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>Legislature will meet Aug. 7 on sales tax

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature, which was supposed to have August off, has called a special meeting for 7 p.m. Aug. 7 to renew the county's 8 percent sales tax for two more years.

County Manager Gregory D. Lewis said Tuesday that Gov. Eliot L. Spitzer has yet to sign the bill to give permission for the renewal, but if he doesn't veto it by Aug. 3, it becomes law automatically.

Lewis said the county then has 10 days to formally impose the tax. The current legislation doesn't expire until Nov. 30.

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>CBS weather anchor readies for Falls segment

NIAGARA FALLS -- CBS News' "The Early Show" weather anchor Dave Price took a ride on the Maid of the Mist, went sport fishing in the Niagara River and spent some time in Lewiston three weeks ago.

His whirlwind Niagara tour will be featured on "The Early Show" Thursday when he returns to Niagara Falls State Park to do live reports at Terrapin Point on Goat Island.

The region is one of nine stops Price will make this summer as part of the show's series, "The Great American Vacation." The program broadcasts from 7 to 9 a.m.

"There's something terrific about the people in Western New York, which I've already appreciated, and I'm eager to showcase on Thursday," said Price, a Poughkeepsie native who was named one of People magazine's 50 most eligible bachelors in 2001.

Viewers are welcome to attend the broadcast and should arrive at Terrapin Point by 6:30 a.m. Parking is available in Lot 2 on Goat Island for $8 for the day.

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>Deadly fish virus found in farm pond

RANSOMVILLE -- A deadly fish virus spreading through upstate New York -- viral hemorrhagic septicemia -- has been found in sunfish and koi in a 1-acre farm pond in Ransomville, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said.

The property owner reported that all the fish in the pond died. However, Doug Stang, chief of the DEC's Bureau of Fisheries, noted that the owner had transferred fish from nearby Twelve Mile Creek during the summer of 2006 as part of a fish rescue operation. The transferred fish were the likely cause of the disease being introduced to the pond's fish population.

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