Regional Briefs – August 4, 2016

Tractor-Trailer Drags Man in Wheelchair 100s of Feet

SYRACUSE – A Syracuse man is in critical condition after his motorized wheelchair was dragged hundred of feet by a tractor-trailer on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported. Dennis Morse, 63, was in an intersection when the rig clipped him, dragging him until another driver flagged the driver.

Store Heavily Damaged After 2 Hoverboards Catch Fire

GARFIELD, N.J. – A store suffered major damage Wednesday after two hoverboards left charging caught on fire from exploding batteries, The Associated Press reported. One hoverboard burst into flames and workers put it out. When they returned a few minutes later, the second hoverboard had caught on fire on the desk.

Fragrance Company Pulls Plug on NJ Plant

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. – A French fragrance company is scrapping plans to build a plant in northern New Jersey amid public outcry over possibly offensive odors, the Daily Record of Parsippany reported. Mane USA’s decision was described by Morris Plains Mayor Frank Druetzler as “terrible.”

NY Groups Call for Business Subsidy Database

ALBANY – Good government groups want New York to create a “database of deals” showing which companies are receiving the $4 billion in state subsidies, The Associated Press reported.

Drought Warning Issued for Much of Western New York

BUFFALO – State officials have issued a drought warning for a large portion of western New York, while the rest of the state remains under a lower level drought “watch.” Recent rains helped ease conditions in much of the state, but drier conditions persist in the west.

NY Offers Grants to Help Drive Clean Energy

ALBANY – The state is making $16 million in grants available to help communities reduce energy consumption. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan is to have 50 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable energy by 2030. Actions include upgrading public buildings and replacing street lights with LED.