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High school data from the Class of 2016 shows race, gender, income, language lead to disparities in awarding of diplomas. Click here to view the story and data. By Jay Rey News Staff Reporter If you want to measure which students are falling short in high school, the Class of 2016 holds some clues. Despite a rise in graduation rates last year - reaching 81 perc…

If Erie County is to avoid another of its periodic budget crises, it must now find a compromise solution to the borrowing needs of Erie County Medical Center. After the County Legislature’s failure Thursday to muster a “super majority” vote approving $100 million in borrowing for the hospital’s capital needs, County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was already lookin…

President Trump’s executive order to rescind the bathroom policy for transgender students punts the controversial decision back into the hands of the states. And New York is doubling down. The state’s attorney general and education commissioner objected on Thursday to the president’s latest executive order and reminded school districts they are obligated by sta…

Nicholas Herko, 27, of Buffalo, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and other counts when he was arrested in Amherst about 2:42 a.m. Monday, according to Amherst police. Herko was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and evidence tampering for allegedly attempting to destroy physical evidence when he was stopped by…

Just a few months before Tesla Inc. plans to start making solar cells and solar panels at its Buffalo gigafactory, the electric vehicle maker is looking for ways to save cash in its solar energy business. After all, Tesla already has its hands full, with opening its battery gigafactory in Nevada and preparing to start producing its more affordable Model 3 sedan – a $…

LOCKPORT – Sounding out of breath, 14-year-old Joe Phillips shouted into his cellphone, "I'm gonna die!" Seconds later, trapped in a burning building, he signed off, saying, "I love you, man." But that may not have been the last anyone heard of Phillips before his death Aug. 10 in the massive HTI Recycling fire in Lockport. Testimony from Lockport Police Detecti…

Almost all top administrators at the Niagara Falls Water Board are expected to be fired at 5 p.m. today when board members meet, a city official has told The Buffalo News. On the chopping block are the jobs of Paul J. Drof, the executive director; Norman Allen, director of infrastructure; Anthony M. Hahns, director of administration and contracts; and John Ottaviano…

SANBORN – Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating contracts that Niagara County Community College awarded for construction of the college's Culinary Institute in Niagara Falls. The U.S. Attorney's Office on Tuesday subpoenaed information from the college about the awarding of construction, design and legal services contracts for the $17 million project,…

The towns of Cheektowaga and Tonawanda on Thursday suspended overnight winter parking restrictions until further notice due to the unseasonably warm weather and the Village of Kenmore said it will lift its winter parking rules beginning at midnight Thursday. Officials asked residents to use their common sense. "If they're calling for accumulating snowfall, please get…

Airbnb is co-hosting a "Winter Party" at Canalside tonight. But it probably won't feel much like one. With a forecast of some rain and a 60-degree high temperature, the event won't feature any ice skating, but will still give attendees a chance to mingle, according to organizers. https://twitter.com/CanalsideBflo/status/834749862403043328 The event, also co-hoste…

Whether March comes in like a lion or a lamb won’t be known until Wednesday. But February will go out like spring, summer, fall and winter as a panoply of the seasons will be on display over the next four days, forecasts show. Wild swings in Buffalo weather aren’t uncommon during transition months as warm and cold air masses fight for control of the atmosphere ab…

A Cheektowaga man is due in court next week on an aggravated driving while intoxicated charge. New York State Police charged Jerome Cross, 27, after a traffic stop for speeding and other violations on the Thruway in Cheektowaga at about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 18, the agency said. Cross registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit,…

Who doesn't like watching frogs? You'll need special training to become part of FrogWatch USA, but then you can join an international team of citizen scientists by monitoring frog populations in the wetlands throughout the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve in Cheektowaga. The training will take place at 7 p.m. March 21 at the preserve, 93 Honorine Dr. State Departme…

A Niagara Falls Police Department vehicle and a private passenger vehicle collided Wednesday at the intersection of Pine Avenue and Portage Road, police said. There were no serious injuries reported in the accident. According to the police department crash management team, which was called to the crash scene at 9:20 a.m., the driver of the police vehicle was headed s…

Southtowners who have a yearning to wax poetic now have the perfect place. The Hamburg Public Library has started a Poetry Club that meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the library, 102 Buffalo St. Attendees can bring a favorite poem or a poem they have written, meet other aspiring poets or poetry lovers, be inspired or inspire others to write poetry.