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WASHINGTON – To hear President Trump tell it, Canada is one of America's archvillains when it comes to trade. But the overall numbers show something different. Canada sold about 6 percent more goods in the U.S. last year than American companies sold north of the border, federal figures show. In comparison, China – America's leading trading partner – sold nearly three ti…

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Angela Stamm-Philipps, the chief clerk of Niagara County Surrogate's Court, announced this week that she's running for Wheatfield town justice this fall. Stamm-Philipps has been endorsed by the town Republican Party. Democratic attorney Charles J. Naughton previously announced his candidacy. David M. Heim, who was appointed justice in March, is not running. St…

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In Buffalo, Karin Housley is best known as the wife of the Sabres' head coach. But now the rest of the country knows her as the U.S. Senate candidate who got a shoutout from President Trump one night and a gentle mocking from Jimmy Fallon the next. During his rally in Duluth, Minn. Wednesday, Trump called a group of congressman onstage, and wanted Housley to join him…

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ALBANY – State lawmakers Wednesday night approved a measure to go after landlords who fail to maintain their residential rental buildings in Buffalo. The measure was among a rush of bills pushed through as the Legislature attempted to end its 2018 session. In the Assembly, business wrapped up about 11:30 p.m., while the Senate took a couple hours longer to end what was …

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ALBANY – When the Legislature’s 2018 session began in January, the Republicans were in firm control of the Senate. No more. Eric Schneiderman, now with the word “disgraced” in front of his name when stories are written about him, was the hard-charging state attorney general. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had no firm candidates opposing him for re-election; that’s changed with…

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More than 2,000 miles from the Mexican border where immigration authorities are facing international outrage for separating parents trying to enter to the U.S. from their children, a Congolese woman in Buffalo is waiting to be reunited with her 4-year-old daughter. The woman is currently at Vive, a shelter for asylum-seekers on Wyoming Avenue run by Jericho Road Communi…

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Voters elected a new mayor Tuesday in the Village of Lewiston in a race decided by four votes. Anne C. Welch, running on the Democratic and Village Party lines, was elected mayor with 359 votes. Welch beat Bruce R. Sutherland, running on the Republican line, who got 355 votes. That unofficial vote total included absentee votes. "It was very close," said Welch, who…

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ALBANY – At a time when one of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature Buffalo Billion programs is the subject of a corruption trial, efforts to restore oversight of economic development spending were among a slew of statewide issues dying at the state Capitol as lawmakers limped along to end their 2018 session sometime Wednesday. In place of the usual big-ticket items that de…

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ALBANY – New York State will bring a lawsuit against the federal government to overturn the Trump administration’s immigration policy that has led to more than 2,000 children being separated from their parents trying to cross illegally into the United States’ southern border. Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that more than 70 of the affected children are being temporarily h…

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NEW YORK – Walter G. Barber never saw evidence of bid-rigging. And he never had a problem with contractors getting an advance look at requests for proposals. Barber, former chairman of the board overseeing the Buffalo Billion, took the stand Tuesday as a witness for the prosecution, but you couldn't tell by his testimony. Over and over again, the former state audi…

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For years, Stephanie Miner has served as a certified, card-carrying nemesis to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Once a trusted confidante whom Cuomo anointed as co-chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, the former mayor of Syracuse in recent years jumps at every opportunity to take on her erstwhile ally. Now she launches the ultimate challenge to Cuomo with an independent ca…

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ALBANY – A Cuomo administration panel will recommend New York State legalize recreational use of marijuana, the state’s health commissioner said Monday. But the long-awaited report by the group has still not been released as the State Legislature looks to end its 2018 session on Wednesday – leaving action for this year on the matter all but impossible. Dr. Howard Zuc…

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Voters in the Village of Lewiston will elect a new mayor and two trustees in balloting from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Village Hall, 145 N. Fourth St. Republican Bruce R. Sutherland is giving up his trustee seat to run for mayor and is being opposed by Anne C. Welch, former village clerk-treasurer, a registered Republican running on the Democratic and Village Party l…

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The Village of Williamsville is holding a special election Tuesday, but the candidates won't have to hold their breath about the outcome. Mayor Dan DeLano is running to fill the last year of Brian J. Kulpa's term in the job. DeLano was appointed to replace Kulpa late last year after Kulpa won election as Amherst supervisor. DeLano said next year he would have to run for…