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Morning Roundup: Wednesday, March 31

Good morning. In today's top stories:

Spring is in the air! Record-breaking high temperatures in the 60s and 70s are expected for Friday and Saturday. Tom Buckham has the story.

In other news, more than $2 billion in state aid payments to public school districts across New York State are being delayed, possibly until June, under an order Gov. David Paterson issued Tuesday.

And the number of officers on extended injured-on-duty, or IOD, has increased dramatically. While there is no question that police work is dangerous, the city believes that some officers have become professional malingerers.

In sports, Bills Guard Eric Wood is optimistic about a successful recovery from the compound fracture of his lower left leg.

Watch the start of Bills offseason conditioning in this video

In today's Taste section, Andrew Galarneau meets our March Cook of the Month Carol Leff of Lancaster who makes her family's pizza rustica recipe, which is steeped in love and memories.

Watch Carol Leff make her pizza rustica

--Joseph Popiolkowski

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