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The massive coal-fired power plant that towers over Dunkirk harbor looks every bit like the giant industrial dinosaur that it is.And if environmentalists get their way, it soon will be extinct.They’ve joined in a strange-bedfellows alliance with the Business Council of New York State to resist a $506 million plan by the plant’s owner, NRG Energy Inc., to convert the electr…

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Buffalo Psychiatric Center will grow while other psychiatric centers in the state will close or change under a consolidation plan unveiled Wednesday by the state Office of Mental Health.Inpatient services now offered at the Children’s Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and at the state psychiatric centers in Rochester and Elmira will be merged into the historic Buffalo faci…

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The Greek yogurt boom is hitting New York State’s public schools. In the fall, students will be able to add the high-protein food to their cafeteria trays.New York, a leader in Greek yogurt production, is one of four states participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Greek Yogurt Pilot Program, which will put the rich yogurt on school lunch menus in participating…

Part of an expressway in Erie County and a bridge in Chautauqua County will be named after fallen servicemen under bills signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. A portion of the Lockport (I-990) Expressway in Amherst will be renamed Army Staff Sgt. William R. Wilson III Memorial Highway. The Getzville soldier died in 2012 in Afghanistan, where he was training soldiers an…

Politics

A top-level state commission will investigate public corruption in New York State, as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo begins a statewide anti-corruption campaign today at the University at Buffalo Law School.Cuomo will continue his latest in a string of Buffalo visits, according to sources familiar with his schedule, by announcing a bipartisan panel of top law enforcement and legal e…

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Series note: Western New York sent more than 4,400 soldiers to Gettysburg, Pa., to fight in the three-day Civil War battle waged from July 1 to 3, 1863. The Buffalo News retells the stories of four local men who took part in the epic confrontation 150 years ago. This is part three.By Scott ScanlonNews Staff reporterThe second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought 150 yea…

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ALBANY – Nearly 40 years ago, a young Alain Kaloyeros served alongside Christian militia forces fighting against Hezbollah troops in northern Lebanon. If you talk to him today, he will show you the scars on his arms from one of the battles.Now, far from those street battles in and around Beirut, Kaloyeros serves on a very different cutthroat battlefield, where scientists a…

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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Canadian officials this morning announced an agreement concerning improvements at the Peace Bridge.“We prefer partnership,’’ said Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the United States, of the end to the months-long dispute that seriously tested relations between New York and Canada.“Some would say we’ve been trying to do this for 20 years,’’ Cuom…

ALBANY – The death of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s much touted “women’s equality agenda” was the result of a poor strategy that relied too much on outside women’s rights organizations and not enough on a key group: the female members of the Assembly who actually had to do the voting.That’s the assessment of those female Assembly Democrats who on Monday were still bitter that the…

After enduring brutal abuse from his father, Jay-J, a 3-year-old boy from North Tonawanda, inspired a change in the law. Jay-J’s Law, a child-abuse law named in the boy’s honor that was spearheaded by State Sen. Timothy Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, passed the Assembly Friday and Senate early Saturday.The law, which helps ensure stiff…

Politics

ALBANY – One has to wonder if Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s muscles are sore following a legislative session when he twisted so many arms to try to get his way on things.As the 2013 session was ending Friday and Saturday morning, the governor found that governing in his third year was not as easy as he might have come to expect, as lawmakers and special-interest groups were more …

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ALBANY – In a state that for generations has protected abortion rights, lawmakers in both houses Thursday wrangled over whether to create additional protections in the event federal abortion rights laws are ever eliminated.Despite threats of political retaliation by both Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and women’s organizations, leaders of the State Senate say they will not let a bil…

ALBANY – Turns out there’s even a puppy mill lobby.Legislation allowing localities to enact stronger rules regulating puppy mills is stalled in the State Senate as the 2013 session crawls to an end.The measure, fought by some pet dealer companies, would let local governments enact their own, stricter laws aimed at curbing what the bill’s backers say are abuses in puppy mil…

ALBANY – New York voters will be asked this fall to approve a change in the State Constitution legalizing up to seven Las Vegas-style casinos that backers say will bring destination resorts to economically battered upstate areas.The casino agreement by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders, due to be adopted by lawmakers by Friday, calls for no new casinos in Wester…