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Rep. Louise M. Slaughter will be among a small number of House members attending the televised health care summit at the White House on Thursday. The summit, hosted by President Barack Obama, is focused on trying to break the political logjam over health care reform, but is already seen as political theater. Slaughter, D-Fairport, spoke on the House floor this morning to …

Former Common Council Member Brian Davis left Buffalo City Court this morning in silence after receiving a conditional discharge on a guilty plea to pocketing campaign funds and filing false disclosure reports.   Read about the sentencing here. Davis' defense attorney, Rodney O. Personius, said Davis felt “very, very badly” about the fact that his constituents h…

Good Morning. In Washington, the chief executive of Toyota will go before a House committee investigating the recall of more than 8.5 million cars today. A prepared statement of Akio Toyoda's planned remarks reveal he plans to apologize for "accidents that Toyota drivers have experienced." View a timeline of Toyota's troubles here. There's sti…

Do you enjoy being the final authority on everything? Then you just might have a future as an umpire. Umps are needed for high school and recreational baseball leagues this summer. The WNY Umpires Association is holding new candidate certification clinics beginning at 7 p.m. today at Williamsville South High School. For info, call president W. Gary Neunder at 691-6633. Wi…

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BUFFALO -- Forecasters are monitoring a large-scale winter weather system that could potentially dump more than a foot of snow across a wide swath of the northeastern United States — including Western New York — beginning Thursday afternoon. "In our outlooks for all of our users we are indicating that it will be a significant snowstorm," said National Weather Service met…

4:06 p.m. update: Here's a copy of Ortt's address furnished by his office.2:10 p.m. update: Here's the full audio of Ortt's speech: 2:02 p.m.: NORTH TONAWANDA – Mayor Robert G. Ortt will impose a three-year moratorium on reassessments and cap spending in next year’s budget at 2009 levels, he said this afternoon during his State of the City addres…

BUFFALO -- Completion of the Barkyard at LaSalle Park. The restoration of the 1875 Dunkirk lighthouse on the Seaway Trail. The expansion of New Hope Education Center. These are just a few of the projects that will vie tonight for a $100,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's 21st Century Fund. Ten nonprofit groups will pitch proposals to 21st …

Good Morning. A big raise is in store for the boss of Erie County's jails, News Staff Reporter Matthew Spina reports in today's City & Region section. The Erie County Legislature will be asked Thursday to ratify a decision to increase Robert A. Koch Jr.'s salary from $95,118 to $104,928. Is it ready yet? Volunteers in downtown Buffalo started building a…

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5:25 p.m. update: Listen to the band's third song, "When I Fall." 5:09 p.m. update: Listen to the band's second song at today's show, "Pinch Me." 3:28 p.m. update: As promised, here's the band's performance of "For You" from the Hard Rock. 2:24 p.m. update: With drummer Tyler Stewart at the Olympics in Vancouver, the band went three-piece today. Guitarist…

1:44 p.m. update: Here's a video of organizer Jeff Empric describing the project, as well as volunteer Scott O'Connor on what the work has been like so far. 9:07 a.m.: In preparation for this weekend's Buffalo Powder Keg Winter Festival, organizers will start hauling ice blocks into downtown Buffalo to build an ice maze. As part of the event, a total of 600,000 pounds …

8:48 a.m. update: Here's a video of all the goals from U.S.-Canada.8:25 a.m.: The U.S. beat Canada in men's ice hockey in Vancouver last night. Here's Bucky Gleason's take on the game.Tougher laws for teen drivers and new credit card rules hit the books today.Jim Heaney takes aim at Mayor Byron Brown's economic development plan over at his Out…

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 NIAGARA FALLS - Mid-winter is one of the high ceremonial times for Native American tribes. Indian names are given and oral histories are told.  A celebration of this culture was held today in Niagara Falls and included storytelling, snowshoeing and a centuries-old sport called snowsnake.  "[The Native American Winter Festival] is a time to get together…

WEST SENECA -- Gov. David A. Paterson says he wants New Yorkers to know the truth about his 22 months in office. Paterson rattled off a long list of achievements today during a feisty and combative speech that kicked off his Western New York campaign for a full four-year term as New York's governor. Speaking to a room full of supporters at Christe's Restaurant at…

--New York Gov. David A. Paterson will be in West Seneca this morning as he continues to work his way across the state announcing his intentions to run for a full four-year term. He started doing so downstate Saturday with a combative speech. --Kevin Gaughan's campaign for dissolving villages is part of a debate that has heated up considerably with a new law taking effect …

AMHERST -- UB Students are braving the bitter weather this afternoon to take part in the university's first annual Winterfest.  Winterfest 2010 is offering snowshoeing, ice skating, curling, broom hockey, human dogsled racing, and snowman and igloo-making contests at South Lake Village on UB's north campus. The event will wrap up around 5 p.m. Watch video of the cel…