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Joseph D. McDonald, chief executive officer of Catholic Health, plans to step down from the hospital system in early 2018 after more than 15 years in the role. He will leave as an influential leader who played a key role in shaping the region's health care landscape. McDonald, a transplanted Southerner from Tennessee who arrived in late 2002, is the third president …

A child riding a bicycle was struck by a vehicle Tuesday evening at Grant and West Ferry streets, according to Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. The incident occurred just after 8 p.m., he said. The child was treated at the scene for minor injuries, DeGeorge said. No charges had been filed against the driver of the vehicle late Tuesday.

Malala Yousafzai settled in quickly inside the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena Tuesday evening, despite being far away from her native Pakistan and her newly adopted home of Birmingham, England. The youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize first pointed to the Pakistani flag on stage next to the American flag. "I am here to represent all of the Pakistani people …

A Chautauqua County woman was arrested by troopers on charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, according to State Police. Tonya Spallino, 39, of Kennedy, was involved in a one-car crash Sunday on Route 62 in the Town of Poland, where her vehicle ended up in a ravine, according to State Police. Spallino was extricated from her car by members of t…

PGA Tour Event: Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Thursday through Sunday. TV: Thursday and Friday, 1-6 p.m., Golf Channel; Saturday, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Golf Channel and 2:30-6:30 p.m., NBC; and Sunday, noon-1:30 p.m., Golf Channel and 1:30-6 p.m., NBC.Last year: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland came from three shots behind in the final round, closing with…

A Virginia man was arrested on charges of marijuana possession after he was stopped in Chautauqua County by State Police for speeding, authorities said Tuesday. John Creager, 53, of Fairfax, was pulled over Friday on Interstate 86 in the Town of Poland, according to State Police. While speaking to Creager, troopers smelled marijuana emanating from inside his vehicle,…

WASHINGTON -- Hospitals such as Erie County Medical Center face a more immediate funding threat than the new Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Funding is set to expire Sept. 30 for the federal government's program to pay more to hospitals who take a disproportionate share of Medicaid patients -- such as ECMC. If Congress allows that to happen, public…

WASHINGTON — The Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has sprung back to life — in the form of a Senate bill that would cost New York State tens of billions more than earlier health care reform bills. The new effort, sponsored by Republican Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, would repeal federal subsid…

The Erie County Holding Center in Buffalo and Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden have received coveted accreditation status from the New York State Sheriff's Association. The accreditation should raise public confidence in the county's jails now that they have met or exceeded 166 standards ranging from policies and procedures to inmate services, said Peter R. Ke…

Written public comment on the proposed development of the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst will be accepted through Oct. 2. A developer has requested the town rezone 141 of the 171 acres at the former golf course between Maple Road and Sheridan Drive for a mixed-use project. A public hearing on the project's environmental impact held Monday by the Town Board …

Absentee voters gave Lackawanna City Council candidate John Ingram an apparent victory Tuesday over Mohamed Albanna, breaking a tie in the Conservative Party primary, the two candidates said. Ingram and Albanna, who finished the Sept. 12 primary for the First Ward seat tied 28-28, both said Ingram received 17 absentee votes and Albanna two absentee votes when election…

Greenwich Associates plans to close a location in AppleTree Business Park in Cheektowaga by mid November, eliminating 149 jobs, the business said in a filing with the state Department of Labor. Connecticut-based Greenwich describes itself as a provider of market intelligence and advisory services to the financial services industry. It has been an AppleTree tenant for s…

Wegmans has placed near the top of another Fortune "Best Places to Work" list. This time, the Rochester-based grocer has come in at No. 7 in the "Best Workplaces for Women. Data from more than 400,000 anonymous employee surveys was used to compile the list, which considered hundreds of businesses from varying economic sectors. Women gave feedback about their companies' …

Buffalo homeowners have a new source of funds for home repairs. West Side Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. has received a $450,000 grant from the New York State Housing Trust Fund Corp. to invest in eligible neighborhoods throughout the city. The 2017 City-Wide Home Repair Program is now open for applications for single-family and two-family owner-occupied dwelling…

Buffalo lawmakers are considering paying $600,000 to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit against a Buffalo police officer who shot and killed a robbery suspect during a confrontation in 2009. The Common Council on Tuesday tabled a motion to approve the settlement with the parents of Matthew Connors, who was 23 when he died. The proposal was referred to council's Claims Comm…

The Buffalo Niagara unemployment rate keeps creeping higher. The local jobless rate rose to 5.2 percent during August, up from 4.9 percent a year ago, the state Labor Department said Tuesday. The region's unemployment rate now has increased for five straight months as the pace of hiring locally has cooled, although jobless levels still are hovering around a 10-year l…