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Lane reductions planned on ramps near Peace Bridge

The state Department of Transportation is warning of possible delays because of inspection work on overhead signs around the entrance to the Peace Bridge today and Friday.

Today, the Niagara Thruway ramp to Niagara Street, Exit 9, will be reduced to one lane on the approach to Niagara Street, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing until 1 p.m.

On Friday, the Peace Bridge access ramp to the southbound Niagara Thruway will be reduced to one lane from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, Porter Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction from noon until 3 p.m.

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Elections Board rejects two mayoral candidates

The number of people standing between Byron W. Brown and a second term as mayor has dropped to one.

The Erie County Board of Elections has rejected the nominations of independent candidates Matthew Ricchiazzi and Clarence Carnahan. Board officials said that Carnahan failed to file enough petition signatures and that Ricchiazzi was kicked off the ballot because he failed to file an acceptance letter.

Their absence from the November ballot means Brown would run unopposed in the general election if he wins Tuesday's Democratic primary against South Common Council Member Michael P. Kearns.

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More than $1 million OK'd for flooding victims

The federal government has approved more than $1 million in disaster relief for residents of Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties affected by the Aug. 9-10 storms and flooding.

State and federal emergency officials said the figure represents the total amount awarded as of the end of business Tuesday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said 385 residents in the three counties hit hard by flooding last month had registered to receive disaster assistance.

Residents and small-business owners have until Nov. 4 to register for FEMA aid, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said Wednesday.

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