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Soldier shot in the head in Afghan War remains stable

The condition of the Army Green Beret soldier from Angola who was shot in the head in Afghanistan on Aug. 8 remains stable, a family member said Friday.

Matthew Kreiger, 25, is receiving treatment in the traumatic brain injury unit at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., according to his older brother Chris Kreiger, a disabled Iraq War veteran.

Doctors have decided not to remove the bullet, believed to have been fired from an AK-47 assault rifle, because surgery would cause additional harm, said Chris Kreiger, who has been at his brother's side since he was transported to the United States a couple days after the shooting.

Matthew Kreiger is able to talk and get around under his own power, though he is receiving physical therapy, the brother said.

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City extends sewer services to new agri-business park

BATAVIA -- The City Council at a special meeting approved an agreement to extend municipal sewer services to a new food processing industrial park adjoining the city's eastern border.

The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park on Route 5 in the Town of Batavia is being developed by the Genesee County Economic Development Center as the first of its kind in the state.

The agreement between the city and the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corp., the real estate arm of GCEDC, will allow use of two sanitary sewer lines and two pumping stations on the city border. A background statement says the "city sewer system and sewer plant has the capability of handling both high volumes and high strength users."

The first tenant -- Alpina Foods, a yogurt manufacturing plant -- will occupy 10 acres in the 200-acre park, which sits between the Genesee County Fairgrounds and O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, a dairy processing operation.

Alpina, based in Bogota, Colombia, plans to start construction on the $15 million plant as soon as a land sale is completed and the town issues building permits.

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Science museum extending da Vinci exhibit 2 months

The Buffalo Museum of Science is extending its "Leonardo daVinci: Machines in Motion" exhibit by two months. The new closing date is Oct. 23, rather than Sunday.

The exhibit will be temporarily unavailable, from Monday through Wednesday, while it is being relocated within the museum, and will reopen to the public on Thursday.

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If concert runs late, so will Metro Rail service

If tonight's Buffalo Rocks the Harbor event at the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf runs a little late, so will Metro Rail.

The last scheduled outbound train from Erie Canal Station normally leaves at midnight, but the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is going to extend service, if necessary, for one hour after tonight's concert.