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Leftover Lee campaign funds may feed Food Bank coffers

Chris Lee's congressional career may have ended but he is trying to do some good with the last of his campaign money, according to a published report.

Lee, who resigned his congressional seat in February 2011 on the same day the newsmagazine/blog Gawker published a photograph of him shirtless, is shutting down his campaign committee and donating the $14,041 left in its account to the Food Bank of Western New York, according to Politico, the political news website.

Food Bank officials said no one from the Lee camp has contacted them about the donation, which they learned about from the Politico report, and they don't know when the money will be coming.

Lee and his family are longtime supporters of the charity, according to Marylou Borowiak, the Food Bank's president and CEO.

The money will cover the cost of distributing 77,148 meals.

"That's a significant impact on our community," Borowiak said.

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Buffalo News online content gets noticed by broadcasters

The Buffalo News won the 2012 Digital Media of the Year Award during the first annual Buffalo Excellence in Media Awards.

The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association to recognize the contributions made by professionals in an industry that continues to undergo dramatic technological changes.

The association honored The Buffalo News for its online content.

Other award recipients included Rich Newberg, Jacquie Walker and Anthony Congi of WIVB-TV; Linda Pellegrino and Ed Reilly of WKBW-TV and Paul Smith of WGRZ-TV. The association awarded television station of the year to WGRZ, while WBEN was named Radio Station of the Year. Sandy Beach of WBEN was also honored, as was Jeremy White of WGR Radio.

Friday night's event at Salvatore's Italian Gardens attracted more than 200 industry professionals and guests.

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High-wire artist may train at Seneca Niagara Casino

Nik Wallenda is in negotiations with the Seneca Gaming Corp. to train for his tightrope walk across the Niagara Falls outside the Seneca Niagara Casino, officials at the gaming corporation confirmed to The Buffalo News.

"We don't have an agreement yet," said Jim Wise, senior vice president of marketing for the Seneca Gaming Corp. "The two sides are talking. We would love to see it happen. We think this would be a great location for people to sit and watch him train."

Wallenda has said he is seeking a location where he could string a wire between two cranes to simulate the falls walk, scheduled to take place sometime this summer.

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Northbound traffic on I-190 directed to Peace Bridge exit

The I-190 northbound is closed at Porter Avenue for construction work until 6 a.m. Monday.

Northbound traffic will exit the Niagara Thruway at the Peace Bridge exit, onto Niagara, then up Niagara Street and back on northbound at Ontario Street.