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New Era preparing to close Derby manufacturing plant

New Era Cap Company says it is considering ending operations at its plant in Derby, effective in March. The facility employs more than 200 people.

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A former Cheektowaga Town Councilman was sentenced Tuesday to probation for one year, a consequence for a road rage incident involving his estranged wife earlier this year.

 

A recent study offered two options for the future of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center: the razing of the current facility with new construction on the current site, or a space near KeyBank Center. Jim Fink of Business First has been looking at an option offered by Mark Croce, owner of Statler City, which calls for expansion of the Convention Center. An additional floor would be added and attached across Franklin Street into Statler City. While the proposal isn't perfect, Fink points out how it would avoid the costly expense of land acquisition associated with the other plans.

Bausch + Lomb is adding  jobs in Rochester and also at its facilities in Waterford, Ireland. The company announced on Tuesday that it will expand contact lens manufacturing, adding multiple production lines at these two sites to support the manufacture of its daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lenses.

It’s expected that the expansion at the two sites will lead to a total of more than 200 new jobs over the next four years. About 100 of those jobs will be in Rochester, a B+L spokesperson said.

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New Era Cap Company says it is considering ending operations at its plant in Derby, effective in March. The facility employs more than 200 people.


DeGraff Memorial Hospita;l

DeGraff Memorial Hospital dedicates a new $8 million emergency department Tuesday morning, 12 years after the Niagara County landmark was scheduled to close.

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Amazon's HQ2 is getting divided by two.

Instead of building a massive second headquarters in one location, Amazon announced Tuesday that it would build two offices, one in New York City and another in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. The specific locations are the Long Island City neighborhood in Queens and Arlington, Va.

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The troubled Emerald South nursing home on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo is being closed after a series of problems, including the June 4 death of a patient. The long and tangled process to move as many residents into the Emerald North facility is in the works.

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Two years out from a presidential election isn't stopping some Democrats from making their White House ambitions known, including New York U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who ran on a campaign that she would finish her term.

Nearly 70 percent of school board members across New York State who responded to a recent survey think civic readiness should be a high school graduation requirement.

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The Orchard Park School District wants to make important safety improvements. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says voting will be held Tuesday to decide on capital project. 

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Bausch + Lomb is adding  jobs in Rochester and also at its facilities in Waterford, Ireland. The company announced on Tuesday that it will expand contact lens manufacturing, adding multiple production lines at these two sites to support the manufacture of its daily disposable silicone hydrogel contact lenses.

It’s expected that the expansion at the two sites will lead to a total of more than 200 new jobs over the next four years. About 100 of those jobs will be in Rochester, a B+L spokesperson said.

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In the Middle East's Gaza Strip, a narrow piece of contested land where three out of four people are refugees, unsafe drinking water has led to a worsening health crisis. Gazan children suffer from diarrhea, kidney disease, stunted growth and impaired IQ. 

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Heritage Moments: That’s why we call it Buffalo. Maybe.

We know why most cities have their names, but not Buffalo. New York City is named after York, England; Los Angeles is the city of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels; Philadelphia is named for the Greek word for brotherly love; Toronto, for the Mohawk word for a place where trees stand in the water; Detroit and Quebec, respectively, for the French and Algonquin words for narrows; Rochester and Hamilton, for founders of those cities; and so on.

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