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A major, long term street closing in Jamestown starts this morning.... 

The Harrison Street Bridge over the Chadakoin River is going to fully replaced.  The project is set to start at 9 AM today and to take up to five months, meaning thru traffic will be restricted until November.  A sign posted in Brooklyn Square states that Harrison Street from Main to Winsor will be closed for the work.  Separate detours will be posted for cars and trucks.  

A Cleveland, Ohio woman suffered a leg injury after she was thrown off an inner tube being towed on lower Cassadaga Lakes this past weekend...  

Sheriff's officers say 26 year-old Alison Kimborovicz stood up while the tube was in motion and fell off in rough water about 2:30 PM Saturday.  Another person on the tube was not hurt.  Deputies say Kimborovicz was treated for a right thigh injury and later taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment.  The operator of the boat, 61 year-old Holly Kimborovicz of Chardon, Ohio, and her three other passengers in the boat were not hurt.  No charges have been filed in the incident.

The investigation is continuing into a fight in the north county village of Silver Creek this past Thursday night in which a 19 year-old man was dragged a short distance by a car....  

Sheriff's officers say they were called to the scene on Drake Avenue about 7 PM and, found the man only sustained some minor injuries.  He was not hospitalized.  No charges have been filed but, deputies says they are continuing to look into the incident.

Local, county and New York state police are targeting reckless, aggressive and impaired drivers in New York during this July 4th week.....  

State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett says troopers will be increasing patrols and conducting sobriety checkpoints from now through Friday.  Chautauqua County Jim Quattrone says that's also the case here because being under the influence of drugs has become as much a problem as driving drunk.

Quattrone adds that there are now plenty of ways to get where you want if you're been celebrating.  Back to the State Police, Corlett says troopers last year issued nearly 10,500 vehicle and traffic tickets during the Fourth of July weekend.  They arrested 216 people for driving while intoxicated and investigated 165 crashes that resulted in four deaths.  In addition to marked state police vehicles, troopers will be using unmarked patrol vehicles that allow them to more easily catch drivers using handheld phones.

It was a "very good" week for the bi-partisan Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress this past week with compromise packages being approved, or moved forward on......  

Local Congressman Tom Reed, who co-chairs the 46 member caucus, says they were able to push through the emergency, $4.5-billion humanitarian aid package for the southern border.  He says they had more than 300 members of the House and, a large marjority of the Senate to back the measure.

The two measures had to be reconciled before the package could be approved and, sent onto the president.  Reed says the White House has indicated it has "no problems" with the funding package.  In addition, Reed says the Problem Solvers, and a group of bi-partisan Senators have announced several "principles" they'll support in legislation to lower prescription drug prices, including price transparency, increased competition, and eliminating patent abuse.  In addition to the Problem Solvers, Reed says Democratic Senator Joe Mancin of West Virginia and Republican Susan Collins of Maine took part in their meeting.  He made his comments during his weekly telephone conference call with regional media.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed a $34-billion compromise state budget after llawmakers wrapped up the past week with a flurry of votes....  

Wolf made the announcement late Friday, shortly after the Republican-controlled Legislature took its final votes and adjourned for the summer.  The 2019-20 fiscal year starts TODAY.  Healthy state revenues eased pressure on the governor and lawmakers.  The budget carries more money for public schools and universities, holds the line on taxes and stuffs cash into reserve.  Wolf calls it a product of 'divided government' amid criticism from his fellow Democrats.  Republicans prevailed over Democrats' protests to end a decades-old cash assistance program for the destitute deemed temporarily unable to work.  About 10-thousand people were in the program.  Wolf says he's working on ways to help them.

The numbers are in, and the recently concluded New York legislative session was officially one of the most productive in recent history....  

The Senate and Assembly together passed 935 bills in the six-month session that ended this month.  That's 300 more than last year and the most overall in more than a decade.  The measures that passed would create new rental protections for more than a million tenants in and around New York City, further decriminalize marijuana, and institute safeguards for abortion rights and aggressive new targets for emission reductions.  Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, of the Bronx, is heading off on his fourth upstate tour.  He says the tradition helps him better understand the opportunities and challenges facing different regions of the state.

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