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3:51 p.m. update: That crash on the I-190 south has been cleared, according to a text message from the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition's text message service.3:32 p.m. update: From NITTEC: There's a crash on the I-190 southbound near the Niagara Street exit (No. 8) that's got the right lane closed.12:44 p.m.: Forecasters at the Nati…

5:41 p.m. update: Check out these video reports from the Associated Press, here and here.9:24 a.m.: Yesterday's incident at SeaWorld continues to make headlines today. This is the Orlando Sentinel's story on the attack, a story on the danger perceived in the whale and the paper's photo gallery. Here's the Orlando Sentinel TV critic's analysis of …

12 p.m. update: They call it a flight simulator for surgeons. Representatives of Roswell Park and UB unveiled "RoSS" -- Robotic Surgical Simulator -- at a press conference at the cancer institute's campus this morning. Robotic surgery training has typically been done through the shadowing of an expert surgeon and eventually taking a turn in control of the …

There's a storm a-comin', forecasters say. A winter storm warning is now in effect through 1 p.m. tomorrow. Here's a National Weather Service radar loop of the Northeast that shows how the storm is moving.A killer whale took the life of a SeaWorld trainer Wednesday. Here's a video report.The U.S. men's hockey team clipped the Swiss, and Canada topp…

BUFFALO -- Tickets are still available for the NCAA basketball tournament in Buffalo on March 19 and 21. Just shy of 1,800 tickets -- all in the 300-level of HSBC Arena -- are still available, said Ken Taylor, tournament manager for the first and second rounds in Buffalo. That's a departure from the three previous years that Buffalo hosted the tournament and the games sol…

The newest attraction for Ontario's Winter Festival of Lights has put the organization that runs the Canadian event in a financial bind. The Rink at the Brink -- a $750,000 outdoor rink added to the festival lineup -- has forced the organization to ask for a financial loan guarantee from the city government in Niagara Falls, Ont. The $500,000 bank loan would cover some of…

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter will be among a small number of House members attending the televised health care summit at the White House on Thursday. The summit, hosted by President Barack Obama, is focused on trying to break the political logjam over health care reform, but is already seen as political theater. Slaughter, D-Fairport, spoke on the House floor this morning to …

Former Common Council Member Brian Davis left Buffalo City Court this morning in silence after receiving a conditional discharge on a guilty plea to pocketing campaign funds and filing false disclosure reports.   Read about the sentencing here. Davis' defense attorney, Rodney O. Personius, said Davis felt “very, very badly” about the fact that his constituents h…

Good Morning. In Washington, the chief executive of Toyota will go before a House committee investigating the recall of more than 8.5 million cars today. A prepared statement of Akio Toyoda's planned remarks reveal he plans to apologize for "accidents that Toyota drivers have experienced." View a timeline of Toyota's troubles here. There's sti…

Do you enjoy being the final authority on everything? Then you just might have a future as an umpire. Umps are needed for high school and recreational baseball leagues this summer. The WNY Umpires Association is holding new candidate certification clinics beginning at 7 p.m. today at Williamsville South High School. For info, call president W. Gary Neunder at 691-6633. Wi…

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BUFFALO -- Forecasters are monitoring a large-scale winter weather system that could potentially dump more than a foot of snow across a wide swath of the northeastern United States — including Western New York — beginning Thursday afternoon. "In our outlooks for all of our users we are indicating that it will be a significant snowstorm," said National Weather Service met…

4:06 p.m. update: Here's a copy of Ortt's address furnished by his office.2:10 p.m. update: Here's the full audio of Ortt's speech: 2:02 p.m.: NORTH TONAWANDA – Mayor Robert G. Ortt will impose a three-year moratorium on reassessments and cap spending in next year’s budget at 2009 levels, he said this afternoon during his State of the City addres…

BUFFALO -- Completion of the Barkyard at LaSalle Park. The restoration of the 1875 Dunkirk lighthouse on the Seaway Trail. The expansion of New Hope Education Center. These are just a few of the projects that will vie tonight for a $100,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo's 21st Century Fund. Ten nonprofit groups will pitch proposals to 21st …

Good Morning. A big raise is in store for the boss of Erie County's jails, News Staff Reporter Matthew Spina reports in today's City & Region section. The Erie County Legislature will be asked Thursday to ratify a decision to increase Robert A. Koch Jr.'s salary from $95,118 to $104,928. Is it ready yet? Volunteers in downtown Buffalo started building a…

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5:25 p.m. update: Listen to the band's third song, "When I Fall." 5:09 p.m. update: Listen to the band's second song at today's show, "Pinch Me." 3:28 p.m. update: As promised, here's the band's performance of "For You" from the Hard Rock. 2:24 p.m. update: With drummer Tyler Stewart at the Olympics in Vancouver, the band went three-piece today. Guitarist…