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ALBANY – To listen to top state officials, Washington is poised to hammer the finances of New York State government. Notwithstanding President Trump’s decision to halt the vote to replace the Affordable Care Act, which had billions of dollars at stake for New York, other proposals in the Washington pipeline would reduce federal money for public education, and cut bl…

Construction of the proposed new Explore & More Children's Museum at Canalside will officially kick off Wednesday when museum and state officials break ground at the new site in downtown Buffalo. The groundbreaking will take place at 10 a.m. near the intersection of Marine Drive and Lloyd Street, where the planned new four-story building will be located. Expected to…

Learn to cook healthy food, dine out for a good cause, and move with yoga or fitness classes with some of the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Taijiquan (tai chi): Improve postures, build strength, refresh the mind at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.…

A 55-year-old man who was last seen March 11 has been located and is safe, Town of Tonawanda police reported. James L. Daniel had last been seen in Alleghany, and before that in Batavia. Police reported late Sunday that Daniel was "unharmed and in good health." No other details were immediately reported. https://twitter.com/TTPD/status/846203758321242112

A fire broke out at a Symphony Circle house early Monday morning, causing $1 million in damage, Buffalo fire officials said. The fire was reported shortly before 12:30 a.m. at 69 Symphony Circle, near Kleinhans Music Hall. Fire officials estimated that the blaze caused $750,000 in damage to the structure and $250,000 to the contents. The 4,200-square-foot house wa…

A Clarence driver on Sunday struck a parked vehicle on Circle Court in the town, surveyed  the damage and  left without reporting the incident - also dropping her cellphone at the scene, State Police said. Shortly after, troopers  discovered the damage vehicle and found the cellphone, which rang  while they interviewed the vehicle's owner,  police said. On the othe…

STOCKTON – Two Stockton women were charged as combatants in a fight Sunday that employed weapons including a sawzall and crowbar, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies said. Victoria L. Miller, 19, was charged with third-degree assault and remanded to Chautauqua County Jail without bail. Karen L. Miller, 23, was charged with second-degree harassment and released pend…

Buffalo police on Saturday arrested two Buffalo men suspected of scamming a woman by selling her a fake laptop on Feb. 25. Marvin Royster of Collins Walk and Clyde Brown of Barthel Street, both in their 40s, are charged each with second-degree scheme to defraud and petit larceny. The two were arrested in a store in the 2100 block of Elmwood Avenue, where the swindle beg…

A 4-year-old boy who was struck by a car when he ran between parked cars and into traffic on Grant Street Sunday afternoon is in critical condition in Women and Children's Hospital, Buffalo Police said. The boy, who has not been identified, was struck in the 200 block of Grant about 1:30 p.m. An investigation is continuing, according to police. No charges have been f…

HARTLAND – A man who was critically injured Wednesday night when he was ejected from an ATV that crashed into a parked trailer on Rose Road died Sunday in Erie County Medical Center, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office announced. Douglas R. Baldwin, 69, was flown to the Buffalo trauma center shortly after the accident about 9:40 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office…

Organizers are looking for new programs and events at Canalside to round out returning favorites this year. There is a strong preference for recurring programs and events, whether they are daily, weekly, semi-monthly or monthly, according to Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. and Be Our Guest, the management company for Canalside. There are several locations for hos…

Passengers who frequently use public transportation marched Sunday afternoon along Ridge Road in Lackawanna, calling for "transit justice" and urging the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority to improve service and offer more bus routes. About 60 marchers traced the steps walked by residents of Lackawanna's First Ward, who on Saturdays must hike at least a mile by foot to …

Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns on Sunday said he will urge state legislators Monday to block the move of patients from the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. During a news conference outside the gates of the adult facility at 400 Forest Ave., Kearns was joined by Dave Chudy, coordinator of the Save Our WNY Chi…

A bald eagle, vultures, exotic birds and elusive wildcats will be on hand as Hawk Creek Wildlife Center marks 30 years in operation from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6 with a wild safari at its new location, 1963 Mill Road, West Falls. Hawk Creek's new live flying bird show, "Power Animals," features birds of prey soaring. All children will receive a "Wild Power Safari" activi…

Expect some typical spring weather this week. It should be mainly dry Monday – until late in the evening, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell. "There will be several rounds of showers, but a lot of dry time, too," Mitchell said. Wednesday and Thursday will be dry, with showers returning Friday. "Nothing major," Mitchell said of the r…