Sunrise Smart Start: Wednesday, June 2

Sunrise Smart Start

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Stay up-to-date on the latest headlines in today’s Sunrise Smart Start on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

NYS releases guidance on ‘essential caregiver’ nursing home visitation during pandemic

Back in March of this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that expanded visitation for family members and loved ones residing in long term care facilities during the pandemic. However, homes have been waiting on guidance from the Department of Health on how to move forward with those changes.

That guidance finally came on Tuesday evening.

According to Assemblymember Harry Bronson, his bill allows designated personal caregivers and compassionate care visitors at nursing homes and residential care facilities. The new law lets nursing home residents and their families designate two or more personal caregivers. These caregivers are exempt from any general prohibitions on visitation, such as the measures in place over the last year.

Biden suspends oil leases in Alaska’s Arctic refuge

 The Biden administration on Tuesday suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, reversing a drilling program approved by the Trump administration and reviving a political fight over a remote region that is home to polar bears and other wildlife — and a rich reserve of oil.

The order by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland follows a temporary moratorium on oil and gas lease activities imposed by President Joe Biden on his first day in office. Biden’s Jan. 20 executive order suggested a new environmental review was needed to address possible legal flaws in a drilling program approved by the Trump administration under a 2017 law enacted by Congress.

Family First: Protecting your family from sun damage

In our Family First segment, experts are offering summer advice on how to protect your family from sun damage.

Experts say one in five people will develop skin cancer. While sunscreen helps, doctors say many people don’t use it the right way.

Human remains discovered at Durand Lake in Irondequoit, identity not yet determined

Police said Tuesday that human remains discovered by a civilian Monday morning at Durand Lake in Irondequoit are yet to be identified.

Police say the civilian called police to report the discovery around 11 a.m. on Memorial Day.

Police returned to the area Tuesday to continue to the investigation. Irondequoit Police Chief Alan Laird said, as of Tuesday afternoon, the remains have not been identified.

Search continues for Parma man, missing under ‘highly suspicious’ circumstances

Officials from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office say the search for missing Parma man William Mason continues on Wednesday.

Mason, 69, is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 165 pounds. He has greyish hair, blue eyes and a scar on his right eye. According to officials, Mason was last seen on Tuesday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. near his home in the Town of Parma.

Moderna officially seeking FDA approval for its COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna announced Tuesday it has officially filed for full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its two-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine is currently only authorized for emergency use in the United States. Full approval would signal the FDA’s full confidence in the vaccine and would be granted based on more data. Moderna said in a press release it will continue to submit data to the FDA on a rolling basis over the coming weeks with a request for a priority review.

Motive unclear as firefighter kills colleague at station

A firefighter killed a co-worker and wounded another at their small fire station before setting his own home ablaze and apparently killing himself in California’s second deadly workplace shooting in days.

The gunman, a firefighter specialist and engineer, was off-duty when he apparently drove the 10 miles (16 kilometers) from his home in Acton, north of Los Angeles, and opened fire Tuesday morning at Los Angeles County Fire Station 81, authorities said.

NY AG James asks court to force Kodak CEO to testify on insider trading investigation

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a petition in court Tuesday to require Eastman Kodak Co. CEO Jim Continenza to publicly testify in an ongoing insider trading investigation.

Officials from the attorney general’s office say Continenza unlawfully traded stock while negotiating a loan with the Trump administration. Officials from the attorney general’s office say Kodak “doubled down on fraud and misled investors.”

California 17-year-old shoves bear to save her dogs, video shows

A 17-year-old girl in California was captured on video running up to a bear in her backyard and pushing it away to save her dogs.

The surveillance footage shows a bear and two cubs walking along a brick wall just after 2:30 p.m. on Monday in the teen’s backyard in Bradbury, in the San Gabriel Valley. Three of the family’s dogs started barking at them.

Weather forecast: Sun to start with clouds increasing

A nice start with sun this morning as temperatures start off around 50°. Clouds increase this afternoon and temperatures climb into the middle 70s. A large swath of rain starts to move into Western New York and the Finger Lakes overnight. While there will be a few lone showers around dinnertime, the bulk of precipitation moves through overnight and early Thursday morning.

This system is unlikely to bring any severe weather, but there still remains plenty of moisture to provide for a few downpours heading into Thursday. Temperatures hold around 60 degrees overnight and the clouds plus rain should keep afternoon highs only in the lower 70s. With the convective nature of this rain, there will be some ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ where some get up to an inch or so of rain and others may get completely missed. Any rain should be beneficial to help boost the water table. Timing of the heaviest rain will be from midnight to noon Thursday. 

The storm system pushes into the Northeast Thursday night and Friday. Clouds remain, but rain chances quickly diminish heading into Friday. There will still be a bit of leftover instability Friday that could make for an isolated shower or storm along a lake breeze in the afternoon, but most will remain dry as highs get into the upper 70s. 

This is when temperatures rocket up to near record. If you have been following national weather trends, you know the West Coast has been dealing with oppressive heat for many days. That heat will have successfully leaked into the Great Lakes by Saturday and push into the Northeast by Sunday. Both days will run well into the 80s with Sunday having a chance at hitting 90 degrees. That would be our first 90 degree day of 2021, coming early. Average is June 18.

Besides the isolated, diurnally driven rain shower, most of the weekend will be dry. The associated strong southerly wind should help squash a lake breeze and allow for some heat to reach the Lake Ontario shoreline. We are forecasting highs at 90 degrees for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Dew points will start to climb as well, so that should bump up the heat index and make it feel even warmer. 

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