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Runners take off at the start of the race in the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge at Delaware Park in Buffalo on Thursday. (James P. McCoy / Buffalo News) Good morning, and welcome to Friday. Property tax relief has stalled in Albany, the News' Tom Precious reports. Here's a photo gallery from yesterday's Corporate Challenge, and a story about the…

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Whether you're a runner, or just want to steer clear of any traffic slowdowns, there are things you need to know to prepare for tonight's JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge. In his preview piece, Sports Reporter Budd Bailey says there are going to be a lot of runners from Kaleida Health in the race. Bailey also highlights some race favorites, as well as how part…

About half of the world's known supply of radium-226, a radioactive waste material from the Manhattan Project, had been stored in Fernald, Ohio. The other half is still buried in the Town of Lewiston in Niagara County. So the local advisory group for the cleanup of the former Lake Ontario Ordnance Works wants the public to learn the story of how the waste in Fernal…

Here are today's latest headlines:Progress is being made on the state budget, according to Democratic leaders.Bills' defensive end Aaron Schobel says he's not coming back.A Cheektowaga convenience store was robbed at gunpoint late last night.Two police agencies are beefing up traffic enforcement in an area of Hamburg where there recently was a fatal crash.A …

Attractions in the Niagara Falls area are highlighted as part of a media campaign running in six cities for the next six weeks. The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. kicked off a media campaign on Tuesday, it announced in its monthly e-newsletter.The campaign includes online, radio and TV ads, as well as on-air contests and promotions. Officials are targeting th…

The year's free Thursday at the Square concert series starts tonight with San Antonio singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys. The opening act is Tift Merritt, a singer-songwriter from North Carolina. Here's the video from Escovedo's single, "Alone." The show starts at 5 p.m. in Lafayette Square. The serie…

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Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks hoists the Stanley Cup after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 and win the Stanley Cup in Game Six of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Wachovia Center. (Getty Images)Good morning.The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers. S…

Buffalo native Brian McKnight will perform at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Nov. 21.  The R&B star and songwriter -- known for his hit single "Back at One" -- has released 11 albums and appeared in the Broadway musical "Chicago." McKnight, who has hosted television and radio programs, also appeared last year on C…

BUFFALO -- Researchers helping to imagine what the future of the city's waterfront could look like have developed a 3-D computer simulation that lets viewers fly through neighborhoods.  The simulation -- created by the University at Buffalo's Center for Computational Research -- will help engineers and planners determine how to better connect the city to its waterfro…

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The fifth annual Paddles Up Niagara will be held July 24. Here, Paul Leuchner, a former commissioner for the Niagara River Greenway Commission, paddles his canoe off of East River Road on Grand Island to promote a previous Paddles Up event. (Charles Lewis/ Buffalo News)  Canoeists and kayakers can now register for the fifth annual "Paddles Up Niagara" planned for J…

BUFFALO -- The race to prepare for the annual Taste of Buffalo starts two days before the summer feast at Joe's Deli on Hertel Avenue. For 48 hours, owner Joseph Lyons, his employees and family work to prepare ingredients for hundreds of sandwiches and nearly 100 gallons of Reuben soup for the festival. "It's the same as being a business owner," said Lyons, who opened Jo…

Good morning. The National Weather Service calls for showers and the chance of a thunderstorm before 3 p.m. with a high near 63. The potential for more rain and thunderstorms will stick around in the afternoon. Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines: - Gov. David A. Paterson is threatening to use considerable executive branch powers if the Legislat…

George Strait and Reba McEntire are scheduled to perform at HSBC Arena on Oct. 16, HSBC Arena representatives announced in an email today. Strait's current single, "I Gotta Get To You," off his Twang album, sits at No. 3 on the country Billboard chart. On-sale information will be announced at a later date. For more information click here.

A Western New York band will travel to London later this month after winning the Hard Rock Cafe's Ambassadors of Rock Battle of the Bands. The rock band More Than Me will play at London's Hard Rock Calling festival June 25 to June 27 after beating out 10 other bands in a national online contest. The festival is headlined by Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, an…