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>Planning Board to vote on Wal-Mart Supercenter

LOCKPORT -- The town Planning Board will vote at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Wal-Mart Supercenter project, Chairman Richard Forsey said after a work session Tuesday.
"We certainly hope so, unless people [on the board] have a whole lot of changes, which I don't think we do," Forsey said.

The board received a draft of 41 conditions it will place on its acceptance, most of which were already approved by Wal-Mart in the final environmental impact statement nearly a year ago. "This plan really hasn't changed in about a year," Town Planner Andrew C. Reilly said.
The 185,000-square-foot combination discount store and supermarket is to be built at the Lockport Mall on South Transit Road, which is to be demolished except for a Bon-Ton store, which will remain at the site.

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>Special meeting set today by Niagara Power Coalition

WHEATFIELD -- The Niagara Power Coalition will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. today in the Niagara County Center for Economic Development, 6311 Inducon Corporate Drive.

Representatives of the group's seven members are expected to discuss their proposed set of protocols for spending $3 million annually for Niagara River Greenway projects.

Following the coalition meeting, the Host Community Standing Committee, which includes each coalition member plus the State Power Authority, will meet.

Each meeting is open to the public.

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>2 dead deer test positive for infectious viral disease

YOUNGSTOWN -- Tests on two deer carcasses found on Chemical Waste Management property in Youngstown have tested positive for a disease that has now spread into New York.

The deer were found to have epizootic hemorrhagic disease, an infectious, often-fatal viral disease found mostly in deer. The disease, which the state Department of Environmental Conservation says is not a threat to humans, causes internal bleeding in the animals.

Management at Chemical Waste called the DEC on Nov. 1 to report three deer carcasses, although one was missing and believed scavenged when authorities retrieved them for analysis.

"Those two deer had samples sent to wildlife pathology and we confirmed our presumptions," said DEC spokeswoman Maureen Wren.

The disease was first confirmed in New York State last month, in the Albany County community of Voorheesville. Subsequent testing of deer from Selkirk in Albany County, Castleton in Rensselaer County and Youngstown showed thew disease.

The disease, which is spread by biting flies called midges, usually affects deer in late summer and fall. Recent frosts in the affected areas are likely to have killed the midges and lessened the likelihood of a large-scale outbreak this year.

But Wren said that with the opening of deer season Saturday, the DEC is asking hunters and other outdoorsmen to relay any information regarding sick, dying or dead animals they may see in the field.

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