Morning News Brief
Written by Tom Tharp on December 9, 2021
One person that was responsible for online threats against a Western New York school has been caught and charged in Lockport. Lockport schools have been shut down all week for the same reason Batavia City Schools shut down on Friday and are planning to reopen on December the 13th. In Batavia the investigation into the threats posted online is still ongoing. Several other school districts faced the same types of threats with some closing and some remaining open. It is unknown at this time if they were related to each other.
To combat the shortage of goods and services because of the supply chain being disrupted a new state law has been enacted. This law allows 18-20 year olds to get a CDL and start driving Class A big rigs. Before only 21 and up could drive the tractor trailers. The American Trucking Association says that they need 80,000 more drivers to be able to adequately move merchandise and other materials around the country. This is not an immediate fix. It will take time before 18 to 20-year-olds can start signing up for CDL-A classes. With the law now passed, the state department of transportation must now come up with the official rules and regulations to certify younger drivers.
Monroe County has purchased 750000 at home rapid COVID tests and rural counties are feeling left out. Genesee county Manager Matt Landers says “We are going to continue to beat the drum” of asking New York State for support in getting COVID supplies and aid. Senator Schumer has called for more at home rapid tests for New York State but Landers says that Albany keeps telling them they are too hard to come by.
A slightly different call for help from the community. 3 year old Alana Marie has lost her stuffed giraffe on Liberty street and would very much like it back. The giraffe is grey and has been her constant companion since birth. It was lost between 2:45 and 3:15 tuesday. If found please call 585 356 5818 to reunite this little girl and her friend.