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Air Quality Alert in effect for all of WNY...

There is an air quality alert in effect for all of Western New York from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today due to higher than normal levels of ozone.  That from the state Department of Environmental Conservation... which says the outdoor air quality index value of 100 will be seen for that pollutant.  DEC officials say the higher the Air Quality Index Value... the greater the health concern.  When those levels are elevated... the state Department of Health recommends that people consider limiting strenuous outdoor activities.  The biggest risk is for the very young... and, those with pre-existing respiratory problems... such as asthma or heart disease.

Reed critical of FBI Director's decision to now criminally charge Hillary Clinton in E-Mail Scandal...

Local Congressman Tom Reed says he's not surprised... but, he is disappointed that criminal charges are not being recommended against presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her e-mail scandal.  The announcement was made by FBI Director James Comey late Tuesday morning.  Comey made the announcement after FBI Agents interviewed the former Secretary of State last weekend about her use of a private e-mail server.  Reed says the decision represents a "double-standard."  He says when the director says he found 113 "classified e-mails" that should not have been sent that way, but, yet is not recommending charges, that's "very concerning to me."  At the same time... Reed says he respects the FBI director.  However... he also says the decision reinforces the feeling that Hillary Clinton is "a D-C Insider" whose getting preferencial treatment... and, that needs to change.  Reed made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier Media.

Limestone man arrested for allegedly making ex-girlfriend have sex with her son, and texting photos...

A Cattaraugus County man faces child pornography charges after investigators say he tricked his ex-girlfriend into engaging in and recording sex acts with her teenage son.  U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. says 60-year-old Kevin James Fox of Limestone used different cell phone numbers to make the woman believe she would be physically harmed by organized crime unless she had sexual contact with the 17-year-old... and, shared it via text messages.  Authorities say the contact occurred during two days in June, with the images and videos sent to phone numbers Fox controlled.  Fox was represented by a public defender at an initial appearance in federal court Tuesday.  He's being held pending a detention hearing.  The charges carry a mandatory minimum prison term of 15 years and a 50-year maximum.

City woman arrested for allegedly violating Leandra's Law...

A Jamestown woman is charged with a violation of "Leandra's Law" following her arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated during a traffic stop in Mayville last weekend.  Sheriff's officers say they spotted a speeding vehicle just before Midnight Sunday on Chautauqua Street... and, stopped the car... driven by 28 year-old Amber Rasmussen.  Following an investigation... deputies arrested and charged Rasmussen with Felony DWI -- a Leandra's Law violation -- for having a child under the age of 16 in the car... along with speeding and unlicensed operator.  She'll appear in Chautauqua Town Court at a later date.

CLA Director Conroe says Chautauqua Lake basically in good shape for Summer...

The water level has been low... but, the nuisance weeds have not been a major problem on Chautauqua Lake this Summer.  That from Executive Director Doug Conroe with the Chautauqua Lake Association... which heads up lake maintenance.  Conroe says the CLA has done extensive weed harvesting on the lake through the Fourth of July... and, adds there have been a few more problems in the north basin compared to the south basin.  He says that's due to the work of natural herbafors... such as weevils... eating the tips of the plants.  Conroe says they've been working on harvesting along the dock areas...  channels... and, doing shoreline maintenance.  He says the shoreline areas have been the most problems because the lake is about six-inches lower than normal... and, that's caused the shoreline to deposit weeds and algae that wind up being left there.

Final preparations being made for LECOM Health Challenge at Peek 'n Peak...

Activites surrounding Chautauqua County's renewal of hosting a Professional Golf Association tournament are now fully-up to speed.  That from Executive Director Kevin Sanvidge with the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency... and, the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation.  By virtue of his position... Sanvidge is tournament director for this week's LECOM Health Challenge for the PGA's Web.com Tour at the Peek 'n Peak Resort near Findley Lake.  Sanvidge says today's the Pro-Am, and tomorrow is the first-day of competition.  Play continues through Sunday at the Peak's Upper Course.  He says with the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine involved... health will be a big focus of the weekend.  CREDC Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Michelle Turner, says a lot of work has gone into bringing the event here... and, they're working with a lot of "great people..." from the sponsors to people from The Golf Channel... which will televise all four days of the 72-hole tournament. 

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