An average of 2,000 people a day signed up for the state’s health insurance exchange over the past month, as the inauguration of President Trump – an Obamacare critic promising big changes – approached. Industry experts say the increase is driven by high demand for two programs serving low-income residents and workers, but also that people are signing up for insur…

Local pet owners now may take their beloved pets with them to their graves, at least at Forest Lawn and its three suburban cemeteries. Forest Lawn becomes the first such not-for-profit facility in the state to permit the pet burials, the Forest Lawn Group announced Monday. Allowing the burial or interment of the cremated remains of domestic pets is an important step …

The University at Buffalo's new medical school building is beginning to show its terra cotta look. Four thousand terra cotta panels are making a visible statement on the University at Buffalo's new Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building under construction on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. “A lot of it is going up, and on Main Street, it…

Christopher McCullen arrived in Erie County Court on Monday morning having just completed a sentence for a previous larceny conviction. He was looking for some assurance from the judge that he would get some credit in the new sentences for time already served on his previous conviction. Judge Sheila A. DiTullio assured him of one thing: “This court always runs a ju…

Almost 74 years to the day since he joined the Army to fight in World War II, Howard Tobin of Cheektowaga on Monday received military honors from the United States and French governments. Tobin, now 93, was presented with five U.S. medals as well as the French Legion of Honor Medal during a ceremony in Cheektowaga Town Hall. "There is no greater honor than to reco…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget would result in tax and fee hikes by as much as $4.5 billion if fully implemented in the next couple of years, Senate Republican officials said Monday morning. Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said Cuomo’s 2017 fiscal plan alone would hike motor vehicle fees by $250 million this year. The fee hikes were not discusse…

Seven clinics opened in the new Oishei Children's Outpatient Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus this month. If you're headed there, where do you park? Your best option for parking is an underground ramp in the Conventus building, which houses the outpatient center and is located at 1001 Main St. Entrance for the underground parking is at High Street near …

Roll back the calendar. The March-like weather the Buffalo Niagara region has enjoyed over the last week to 10 days will turn decidedly wintry again this week. It starts tonight. A large Nor'easter that will batter the East Coast with high winds, rain, sleet and heavy snow will land a glancing blow on the eastern half of Western New York later today and overnight,…

More than 150 readers answered our request to email their stories about the Blizzard of '77, telling us tales of harrowing rides home, the kindness of strangers, blizzard babies and "Roots." ... "Bad omen," I thought to myself. I chose Jan. 28 because it was my beloved father's birthday; as a 21-year-old bride-to-be, it was perfect. Our marriage was to commence a…

SINCLAIRVILLE – One person is dead after a crash on Route 60 involving a vehicle and a tour bus. The two-vehicle crash happened at 8:52 a.m. near the Cassadaga Valley Central Schools, according to a dispatcher with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. The driver of the bus and two passengers were injured and taken to area hospitals. Police have closed Route …

Tai chi, mommy/baby yoga and a winter festival that includes an outdoor bike ride are among WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Zumba Gold: 1 p.m., as well as same time Wednesday and Friday, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech …

A fire in a vehicle spread to a Buffalo home Sunday night, causing $85,000 in damage to the house, according to the Buffalo Fire Department Alarm Office. The blaze at 58 Kermit Ave., just west of Bailey Avenue and north of East Delavan Avenue, was reported at 10:55 p.m., the Alarm Office said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

CAMBRIA - A barn and a storage trailer on Baer Road were destroyed in a fire early Sunday night, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said. Firefighters were called to 5432 Baer Road, just north of Saunders Settlement Road, at about 6:41 p.m. Both the barn and trailer were fully involved when firefighters from Sanborn and Pekin fire companies arrived, the Sheriff's Offic…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, born on this date in 1915, “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” . . . DAWNS OF DISCOVERY – The relation of nature and science is the theme for this week’s edition of the IMAGINE Buffalo lunchtime lecture series at noon Tuesday. The pro…