Morning News Brief

Written by on July 15, 2021

A Batavia woman will appear in court later this month to respond to a felony count. Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies say they arrested 35-year-old Amanda Bowles of West Main Street Road. She was charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny. That count stems from an incident reporting Sunday afternoon. She will appear in court July 27th.

Congressman Chris Jacobs voted to advance the bipartisan Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act (HR 4374) out of the House Agriculture Committee. Jacobs said the Act directs $43 billion in investments in rural communities to expand high-speed internet access. Currently, a bipartisan group of Senators is developing infrastructure legislation with $65 billion allocated for broadband.

New York Attorney General Letitia James is calling on federal regulators to make some changes to child car seat safety standards. The AG co-led a coalition of 18 Attorneys General, calling out to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They’re asking for side-impact testing standards for child car seats. The coalition is also urging for a requirement that all car seat labels include guidance that says every child should remain in their current car seat until exceeding its height or weight maximum.

The Batavia Muckdogs are proud to host the inaugural “Battle of the Badges” game between our local Police and Fire Departments in Batavia. The game will take place this Sunday on 716 Day at the ballpark. Batavia will host the Elmira Pioneers for a 4:05 PM start with the “Battle of the Badges” game following the completion of the Muckdogs. Tickets will be required for the police vs. fire matchup, and admission will be counted toward both games that occur on Sunday. Tickets range from $9-11, and a dollar is added if purchased the day of.

The number of COVID cases in New York continues to climb. According to the latest report, the statewide 7-day average positivity rate has climbed to 0.95%. Hospitalizations have remains steady during the past 24 hours. Cases in the Finger Lakes Region have declined slightly.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined nearly two dozen of her Senate colleagues in urging the Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to expand student debt relief in the Department’s upcoming higher education rulemaking. In a letter to the Secretary, Gillibrand highlighted the need for polices that improve and expand the existing student loan repayment and forgiveness programs to ensure borrowers can access the relief they are owed.

If Bills training camp was at St. John Fisher College in 2021, fans would have a few weeks to see their team up close and personal. But that’s not happening. So with camp in Orchard Park, the Bills are planning on holding 3 open practices at Highmark Stadium where fans can watch Josh Allen and company go to work. The team sent out an email to season ticket holders giving them an opportunity to secure the free tickets beginning on Thursday morning, July 15th. There is no indication yet on how many tickets will be available and when they will be offered to the general public. The 3 dates for the practices are July 28th, August 7th and September 1st.

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