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Tuesday Today marks the 10th annual “Dining Out for Life.”   As WBFO & AM-970’s Eileen Buckley reports, nearly 100-restaurants in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties will participate to raise money to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Inside the kitchen at Ristorante Lombardo on Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo the staff is always busy serving up Italian cuisine, and Tuesday night will be no different.

“All the money that we raise that day stays in Western New York.  No of it leaves here,” said Tom Lombardo, owner. 

Photo from Erie County Health Department Website

Sexually transmitted diseases are exploding among Erie County’s young people. 

County Health Commissioner Doctor Gale Burstein notes that although young people make up about 25 percent of the sexually-experienced population in the county, nearly half of new STD cases occur in persons ages 15 through 24.   

The young, according to Burstein, are the most vulnerable to these infections.

A new partnership has been created between BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Kaleida Health and a physicians group.  

It promises to offer new, more affordable health insurance plans for employers.

“Our fundamental premise in creating this collaboration as we improve efficiencies, effectiveness and quality of care is a reasonable consequence of that,” said  Alphonso O’Neil White, president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield.

The new program is being touted as a “strategic partnership” forged between health care providers and physicians.

Photo from Medina Memorial Website

A small hazmat situation was quickly handled at Medina Memorial Hospital Tuesday.

A hospital spokesman tells WBFO & AM-970 News there was a small spill of medication that is used with anesthesia in pharmacy department. 

The Medina Fire Department was called in to assist.  The pharmacy department was evacuated as standard procedure. 

The small spill created some fumes.  Firefighters opened windows to ventilate the area. Air handlers were also shut off and clean up was conducted within one hour allowing the hospital to resume normal operations. 

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