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CollegesofDistinction.com names NU to online guide

LEWISTON -- Niagara University is one of a dozen colleges and universities in New York State -- and 170 nationwide -- selected for the 2010-11 list of top colleges by CollegesofDistinction.com.

The online guide recognizes excellence in engaging students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful graduate outcomes. The guide, which also is available in paperback, is based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators and admissions professionals.

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Proceeds of Derby Night will benefit Niagara Rises

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Rises, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving education, housing and employment in Niagara County, will benefit from proceeds of Kentucky Derby Night in Niagara Falls from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Antonio's Banquet and Conference Center at the Quality Inn, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd.

The $25 admission charge includes dinner, dessert, virgin mint juleps and variety show. Tickets are available at the door, by calling 550-2403, or through e-mail at michelealtman@ymail.com.

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16 streets make the list for resurfacing this year

LOCKPORT -- Sixteen streets were on a repaving list presented to the Common Council on Wednesday.

The streets to be resurfaced this year include all of Harvey and LeVan avenues, Works and Geiger alleys, Union Street, Granger Place and Hyde Park.

Also on the list are West Jackson Street between Plank and North Transit roads; Church Street between Hill and Washington streets; Mill Street between Center and Olcott streets; and High Street from Beattie Avenue to Davison Road.

Also, Akron Street west of Davison Road; Roosevelt Drive from Akron Street to Vermont Avenue; Beattie Avenue between High and Oak streets; Elmwood Avenue between Erie Street and Hyde Park; and Chestnut Street between Washburn and Ann streets.

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BlueCross BlueShield union schedules ratification vote

A ratification vote is scheduled at 10 a.m. today for about 390 BlueCross BlueShield union workers who were locked out of their jobs Monday after their contract with company expired.

Members of Local 212, Office and Professional Employees International Union, held a rally Wednesday outside BlueCross BlueShield's downtown offices, where the union's business representative, Deana Fox, confirmed the ratification vote.

The union said negotiations for a new three-year contract had stalled over job security and the ability of the company to outsource or subcontract work. Local 212 union members constitute slightly less than a third of the health insurer's 1,400 employees in Buffalo. They provide customer service, process claims, reproduce documents and do other clerical and support work.

Meanwhile, BlueCross BlueShield spokeswoman Julie R. Snyder said the company had not been officially notified of the ratification vote.

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