Morning News Briefing
Written by WBTA STAFF on July 16, 2018
Heat Advisory going into effect with Hazardous Weather on the horizon.
The National Weather Service is issuing another heat advisory for much of Western New York including Genesee County.
The advisory lasts from noon until eight tonight, with temperatures expected in the 90’s.
Officials encourage checking on children and the elderly during the heat wave because they are the most vulnerable to suffer from weather-related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Forecasters are calling for potentially severe thunderstorms for counties to the north and have issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for this afternoon into the evening.
Animal cruelty leads to arrest in Batavia.
Town of Batavia resident, 56 year old Becky Frens was arrested by State Police following report of a badly neglected dog by animal control officers at the Genesee County Animal Shelter.
Troopers were called to the shelter as Frens had arrived to pick up a dog in very poor health that was located the day before.
The dog was diagnosed with multiple skin infections, mange, double ear infections, and had uncut nails so long that the dog could not walk.
Frens was arrested and charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance.
The dog was left in the care of the Animal Shelter and Frens was issued an appearance ticket returnable to Batavia Town Court.
Batavia students will be offered two square meals without spending a dime.
Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch will have to eat their words this year in Batavia.
The Batavia City School District was granted federal funding that will allow all attending students to receive one nutritious breakfast and one nutritious lunch each day that school is in session.
The Community Eligibility Provision funding will provide the free student meals over the next four years, at which time the school can reapply.
Batavia qualified for the funds as a provision of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act due to a significant number of students already qualifying for free or reduced meals.
With the summer heating up, Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Centers for Disease Control to come up with a campaign to help prevent drowning deaths among children.
Schumer says the number of fatal drownings has increased, with boys drowning at twice the rate of girls.
The senator says three children die every day of drowning and it’s the leading cause of death for children under five.
He wants the C-D-C to come up with an outreach campaign that better reaches the parents of toddlers about the dangers of being near pools or other bodies of water.
Cuomo dolls out tax credits to entice TV stars from heading west.
Governor Cuomo wants to keep late night TV kings in New York City.
He reportedly gave CBS 16 million dollars in tax credits when Stephen Colbert took over the Late Show, including five million to renovate the Ed Sullivan Theater.
The Governor put a little known provision in his 2013-14 budget to allow the Tonight Show to qualify for the city’s Film Production Tax Credit program.
It covers 30 percent of production costs and enabled the show to move from California to New York in 2014 when Jimmy Fallon took over.