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Bill would give students a break on college texts

WASHINGTON -- Warning that the prices of college textbooks are rising more than twice the rate of inflation, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation letting colleges create programs to rent out the volumes instead of requiring students to buy them.

Schumer released a study by the California Public Interest Research Group showing that the price of textbooks in New York State has risen 14 percent since 2003.

Yearly textbook costs at the University at Buffalo, the study said, have risen from $939 in 2003 to $1,049 currently. At Canisius College, the report showed, average costs in 2005 are $1,097, compared with $970 two years ago.

Schumer said the rental program could save the state's college students $600 a year.


Kmiotek wins 4 of 5 lines for judgeship election

Incumbent Ronald E. Kmiotek secured four of the five lines in the primary election for Cheektowaga town justice, while Anthony J. Cervi earned the Republican line, according to unofficial results.

Kmiotek won the Democratic line, 2,743-1,630; Independence, 63-38; Conservative, 40-18; and Working Families, 8-1. Cervi gained the Republican line, 576-482.

In the Independence Party primary for Town Board, three spots were available. Winning the line were Charles Markel, 67 votes; Patricia A. Jaworowicz, 69; and Alice Magierski, 66. James P. Rogowski finished with 57.


Teacher will speak tonight on Pan-American Exposition

The Cheektowaga Historical Association will present teacher Doug Kohler speaking about the Pan-American Exposition at 7 tonight in the Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander St., near Walden Avenue.


Glory & Praise Concerts open season Friday

George Miller will open the season of Glory & Praise Concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Harvest House, 1782 Seneca St. The St. Martin's Children's Choir also will perform. No tickets or reservations are necessary. Call 825-0929 for further information.

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