Diem Reform Could be on A Special Session Agenda

State lawmakers are pushing for their first pay raise in fifteen years, and they say in exchange, they might even be willing to give up the practice of a daily stipend for each day they spend in Albany, known as per diems, that has sometimes led to abuse.

Legislators receive $172 dollars for every day that they spend in Albany, above normal travel and lodging expenses, and in addition to their $79,500 a year base pay.

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1:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

National Adoption Day in Rochester

Adoptees with their new families
Credit Alex Crichton

Four children were "officially" adopted by their new families during a National Adoption Day Ceremony at the Hall of Justice today.

National Adoption Day finalizes adoptions of children from foster care.

For Jason and Joy Kaminski, it meant the end of a year and a half long process that enabled them to adopt their son, Joshua.

They called it an awesome day.

Brandon Connor and his wife Teresa, adopted their second child, 7-year old Dominique.

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Local News
12:11 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NYS Thruway to Reopen

Credit Eileen Buckley

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) _ Governor Andrew Cuomo says the 132-mile section of the Thruway closed since Tuesday because of a massive lake-effect snow storm in western New York will reopen later Friday with restrictions.

Cuomo said during a news conference Friday morning that a 58-mile stretch of Interstate 90 from Exit 45 near Rochester to Exit 50 at Williamsville will reopen at 3 p.m. Friday. 

The governor says the highway from Exit 51 to Exit 61 at Ripley, on the Pennsylvania border, will also open then but vehicles won't be allowed to exit the Thruway. 

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Local News
12:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Man Found Dead in Snow Storm Tried To Get Help, But None Came, According to Family

Credit Karen from Marilla

ALDEN, N.Y. (AP) _ The family of a western New York man who died inside his snowbound vehicle says he called for assistance several times but help never arrived. 

The wife and parents of 46-year-old Donald Abate of Blasdell tell Buffalo's WIVB-TV that he was driving home from his job in Batavia early Tuesday morning when his pickup truck wound up in a ditch in the town of Alden, 15 miles east of Buffalo. 

Jackie Abate says her husband called his family on his cellphone and told them he had called AAA and police to get help, but no one ever arrived. 

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