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WASHINGTON – Rep. Chris Collins faces challenges that might be enough to knock off a typical politician: a stock investment that led to an ethics investigation, deep ties to an unpopular president – and the occasional habit of saying something controversial. But, so far, 17 months before his next election, the Clarence Republican lacks the most important challenge. …

The Amherst Republican Committee endorsed Joseph Spino for election to the Town Board on Thursday night after Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein withdrew his bid for the party's backing. Weinstein, who can't run for re-election because of term limits, had weighed entering the race for one of two Town Board seats up for grabs this fall. But Weinstein needed town law amende…

Three Buffalo men have been arrested in connection with drug sales made to undercover buyers in the Central Park neighborhood. Derrick Pitts, 46, Shawn Cunningham, 46, and Travel Jefferson, 36, each face federal charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of…

Buffalo’s water system is getting about $27 million in upgrades this year to enhance water delivery to residents. Mayor Byron W. Brown announced the projects and the list includes: $8.2 million to replace water mains and service lines throughout the city; $6 million to complete installation of an energy efficient pump at the Col. Ward Pumping Station; $3 mi…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

The Buffalo Marathon will take place Sunday on many of the city's major streets and at its two major parks. Here are things anyone who will be in the city during that period will need to know: When: The Buffalo Marathon, half-marathon and marathon relay will start at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Where: It will include more than 50 streets and avenues that run from the city w…

Michelle R. Morgan, 23, of Grand Island was charged with drunken driving Friday after driving the wrong way on the North I-990,  Amherst police  reported. She was stopped near Sweet Home exit about 2:30 a.m. Friday, police said. Morgan was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving the wrong way on a divided highway and making an unsafe lane change.

The Erie County Water Authority is warning its customers about people impersonating water meter workers in Amherst. The water authority encouraged customers to ask water meter workers for identification before giving them access to a home or business. Authority meter service workers drive blue-and-white vehicles with a water authority logo visible on both sides, wear a …

Lloyd D. Crawford, 52, of Amherst, was charged with felony drunken driving early Friday morning after he was pulled over on Main Street. Crawford was stopped in the 5500 block of Main Street about 3 a.m. Friday. Crawford pleaded not guilty before Amherst Town Justice Kara A. Buscaglia, who noted that this was his third drunken driving arrest since 1988. The judge …

The driver charged in a crash in Niagara Falls that seriously injured a woman waiting at a bus stop has been identified as Karin T. Sebring, 41. Sebring, of Niagara Falls, struck another vehicle and then crossed Niagara Falls Boulevard near 66th Street and hit a 59-year-old woman Thursday morning, police said. Police have not released the pedestrian's name nor have …

Andrea Vaillancourt-Alder started paddling as a child on Lake George and began teaching paddle sports in the Chesapeake Bay as a teen while living in Norfolk, Va. She has since canoed or kayaked on the Thames River in London, in the Celtic Sea along Cornwall, on the southwest tip of England, and with hippos and crocodiles off the Coast of South Africa. “I’ll padd…

It’s easy this time of year to dig into the farm-to-table movement and become a kind of “farm” that supplies your food, no matter where you live. “We do a big garden in the back, but I like the container gardening closer to the house,” said Allyson Odachowski, a registered dietitian who lives in Akron. “Not everyone lives in the country, where they have lots…

As many Western New Yorkers gear up for holiday weekend planting, a Catholic Health physical therapist offered some tips about how to avoid the toll that can come from repetitive bending, kneeling, reaching, and twisting. “Spring time is a great time to get outside and do yard work. But, I can’t stress enough to make prevention a priority,” said physical therapist…

For a few more days, High Street remains the public's only entryway into the Conventus medical office and research building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. But that will change soon, when the building's Main Street access opens up next week. The High Street entrance has a high-end revolving door that can handle 40 people per minute. It is especially designed for …