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Flood Watch in effect through Sunday afternoon...
There's been some steady... but, not heavy rain yet n the Jametown-area.  However... the rain will be more steady and present heading into this afternoon through late Sunday morning.  A Flood Watch has been issued from 1 this afternoon to 1 p.m. Sunday.  That from Forecaster Dan Kelly with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says we'll be getting the rain in "two waves" over the weekend.  Kelly says the first wave produced about half-an-inch of rain... but, the second one -- later today -- will produce 1 to 1-and-a-half inches in the Jamestown-area.  Kelly says the rainfall totals will likely be higher to our north... and, west through the weekend.  Kelly says the heavier rain should be wrapping up by early afternoon on Sunday.  It appears most of the rain will fall between Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon.  A High Wind Warning has also been issued for early to late Sunday morning.

Truck-lite official confirm's "tentative" end of production at plant by end of 2020...
Truck-Lite Corporaton is confirming that it has "tentatively" decided to end production at it's long-standing plant in Falconer by the end of the year.  That from Spokeswoman Beth English... who did not provide details... but, says the decision only affects manufacturing positions at the Falconer plant.  The number of jobs impacted has not been released.  However... the manufacturing part of Truck-lite -- at last word -- had about 130 workers.  English confirms the news was given to employees and union officials on Thursday afternoon.  The level of productivity at the large local plant was noted as a factor in the decision.  English says Truck-lite... which makes vehicle lighting... is not making the decision lightly.  She says they will help relocate displaced workers to other Truck-lite facilities.  The ending of production would not impact other parts of the local operation.

Jamestown woman faces Leandra's Law violation after being found under influence of drugs with young child in car...
Two Jamestown residents have been arrested -- one for allegedly violating Leandra's Law -- following a traffic stop on Route 60 in the town of Kiantone.  Sheriff's officers say they stopped a vehicle... driven by 45 year-old Selena Santiago... for only having one working headlight about 12:30 a.m. Friday.  Deputies say they could smell marijuana coming from inside the car... and, the passenger -- 21 year-old Dakota Raymond -- produced a marijuana cigar.  Officers say Santiago was failed sobriety tests, and was arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs.  There was also a 2-year-old child in the vehicle... and, so the charge became a Felony.  Raymond was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Kennedy man arrested for allegedly kicking pet chihuahua...
A Kennedy man was arrested after he allegedly kicked a person's pet chihuahua during a domestic incident Thursday.  State Police in Jamestown responded to the home... and, learned 31 year-old Joshua Ross arrived... and walked into the victim's residence without invitation.  Troopers say Ross allegedly kicked the dog during the argument.  When the victim attempted to call 9-1-1, Ross reportedly knocked the phone out of their hand and across the room.  Troopers were eventually contacted by a third-party and placed Ross in custody after he resisted arrest.  He was sent to the county jail pending arraignment. 

NYSSBA official says Cuomo's State of State includes "promising initiatives..."
There are a "lot of promising initiatives" in Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State message regarding public school education.  However... officials with the New York State School Boards Association are taking a wait-and-see attitude until the governor releases his 2020-21 budget plan.  That from Association Communications Director David Albert... who says they include increasing funding for Pre-K and after-school programs... and, recruiting bi-lingual teachers.  Albert says they're also awaiting details of the governor's plan to funnel more state money to help poorer... "high-needs" districts the Cuomo says aren't performing because they have fewer resources.  He says the State Boards Association would rather see the governor follow through on the state's long-held promise to fully-fund the "foundation aid" formula.  He says the state needs to treat public education as the priority it should be.  Albert says another issue for some poorer districts has to do with the state's 2-percent property tax cap.

Dunkirk woman's manslaughter trial begins Friday...
The trial for a Dunkirk woman who is facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in the stabbing death of a Dunkirk teen got underway this morning in Mayville.  Opening Statements were given in the case of 26-year-old Ashlyann Lopez-Lopez, who is accused of stabbing Jefrena Brown in the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue last May 15th.  She died a day later at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

Senate Majority pushing revised bill to automatically add anyone filling out a state form to voting rolls...
New York would automatically add to the voting rolls any citizen who fills out a state form, under a revised bill that passed the state Senate on Thursday.  Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, voting advocates and other Democrats say the bill targets an estimated 1.1-million eligible New Yorkers who aren't on the voter rolls.  The bill passed the state Senate 40-20.  It now heads to the Assembly.  The vote on the revised legislation comes a day after Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo called for automatic voter registration in New York in his annual State of the State address. 


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