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Ex-president of AMA named Medicare-Medicaid adviser

WASHINGTON -- Nancy Nielsen, former head of the Office of Medical Education at the University at Buffalo and past president of the American Medical Association, has been named to serve for a year as a top adviser for the federal government's Medicare and Medicaid reform efforts.

Nielsen will be senior adviser for stakeholder engagement at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Established under last year's health care reform law, the center tests innovative approaches to making Medicare and Medicaid more effective and cost-efficient.

Michael E. Cain, dean of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said Nielsen will serve as the school's senior associate dean for health policy when she returns to UB.

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Nightly work set to resume next week on the south span

Nightly work on northbound I-190 on the South Grand Island Bridge has been rescheduled from Monday through Friday, the Thruway Authority said Friday.

Alternate lane closings begin each night at 9 and continue to 6 the next morning, Monday through Thursday. On Friday, , work is scheduled from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday.|

Contractors will test and seal bridge joints and seal sidewalk and parapet joints. The work had been postponed because of inclement weather.

This work follows the completion of a $48 million rehabilitation project that started in mid-April 2010.

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Yo-Yo Ma booked to appear at Dec. 8 scholarship benefit

FREDONIA -- Yo-Yo Ma, one of the most recognizable names in classical music, will perform at Fredonia State College at 8 p.m. Dec. 8 as part of a scholarship benefit.

The world-renowned cellist will perform both as a soloist and with the College Symphony Orchestra in King Concert Hall. The artist has performed at the Oscars, Grammys and Olympics, as well as the inauguration of President Obama.

Tickets go on sale beginning at 9 a.m. Mondayand can be purchased by calling (716) 673-3501, online at www.fredonia.edu/tickets or in person at the Williams Center Ticket Office on the Fredonia campus.

Tickets are being offered at four different pricing levels: a limited number for students at $15 per person and up to $250.

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Spring leaf collection to get under way Monday

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The city will hold a spring leaf pickup next week.

Residents are asked to rake leaf piles to the street edge -- not into the street -- by 6:30 a.m. Monday. Department of Public Works crews will collect the leaves Monday through Friday.

Residents are also asked not to mix leaves and brush together, keep street drains clear and avoid parking near the leaf piles.

The regular monthly collection of bulk items will not be disrupted.

For more information, call the DPW at 695-8585.

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