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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz’s new plan would cut jobs, use surplus and scale back on large projects during the next four years, but he doesn’t believe that will be enough to balance the county budget as expenses rise.So his latest county four-year plan comes with a choice: raise taxes or cut spending on popular items such as road patrols, parks and libraries. H…

By Aaron Besecker Here are some of the stories we're pursuing today: *Today's the fourth anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence. Families are in Washington, where they will be recognized in tonight's State of the Union address, to push for changes in airline safety called for in a 2010 law to be implemented. *The Sabres visit the Senators toni…

In response to ongoing issues with improper town purchases, the Amherst Town Board approved a “new” vendor contract Monday that was backdated to Aug. 6 to pay off $56,488 in outstanding invoices for work that dates back to last summer.Nearly 20 more invoices remain unpaid because of various problems, Town Comptroller Darlene A. Carroll said at the special meeting.The backd…

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A renewed debate about the future of food trucks in Buffalo will begin today, when a proposal that would allow the trucks into Canalside is discussed by the Common Council.Behind the scenes, entrepreneurs in the growing food truck industry are lobbying to shape the city’s broader policy – from permit fees to where they can conduct business – before legislation sunsets on A…

By Aaron Besecker Here are some of the stories our staff is working on: *Local home prices are continuing to go up. *Jay Tokasz is gathering local reaction to the announcement that the Pope will resign at the end of the month. *A Black history pageant is planned for this Saturday at Mount Olive Baptist Church. *Arts Editor Jeff Simon is reviewing the new film "Beaut…

News staff reporters Dan Herbeck and Charlie Specht discuss new concerns being raised by residents who bought homes after the Love Canal neighborhood was declared safe in an interview with WBFO's Eileen Buckley. Find the stories here: Choosing Love Canal for a Neighbor.  $113 million Love Canal lawsuit: Is history repeating itself?  

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NIAGARA FALLS – Staff and students were evacuated at about 9:30 a.m. Monday from Gaskill Preparatory School after two school employees mixing chemicals in the basement pool area set off a noxious reaction, according to the Fire Department.The two maintenance workers, who were not named, were taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for evaluation, fire officials said…

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John P. Gunning Sr. served as the commander of a B-29 Superfortress, not to be confused with the B-17 Flying Fortress.A bigger, more modern successor to the B-17 bomber, the B-29 had a much greater range and could carry a much heavier bomb load, which proved ideal for the air offensive against Japan in World War II.That’s not to belittle the B-17, a workhorse that earned i…

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Area yoga practitioners converged Sunday on the University at Buffalo North Campus for “Yoga Jam” – a supersized class organized to benefit a good cause.About 200 yogis from eight different studios participated in the fundraiser, which raised $5,600 for a research mission to study the success of the Africa Yoga Project in Kenya this summer.“There’s not a lot of yoga in Afr…

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The years fly by. Life sometimes passes more quickly than we can grasp it. I think that is why they did it, 65 years ago. I think that is why Chet Samborski and 49 of his pals at the Third Warder Social Club decided to set aside the bottle. Champagne is the drink of special occasions. A life long and well-lived is reason to celebrate. So in 1948, they put a bottle of San B…

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It was moving day Saturday for about 250 people who have lived – some for decades – in the Erie County Home in Alden.The residents were anxious to begin a new chapter in their lives at Erie County Medical Center’s brand-new, $103 million Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility.“I’m very excited about it. I had a chance to tour the new building, and it was state-of-the-art – b…

An international Delta Air flight between Ottawa and Detroit was forced to make an emergency landing Friday at Buffalo Niagara International Airport after a mechanical problem resulted in the loss of cabin pressure, according to officials from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.The 46 people aboard Flight 4015 – a CRJ-200 jet – left Ottawa at about 9 a.m. and la…