Evening News Brief

Written by on February 16, 2021

Governor Cuomo has announced a proposal for a social equity fund to benefit minority communities.  The 100 million dollar fund will be paid for by taxes from marijuana sales as part of the new legal adult use marijuana legislation that was in the State Budget for this year.  Community-based nonprofits would apply for funding to support efforts that would include: Job placement and skills services, Adult education, Mental health treatment, Substance use disorder treatment, and many more.  Cuomo also put out rules for dispensaries to deliver marijuana to customers and reduced charges associated with illegal marijuana sales.

Are you worried about allergic reactions to the Covid vaccine?  Rochester Regional health has an answer.  By delivering the second dose of the vaccine, which more people have an issue with than the first, in multiple smaller dosages, RRH says it can minimize any allergic reactions.  Dr Shahzad Mustafa,  the lead physician for allergy, immunology and rheumatology at Rochester Regional Health, says that they can give the vaccine in five doses, given 15-20 minutes apart which will allow the body to induce tolerance in the immune system which is the same system they use for peanut allergy treatments.

The amber alert for 17 year old Stephanie White of North Tonawanda has been cancelled.  Police say she was found safe and returned home.  No further details have been released.

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