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Some lucky mothers may start this morning with omelets made with organic eggs and fresh asparagus, locally smoked bacon on the side and toasted honey-wheat bread. Or, they could have a link of sausage and cream-topped yogurt – also both local – followed by a bite of an almond bear claw.Fresh flowers might be on the table or tray to brighten their Mother’s Day morning, with…

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center today honored a recently deceased, long-time employee by naming a new hospice unit after him. --- Guy Bax, the former city building inspector, was sentenced to probation in his public corruption case.

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Canalside will host some 800 events and activities this summer in a program designed to draw 800,000 visitors and spawn more economic activity along the city’s burgeoning waterfront.The events, announced Friday by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., will include concerts, festivals, dance, theater and poetry performances, outdoor exercise classes and family activities…

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The Seneca Nation’s plans for a bigger, more elaborate casino in downtown Buffalo got the legal go-ahead Friday when a federal judge dismissed the last of three lawsuits seeking to block the project.Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny rejected the argument that the downtown casino is illegal, ending for now an anti-casino group’s seven-year legal battle with the S…

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The stepdaughter and stepniece who were victims of child molester Paul S. Turley spoke about their ordeals Friday after a judge sentenced him to 15 to 30 years in prison.“If you have a life similar to mine, tell the police,” said Jennifer Morrison, his stepdaughter.Morrison explained how Turley's abuse in the 1990s in North Tonawanda harmed her.“The abuse affected me so de…

The most lively part of last night's Niagara Falls School Board meeting wasn't the public hearing on the proposed budget (where only two members of the public spoke). It was a presentation by school district attorney Angelo Massaro about challenges to the nominating petitions of incumbents Kevin Dobbs and Don King. Read my story about what happened. --- Looks lik…

The Buffalo Teachers Federation voted Thursday to take the Buffalo school district to court to enforce a teacher-evaluation agreement that the state Department of Education, the state education commissioner and the governor have declared illegal.The BTF Executive Committee unanimously approved the resolution to take legal action against the district by June 1 and file addi…

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WASHINGTON – Twenty veterans treated at the Buffalo Veterans Affairs Medical Center have tested positive for hepatitis in the wake of revelations that nurses improperly reused insulin pens on multiple patients, but all but two have cleared the virus, the hospital said Thursday.Fourteen of the patients tested positive for hepatitis B, but those patients have cleared the inf…

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The developer of a planned Wingate by Wyndham Hotel in downtown Niagara Falls will save about $1.5 million through tax abatements granted by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. A four-story, 110-room hotel is planned for Fourth Street and Rainbow Boulevard by Plati Niagara. Read Thomas J. Prohaska's story here.

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Violet Bystrak has had a big year.The Orchard Park girl, now 3½ years old, has made significant strides since she was featured last June in a story in The Buffalo News about her condition, called Prader-Willi syndrome. Violet can now walk. That's something her parents were told she might never do.And she talks endlessly these days – about, her mother jokes, pretty much eve…

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Bianca Cartagena’s family never wavered in their belief about who killed the 8-year-old girl.From the day they found her cold, rigid body under covers in her mother’s bed, family members pointed the finger at her mother, Candace Croff Cartagena, and publicly wondered why she was never arrested.Their more-than-two-year wait ended Wednesday when a grand jury indicted Cartage…

The state is holding its first Tourism Summit today in Albany. John Percy, head of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, is attending, according to Don Glynn of the Niagara Gazette. An AP report says summer attractions, including Niagara Falls, will be among the topics discussed. The governor's office is streaming the event online: newyorkstateofficeof…

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ALBANY – As tensions worsen between Canadian and New York officials over work at the Peace Bridge, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today said he has had no talks with officials across the border to try to resolve the problems.The Cuomo administration recently went public with its allegations that Canadian officials on the Peace Bridge Authority have been blocking his efforts to build…