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(TNS) – The number of U.S. COVID-19 deaths has surpassed the toll of the 1918 influenza pandemic, a milestone many experts say was avoidable after the arrival of vaccines.

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Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE said their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and produced strong antibody responses in children ages 5 to 11 in a large-scale trial, findings that could pave the way to begin vaccinating grade-school kids within months.

BUFFALO — National Grid customers and area law enforcement agencies are reporting utility billing and payment scams statewide.

BATAVIA — Amanda L. Huber, 39, of Main Street was charged with petit larceny for stealing from a store by swapping price tags on items, Genesee County sheriff’s deputies said.

Competing election maps for the 2022 election released this week duel on another front besides boundary placement: The set that benefits Republicans contains readjusted prison data mandated under state law, while Democrats, citing timing issues, did not include the required information in th…

BATAVIA — National Grid employees volunteered their time this week to help Arc of Genesee Orleans get rid of old machines the utility company’s Day of Service.

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There are more than 250 active cases of COVID-19 in the four-county GLOW region as of this week, according to data from public health departments in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

The state’s hiring freeze in effect for nearly a year-and-a-half since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic is over, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday.

BATAVIA — The chairman of the committee looking into an updated town’s solar energy law says there will be at least one public hearing on a proposed update.

BATAVIA — A male riding a motorcycle was unresponsive after an accident with a pickup truck Friday by a pickup truck at the intersection of Walnut and Law streets, Batavia police said. He was flown to Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries.

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YORK - A Caledonia teen is facing numerous charges in Livingston County in connection with a string of car thefts across three counties, including Genesee and Wyoming counties, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

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LEICESTER - A Wyoming County man is facing a driving while intoxicated charge following the submission of a civilian complaint earlier this month.

CORFU — The Pembroke, Corfu, Darien Kiwanis Club will hold a Car Cruise from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pembroke Town Park on State Route 77, near Pembroke High School. The club said there will be a huge basket raffle to benefit the Crossroads House in Batavia.

ALEXANDER — The Western New York Gas & Steam Engine Association was concerned, at first, about how many people might show up at this year’s Gas & Steam Engine Rally, association President Bill Dellapenta says.

WARSAW – Fire destroyed a house on Gouinlock Street late Wednesday night, Wyoming County fire officials said.

BATAVIA - A Honeyoe man had nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system as he drove the wrong way on the New York State Thruway early Thursday morning, state police said.

CARLTON — Work has begun on a $261,000 resiliency project in the town of Carlton, the state Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

OAKFIELD — A lot of the outdoor sitework is complete as contractors continue toward a fall 2022 completion of a $15.3 million improvement project in the Oakfield-Alabama Central School District.

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ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul announced expanded mask requirements to thwart the COVID-19 virus in advance of the anticipated spike in cases throughout fall and winter.

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A city woman convicted of assaulting her child two years ago has been arrested after she allegedly assaulting the child again during a visitation, city police said.

n WYOMING — A village man was jailed after an investigation revealed he had a sexual relationship with a child under 17 years old, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said.

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A two-time ex-con with an extensive history of violence against women was sentenced to his third state prison term last week in Genesee County Court.

BATAVIA — Visits to inmates are once again allowed at the Genesee County Jail about a month after the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office suspended visitation due to COVID-19 cases within the jail.

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SHELDON — Firefighters spent seven hours at the scene of a grain bin fire at Trouw Nutrition Tuesday, a fire that started by spontaneous combustion, Wyoming County fire officials said.

An Attica man, on a kayak trip to Lewis County in northern New York, was rescued Sept. 11 by forest rangers, first responders and members of his kayak group, after suffering a knee injury, according to a news release from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

BATAVIA — Community Action of Orleans and Genesee in Batavia is holding a free clothing giveaway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the front of its office at 5073 Clinton Street Rd. New and like-new clothing will be available for children and adults of all sizes.

BATAVIA — City police have identified the man who died after becoming stuck in a stone bin Tuesday afternoon.