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Damage at the Erie County Fairgrounds is estimated to be in the millions of dollars. Twin twisters ripped trees out of the ground and damaged homes and roofs in the Southtowns. The National Guard has been called in to help. The effort to clean up from Thursday's twin tornado strike is ongoing. About 1,600 New York State Electric & Gas customers remained witho…

Juliana Keeping, of Oklahoma City, had to pay $1,000 out of pocket – five times – for a drug that prevented her 4-year-old son from catching a severe cold that could have had a catastrophic effect on his cystic fibrosis. Her insurer denied payment for the treatment, citing a 1960s study on handwashing. Tanya Koller, 53, of Schenectady, has battled diabetes for decad…

Reed’s puzzling response raises important questionsAt last Saturday’s Town Hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Tom Reed in Belfast, I asked the following question as one of his constituents: “Is it true that your law firm has profited from bringing legal action against individuals who have incurred significant debt due to unpaid medical expenses?”His response to the questi…

July 27, 1935 -- July 19, 2017 In John Yerger's work, it is difficult to tell where paint ends and reality begins. The accomplished Buffalo artist, who succumbed to cancer on Wednesday at 81, created meticulous paintings within paintings that often stunned first-time viewers. They featured miniature picture postcards and tattered portraits of famous artists tacked …

Batavia native Greg Watson wasn't quite sure what he might like to do after he landed his bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia State and moved back home. His mother is a retired nurse, his father a retired liquor salesman. As he filled out applications for more than 200 jobs back in 2003, he saw a classified ad in The Buffalo News for a hearin…

North Tonawanda police will have a separate radio channel on Niagara County's emergency dispatching system as of Jan. 1, officials announced Friday. The city's police union had complained that dispatching by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, using on a common channel with other police agencies, had sometimes produced slow response times. Sheriff James R. Voutour,…

Two new small residential projects are proposing to create 11 new homes in Buffalo. Ellicott Development Co., owned by Carl and William Paladino, wants to put up two new attached townhomes at 55 Ojibwa Circle, in the Waterfront Village condo development. Designed by AP Architects, the two-story brick townhomes – shorter than other three-story buildings on the site …

It was Day 4 of Media Camp at Hilbert College in Hamburg Thursday and the nine school-aged campers had just returned from a field trip to the Edward Cotter – the Buffalo Fire Department's historic fire boat – to learn about how to do a feature story. Then a tornado touched down just a mile down South Park Avenue and turned the day into an unexpected lesson on brea…

Studio Hue, a company that leads Buffalo-themed arts and crafts projects at parties, will open a brick-and-mortar location this fall. Similar to the "paint and sip" concept, where patrons learn to paint in a cocktail party setting, Studio Hue's art instructors walk participants through craft projects. It books lessons in private homes, restaurants and bars, where partic…

Wild Birds Unlimited, a retail franchise specializing in regional backyard bird feeding, will open in East Amherst Aug. 5. The store is located at 8485 Transit Road. In addition to selling high-quality bird food, bird feeders and feeding supplies, it will sometimes host educational events. The franchisee is Clarence resident and bird watcher Angel Swann. Another loca…

Buffalo venture capital firm Rand Capital has invested an additional $3 million in Florida surgical instrument manufacturer Genicon. Rand said it made the investment as part of a $6.6 million round of fundraising that included money from venture firms Advantage Capital and Coastal Enterprises. Rand previously had invested in Genicon, which now is the largest single i…

Buffalo drug development company Athenex Inc. is launching an early-stage clinical trial for an oral form of a drug that potentially could be used as part of a treatment for gastric cancer. The Phase 1b clinical trial of its Oraxol drug, administered in conjunction with another drug, ramucirumab, is underway, with a patient recently receiving the first dose of the drug,…

The parents of a University at Buffalo student struck and killed in May as she crossed an accident-prone intersection in Amherst have filed a notice of claim against the town and Erie County. The traffic and pedestrian lights at the intersection of Sweet Home and Chestnut Ridge roads were "in a defective and unsafe condition," according to the claim filed by Marcia and…

The Lockport Housing Authority and Buffalo Geothermal LLC of Cheektowaga are receiving an award for their installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system at its Autumn Gardens apartment complex on East High Street. The equipment, installed in 2015, replaced an electric heating system in the 72-unit complex that dated from 1972. The system provides year-round c…

A father of five was placed on five years' probation Thursday for firing a gun on a Niagara Falls street when there were several people in the vicinity. "It's clear to me you didn't go there with the intention to endanger anyone," Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III told Demetrius R. Hayes, 29, of Pierce Avenue in the Falls. Hayes pleaded guilty to a charge of…

A Franklinville man who was barred from all Walmarts because of a history of shoplifting was sentenced Thursday to two to four years in state prison for trying to wheel a cart full of Red Bull energy drinks out of the North Tonawanda Walmart last year. Tracy R. Maracle, 46, had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary for the May 12, 2016 crime. He appeared in court in a…