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ALBANY — Indictments against six defendants in the Buffalo Billion case have been amended, for the second time, after defense lawyers sought to get the corruption case dismissed. The previously amended indictment against the six individuals is being changed “to provide further clarification of the government’s theory in its case,’’ Acting U.S. Attorney Joon K…

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…

An audit found "significant overbilling" by Verizon for telephone voice and data services provided to Erie County government. The audit concluded Verizon overbilled the county by approximately $900,000. A portion of the amount has already been refunded to Erie County, with the remainder to follow, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. About one-quarter o…

The wage gap between men and women in Western New York region is wider than other parts of the state. The national gender gap persists with women earning 80 cents for every dollar made by a man, according to the 2016 numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau and analyzed by the American Association of University Women. Statewide, women earn 89 cents on the dollar. B…

Cheektowaga Police Department Explorer Post #464 will sponsor an open house at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 in the lobby of police headquarters, 3223 Union Road. Explorer programs are a hands-on approach offered to young adults ages 14 to 20 who may be interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. The program creates an awareness about police work through training,…

The new Oishei Children's Hospital will feature a memory lane exhibit, showcasing technological advancements and equipment used in the years since Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo was founded 125 years ago. The exhibit also will include historic hospital items, artifacts and memorabilia that reflect the history of the soon-to-close hospital at 219 Bryant St. …

A Facebook executive and the former CEO of the Huffington Post will be among the seven judges who will pick the winners of next month's 43North business plan competition. The judges will listen to two-minute pitches from each of the 10 finalists and then have five minutes to ask them questions during the contest's finals, which will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 in Shea's Perf…

A Williamsville man with a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated was charged early Friday morning with aggravated DWI after a traffic stop on the Kensington Expressway, State Police said. Joseph J. Lops, 49, was pulled over at 2:11 a.m. in Cheektowaga for speeding, police said, and at the Buffalo barracks, he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 perce…

The main insurers in Western New York received above-average results in the latest annual ratings of health insurance companies by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The committee rated more than 1,000 plans for 2017-18, including 20 private, 30 Medicare and seven Medicaid plans in New York state. The national group examined three general categories – co…

Steve Records believes in the power of entrepreneurs, but he sees a big challenge on the small business landscape. “The Great Recession cost the U.S. about 4 million small businesses that have not come back,” said Records, national vice president of field operations for SCORE, a business mentoring group. Records said SCORE’s 300 chapters and 10,0000 volunteers …

The Buffalo Niagara job market is tight. But it’s far from hot. New federal job data is painting a more detailed picture of the local labor market, and that picture has elements of good news and bad news. The good news is that wage growth is finally starting to heat up after barely rising faster than inflation for most of the last five years, pay jumped in a big wa…

Many Niagara Falls residents experienced low water pressure Friday morning due to a water main break that happened late Thursday at the Goodyear plant off 56th Street. Water system levels were returning to normal shortly after 8 a.m., according to a spokesperson for the Niagara Falls Water Board. The break happened on the plant property and Mayor Paul A. Dyster's off…

The 8th annual Old Falls Street Oktoberfest in Niagara Falls will have fun for all ages, with music and food, beer and all things German from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in Old Falls Street's middle block. The free event is open to the public and will kick off at 1 p.m., rain or shine, with the ceremonial "Tapping of the Kegs." Music and dancing will continue thro…

A former White House chief of staff will be the keynote speaker at the Amherst Republicans' annual dinner next week. Andrew Card, who served as President George W. Bush's chief of staff and was the person who informed the president, while Bush was talking with a second-grade class, that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, is the featured gue…

Nik Rivers has enjoyed plenty of travel, social gatherings and brushes with celebrities during two decades as a radio personality. Until last spring, he had 50 extra pounds to show for his professional career, too. Crazy hours, fast food meals and vending machine snacks were part of the mix at stints at stations in New England, Florida, Albany, Rochester and, for the…