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Buffalo, NY – Four more Buffalo schools have been placed on the state's School Under Registration Review -- or SURR -- list. They are Schools 38 and 53 and Burgard and Kensington High Schools.

Schools placed on the SURR list are furthest from state standards in math or English. At the four Buffalo schools, all were cited for poor student performance in math exams. Kensington was also cited for a high drop-out rate.

Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki Tuesday announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved his request to expand federal snow emergency assistance for Erie and Niagara counties to help pay the costs of dealing with the recent severe snowstorms that hit the region.

FEMA has granted the Governor's request to extend the time period allowed for reimbursement of snow removal operations and critical emergency needs from 48 hours to 120 hours and to lift the $5 million funding cap.

Buffalo, NY – The City of Buffalo resumed regular garbage collection Monday after digging out from record snow fall amounts.

Buffalo residents will no doubt have a lot of garbage piled high. For some, it hasn't been collected since December 26th due to the snow storm.

"Every day, what ever your normal garbage day is, we are asking you to put that out," mayoral spokesman Matt Brown said. "And we'll make sure that we get it on your regular garbage day."

Loudonville, NY – Consumer confidence in New York declined in December after posting gains the previous two months.

The drop in consumer confidence in December was fueled mainly by the New York City area. A survey by the Siena College Research Institute found the index falling 2.6 percent from the previous month.

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo remembered its first chancellor -- and the nation's 13th president -- Monday. It was the 202nd anniversary of Fillmore's birth. Our News Director Mark Scott has attended this ceremony at Fillmore's Forest Lawn gravesite since the 1980s. Having run out of story angles after all these years, Mark assigned Gabe DiMaio to make the trek to Forest Lawn...

Buffalo, NY – Top officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have arrived in Buffalo to assess the ongoing clean-up from the recent record-setting snow storm.

The price tag from the holiday week snow storm that dumped nearly seven feet of snow in the Buffalo area has reached $30 million. FEMA issued an emergency declaration last week that falls well short of that amount. It limited reimbursable expenses to those incurred in a 48-hour period. And local officials were led to believe there was a $5 million cap on aid.

New digs for the Buffalo Suzuki Strings.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Suzuki Strings begin offering classes in their own building today.

It?s located right on the banks of the Erie Canal on Webster Street in downtown North Tonawanda. Previously, lessons were offered in a Town of Tonawanda church. But development director Tim Neal says they had to turn students away because there wasn?t enough space.

Buffalo, NY – A wall breaking ceremony Friday at Children's Hospital kicked off the long anticipated re-construction of the Emergency Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The multi-million dollar project will expand and modernize the facilities, adding a new waiting room, centralized nurses station, and four state-of-the-art trauma care units.

Buffalo, NY – A wall breaking ceremony Friday at Children's Hospital kicked off the long anticipated re-construction of the Emergency Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The multi-million dollar project will expand and modernize the facilities, adding a new waiting room, centralized nurses station, and four state-of-the-art trauma care units.

Buffalo, NY – Jim Santella and Anthony Chase greet the new year with some "Confessions", in the first Theatre Talk presentation of 2002.

Buffalo, NY – A wall breaking ceremony Friday at Children's Hospital kicked off the long anticipated re-construction of the Emergency Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The multi-million dollar project will expand and modernize the facilities, adding a new waiting room, centralized nurses station, and four state-of-the-art trauma care units.

Jim Santella and Anthony Chase greet the new year with some "Confessions".

Buffalo, NY – Jim Santella and Anthony Chase greet the new year with some "Confessions", in the first Theatre Talk presentation of 2002.

Buffalo, NY – Last week's snow storm took its toll on the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The conservatory was forced to temporarily close due to severe damage from the heavy snow.

Buffalo, NY – The Masiello administration plans to solicit bids from private contractors for garbage and recycling pickups in Buffalo. The proposal is part of a plan to ease the city's fiscal crisis. But the head of the city's blue-collar union, William McGuire, says the idea won't work. McGuire says that any private company won't be able to match the level of service by city employees.

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Amherst, NY – The Town of Amherst has started issuing appearance tickets to property owners who fail to clear their sidewalks.

The town is aggressively pursuing its snow clearing ordinance after three teens were killed last January. They were walking in the street because of snow-clogged sidewalks.

Town Building Inspector Thomas Ketchum said his staff has already issued a handful of citations. He says he's instructed them not to hold back.

Buffalo, NY – A Western New York couple is competing for spots on the Olympic Free-Style Ski Team.

The road to the Olympics in Salt Lake City is complete with jumps, flips and aerial rotations for Kelly Hilliman and Corey Hacker. They are vying for only a few openings on the free style US ski team.

Buffalo, NY – A wall breaking ceremony Friday at Children's Hospital kicked off the long anticipated re-construction of the Emergency Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The multi-million dollar project will expand and modernize the facilities, adding a new waiting room, centralized nurses station, and four state-of-the-art trauma care units.

Buffalo, NY – It appears that there may be more federal aid coming for snow cleanup efforts.

Congressman Thomas Reynolds, R-Clarence, says officals at the Federal Emergency Management Agency have agreed to lift current restrictions that limit reimbusements to expenses incurred only during a 48 hour period. FEMA officials say they need an application from Governor Pataki to grant a time extension.

Amherst, NY – The Amherst Museum has received a federal grant to help enhance tourism by linking to the Erie Canal.

The historic Erie Canal that once brought hundreds of thousands to the Western New York region is just 600 feet away from the Amherst Museum on Tonawanda Creek Road. Amherst leaders say it has always been a "dream" to bring the past and present together by linking the Canal and museum.

Buffalo, NY – Heavy snow on roofs continues to take a toll in the Buffalo area. One of the worst incidents in recent days occurred Thursday morning when accumulated snow caused a roof to slide off the top of a home on Ashley Street on Buffalo's East Side. It caused structural damage beyond repair. The home was later demolished. Its occupants were safely evacuated by firefighters.

Bill Raffel talks with Buffalo News Classical Music Critic Herman Trotter, who is retiring.

Buffalo, NY – After 35 years, the classical music critic for the Buffalo News is officially retiring today.

Herman Trotter started reviewing concerts as a free-lancer before replacing John Dwyer as the full-time classical reviewer in 1977. He had also written program notes for the former Buffalo Symphonette and the Philharmonic. while working other full-time jobs.

Buffalo, NY – After 35 years, the classical music critic for the Buffalo News is officially retiring today.

Herman Trotter started reviewing concerts as a free-lancer before replacing John Dwyer as the full-time classical reviewer in 1977. He had also written program notes for the former Buffalo Symphonette and the Philharmonic. while working other full-time jobs.

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Common Council President James Pitts has been searching for some answers as to why utility bills were not paid at the Wiley Sports Pavilion at Jefferson and Best.

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Comptroller Nancy Naples is calling for a more formalized process for evaluating regional initiatives.

Naples says there needs to be more in-depth financial analyses of regional proposals coming before the County Legislature. She said such analyses were missing from two proposals approved by the Legislature in recent months -- the county's takeover of the city's garbage transfer station and this week's contribution of $5 million dollars for Dunn Tire Park improvements.

Niagara Falls, NY – Doctors at the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center are trying to determine if a Niagara Falls woman has cutaneous anthrax.

The 38-year-old woman went to the emergency room Saturday night with a lesion on her hand that bears some resemblance to the less severe, skin-based form of anthrax. She handles mail order returns for a clothing store at Summit Park Mall, Newport News outlet.

WBFO News photo Ray Marks

The Jamestown Prendergast Library system --  which serves Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties -- has a brand new director.  

WBFO News contributor Ray Marks traveled to the Southern Tier and sat down with Linda Mielke,  who comes to Western New York from California, where she held a similar position.

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