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NIAGARA NEWS BRIEFS

Numbing wind chill, snowfall expected throughout the day

Bitterly cold temperatures remain on the menu for today, along with another round of snow showers that will result in little accumulation.

The high for the day will reach only 10 degrees -- or minus 10 degrees, with the wind chill factor. The low is expected to inch south of zero, at minus 3, or minus 11, with the wind chill.

Saturday's official high was 15 degrees -- also 15 degrees shy of the normal temperature for this time of year. On a partly sunny Monday, the high climbs into the upper teens.

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Initial redistricting hearing set for Wednesday in library

NIAGARA FALLS -- The first public hearing for the Niagara County Legislature Redistricting Commission is to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St.

A similar session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Legislature Chambers of the County Courthouse, Park Avenue and Hawley Street, Lockport. The five-member panel was appointed by the Legislature to draw a new map incorporating 2010 census results and reducing the numbers of Legislature districts from 19 to 15.

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Story of the Erie Canal to be told by guest speaker

LOCKPORT -- The story of the Erie Canal will be the topic when Douglas Farley, director of the Erie Canal Discovery Center, speaks at 2 p.m. Thursday in the History Center of Niagara, 215 Niagara St.

The free talk will include information about the history of the canal and the Lockport locks.

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Buffalo contingent headed to capital for Monday rally

The Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee will be sending a contingent to Washington, D.C., for Monday's March for Life.

The event is held annually on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

The Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee has a long history of sending representatives from Western New York to the event, said committee president Stasia Z. Vogel. For information on the availability of seats on buses, call 852-3028. Buses will leave at 8 p.m. today and return Monday evening.

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on Saturday observed the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade court ruling by presenting Pro Vita Awards to people who have worked for the pro-life cause.

Among the recipients was Beggars for Life, a youth group at Sacred Heart Church in Bowmansville headed by Barb Mogle, which collected and donated more than one million pennies to pro-life causes. WLOF-FM 101.7 -- The Station of the Cross also received the award.

Individuals who were honored included Sister Ann Marie Striegl, a social worker for Catholic Charities of Buffalo; Diane McNamara, the Respect Life coordinator for St. Bernadette Church in Orchard Park, along with her daughter, Megan; and Miriam Escalante, administrative assistant at the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities.