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DirecTV and Versus have reached a deal after more than six months to return the sports network to the satellite television service, according to The Associated Press. DirecTV subscribers were getting increasingly concerned that a deal wouldn't be made with Versus before its extensive coverage of the NHL playoffs start, Buffalo News TV Critic Alan Pergament report…

BUFFALO -- There's still time to indulge yourself and raise money for Gilda's Club of Western New York.  Seventeen local jewelry artists are participating in a one-day show and sale today at Gilda's Club, 1140 Delaware Ave., to raise money for the organization. Hundreds of necklaces, earrings and other pieces at the show are all made by local artists.  "There…

BUFFALO -- The court is down. Hoops are in the house. Extra seats are on their way. Prep work for the first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament at HSBC Arena began Friday night after the Sabres game and will continue until Wednesday afternoon.  The court -- shipped by the NCAA -- was installed Saturday and workers will prepare the rest of the f…

BUFFALO -- Buffalo News Political Reporter Robert J. McCarthy was on WNED 970 AM this morning to recap the latest political developments.  Among the most fascinating political turn of events, McCarthy said, is a potential matchup between Erie County Republican Chairman James P. Domagalski and State Sen. Dale Volker. Domagalski is openly considering challenging…

CLARENCE CENTER -- Rain and melting snow have caused minor flooding along the Tonawanda Creek.The National Weather Service has extended its flood warning for Tonawanda Creek at Rapids until late Tuesday night.Meteorologists forecast the river to continue to rise and to crest near 12.9 feet this afternoon.-- Denise Jewell Gee

Tom Petty performs at Darien Lake on June 21, 2008. Buffalo News file photo Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will return to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Aug. 14, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m.  Crosby, Stills & Nash will be the special guest.  Tickets are available at participating Blockbuster stores, through Live Nation or Ticketmaster or b…

Good morning. It's a big week for Buffalo. The NCAA tournament will arrive in town on Friday, and some of the biggest teams of the East will be here.Eight teams will play East and West regional games Friday and Sunday at HSBC Arena. Check out tips for on how to navigate the games, where to eat and what to see in The News' Tournament Centr…

Tonight should remain breezy and cloudy with nothing more than a passing shower.Here is some of your latest local news:A federal judge has ordered Erie County to let suicide-prevention experts into the jails starting a week from Monday. The experts are expected to conduct interviews as part of an investigation into the holding Center's suicide rate, which is almost fi…

DOWNTOWN BUFFALO -- Green-clad Western New Yorkers and the sound of bagpipes is flooding the streets of downtown Buffalo this afternoon. The parade has yet to start, but the corner of Delaware and Chippewa has already kicked off the party. Bars and coffee shops are open, some even serving hot chocolate with green whip cream. The parade is set to start at 2 p.m. Irish dance…

BUFFALO — The streets of the Old First Ward were lined with revelers this afternoon for the "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Caledonian Pipe Band kicked things off at noon and was followed by community, church and school groups who tossed candy from their floats as people watched the annual tradition from front porches and sidewalks. Dave Cerroni of So…

If the thought of baseball bats and leather catching gloves excites you, head down to Coca-Cola field this afternoon. The Buffalo Bisons welcome fans today to the team's annual free family day open house. The event starts at noon and runs until 3 p.m. Chow down on free hot dogs and Coca-Cola —  "A little taste of summer," said Brad Bisbing from the Bisons. Also …

A flood watch has been issued from 7 a.m. today through Sunday afternoon for Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, said meteorologist David Thomas of the National Weather Service's Buffalo office.  No area creeks or rivers are expected to go above flood stage through this afternoon, Thomas said, but it will depend on how much rain we receive toda…

Good morning. News TV Critic Alan Pergament caught up with Sabres broadcast analyst Mike Robitaille who is recovering from injuries he suffered in a car accident. That's our top story today. Olympic gold medalist Steve Mesler continued making the rounds yesterday with a stop at City Honors. Here is a video from the Mesler event: The Sabres couldn't sustain their brie…

At 2 a.m. Sunday, daylight savings time goes into effect. That's when you should set your clocks one hour ahead. Check out this videographic for everything you need to know about Daylight Savings Time.