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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

Measurable snow likely in higher elevations

The first measurable snowfall of the season may be headed to portions of the Southern Tier's higher elevations today, according to the National Weather Service.

The Weather Service issued a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" on Wednesday that reports colder air will be drawn down into the region behind a wave of low pressure that could change rain into snow during the day over the higher terrain in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

A slight chance for wet snow was possible overnight into this morning as temperatures dipped into the upper 30s, according to Weather Service meteorologists.

If snow does arrive today, meteorologists say it will likely be limited to about an inch or so because the air will likely remain too warm for significant accumulation.

Still, the Weather Service's official outlook report -- which cautions that "a few to possibly several inches of wet snow" is possible -- warns residents or travelers in those areas to be mindful of "difficult travel conditions" that could develop on untreated roads.

It also stated that, with partial foliage remaining on trees, the snow's weight could cause some limbs to break and result in scattered power failures.

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State official to hold discussion on communities

New York Deputy Secretary of State Dierdre "Dede" Scozzafava will meet with local leaders and interested citizens tonight to discuss how the Department of State can help create thriving and sustainable communities.

Sign-in will start at 6 p.m. today at Hamburg Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave. Scozzafava will give an overview from 6:30 to 7, followed by public discussion from 7 to 8.

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Public hearing planned on emergency responses

The emergency responses to two large industrial fires in the city this summer will be the subject of a Nov. 3 public hearing scheduled by a panel of city lawmakers.

The responses to blazes at Niagara Lubricant and Goldman Titanium will be discussed at the hearing, scheduled for 6 p.m. in Council Chambers and conducted by the Council's Community Development Committee.

Niagara Lubricant's factory on Chandler Street in Black Rock went up in flames July 13.

The fire at Goldman Titanium, near Bailey Avenue and Babcock Street, happened July 18.

Concerns about the responses of various agencies have been raised in the wake of those fires.

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Shortman Road bridge reopened to traffic

RIPLEY -- The Shortman Road bridge, located off Exit 61 of the Thruway between Routes 5 and 20, has reopened to traffic after being damaged in an accident July 8, the Thruway Authority announced.

Traffic on the bridge is reduced to a single lane and will be controlled by traffic lights at both ends.