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Morning Roundup: Monday, June 21

Good morning Western New York and welcome to summer. The National Weather Service is promising sunshine, light winds and a high around 80 for today -- the longest day of the year in Buffalo.

For a look at things happening today, check out Good Morning, Buffalo.

In local headlines, one of the nation's toughest sets of laws regulating the sale and advertisement of tobacco products will go to the Buffalo Common Council for review this week, and a majority of lawmakers look favorably on new rules that would crack down on vendors irresponsibly marketing tobacco products.

A disease called white nose syndrome, first discovered in caves near Albany and Cooperstown four years ago, is spreading and killing bats all over North America. "My worry is that someday we're going to call this cave the place where bats used to live," said Kenneth J. Roblee, a wildlife biologist for the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Dan Herbeck reports.

Gov. David A. Paterson is pushing for a plan to give governors more control over the state budget. Future New York governors would have sweeping new powers to rescue state budgets from deficits while a hodge-podge of gimmicks used to mask financial shortfalls would be restricted under legislation proposed this weekend by Gov. David A. Paterson.

Check out News Reporter Aaron Besecker's video of the Lawn Mower Races held in Grand Island Sunday on West River Road:

--Lauren Nicole Mariacher

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