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WASHINGTON — The Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has sprung back to life — in the form of a Senate bill that would cost New York State tens of billions more than earlier health care reform bills. The new effort, sponsored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, would repeal federal subsid…

Whether you walk, ride a bike or run, the inaugural "Walk the Falls" event Saturday in Niagara Falls may interest you. Registration for the free event can be done online or beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Niagara Hub, 630 Main St.. The two-mile walk will continue along Main Street to the waterfront and finish at Whirlpool State Park. The organizers said the goal…

EduKids, the region's largest day care business, plans to open a new location on Main Street in Amherst on the doorstep of the town's only gated community. The day care operator has filed plans with the town to open a location at 6286 Main St., near Stonham Way, on a 1.7-acre parcel on the east side of the driveway that leads into Marrano/Marc Equity's Greythorne luxury…

The saga of a heroin dealer dubbed "a merchant of death" connected to as many as 10 opiate-related deaths in one day came to a conclusion this week in Erie County Court. Dellsean Hamilton, 28, was sentenced to eight years in prison by Judge Sheila A. DiTullio. Hamilton pleaded guilty in March to four felonies — criminal possession of heroin with intent to sell, crimin…

Downtown moviegoers will pay $3 – or nothing at all – to park in the Augspurger Parking Ramp garage once the former Market Arcade Cinema is redeveloped into a state-of-the-art AMC Theater. Under the five-year parking agreement with the Benchmark Group – the theater's property owner – movie patrons will pay $3 with appropriate validation to park after 3 p.m. Mond…

David Stapleton has been working for many years on a plan to put 92 homes on 14 acres of wooded property in the City of Tonawanda. He got approval earlier this year to purchase the land from the city for $160,000. About 30 residents attended a public hearing Tuesday on the rezoning for the Riverwalk Villas. Most were less concerned about rezoning – and more conc…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, born on this date in 1927, “No matter how love-sick a woman is, she shouldn’t take the first pill that comes along.” . . . BUCKLE UP – The Attica Police Department and Fire Department will host a child safety seat check from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at police headquarters, 43 Exchange St. Parents who cannot …

A child riding a bicycle was struck by a vehicle Tuesday evening at Grant and West Ferry streets, according to Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. The incident occurred just after 8 p.m., he said. The child was treated at the scene for minor injuries, DeGeorge said. No charges had been filed against the driver of the vehicle late Tuesday.

A Chautauqua County woman was arrested by troopers on charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, according to State Police. Tonya Spallino, 39, of Kennedy, was involved in a one-car crash Sunday on Route 62 in the Town of Poland, where her vehicle ended up in a ravine, according to State Police. Spallino was extricated from her car by members of t…

PGA Tour Event: Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Thursday through Sunday. TV: Thursday and Friday, 1-6 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Golf Channel and 2:30-6:30 p.m., NBC; and Sunday, noon-1:30 p.m., Golf Channel and 1:30-6 p.m., NBC.Last year: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland came from three shots behind in the final round, closing with…

A Virginia man was arrested on charges of marijuana possession after he was stopped in Chautauqua County by State Police for speeding, authorities said Tuesday. John Creager, 53, of Fairfax, was pulled over Friday on Interstate 86 in the Town of Poland, according to State Police. While speaking to Creager, troopers smelled marijuana emanating from inside his vehicle,…

WASHINGTON -- Hospitals such as Erie County Medical Center face a more immediate funding threat than the new Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Funding is set to expire Sept. 30 for the federal government's program to pay more to hospitals who take a disproportionate share of Medicaid patients -- such as ECMC. If Congress allows that to happen, public…

The Erie County Holding Center in Buffalo and Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden have received coveted accreditation status from the New York State Sheriff's Association. The accreditation should raise public confidence in the county's jails now that they have met or exceeded 166 standards ranging from policies and procedures to inmate services, said Peter R. Ke…

Written public comment on the proposed development of the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst will be accepted through Oct. 2. A developer has requested the town rezone 141 of the 171 acres at the former golf course between Maple Road and Sheridan Drive for a mixed-use project. A public hearing on the project's environmental impact held Monday by the Town Board …