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Robert K. Cox, who riddled a Niagara Falls house with gunfire and shot a man in the arm in separate crimes, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. quoted a Falls policeman as saying Cox, who has been arrested 19 times, is "arrogant, brazen and probably will evolve as a criminal." Cox, whose record includes a 2010…

Cuomo's proposed budget did not mention any additional Buffalo Billion programs. He proposed $750 million for an eighth round of Regional Economic Development Councils, which set regional economic development priorities and compete against each other for funding allocations. Cuomo also proposed continuing projects through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, $100 m…

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A Buffalo man was convicted of attempted second-degree murder after a week-long trial in Erie County Court. The jury also found Warren Meredith, 35, guilty of first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a June shooting of a man in the Fruit Belt on Rose Street. The victim suffered several gunshot wounds but survived. Meredith was arrested…

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Donald M. Sinclair of Cambria was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison for the fatal beating of a man who was having an affair with Sinclair's wife. Sinclair, 38, waited in his car for an hour on Aug. 30, 2016, outside the Niagara Falls home of Cameron M. Weingartner, 44, and attacked him when Weingartner returned home from work. Weingartner suffered a brain inju…

"The New Education Bargain," the Buffalo school district's reform plan to improve academic performance, will be the subject of an in-depth program premiering at 9 p.m. Monday on WNED-TV. It also will air at 3 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 and will be available for streaming at wned.org. The bargain from the district is this: If students work hard and parents commit to t…

Education

Education was one area of positive news in a spending proposal that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo called his most challenging budget. School aid would go up 3 percent, and the poorest districts would see the most operating aid yet, but the governor said he wants to ensure that the poorest schools get the funding. The governor's budget proposal includes a $50 million increase …

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A rolled-over truck on Delaware Avenue near the I-290 in the Town of Tonawanda has closed the southbound lanes on Delaware as well as the I-290 exit ramp to Delaware's southbound lanes. The crash was reported at about 1:50 p.m., according to the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition. The left lane in the northbound direction on Delaware is also cl…

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The governor only briefly mentioned higher education in Tuesday's budget talk, a year after he enlisted U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders to help announce a free college tuition plan that garnered national attention and became a centerpiece of budget talks in 2017. Legislators ultimately signed off on the governor's Excelsior Scholarship program last year over the objections of …

United Auto Workers Region 9, which is based in Amherst, will choose a new director, after Terry Dittes was named a UAW vice president. Dittes had served as regional director since 2014, overseeing a territory that covers Western and Central New York, New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania. A vote on a new Region 9 director, by representatives of locals that make up t…

Environment

Algal blooms have threatened drinking water supplies and affected industries in upstate in recent summers. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo proposed Tuesday spending $65 million to rid them from upstate's lakes and water bodies. "We have a really serious problem with different bacteria and algal blooms," Cuomo said in his budget speech. "Many of those lakes are sources of drinki…

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A knife was recovered and a juvenile arrested following a fight at Bennett High School on Tuesday morning, according to Buffalo police. School security confiscated the knife after the fight, which happened at about 10:40 a.m., according to police. The male juvenile, who is younger than 16 and whose name was not released by police, was charged with second-degree assau…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to deliver his proposed state budget today at 1 p.m. in Albany. You can watch Cuomo's budget talk live in the video below:   Below are tweets from Tom Precious, The Buffalo News' Albany reporter who is covering Cuomo's budget speech:   https://twitter.com/TomPreciousALB http://buffalonews.com/2018/01/15/cuomo-f…

A 10-year-old New Canaan, Conn., boy who died Sunday following complications from the flu had been in Buffalo for a hockey tournament last week, according to Connecticut media reports. The boy, identified by the New Canaan Advertiser as Nico Mallozzi, had the flu and also pneumonia followed by sepsis, the newspaper said, citing Connecticut health officials. A spokesw…

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A vice president of Hilbert College has been elected as a commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a regional accrediting organization for colleges and universities. Richard J. Pinkowski, Hilbert's vice president for business and finance since 1990, will serve a three-year term. Pinkowski, a certified public accountant, has been a finance re…