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The U.S.-Canadian agency that controls flows of water out of Lake Ontario decided this week to continue the highest outflows ever. For the second consecutive week, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board allowed nearly 2.75 million gallons per second to flow out of the lake and into the St. Lawrence. The water level in the lake has fallen 4.3 inches sin…

A Canadian company plans to build a new liquor distillery in a Wheatfield industrial park with the aim of reducing costs as he focuses on U.S. customers. Leon Safir of Anat Inc. said he intends to produce as much as a truckload of whiskey and vodka per day, creating five new jobs, at a site his company has purchased in the industrial park off Lockport Road. "For me, …

Former cell block attendant Matthew J. Jaskula, already convicted and facing prison time for abusing an inmate, found himself Thursday facing a new allegation – cocaine use. Jaskula, 27, stopped short of admitting he used the drug, but his lawyer acknowledged during a bail hearing that he tested positive for cocaine last week. The allegations of drug use followed …

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans Thursday unveiled their version of an Obamacare repeal bill, and like the version the House passed, it would bar New York State from charging its upstate counties for a share of the cost of Medicaid, the hugely expensive health care program for the poor and lower middle class. The inclusion of the provision in the Senate bill has huge ra…

The University at Buffalo wants to add a doctoral degree program in social work. The State University of New York board of trustees this week gave UB the green light for the new program, which would be offered entirely online. The university still needs approval from the state Board of Regents before it can offer the program. But if that approval goes through, it wou…

A Buffalo woman is accused of starting an apartment fire earlier this week by lighting a comforter and a couch on fire, according to police. Shantel Evans, 35, faces charges of second-degree arson and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with Monday morning's fire at 35 Emerson Place. She was arrested Monday, police said. According to inves…

Protesters have dogged Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino ever since his racist comments about then-President Barack Obama and his wife were published in December. But Thursday morning, when State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia commenced an unprecedented hearing in Albany to determine if Paladino should be kicked off the School Board, there were no protest…

A Williamsville warehouse that functioned as a brewery until the 1890s could begin producing cold beers once again. The building at 34 W. Spring St. is being eyed by village officials as the future home of a microbrewery, as well as a food cooperative, artisan market and artists' studio and gallery space. The village is seeking a $10 million grant through the state's…

Buffalo police have identified the man fatally shot earlier this month in South Buffalo as Calvin Williams, 25, of Buffalo. Williams, the city's 26th homicide victim of the year, was shot at about 11:45 p.m. June 12 on the 100 block of Pries Avenue. Pries runs between South Park Avenue and Hopkins Street, several blocks north of Tifft Street. No one has been charged …

A lengthy process meant to guide future growth and redevelopment in Amherst may reach a critical point at a special Planning Board meeting on Thursday, June 22. Board members will review proposed amendments to the town's comprehensive plan during a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Amherst Town Hall, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The amendments were …

Hundreds of Sisters of Mercy are expected to lead a walk of prayers to Canalside Friday, where they will advocate for water rights and protection of the Great Lakes. The "Walk for Water" is spurred by the United States' recent withdrawal from the global climate agreement struck in Paris in late 2015. "The U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and all threa…

Dunn Tire has received the final approvals the company needs for its new store planned for Sheridan Drive in Amherst. The town Planning Board last week approved the site plan for the store at 3424 Sheridan, just east of Sweet Home Road, which will take over space that now houses Color-Tech Photo Lab. And the town Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday approved a variance al…

A 28-year-old pedestrian died late Wednesday night after he was struck by a vehicle while walking on Broadway, according to Lancaster police. The man was hit just before midnight on Broadway near the intersection of Pavement Road, police said in a news release. The man apparently was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling west on Broadway, according to police. …

Hamburg Central maintenance and clerical workers and the school district have agreed to contracts with annual pay increases of 2.5 percent. The three-year pact with the 57-member Local 200, Service Employees International Union, which represents maintenance workers, also addresses the use of personal time and vacation scheduling. It provides two additional days of berea…