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The Ford Friendship Express program is now taking applications from nonprofits and community groups for its 2017 edition. The program awards one or more free Ford vans a year. To be eligible, an organization must reside in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. The application deadline is Sept. 29. The winner, or winners, will be…

The Buffalo Niagara region's sluggish job market didn't heat up in June. The region added jobs at a 0.5 percent annual pace - three times slower than the nationwide increase - during June, extending a stretch of tepid hiring that began in March and has continued for four months, the state Labor Department reported Thursday. The job growth was even slower during June …

A 78-year-old Elma man had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease long before he shot his son in the kitchen of his Clinton Street home on Oct. 26. On Thursday, State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia accepted Thomas L. Manuszewski’s plea that he was not responsible for the shooting “by reason of mental disease or defect.” The younger Manuszewski, 3…

Plans for a new Dash’s market in North Buffalo and condominiums in Elmwood Village got another green light this week, moving them one step closer to fruition. Joe Dash, owner of Dash Markets Inc., wants to construct a 47,550-square-foot store at 1764 Hertel Ave. on the northeast corner of the intersection with Starin Avenue. On Wednesday, the city Zoning Board of App…

Brandon White, 32, of Gowanda, who was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the shooting of a Gowanda man on July 12, now faces an additional misdemeanor assault charge for a domestic violence issue that occurred before the shooting, according to the Erie County Sheriff's office. White is accused of causing severe injuries to his girlfriend's head and face. The a …

A middle school science teacher in the Williamsville Central School District is one of 10 teachers nationwide chosen to help promote the STEM curriculum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Kenneth L. Huff, a teacher at Mill Middle School, was named this week to serve as a 2017 STEM Teacher Ambassador. The program aims to train the teachers in communicat…

The Town of Amherst is one step closer to preserving as parkland 60 acres of green space that were the subject of a bruising legal fight with a developer who wanted to build a subdivision there. The land, largely made up of wetlands, was as far back as 2000 the intended site of the 57-home, Gramercy Park Estates subdivision between Casey and North French roads, west of …

Buffalo police have identified the man fatally shot Tuesday night on Deshler Street. Joseph Tabor, 22, of Cheektowaga, was shot shortly before 10:30 p.m. and later died, police said. Police have not released any further information about what happened. The department asks anyone who may have information about what happened Tuesday night to call or text the confide…

KeyCorp credited the First Niagara deal with helping deliver solid results in the second quarter. "It was another strong quarter for Key, demonstrating the value of our First Niagara acquisition and the core momentum we have built in our company," said Beth Mooney, the bank's chairman and CEO, as the bank released its earnings on Thursday. Cleveland-based Key report…

Two people were arrested on drug and weapons possession charges at Isle View Park in the Town of Tonawanda on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. While patrolling the park, customs agents boarded a boat and found marijuana and three guns there, authorities said. Three people were on board the boat during the search. The people arrested wer…

Nicola Tesla's theory on alternating current electricity helped harness the hydroelectric power of Niagara Falls for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. His theory and design demonstrated that alternating current was superior to Thomas Edison's direct current, or DC, system, making it the more stable and practical way to harness electrical power. And that is why the Co…

CNB Financial Corp., which has a local presence through Bank on Buffalo, recorded a 64 percent increase in its second quarter profits, to $6.7 million. Pennsylvania-based CNB's net interest income from making loans and taking deposits increased nearly 19 percent, to $23 million. Its non-interest income from sources like fees increased 6 percent, to $5.1 million. CNB…

It's the end of an era on Elmwood Avenue. Urban will close its doors Aug. 27 after 25 years on the Elmwood strip. The name of the store, at 736 Elmwood Ave., has changed over the years to correspond with its changing retail focus. When it opened in 1992, it was called Urban Surfer after the surf and skate gear and clothing it sold. When it shifted its focus to snowboard…

ALBANY – Defense lawyers again are the beneficiaries of Albany politicians' continuing run-ins with corruption accusations, new campaign finance filings show. Both former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and  Sen. Robert Ortt of North Tonawanda tapped into their campaign funds to hire lawyers to defend against accusations against them. The indictment against Ortt r…