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When the City of Buffalo announced it was lifting alternate-side parking restrictions on more than a dozen streets in Elmwood Village last summer, Janice Kyle was relieved. Being able to park on both sides of Ashland Avenue meant not having to walk entire blocks to and from her car for half the year. The change seemed especially promising to her husband, Bennie Kyle, 60…

D.F. Stauffer Biscuit Co.'s  plant in Allegany County, which makes a variety of cookies and crackers, will close at year's end, eliminating 51 jobs. The company said it will close the Cuba plant and combine the site's manufacturing into "higher production facilities" in York, Pa., and Santa Ana, Calif. The company is headquartered in York, where it made its first ani…

The Seneca Nation of Indians has been awarded a $25,000 Culture of Health Prize by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation for its continuing work to give Senecas across Western New York the opportunity to live healthier lives. The nation announced this week it is one of eight winners out of 200 applicants across the country. Efforts that helped win the prize include an app…

SolarCity has agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle allegations that it lied to the federal government by submitting inflated claims through a solar energy stimulus program, the Justice Department said Friday. The settlement resolves a federal investigation that has been underway since 2012 into allegations that SolarCity submitted thousands of claims that overstated th…

Jose Hernandez-Rossy was unarmed and trying to escape a pistol whipping by two Buffalo police officers when he was shot in the back and killed, according to a new federal lawsuit. Filed by Hernandez-Rossy's mother, the civil suit claims Officer Justin Tedesco fired the shots that killed Hernandez-Rossy after an altercation May 7 in Black Rock. The suit accuses Tedesc…

Western New York’s uninsured rate of 3.68 percent is 39 percent lower than the statewide uninsured rate of 6.06 percent and 57 percent lower than the national uninsured rate, according to a Univera Healthcare analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Credit goes to the collaborative environment in Western New York, in which the health systems and the physic…

Medaille College will help as many as 60 Math, Science and Technology High School students get ready for college, using a $1.3 million federal grant over five years. The grant from the U.S. Education Department will fund Medaille's Upward Bound program, college and city school district officials announced Friday. Medaille will provide tutoring, college entrance exam …

Raine Manuel had just returned from dropping her husband off at his work at 6 a.m. Friday and was lying in bed, trying to get a few minutes of rest as her kids prepared for school, when her son, Pappu yelled, "Mom, fire!" Flames were at the front door of their second-floor apartment at 112 Massachusetts Ave. Someone was banging on neighbors' doors, screaming at everyone…

Five Star Bank's parent company said it generated net proceeds of about $29.8 million through its recent "at-the-market" stock offering. Financial Institutions, based in Warsaw, launched a stock offering of up to $40 million in late May. The recent trading window for sale of shares under the offering closed Sept. 15. "We will continue to assess our capital needs …

The Sisters of Mercy "Many Faces of Mercy" program recently pledged $1,800 to promote parenting education at Cornerstone Manor, an emergency shelter and temporary housing complex for women and their children, said Kathy Diina, grants manager for Many Faces of Mercy. It was part of nine grants totaling $17,100 that Sisters of Mercy provided to Buffalo area nonprofits …

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Summer is over. The last of the swimsuits are on clearance racks. And stores have begun selling ornaments, artificial trees and other Christmas merchandise. Yes, Christmas. When it comes to the holidays, some national chains have no chill. Macy's has started decking the halls as if Santa were coming down the chimney tonight. Big Lots put out its Christmas wares we…

Looking for work? Seasonal hiring has begun at many local retailers, as stores begin stocking up on workers to help with the busy holiday shopping season. -- Macy's announced it will hire roughly 80,000 seasonal employees to work its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores, call centers, distribution centers and online fulfillment centers across the country for this year's hol…

A 1-year-old harbor seal who had his hind flipper amputated is the latest rescue finding a home at the Aquarium of Niagara. The seal is scheduled to arrive at the Niagara Falls facility today. He was found in April by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in New Jersey with injuries consistent with being struck by a vessel. His hind flipper was nearly severed and he…