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--There was plenty going on in Buffalo today, including: Erie County Executive Chris Collins and the state-appointed control board reaching rare harmony, U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Mayor Byron W. Brown having a 'productive' meeting, and the Northwest District police station being closed due to mold. --In high school boys basketball, a buzzer-beating thre…

The 3rd annual Music is Art "Big Easy in Buffalo Mardi Gras Jam!" is tonight at Kleinhans.Here's the lineup of musicians: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Carl LeBlanc 12/8 Path Band Six String Circus The band Six String Circus won Music is Art's virtual battle of the bands, said Executive Director Tod A. Kniazuk. In addition to opening tonight&…

6:43 p.m. update: This video shows the hundreds of walkers arriving at the airport. The audio is a portion of what Schumer said a few minutes later at the airport press conference. 4:20 p.m. update: Karen Eckert, sister of 3407 passenger Beverly Eckert, also spoke to the crowd: John Kausner, who addressed the crowd at the kickoff of the walk (see the first entry …

Today is the one-year anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407, and The News takes the occasion to chronicle what has happened in the lives of the loved ones of all 50 victims since the Clarence crash. Many of those families will this morning walk the 10 miles from the crash site to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, completing the unfinished journey of their friend…

7:12 p.m. update: Here's what the start of today's hearing looked like: 6:50 p.m. update: Abdallah's ex-girlfriend Alicia Bellaus spoke with reporters outside the courtroom after the hearing. Here's a portion of what she said: 6:42 p.m. update: Here's the first report The Buffalo News had on Abdallah's arrest, and here's Wednesday's story with comments from various s…

1:33 p.m. update: State officials discussed the program this morning. Here's what they had to say:The state will offer rebates to shoppers who buy energy-efficient appliances starting at midnight tonight. The program, dubbed "New York's Great Appliance Swap Out," will run through Feb. 21 and offer various incentives depending on the type of appliance purchased. Addition…

There were quite a few town and school board meetings last night. The News' coverage includes: • Hiring and firing by the Lackawanna School Board. • A resident telling the Clarence Town Board that she's upset with a neighbor's fireworks display. • The Akron School Board getting ready for severe funding cuts by the state. • The Wales Town Board opting …

12:24 p.m. update: Check out what Mark Concilla, director of sales and marketing for Erie Promotions & Expos, had to say about his event this morning as crews set up products and booths. 9:10 a.m.: HAMBURG -- The WNY Home and Garden Expo will open its doors at International Agri-Center at the Hamburg Fairgrounds later this afternoon. Here are the hours for the ev…

9:34 a.m. update: Things clear up once you get past the lane closure, and you're at full speed by the time you get to where the toll barrier used to be.9:27 a.m. update: The 190 south is very slow, with traffic backed up to the Ontario Street exit, thanks to a planned lane closure near the Scajaquada exit. 9:01 a.m. update: There is some residual congestion from the C…

Good morning, and welcome to a chilly Thursday.Speaking of weather, Reporter Stephen T. Watson takes a lighthearted look at what advice snow-tested Western New Yorkers can give to mid-Atlantic residents.The Erie County Legislature will take public comments tonight on downsizing proposals. Read Reporter Matthew Spina's report here.Senior Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan…

--During a visit to the region today, State Parks Commissioner Carol Ash said some of New York state's parks and historic sites will remain closed this summer, others will be open fewer hours, some will have reduced services and some will charge higher fees, all because of the state's precarious financial situation. --With hundreds of cars on display in the Buffalo Co…

Capt. Jeff Skiles, the co-pilot during the "Miracle on the Hudson," joined U.S. Rep. Chris Lee during a Telephone Town Hall session this evening in which Skiles and Lee answered questions from callers regarding the airline industry in the wake of the Flight 3407 crash. Skiles offered a scathing review of the connection between commercial airlines like Continental…

BUFFALO -- More than 300 cases of flowers have already arrived at Maureen's Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market on Ellicott Street for Valentine's Day. Staff were busy this afternoon arranging flowers -- mostly roses and carnations -- for deliveries that will begin tomorrow and Friday. Thousands of carnations will go out to local schools for fund raisers. Owner Maureen Bartle…

 Air Force Medics from the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron from MacDill Air Force Base and medics from the 81st Medical Group from Keesler Air Force Base provide treatment to injured Haitians aboard a C-130 flown by members of the New York Air National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing during a mission Friday. Photo courtesy/ Staff Sgt. Peter Dean, 107th Airlift Wing …

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres studio analyst Mike Robitaille underwent surgery today after suffering a spinal cord injury last week, Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital announced this afternoon. Robitaille was injured last Wednesday when the car he was driving was rear-ended. He is listed in serious but stable condition and is recovering in the hospital's intensive care un…