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High Wind Warning now in effect for Sunday morning through Monday morning...
A major storm system will be taking aim on the entire region later this weekend... with some of the strongest wind gusts seen in some time.  The National Weather Service Friday upgraded our High Wind Watch to a Warning.  The High Wind Warning runs from 7 a.m. Sunday until Monday morning with wind gusts as high as 75 miles an hour.  Kirk Appfel is a meteorologist with the Weather Service's Buffalo Office... who says this will be the strongest wind storm we've seen in a while, and will at least exceed the 65 mph level for a warning.  Apffel says the winds will be strong enough to cause widespread power outages... similar to what happened a couple of years ago when winds speeds exceeded 80 mph in a few places at one time.  He says it’s a good idea to gather any loose items from outdoors.  Apffel says you should also make preparations for power outages that may last for days.

Jamestown couple arrested following physical domestic dispute...
A Jamestown husband and wife are jailed following physical domestic incident where police initially responded to a reported stabbing on the city's westside Friday afternoon.  Jamestown police were called to 307 West Eighth St. just after 3 p.m., and found that 28 year-old Eric, and 25 year-old Elizabeth Walz had gotten into a physical altercation.  Officers say Elizabeth is accused of hitting her husband in the back with a closed fist.  Later... Eric Walz allegedly choked his wife to the point where she lost consciousness, and he threw her cellphone against a wall.  Police say all this allegedly occured in front of a 7 year-old girl, and a 4-year-old boy.  Both were arrested, and are being held pending arraignment.  Eric Walz faces charges including second-degree unlawful imprisonment... and second-degree stangulation... while Elizabeth is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Reed says he will vote against measure to block Trump's National Emergency Declaration...
Local Congressman Tom Reed says he won't vote for a House measure to be voted on next week that would block the national emergency declaration that President Trump issued to fund his long-sought border wall with Mexico.  Majority Democrats introduced the resolution Friday... setting up a constitutional fight that could result in Trump's first veto.  Reed says his problem is the fact that Congress previously turned such authority to the president about 10 years ago... so he believes the president will be successful in court -- given the precident.  Officials say the Democratic-controlled House is sure to pass the measure... and, the Republican-run Senate may adopt it as well despite Mr. Trump's opposition.  Reed says he opposes what the president is doing... but, adds that the measure should also rescind "legacy" executive orders issued in previous years by President Barack Obama.  He says he would vote in favor of that. 

Reed touts high school, college programs that fuel interest in advanced manufacturing in Jamestown-area...
Finding better ways to connect high school students with college programs and where they are is part of the effort to fill open manufacturing jobs in the Jamestown-area.  That from local Congressman Tom Reed... who visited Chautauqua Lake Central School early Friday afternoon to see it's Manufacturing Club program in action.  Reed later visited the Manufacturing Technology Institute at Jamestown Community College to see what it's doing to get those students hooked up with local companies... as well as older people looking to re-train themselves for new jobs.  Reed earlier visited a smaller manufacturer in Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County... where they're having trouble filling jobs that start out at $65,000 to $75,000 a year.  The Corning Republican says it's important to get those students who show interest, and ability in local high school into STEM programming... and, then line them up with colleges where they can grow their skills, and network with local manufacturers. 

Community leaders meet in Dunkirk regarding proposed new location for Brooks-TLC Hospital...
Brooks-TLC hospital system officials held two meetings Friday with local and regional community leaders to discuss the future plans for the hospital, including the location of a new facility in the village of Fredonia.  Hospital system President and Chief Executive Officer Mary LaRowe, Board President Chris Lanski, and representatives of Kaleida Health took part in the meetings.  LaRowe says the discussion became "passionate" at times during the sessions... but, adds they heard the concern's expressed.  Hospital system Board President Chris Lanski says there are two major issues that were raised during the meetings... the first being providing for transportation for people who walk to the hospital, and access to the hospital from Route 20.  LaRowe says if the approval process remains on target, construction on a new hospital could get underway this spring.

More information released on fatal car-pedestrian accident involving Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim...
Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim tried to warn other cars with his cell phone light after striking and killing a man trying to make his way to the median of an interstate late Wednesday night.  Syracuse police say Boeheim struck 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez with his GMC Acadia on Interstate 690.  Police say Boeheim was trying to avoid hitting the disabled Dodge Charger, which was resting perpendicular on the interstate.  Authorities say it appears the car lost control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail. 



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