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An average of 2,000 people a day signed up for the state’s health insurance exchange over the past month, as the inauguration of President Trump – an Obamacare critic promising big changes – approached. Industry experts say the increase is driven by high demand for two programs serving low-income residents and workers, but also that people are signing up for insur…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this afternoon unveiled a $37 million project to turn an aging hotel near the Niagara River in Niagara Falls into a DoubleTree by Hilton as he and other officials touted efforts to redevelop the tourist destination. Cuomo joined Mayor Paul Dyster and other officials in cutting a ribbon on the hotel renovations this afternoon. They used the event to…

Baker Hall School at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna was locked down Monday morning after a student tried to bring a handgun through the school's metal detectors, according to a spokesman for the school. Students were held in their classrooms during the incident. School staff called in Lackawanna police who arrested the student, said Baker Victory Services spokesma…

Collins must be afraid to face his constituentsIt appears that Rep. Chris Collins is afraid of his own constituents. When was the last time he had an open meeting in front of us? I’m not talking about one of his telephone meetings where questions are carefully screened, or invitation-only events for his supporters. I’m talking about appearing in front of his constituen…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is meeting with The Buffalo News editorial board this afternoon, following an appearance in Niagara Falls. Buffalo News reporters Thomas J. Prohaska, Robert J. McCarthy, David Robinson and Sandra Tan, as well as photographer Robert Kirkham, will be covering Cuomo during his stops in Western New York. The governor appeared in Niagara Falls to cut the…

Local pet owners now may take their beloved cremated pets with them to their graves, at least in Forest Lawn and its three suburban cemeteries. And that means more than the obvious dogs and cats. Forest Lawn soon will become home to the cremated remains of birds and fish, rabbits and turtles, gerbils and hamsters and other pets, President Joseph P. Dispenza expects. …

The University at Buffalo’s new medical school building is beginning to show its terra cotta look. Four thousand terra cotta panels are making a visible statement on the University at Buffalo’s new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. “A lot of it is going up, and on Main Street, it…

Christopher McCullen arrived in Erie County Court on Monday morning having just completed a sentence for a previous larceny conviction. He was looking for some assurance from the judge that he would get some credit in the new sentences for time already served on his previous conviction. Judge Sheila A. DiTullio assured him of one thing: “This court always runs a ju…

Nearly 74 years to the day since he joined the Army to fight in World War II, Howard Tobin of Cheektowaga on Monday received military honors from the United States and French governments. Tobin, now 93, was presented with five U.S. medals as well as the French Legion of Honor Medal during a ceremony in Cheektowaga Town Hall. Tobin served in the 551st Anti-Aircraf…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget would result in tax and fee hikes of as much as $4.5 billion if fully implemented in the next couple of years, Senate Republican officials said Monday morning. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said Cuomo’s 2017 fiscal plan alone would hike motor vehicle fees by $250 million this year. The fee hikes were not discuss…

Seven clinics opened in the new Oishei Children's Outpatient Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus this month. If you're headed there, where do you park? Your best option for parking is an underground ramp in the Conventus building, which houses the outpatient center and is located at 1001 Main St. Entrance for the underground parking is at High Street near …

Roll back the calendar. The March-like weather the Buffalo Niagara region has enjoyed over the last week to 10 days will turn decidedly wintry again this week. It starts tonight. A large Nor'easter that will batter the East Coast with high winds, rain, sleet and heavy snow will land a glancing blow on the eastern half of Western New York later today and overnight,…

More than 150 readers answered our request to email their stories about the Blizzard of '77, telling us tales of harrowing rides home, the kindness of strangers, blizzard babies and "Roots." ... "Bad omen," I thought to myself. I chose Jan. 28 because it was my beloved father's birthday; as a 21-year-old bride-to-be, it was perfect. Our marriage was to commence a…

Tai chi, mommy/baby yoga and a winter festival that includes an outdoor bike ride are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Zumba Gold: 1 p.m., as well as same time Wednesday and Friday, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech …