Midday News Brief

Written by on October 14, 2021

Rachael Tabelski

The city of Batavia and one of areas largest employers are trying to resolve a dispute over waste water contamination. The city maintains that Oatka is dumping contaminants into the waste water stream that exceeds EPA guidelines. The company says the cost of shipping its excess waste-water out of the city by truck is cost prohibitive.
City Manager Rachel Tabelski, speaking on WBTA’s Main and Center program this morning, says the stakes are high

As Oatka faces a substantial increase in expense, the city faces potential environmental fines unless the contamination is cleaned up.

The Chancellor of the State university of New York – SUNY – is praising students for their efforts in preventing the spread of COVID-19
99-point-five percent of students have already been vaccinated against COVID-19. Only 15-hundred students have not been vaccinated yet and most of them are commuter students from community colleges.

Flu season is underway, and Governor Hochul is urging New Yorkers to roll up their sleeves and protect themselves from the virus. The state Department of Health says that everyone six months of age or older should receive a flu shot and that it’s especially important for kids under the age of two and people over the age of 65 to get immunized. Officials say flu season typically peaks between December and February. In 2020, there were a record low number of flu cases statewide due to people following mask-wearing and social distancing protocols.

The Buffalo Sabres kick off their new season tonight and they’ll get to do it in front of their home crowd. The Sabres are taking on the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center, but they’ll be doing so without star player Jack Eichel who is involved in a dispute with team management and may end up getting traded. This season, the Sabres are hoping to end their postseason drought which is currently the longest in the National Hockey League. Face-off for tonight’s contest is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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