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LOCKPORT – Niagara County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a woman who apparently stole purses while shoppers had turned away at two separate stores both in the 5700 block of South Transit Road between 6 and 7 p.m. on Monday.Both shoppers described the suspect as a white, heavyset female in her 20s, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and white or tan trousers. Deputies sa…

NIAGARA FALLS – The community is invited to an open house and one year anniversary event at the Niagara Family Center from 4 to 6 p.m., today, 1522 Main St. Short remarks on the experiment in collaboration will be held at 4;30 p.m.The “One Stop Family Center” is a collaboration among Family and Children’s Service of Niagara and six partner agencies - the American Red Cross…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday said he knows nothing about a possible merger between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo.Asked about the notion at an Editorial Board meeting at The Buffalo News, Cuomo said, “What we have talked about are creative alternatives.”Officials in Albany last year threatened to eliminate the state’s annual subsidy of abou…

Amherst

Holiday fashion stories often begin something like this: “How to look festive – without looking overdone.” Or “Different ways to wear sequins – without looking like an ornament.”In this season of sparkle, shine and, yes, even silly seasonal sweaters, it’s easy to go a little overboard. And sometimes that’s OK. “It depends on your personality. I’m an over-accessorizer,” sai…

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in Buffalo Thursday that he expects his Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Integrity will issue its initial report by Dec. 1 as scheduled, but envisions only a short-lived role for the panel he appointed earlier this year.“We don’t need another prosecutorial agency to exist long term,” he said, pointing to the state’s 62 district attorneys …

Buffalo

Leave it to Alain E. Kaloyeros, the salesman-scientist with the outsized personality, to succinctly explain how a clean-energy campus planned for a South Buffalo brownfield is connected to his multibillion-dollar university research megaplex in Albany.The $1.7 billion high-tech development eyed for the former Republic Steel site here won’t make computer chips, so how will …

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is hoping to duplicate in Buffalo the success the state had in turning the Capitol District into a hub for nanoscience.But Cuomo’s announcement for a $225 million state investment in a Buffalo hub for high-tech and green energy businesses doesn’t involve nanotechnology.Cuomo is hoping the economic development model that was so successful in Albany can …

Buffalo

Soraa and SilevoA quick look at the companies planning to invest $750 million apiece in the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub @ RiverBend.Soraa– Soraa develops and makes lighting systems based on an advance in LED technology that is said to make illumination systems brighter and more cost-effective. – Its LED lighting was developed in house.– Those three profe…

The first official spokesman of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, Lt. Nicholas A. Bado, announced Thursday he is handing off those duties to a department captain.“After approximately seven years of being the sole contact person for our department, I have decided that I need to step away from that role and focus on my main responsibilities,” Bado said in an emailed s…

Ford Motor Co. formally announced today an expansion that will create about 350 new jobs at the Stamping Plant in the Town of Hamburg.A $150 million investment will expand production and create the need for a third shift to handle the increased capacity, the company said.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on hand for the announcement at the plant, praised the workers at the facility for t…

WHEATFIELD – The United Way of Greater Niagara has surpassed its campaign goal for this year, its president announced Thursday at a celebration breakfast that soon may become a thing of the past.Carol G. Houwaart-Diez said the realities of raising charitable funds in a community whose dwindling corporate sector is controlled primarily outside the area means that the giving…