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WASHINGTON (TNS) — The House passed a $1.9-trillion COVID-19 relief package early Saturday, pushing forward the aid millions of Americans have waited for as the country continues to grapple with the pandemic that has killed half a million Americans and crippled the economy.

ALABAMA – Plug Power Inc., a leading producer of hydrogen fuel cells and related infrastructure, announced late Thursday that it plans to construct a $290 million liquid hydrogen production facility at the Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park in the town of Alabama.

BATAVIA — The purchase of the Hotel at Batavia Downs for up to $8 million has the blessing of the Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation Board of Directors, which on Thursday approved the WROTB’s purchase of the property from a Buffalo firm.

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ALBANY — State senators voted to pass 11 pieces of legislation Monday as part of a package to reform oversight and care at nursing homes in the wake of outrage over state COVID-19 policies and publishing public health data from congregate facilities.

BATAVIA — With the current spike in fuel prices, the Genesee-Orleans County Department of Weights & Measures is advising the public that all pumps in service are up to date with their state-mandated inspections and have been approved for use.

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BATAVIA — The Zoom session Thursday night on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) project for an enhanced Jackson Square went over the hour that the organizers originally anticipated. It was closer to two hours by the time they were done.

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DARIEN CENTER — Six Flags Darien Lake said today it plans to open May 21 with a cap on attendance that is well-below its capacity.

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BATAVIA — Tops Friendly Markets cut the ribbon Thursday on $3.5 million in renovations which had been going on since August, leading to more selections and a “refreshed, modernized appearances,” the store said.

BATAVIA — In presenting a State of the State address virtually on Wednesday to Genesee County stakeholders, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said there were economic questions.

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BATAVIA — Some residents, through comments read during the last couple of City Council meetings, have encouraged the city to keep needed improvements to Falleti Ice Arena in mind.

Rochester Regional Health (RRH) has added an online aid for its patients who want to get cost estimates for recommended medical services and find out their insurance copays before the medical service is provided.

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Two projects in Batavia to help those with special needs or conditions, or who face other challenges, are getting help with services and operating costs.

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WILLIAMSVILLE — Tops this morning announced a major $3.5 million renovation project is complete at its store located at 390 W. Main Street, Batavia. This marks the 13th renovation for the supermarket chain since 2020 and the first for this year. This renovation is a part of the company’s $40…

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting farmers and ranchers to gather land rental rate information for the Cash Rents and Leases survey.

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WILLIAMSVILLE — Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement that creates a powerful alliance between the grocery chains.

ALBANY — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is surveying farmers about their planting intentions, along with the amount of grain and oilseeds they store on their farms.

ATTICA — After a year of less-than-ideal wireless service, some relief may be arriving for village residents.

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Erik J. Fix will succeed Tom Turnbull as president of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce when Turnbull retires in March.

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Annual sales tax revenues increased in 2020 for three of the four GLOW region counties, even as sales tax revenue dropped statewide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HOLLEY — Once on Landmark Society of Western New York’s “Five to Revive,” now the old Holley High School, now known as Holley Gardens, has been named in the 2020 State Historic Preservation Awards.

BUFFALO — The independent Rochester auditing firm of StoneBridge Business Partners has conducted a thorough audit of the policies and protocols of the Diocese of Buffalo with regard to training, reporting and ensuring safe environments for young people.

ALBANY — The state Health Department must release COVID-19 data reported by New York’s nursing home operators within five business days after a state Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of a Capital Region senator’s lawsuit Wednesday to force the department to release the records.