Gas prices are continuing to decline, with the national average price for a gallon of gasoline down 10 centers since Monday and within a few pennies from a year ago. And while the New York state average is down 5 cents this week, it remains nearly 30 cents above the national average and near…

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WARSAW — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer launched a major new push to increase federal support for Upstate hospitals strained by the dramatic increase in Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV) cases.

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Widespread rain is forecast Saturday, but so too are strong winds that could gusts up to 60 mph across portions of Western New York by mid-morning Saturday.

ALBANY — The New York State Senate Republican Conference has re-elected Rob Ortt leader of the Minority Conference. The leadership vote was held Wednesday at the New York State Capitol ahead of the 2023-24 Legislative Session.

BATAVIA — Batavia Downs will have live racing on Mondays and Thursdays in January and February, Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation officials said Thursday.

Even with the $174.1 million budget passing this week with only one “no” vote, the county will have to take a close look at funding for Wyoming County Community Health System, a couple of Board of Supervisors members say.

WASHINGTON — When 42-year-old Catskill state trooper Ivan M. Morales died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City from illness linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack in New York City, he became the most recent local first responder at ground zero to die in the line of duty.

MOUNT MORRIS – For nearly 20 years Tom Wenzel has worked as a park ranger and natural resources specialist at the Mount Morris Dam. He said the job encompasses a lot of responsibilities.

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New York state will convene a series of roundtable discussions with county fair representatives from across the state to find ways to strengthen the events, state Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner Richard A. Ball said this week.

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A strong cold front sweeping across the eastern Great Lakes Wednesday afternoon will bring very gusty winds and colder air to the region, along with wind and winter weather advisories for parts of the GLOW region.

GENESEO – A registered sex offender living in Groveland is facing four felony counts after using the internet to communicate with a 16-year-old juvenile, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Big-box retailers span the globe. Though Wal-Mart, Target and Lowes may offer great deals, there’s often nothing unique about big-box stores. Proponents of Main Street also note that big-box stores can’t provide the small business charm that can make local neighborhoods special.

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ROCHESTER – A Mount Morris business has been awarded a 2022 Preservation Award from the Landmark Society of Western New York.

SILVER LAKE — More than 20 volunteers and municipal workers gathered at the Silver Lake State Park last month to maintain plantings that were installed a few years ago.

ELMA — State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan is co-sponsoring legislation to place a cap on New York’s gasoline tax and permanently suspend the tax when gas is more than $3 per gallon.

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STRYKERSVILLE — The Armbrust Road man who went missing after being in a one-vehicle accident on Friday on Sheldon Road in the town of Sheldon was found dead Tuesday, the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office said this morning.