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An $11 million study of toxic emissions from Tonawanda Coke and their impact on people’s health is one of the initiatives federal prosecutors want funded with fines from the company.The study by the University at Buffalo would monitor residents in the Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island for a period of time in an effort to document the public health impact of the company’s …

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More than five years after pavement, curbs and sewers went in, Lackawanna’s newest subdivision consists of a single home, built in 2011.Weeds, some as tall as August cornstalks, occupy the rest of the neighborhood.Now, a home-building and realty company has approached city officials with a plan that might lead to some neighboring houses being built.Sunset Realty of Western…

Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski has dropped a lawsuit against the City Council that might end up costing taxpayers as much as $50,000 in legal fees.Council President Henry R. Pirowski Jr. announced during Monday’s meeting that Council members “won” the lawsuit filed by Szymanski last December in State Supreme Court.A judge never ruled on the case, in which Szymanski…

In the growing uproar over student testing, the Springville-Griffith School District might be considered ground zero. Last year, the district had 139 students in third through eighth grades opt out of the standardized testing, the highest number in the region, Superintendent Paul Connelly said at last week’s board meeting. Now, only a few days into the new school year, he…

BATAVIA – Thomas R. Turnbull is the new president of the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Lynn N. Freeman, who retires at the end of this month after seven years.Turnbull has been publisher of the Batavia Daily News for the past 10 years, having joined the staff in 1975.A University at Buffalo graduate, he takes over as the Chamber’s chief operating officer O…

Those who live in and drive through West Seneca know where they’re likely to cross paths with deer: East and West Road, and Clinton Street are among locations known for car-deer accidents, according to Police Chief Daniel M. Denz.So is it time for the town to take the buck by the antlers and control the deer population?There was no quick answer Monday afternoon, when lawma…

NIAGARA FALLS – Republicans in the Assembly are coming to town to talk tourism.The Assembly Minority Economic Development, Education and Infrastructure Task Force has scheduled a forum from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 in the second-floor auditorium of Earl W. Brydges Public Library, 1425 Main St.The purpose is “to discuss strategies to improve tourism in Niagara Falls.”

NIAGARA FALLS – An emergency preparedness exercise will close the Rainbow Bridge, in both directions, for a few hours this morning, but authorities aren’t saying exactly when.“We’re not giving an exact time,” Niagara Regional Police Constable Derek Watson said. “There’s still an element of surprise for the people involved.”About a dozen police and emergency agencies will b…

LOCKPORT – A ceremony will be held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery on Glenwood Avenue at 6 p.m. Thursday to place a Medal of Honor grave marker beside the graves of the parents of Civil War Medal of Honor winner Michael Huskey.Huskey, a fireman aboard a Navy gunboat, won the nation’s highest military decoration for his action in a firefight with Confederate infantry in Steele’s …

BATAVIA – Genesee Community College is planning two talks at its campus centers in Orleans County as part of its continuing series of programs commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Both are free and open to the public.Historian Don Burkel, executive director and downtown manager of the Batavia Business Improvement District, will talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at GCC…

Elizabeth Shook, a longtime Red Cross volunteer in Cuba, will go to Colorado today to manage staff services at the Red Cross disaster relief center at the Boulder airport.More than 100 people are being housed in relief centers by the Red Cross and other relief agencies dealing with that state’s devastating flash flooding.Red Cross officials said Shook will work closely wit…

The Niagara Area Foundation, a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, said Monday that it is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations. The foundation is making about $55,000 available. Applications are due Oct. 15 and are available at www.cfgb.org. The foundation seeks to support projects related to the health, human services, arts, civi…

More than 160 craft beers from more than 60 breweries will be available for tasting at the fourth annual Ballpark BrewBash from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Coca-Cola Field. Presented by Consumer’s Beverages, part of the proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of WNY.Tickets are $40 at the gate or $35 in advance at any of the 17 area Consumer’s Beverages locations, at …

Hundreds of local volunteers are expected for the 28th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.Headquarters for the sweep will be at Woodlawn Beach State Park in Hamburg, where there will be free parking. Volunteers can help at any shoreline along Lake Erie from Woodlawn to Ripley.For inf…

Work to replace 620 feet of collapsed and deteriorated sanitary sewer on Grand Island is expected to cost at least $500,000 and maybe as much as $1 million.The Grand Island Town Board referred an engineer’s report about the project to the bond counsel at Monday night’s regular meeting. In August, a portion of an interceptor sewer in the town’s sewage collection system was …