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Six children were injured this afternoon when their school bus was struck by a truck at the intersection of Bailey and Walden avenues, reported Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr.Nine people were on the bus at the time of the 4 p.m. accident, Whitfield said. Three adults refused treatment. Six children – one boy and five girls – suffered minor injuries and w…

The operator of Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving filed for bankruptcy protection Monday afternoon, after losing more than $9 million so far this year and receiving nearly $4 million in life support from an affiliated hospital in Dunkirk to keep it alive.TLC Health Network, which runs the Chautauqua County hospital and several other health care facilities, filed for …

Crime

A West Seneca woman was the victim of a terrifying home invasion robbery Sunday afternoon, police said.The woman, described as a senior citizen, was approached by a man at her home in the Fisher Court subdivision, police said in a statement.Investigators with the West Seneca Police Detective Bureau said the man forced his way into her home, then made the woman give him her…

Erie County

Residents in more than 54,000 homes across Western New York are on the verge of not accepting a gift of about $500 each from New York State.Two state legislators from Western New York took to the podium Monday morning to remind homeowners about the Dec. 31 deadline for re-registering for the basic STAR exemption – that state program that provides local homeowners substan…

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo suggested today a decision on whether to permit hydraulic fracturing for natural gas might not come before November, when he will be asking voters to re-elect him for another four years.The governor’s comments came moments after Dr. Nirav Shah, his health commissioner, brushed aside criticisms that the internal Cuomo administration deliberatio…

Buffalo

In the end, it wasn’t even close.After months of sometimes contentious debate, the Erie County Industrial Development Agency granted $10 million in tax breaks to Uniland Development Co. for its Delaware Avenue office and hotel project.The 15-2 vote clears the way for work to begin next month on the 12-story office tower at 250 Delaware Ave., at West Chippewa Street, that w…

The lake-effect snow machine cranked up again Sunday evening and socked areas south and east of metro Buffalo, adding as much as half a foot or more on top of the foot or two that was already there.Snow, sometimes accompanied by thunder, fell at the rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour. A National Weather Service spotter reported that 11.5 inches fell in 3½ hours in Wales Center…

LOCKPORT – Lafarge North America, which received a controversial approval of an enlargement of its stone-quarrying operations in the Town of Lockport a year ago, is making a similar request for its adjacent quarry in the City of Lockport.The move comes as Lafarge has finally responded to a letter that the town sent eight months ago, asking for details about its future expa…

The Hamburg Central School Board has rescheduled the special meeting canceled last Thursday to 7:30 p.m. today in the Administration Building, 5305 Abbott Road.The board plans to go into executive session to meet with its consultant directing the search for a new superintendent, and does not plan any public session.

Members of the public are invited to share their thoughts about the late South African leader Nelson Mandela in a memorial program from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.Those who attend may read an excerpt aloud from one of Mandela’s books, recite a poem or watch a movie in a program presented by Erie County Legislato…

Children and families in need will be hosted from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Depew Village Hall, 85 Manitou St., Depew.The event – for families preregistered with the Tri-Community Food Pantry – will be hosted by Depew Mayor Steve Hoffman, the Depew Village Board, the Village Preservation Party of Depew and the food pantry.There will be pizza from Joey’s Pizza, music a…

LOCKPORT – Lafarge North America, which received a controversial approval of an enlargement of its stone-quarrying operations in the Town of Lockport a year ago, is making a similar request for its adjacent quarry in the City of Lockport.The move comes as Lafarge has finally responded to a letter that the town sent eight months ago, asking for details about its future expa…

With two weeks remaining before the end-of-the-year New York State School Tax Relief Program deadline, State Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, and Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, will discuss STAR registration at 10:30 a.m. today at West Side Neighborhood Housing Services, 359 Connecticut St., Buffalo. The latest registration numbers for Buffalo-area municipalities will be …

The Buffalo History Museum will present its monthly War of 1812 lecture series at 6 p.m. Wednesday n 1 Museum Court, off Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace. The topic is “The Burning of Buffalo and Black Rock.” Museum members are admitted free, and nonmembers pay museum admission. For more information, call 873-9644, Ext. 0, or email tlyons@buffalohistory.org.