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Today's Top Stories - New Year's Eve - Friday, December 31st, 2021

Bath Man Arrested for Robbery While One Suspect At-Large
Bath Police arrested 32-year-old Brian Turner of Bath after a robbery investigation on West Washington Street. Turner was charged with Felony counts of Robbery and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. A second male suspect is still at large and anyone with information is asked to contact police.   


Bills Host Falcons on WVIN Sunday Afternoon
The 9-6 Buffalo Bills will host the 7-8 Atlanta Falcons Sunday. The Bills must get a win and a Baltimore Ravens loss or tie to clinch their third consecutive playoff berth. Catch the action on WVIN 98.3 FM Sunday as coverage begins at noon. Kickoff at 1pm. 


Rain Expected for New Year’s Day Tomorrow
Weather forecasts expect us to see mostly cloudy skies for the rest of today with above-average temperatures this time of year. As we ring in the new year, expect spotty rain showers starting around midnight or a few hours before. Cloudiness will continue and scattered rainfall is possible overnight tonight with lows in the upper 40’s. Tomorrow on New Year’s Day, rainfall is likely as we see another warm front come through. Precipitation is expected to be around 0.50″-0.75″with the heaviest rain in the afternoon to evening hours. Tomorrow’s high will be in the low 50’s.


76 New Yorkers Died of COVID Wednesday
According to the state, 76 New Yorkers died of COVID-19 Wednesday. Of those deaths, 8 occurred in the Finger Lakes region with Monroe, Steuben, and Wayne Counties each seeing 2 deaths reported. Schuyler and Yates Counties saw 1 death each.


Holiday DWI Crackdown Continues to Tomorrow
State and local law enforcement agencies continue the STOP-DWI Crackdown with increased patrols targeting impaired driving during the holiday travel season. The campaign runs to tomorrow Saturday, January 1st.  The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative was designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes. Expect Sobriety Checkpoints


New NY Laws Take Effect for the New Year
Several new laws that could impact you will take effect as we begin the new year.  Municipalities can allow marijuana dispensaries and consumption sites if they vote to “Opt In” or do not vote to “Opt Out”.  The Minimum Wage will increase from $12.50 to $13.20. Restaurants will no longer be able to use polystyrene containers with the 1st violation costing businesses up to $250.  9 mobile sports books are on track to be launched in 2022 as Mobile Sports Betting becomes legal. Home Insurance companies cannot charge pet owners different home insurance rates based on their dog's breed. And, in 2022, employers will be required to provide written notice to employees if they are being electronically monitored in any way.  


State Increases Investment for Private Schools for Disabled Kids
Governor Kathy Hochul announced plans to include a historic $240 million increase in investment for approved private schools serving children with disabilities in her upcoming 2022-23 Executive Budget.  Hochul also signed a package of legislation to increase resources and support for students with disabilities, their families and social services providers.  


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