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It's going to feel more like early to mid-July over the next couple of days in Western New York... and, the Jamestown-area.  It's may be the end of May... but, we're going to see temperatures reaching the upper 80s to near 90 degrees.  Forecaster Jim Mitchell at the National Weather Service in Buffalo says that's due to a large "Bermuda High" that's just off the coast of the southeastern United States.  Mitchell says the clock-wise rotation is bringing a lot of warm air up from the south. Mitchell says there will be some moderation along the Lake Erie shoreline due to the lake breezes... which he says will hold the highs down to the upper 70s to low 80s.  He says we'll see a big change in the weather early Sunday morning, though, as a cold front moves through the area.  Ahead of that... Mitchell says we'll see some rain and thunderstorms ahead of that late Saturday night.  The front will come through early Sunday... so that should lessen the chance for severe storms.  Mitchell adds that with the heat and humidity of the next two days... there is at least a chance of a "pop-up" thunderstorm each day.


Part of one county road has now been reopened after it was closed due to flooding from Tuesday's storms.  The county's Department of Public Facilities reports that Kabob Road... between Route 380 and Waterman Road in the town of Stockton is now open.  DPF officials add... though... that Wattlesburg Road between State Route 76 and County Road 303 in the town of Ripley remains closed.


A Buffalo man is jailed on one-thousand dollars bail for allegedly being found with a gun... and a quantity of drugs in his possession on Jamestown's southeast side.  City police were called to the scene at 321 Allen Street about 6 PM Wednesday night... where they spotted a man fitting the description of the suspect on the back porch.  The man... later identified as 33 year-old Jermaine Cooley... gave police a false name... and, was found to have a small amount of marijuana in his possession.  Officers say they also found an "authentic looking" metal pellet pistol nearby.  Cooley was taken into custody... and, was also found to be on parole.  In addition... police say they also allegedly found a small quantity of "crack" cocaine in Cooley's possession during booking.  He was arraigned.. and sent to the county jail on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance... false personation... and, unlawful possession of marijuana.


The head of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is baffled over the New York Business Council's position on closing the NRG Plant in the city of Dunkirk.  The Business Council joined the Sierra Club in announcing yesterday (Wednesday) that the State Public Service Commission should "reject" the current repowering proposals for both the Dunkirk plant... and, the Cayuga Power Plant in Lansing.  Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Tranum says he is troubled by the position the Business Council has taken.
Tranum says the Chamber has worked closely with Business Council for years.  He was surprised by yesterday's announcement and hopes it doesn't distract from the issue at hand.In the release... the Business Council and the Sierra Club argue that the PSC should investigate other solutions including energy efficiency... renewable power generation... and, demand response as clean and cheaper options.  The groups' comments have been filed with the commission which is now deciding the fate of the repowering projects.


Reducing tobacco advertising that's geared towards children is the emphasis of "World No Tobacco Day" today around the globe -- and in Chautauqua County.  That from the head of the Tri-County Tobacco Free Programs... Laurie Adams.  Adams it's part of a world-wide effort being headed up by the World Health Organization's "Convention on Tobacco Control" to keep children from becoming the next generation of smokers. Adams says locally... they've begun commemorating the day by visiting several of the some 22 pharmacies in the region that have decided not to give "Big Tobacco" access to their customers... nor allowed advertising. However... Adams adds that it's still a tough sell because just about all of the bigger, chain pharmacies still sell tobacco products.  A member of the anti-smoking "Reality Check" high school program says it just makes sense.  "A doctor wouldn't ever prescribe cigarettes, so why would a pharmacy still carry them?"


A new report shows ``shocking'' violations at day care centers statewide and inadequate enforcement of persistent violators.  The few most egregious cases include corporal punishment of children, frightening or humiliating a child, isolating children in closets and abuse or maltreatment.  The state Office of Children and Family Services says Thursday the report is alarmingly misleading.