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ALBANY – Deals were tentatively struck Wednesday at the state Capitol to assist public and private students with rising college expenses, legalize ride-hailing upstate and enact the state’s largest-ever water infrastructure improvement program. The topics were among others nearing completion in state budget talks -- including raising to 18 years the age of adult cri…

Organizers are seeking participants for a "fishbowl" Saturday at East High School to explore the "crisis in black education" and the community's responsibility in educating youth. The goal is to come up with solutions to one key educational issue that community members have the power to solve. The fishbowl involves participants sitting in concentric circles with th…

Taxes in the Village of Hamburg will go up less than 1 percent under the 2017-18 budget approved by the Village Board. For the average home assessed at $85,000, that's an increase of $15.30 in property taxes. The new tax rate is $20.60 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The budget includes no raises for elected officials, including the mayor, Village Board and village…

Barely 48 hours until showtime, young ice skaters twist and twirl through their routines Wednesday afternoon in the Northtown Center at Amherst. Their parents beam from seats on the players' bench, and wipe away tears when asked how it feels to see their son or daughter exuding such confidence on the ice. Morgan Faulring, 22, was not expected to walk, let alone skate…

The Amherst Symphony Orchestra presents a concert by pianist Jason Kwak, a professor of piano at Texas State University School of Music, on April 9. Selections for the concert titled "ASO - 71st A Hollywood Ending" will include Rhapsody in Blue, Rodeo, Suite from "Star Wars," and music by composers Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and John Williams. Born in Seoul, Sout…

Catching that train to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus may soon have a silver lining, depending on where you live. Those who commute to the Medical Campus and are looking to hop the Metro Rail, but live a good distance from it, may get some help to get to the train and back home so they don't have to drive and search for parking. The non-profit organization that c…

Sean M. Vickers' conviction  for sodomy and criminal sexual acts against minors has been reversed by an Appellate Court that objected to changes made in the charges before the case went to a jury. One conviction, sexual abuse in the first degree, was allowed to stand. Vickers, 47, was found guilty in Genesee County in 2014 of sexually abusing five boys and sentenced to…

Two house fires were reported late Wednesday night in Buffalo, including one that fire officials believe was sparked by a child playing with a lighter. Just after 10 p.m., Buffalo firefighters were dispatched to a blaze reported at 1270 Kensington Ave., between Bailey Avenue and Eggert Road. The fire was in the first floor of the house and caused $15,000 in damage. Fire…

Putting Buffalo's new train station in the historic Central Terminal – rather than Canalside – would actually be cheaper, according to Rep. Brian Higgins. Higgins is a strong backer of returning train service to the Central Terminal. He argues that previous estimates for putting the train station at the East Side landmark include "gratuitous padding" and doesn't fac…

A Buffalo man admitted in federal court that he helped launder money for a drug trafficking organization. Bryant Hudson was accused of participating in a drug trafficking organization that had ties to a Mexican drug cartel operating out of the Los Angeles area. The organization shipped drug packages to various states including New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Colora…

A Niagara Falls man with a prior conviction for possessing images of a child engaged in sexual activity was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 27 years in prison, following his most recent conviction on distributing child pornography. Daniel Krull, 44, using the Facebook profile "Danny Blaze," distributed 11 images of child pornography to other individuals …

Four people pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to taking part in a marijuana distribution and money laundering scheme. Damarcus Hennings, 25; Shaquata Hennings, 30; Shahana Beaver, 25; and Janice Humphrey, 28, all of Buffalo, each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, acc…

When the Lancaster Town Board unanimously approved a six-month moratorium on commercial solar development, it joined a growing list of municipalities that are revising their town codes to keep pace with the skyrocketing industry. Lancaster's moratorium will end Sept. 20, said Matt Fischione, Lancaster code enforcement officer. "I've received inquiries by phone and e…

Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio, an award-winning author, is as well-versed in Louis Pasteur as she is in Tielhard de Chardin, holding doctorates in pharmacology and religion. A senior fellow in science and religion at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center, she comes to Buffalo this week for a pair of appearances. A free lecture, “Consciousness and the N…