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Western New York's burgeoning medical campus and busy hospital systems offer an upbeat image of the region. But there's another side to the story of the region's health, and it isn't so positive. Cattaraugus, Niagara and Chautauqua rank among the five unhealthiest of New York state's 62 counties, according to an annual ranking of health outcomes by the nonprofit Robe…

WASHINGTON – Anyone who watches cable news probably knows Rep. Chris Collins as one of President Trump's strongest defenders. But far away from the television cameras, the Republican congressman from Clarence has been disagreeing with the president when Trump's proposals directly threaten Western New York. When Trump proposed requiring biometric scans at the U.S.-…

The Cuomo administration has lost another round in court over the millions of dollars in aid it has been withholding for 20 struggling schools across New York, including five in Buffalo. A decision by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court orders the state budget director to release the rest of the money promised – more than $69 million – to help turn around …

There was not a plastic water bottle in sight, when more than 100 people attended a public meeting on Great Lakes Water Quality on Tuesday night. And that, intentional or not, was suitable for the gathering. That's because 80 percent of the debris in the Great Lakes is caused by micro-plastics like water bottles and lids, microbeads and fibers from clothes, said one …

WESTFIELD – Two Chautauqua County residents were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday, following a police raid at a South Portage Street residence, authorities said. John J. Buzcek III, 48, and Julie A. Warren, 47, were taken into police custody after authorities seized scales and other items used in making methamphetamine from an apartment at 63 South P…

An Erie County jury Tuesday returned a guilty verdict after an 11-day trial of Michael Reibel of Buffalo. Reibel, 40, was convicted of stalking in the third degree, criminal contempt in the first degree, burglary in the second degree and unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, after stalking his former girlfriend and violating an order of protection several times, a…

The FBI on Tuesday announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted in two separate bank robberies in Western New York. The incidents happened in October 2015, officials said. James Keitz is being sought in connection with a robbery on Oct. 20, 2015, at a M&T Bank located at 1205 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, acco…

Mayor Byron W. Brown is not taking a public position on which location he would prefer to see a new Amtrak station built in Buffalo. But comments that Brown, chairman of the train station site committee, made to The Buffalo News Editorial Board on Tuesday suggested steep challenges for the Central Terminal as the location. [Gallery: Inside Buffalo's Central Terminal…

West Seneca Central continues to be opt-out central, with nearly three-quarters of its students refusing to take the English Language Arts state assessments Tuesday. The opt-out movement seemed to remain strong, although opt-out numbers are down in some Western New York school districts and districts around the state also reported more students are taking the tests tha…

The $4.1 million that Billie B. Becker admitted stealing from Towne Automotive Group makes her the biggest individual embezzler anyone in the Erie County District Attorney's Office can remember prosecuting. It's possibly the largest single embezzlement in Erie County history. And the $4.1 million is only the amount prosecutors said they could prove she stole, since bank…

ALBANY – New York's state budget could be adopted in phases, instead of all at once, under a plan Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo floated today. He said he recognizes the uncertainty of federal fiscal policies under President Trump that could sharply affect the state’s finances. The governor said the “extender” route would be taken if he and lawmakers cannot agree on …

The Buffalo Niagara unemployment rate rose to 5.9 percent in February as a wave of retirements among the Baby Boomers left fewer local workers holding jobs, the state Labor Department reported Tuesday. Even with the modest increase in joblessness, the local unemployment rate remained below 6 percent during February for just the third time in the last 15 years. "These…

Sears has shuttered its stores in the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga and the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. The company had announced in December that the closings of the stores and their related auto centers would take place by mid-April, and the stores have conducted liquidation sales since January. The closings leave large holes in the two shopping centers that the ma…

Continuing the progress of Great Lakes restoration while solving the watershed's emerging challenges were the top topics of discussion at Tuesday's public meeting held by the International Joint Commission in Buffalo. Some of the top goals? An international designation of importance for the Niagara River. The elimination of sewage overflows. More wetlands an…