Weekend News Brief

Written by on November 12, 2021

A decision in Louisiana that affects companies in Batavia. A fifth circuit of appeals court has blocked the federal mandate for all companies with over 100 employees to have to either make sure all employees are COVID vaccinated or tested weekly at their own expense.  The 3 judge panel in New Orleans ruled that President Biden’s Mandate “Grossly exceeds OSHA’s Statutory authority.”  The judges also decided that the order imposed financial burdens on businesses that could violate the constitution.  The White House responded to the decisions by saying that businesses should start enforcing the mandate anyway.  24 states and dozens of companies are suing the Biden Administration over the mandate.

A single vehicle accident in Pavilion leaves one person dead and another injured.  Investigators say the car was being driven south on Star Road and struck a utility pole.  One occupant was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to Rochester Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The name of the person who died in the crash has not been released.  State police say they are investigating the crash.

The new superintendent of Batavia City Schools will be announced Monday night after a special meeting of the Board of Education.  A brief meeting agenda lists the board vote about a contract agreement between the new superintendent and the city school district. Board President Alice Benedict says that two interviews whittled down four potential candidates to two.  The new Superintendent’s contract is set to start January 3rd.

Do you have a 401K?  You can if you work at a job with ten workers or more that has been in operation for more than 2 years.  The state 401K , the Secure Choice Savings Program is now available to New Yorkers who otherwise wouldn’t have a way to save for retirement through their workplace due to a law signed last month.  Employers do not have to contribute to the plan.  Employees can contribute up to 3 percent of their wages to the plan.

The baby rhino that was welcomed to the Buffalo Zoo in October made its public debut Thursday.  This zoo’s fifth rhino calf in 17 years is a female that was born October 16 to Tashi the greater one-horned rhino. The calf’s father, George, is a former resident of the Buffalo Zoo who now lives at another facility.  The calf doesn’t have a name yet, but you can help naming her! The zoo announced Friday its keepers have picked two names that pay homage to her father, Georgia and Georgie, and they need the public to help break the tie. You can vote by following the link at wbtai.com, voting will end November 16.

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