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Work on Niagara St. ramps rescheduled due to rain

Due to the rainy weather overnight, the closure of the southbound Interstate 190 Niagara Street off-ramp (Exit 8) and the Niagara Street on-ramp to the southbound I-190 for paving has been rescheduled for today.

The ramp will be closed from 7 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Wednesday, the State Thruway Authority announced.

Detour signs will be staged for southbound motorists needing to use the off-ramp and motorists needing to enter southbound I-190 from Niagara Street.

Electronic message signs and Highway Advisory Radio (1610 AM) will be activated to notify motorists of the lane closures and any resulting delays.

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Absentee voting hours set for primary election

The Erie County Board of Elections announced that the office will be open for absentee voting for the June 26 Federal Primary Election from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each business day until and including June 25.

In addition, the office will be open for absentee voting on:

*Today until 7 p.m.

*Thursday until 7 p.m.

*Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

*June 19 until 7 p.m.

*June 21 until 7 p.m.

*June 23 from 9 a.m. to noon.

*The last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot is June 25.

The Federal Primary election pertains only to registered voters enrolled in the Republican Party. For more information, call 858-7819.

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Wallenda to greet sponsors on Canadian side after feat

NIAGARA FALLS -- Nik Wallenda will greet corporate sponsors and hold a news conference on the Canadian side of the falls after his wire-walk Friday night.

State Sen. George D. Maziarz announced last week that Wallenda would hold a news conference and after-party on the American side of the falls, but the senator now says the event will most likely happen on the Canadian side due to pressure from ABC-TV. Maziarz said Wallenda plans to hold a pre-walk media event Thursday night on the U.S. side.

In addition, permit issues surrounding the helicopter that will string Wallenda's wire across the Niagara Gorge have been resolved with help from U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., the senator said Monday.

Schumer said he contacted the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure Haverfield Aviation of Pennsylvania was granted the necessary permit to string the wire tonight.

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War of 1812 is topic of noted historian's address

LEWISTON -- Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor will deliver a keynote address on the War of 1812 and fighting on the Niagara Frontier at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Castellani Art Museum on the campus of Niagara University. The event is free and open to the public.

A history professor at the University of California at Davis, Taylor's most recent work is "The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies."