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Talks continue between Time Warner, Ch. 4 owners

Negotiations between Time Warner Cable and the owners of Channels 4 and 23 went down to the wire, with no apparent action taken late Wednesday.

LIN TV, which owns the local CBS and CW affiliates, wants to be compensated by Time Warner for allowing it to carry the station.

Weeks ago, a LIN release stated that the television group -- which has 15 of its stations in Time Warner markets -- has reached agreements with every other cable, satellite or telecommunications company to carry its stations.

Time Warner believes it shouldn't pay for channels that are available over the air for free. Weeks ago, Time Warner noted that the cable system has "successfully reached fair agreements with hundreds of broadcasters and cable networks across the country."

The issue is being handled by the corporate offices of both companies, not in Western New York, and affects all LIN stations and Time Warner systems.

Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate, has been repeatedly carrying explanations of the issue that ask cable subscribers not to allow Time Warner to deprive viewers of the popular programming on the stations. However, Time Warner spokesman Robin Wolfgang said it is LIN's decision whether to pull the stations.

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Board of Elections sets voter registration days

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Board of Elections has announced local voter registration days for the general election Nov. 4.

Registration hours will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11.

A list of registration sites is available by calling the Board of Elections at 938-9111, Exts. 2400-2405, or in the Olean area, 373-8010, Exts. 2400-2405.

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DOT funds aim to improve upstate railway

WASHINGTON -- Passenger safety and maintenance initiatives of upstate New York railways are set to receive $5 million in federal funding secured annually though 2013, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Thursday.

The funds, granted through the U.S. Department of Transportation, are part of the Federal Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2007, which is awaiting a signature from President Bush.

The funds will be used primarily for buying new rail cars, updating tracks, stations, bridges and tunnels.

"New York's rail system has been too dangerous for too long and this new grant program will improve safety at railroad crossings and help prevent the derailments that put upstate New York residents in danger," Schumer said.

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High school track programs will receive new shoes

Participants in high school cross country programs in Buffalo, Albion, City of Tonawanda, Lewiston-Porter and Barker will receive 350 pairs of training shoes with proceeds from Fleet Feet Sports' "Fleet Feet 15K -- Run into Buffalo" race that was held on Labor Day.

The shoes will be distributed to students of limited means. Fleet Feet Sports will hold its third annual race next Sept. 7.

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