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Invasive species destroying trees in Cattaraugus County forest

The emerald ash borer is becoming an issue for Cattaraugus County. The invasive species is a major problem for a portion of the 2,000 acres of county forest.

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New Orleans – Former Buffalo Bills star Jim Kelly, the only quarterback ever to lead his team into four consecutive Super Bowls, headed a five-member class of 2002 elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The other former players elected on the eve of Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans were Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver John Stallworth, Chicago Bears defensive lineman Dan Hampton and Oakland Raiders tight end Dave Casper, who was celebrating his 50th birthday.

Buffalo, NY – Nearly 700 line, tree and service crews from Niagara Mohawk and other utility companies worked Sunday to repair severe damage caused by a series of ice and wind storms that swept across upstate New York late last week.

About 33,000 customers were without power Sunday in Western New York. Niagara Mohawk officials said virtually all customers would have service restore by some time Tuesday, but stressed that most customers would have service restored before then.

Les Mis: 6,127 and counting

Buffalo, NY – Jim Santella and Anthony Chase reflect on the longevity of Les Miserables, and preview local presentations of Aida and Boys in the Band in this week's Theatre Talk from WBFO.

Albany, NY – One of the most visible figures in New York State's push to raise academic standards is stepping down. Carl Hayden, chancellor of the state Board of Regents, will leave the board after serving as its head for the past seven years.

During his tenure, the Regents have boosted high school graduation standards and have implemented a program for measuring the progress of school districts.

Buffalo, NY – Many Western New Yorkers awoke early Friday to the eerie sound of tree limbs cracking and falling to the ground. The culprit was freezing rain that caused significant icing, especially in areas north of Buffalo. Crews from Niagara Mohawk and New York Electric and Gas are out in force restoring power. Ni-Mo Spokesman Steve Brady says the task is daunting. Ni-Mo had an estimated 59,000 customers without power. New York State Electric and Gas had 36,000. It may take until Sunday to restore all service.

Buffalo, NY – A consultant advising Kaleida Health is offering several recommendations for resolving the system's financial problems. Doctors at Children's Hospital have learned that one of them calls for moving Children's to Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle. In response, an effort is underway that could lead to Children's becoming independent of Kaleida.

Buffalo, NY – The following school districts are closed today:

Buffalo Public and Parochial Schools

Akron Central School

Alden Central

Amherst Central

Aurora Waldorf School

Barker Central

Batavia City Schools

Bishop Timon-St. Jude

Buffalo Seminary

Canisius High School

Cantalician Center of Buffalo

Charles Finney High School

Charter School of Applied Technology

Cardinal O’Hara

Clarence Central

Cleveland Hill Central

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Buffalo, NY – Niagara Mohawk has officially merged with British-based National Grid, creating the eighth largest utility company in the United States.

Niagara Mohawk serves about a half-million customers in Western New York. Local Ni-Mo spokesman Steve Brady says the company will continue to be known as Niagara Mohawk in this region, but soon new logos will appear on utility trucks.

Buffalo, NY – The Western New York Regional Poison Control Center is joining a new campaign that will provide quick access to vital poison emergency advice - from anywhere in the country.

That little red sticker, with the skull and cross bones, is a familiar sight in virtually every household, particularly those with children. Indeed, having the number for the local poison control center stuck to the phone has been a comfort, and often a lifesaver, for many parents.

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It’s been a year of natural disasters in the U.S., with wildfires on the west coast, hurricanes in the south – and even flooding along Lake Ontario.  Are hospitals prepared to deal with extreme weather and other impacts of climate change?    


Sears’ strategy: Everything on sale, all month

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The holiday season is here, and for Americans, it’s all about sales. One company in particular has an unusual strategy this year. Sears Holdings began sales on Nov. 1, and it’s offering discounts on everything in its Sears and Kmart stores.

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 Great deals, lines outside the store and stampedes when the doors open  — sounds like a typical Black Friday. Except, in this case, we are talking about Black Friday in United Kingdom.

How did a country that does not celebrate Thanksgiving — and therefore does not get the day after off — end up importing one of the biggest shopping holidays?

Amazon.

Guatemala's economy depends on international loans and investment, and those loans are typically tied to progress against corruption. A U.N.-backed commission, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, known by its Spanish acronym CICIG, is working to stem entrenched corruption in Guatemala.

The reason not to yell at Siri and Alexa

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Alexa, Echo and home assistants that use artificial intelligence are becoming more and more common. EMarketer estimates the number of people using virtual assistants at least will grow nearly 25 percent this year .

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Heritage Moments

Detroit Publishing Co., Copyright Claimant, and Publisher Detroit Publishing Co. “River and elevators, Buffalo, foot of Main St.” Buffalo New York, ca. 1900. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

Heritage Moments: Dart, Dunbar and the Colossus in the Harbor

For more than 150 years they have loomed over the river, gigantic and monstrous. Silent gray canyons lining the waterway, they form a concrete Atlantis, whispering of the wealth they once generated, the ships, the throngs of workers, the noise and traffic and bustle. Long ago, they were made of wood.

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