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There are many threads to pull when it comes to determining why prescription drugs cost as much as they do – and how they can be made more affordable for the governments and billions of people who depend on them, at least in part, for their health and wellness. I looked to hit the high points with the main story in this week's Refresh coverage, but found several other…

Call it a collision of politics and good old Western New York can-do attitude. The cleanup after the tornado that struck the Erie County Fairgrounds was well under way Thursday afternoon when an aide to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo asked that the cleanup be delayed – until after the governor arrived, fair CEO Dennis Lang said. "I said, 'You're kidding, right?'"Lang said he…

Reed’s puzzling response raises important questions At last Saturday’s Town Hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Tom Reed in Belfast, I asked the following question as one of his constituents: “Is it true that your law firm has profited from bringing legal action against individuals who have incurred significant debt due to unpaid medical expenses?” His response to the …

Batavia native Greg Watson wasn't sure what he might like to do after he landed his bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia State and moved back home. His mother is a retired nurse, his father a retired liquor salesman. As he filled out applications for more than 200 jobs back in 2003, he saw a classified ad in The Buffalo News for a hearing inst…

Former Buffalo Bills star O.J. Simpson's parole hearing before the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners is being held today. There is a good chance the notorious former NFL star will be granted parole, which could have him out of prison as soon as Oct. 1. The former NFL running back is up for parole on his 2008 sentence for robbery, assault and kidnapping charges for in…

A judge awarded $172,312 in pay, damages and legal fees to a former Jamestown police officer and detective who accused the City of Jamestown and its Police Department of unfairly treating him over his service in the Army Reserves. Timothy Wright, now police chief in the Town of Carroll, filed a claim in 2007 under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Right…

The 100-year-old Schoellkopf Icehouse at the former Buffalo Color site has been partially demolished. About 40,000 square feet of the two-story, 75,000-square-feet building at 229 Elk St. and 83 Lee St., built in 1917, was torn down, said Phil Pantano, spokesman for Ontario Specialty Contracting, the building's owner. The company still plans to move its headquarters…

Thomas-Russell M. Of Amherst, entered into rest July 13, 2017. Devoted husband for 63 years of Audrey L. (nee Nagy) Thomas; father of Michelle (Jeff) Lucca, Greg (Lynne), and Barbara (Dave) Fromm; loving grandfather of Jim, Kerri, Jeff, Kathy, Andy and Danny as well as eight great-grandchildren. A celebration of Russ’ life will be held Monday, July 24 at 10am at First Tr…

The keg will be tapped on this year's Erie County Fair craft beer during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at Flying Bison Brewery, an event the fair is calling a kickoff to the fair season. The event will feature this year's winning brew, a Baltic porter developed by Sean Wall of Hamburg, as well as an American Pale Ale based on a recipe that won the fair's hom…

Dwayne Randall of Peek'n Peak and Jeff Urzetta of Oak Hill tied the Arrowhead Golf Course record with 66 rounds Tuesday, but Tim Fries of Transit Valley walked away with the winner's trophy in the Western New York PGA Professional Championship. Fries shot 136 for the tournament, two in front of Urzetta and three better than Randall and Rob Krajewski (Orchard Park). Play…

Rachel Jager of Williamsville swam with the U.S. team that finished 11th in the team technical final on Tuesday at the FINA World Championships of synchronized swimming in Budapest, Hungary. Team USA scored 82,8546 points in the final. Russia won gold with 96.0109 points, followed by China (94.2165) and Japan (93.1590). Anita Alvarez of Kenmore and Victoria Woroniecki o…

Niagara University broke ground Tuesday on renovations for John P. Bob Field, the home of the Purple Eagles baseball team. The enhancements will include a full synthetic turf field, expanded seating areas, a new scoreboard and dugouts, a press box and a new backstop with netting. The renovations are scheduled to be completed this summer in time for the 2018 season. "…

By Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON – Two more Republican senators declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing, for now, a 7-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. The announcement by Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas left their leaders …

Jesse Hollins of Orchard Park rallied after losing the first set and defeated Gabriella Kivovich, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the Women’s Open Singles final Sunday of the Buffalo Muny Tennis Championships at Delaware Park. Marcus Fugate, a teaching professional at the Miller Tennis Center, took the Men’s Open Singles. A former highly-ranked junior player and tour pro, Fugate w…

Calling all Buffalo ex-patriates! We're conducting a survey of people who lived in Buffalo and moved away. Question: What do you miss the most about Buffalo? It may be hard to choose just one thing. Although the city is known for its brutal winters, it's also famous for its Buffalo wings, picturesque Niagara Falls and enthusiastic Buffalo Bills fans – to name a …