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Litigation over drug costs 
for Medicaid nets $434,000

LOCKPORT – Niagara County has netted winnings of $434,000 in litigation against pharmaceutical companies over the prices of prescription drugs covered by Medicaid, County Attorney Claude A. Joerg said last week.

The latest payments, two checks totaling $155,000, arrived recently.

Niagara joined 42 other counties and New York City in suing drug makers for alleged overcharging on the average wholesale price of medications offered through Medicaid. The counties have won settlements from several manufacturers since 2008.

Joerg said $434,000 is the net figure the county received after paying a share to Kirby McInerney, the New York City law firm that has been handling the litigation since 2005. The firm says it has recovered $225 million for the New York and Iowa Medicaid programs in the wholesale price cases.

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Drainage-improvement work
 slated for Durez Plastics site

NORTH TONAWANDA – A drainage-improvement project, to be augmented next spring by the planting of grass, trees and shrubs aimed at attracting bluebirds and bats, will take place in the next six to eight weeks at the former Durez Plastics site on Walck Road.

The brownfield, monitored as a hazardous site since 1989, is to be cleared of trees and brush along its northern and eastern boundaries. A 90,000-square-foot artificial wetland with water flow beneath the surface is to be installed in the northern portion of the 67.8-acre site.

Next to the new wetland, 4.9 acres of new plants will be added: prairie grass and wetland plants this fall, trees and shrubs in the spring. The tree varieties will include red oak, walnut, Colorado blue spruce and Black Hills spruce.

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Continued maintenance
 of Skyway called impractical

It's no secret Rep. Brian Higgins wants the Skyway torn down.

Today, Higgins will release data on why he thinks the continued maintenance of the downtown bridge is economically impractical.

Higgins, who views the Skyway as a barrier to waterfront development, also plans to lay out steps he wants the state Department of Transportation to take to help the region make smart decisions about the future of the bridge.

The news conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Canalside, in the shadow of the Skyway.

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Event Saturday to magnify 
roster of businesses, services

PENDLETON – A Community Faire and Business Expo is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, Campbell Boulevard and Bear Ridge Road.

County Legislator Anthony J. Nemi and the Pendleton Community and Business Association are sponsoring the event, which will include an opportunity for local businesses to display their products and services for free.

Tables and chairs will be provided, but reservations should be made by calling Pendleton Councilman David Leible at 870-7523.