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Albany, NY – State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced Monday he's backing H. Carl McCall's run for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Silver gives some considerable clout to the state comptroller's campaign. The speaker is the most powerful Democrat in the Legislature. Silver said McCall is a proven vote-getter.

"In 1998, Carl McCall won re-election as comptroller by receiving more votes than any other statewide candidate, including the current governor," Silver said.

Buffalo, NY – Utility crews continue to make progress in restoring electricity to customers affected by last week's storm. New York State Electric and Gas says all of its customers are back online. As of 8:30pm Tuesday, Niagara Mohawk had restored power to all but a handful of customers.

NiMo spokesman Steve Brady said crews will remain in the field this week to make permanent temporary fixes. He said some customers may experience short-term outages during this work.

Preview of the Nexus Percussion Ensemble's Concert at the University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY – From the xylophonic sounds of Ragtime to more contemporary pieces written by its members. The Nexus Percussion Ensemble will present a full spectrum of sounds this Thursday (2/7). Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

Buffalo, NY – Utility officials say they hope to have power restored by Monday night to the remaining customers without service from Friday's ice storm.

As of 4:00pm Monday, Niagara Mohawk had restored power to all but 3,000 customers. New York State Electric and Gas spokesman Dan Tillman says just a few dozen NYSEG customers were still waiting.

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.

As of Sunday evening, 9,300 Niagara Mohawk customers were still without power. Throughout the day, crews had restored power to 24,000 customers. Officials said virtually all customers would have service restore by some time Tuesday, but stressed that most customers would have service restored before then.

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

Depew

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.

Buffalo, NY – The National Weather Service is extending the Winter Storm Warning through the evening hours.

Freezing rain has been falling for much of the day in the Buffalo area. It's causing some icing on tree limbs and power lines. Niagara Mohawk reports scattered power outages, especially in areas north of Buffalo. The snow and ice have clogged storm sewers, resulting in severe ponding on area roadways.

Washington, DC – President Bush is proposing increased spending on homeland security in the budget his administration is putting together. One New York lawmaker says such spending is important, considering the number of potential terrorist targets in the state.

Tonawanda, NY – A Western New York couple lost their chance to be selected for the Olympic Free-Style and Mogul Ski Teams.

Earlier this month we told the story of 24-year-old Kelly Hilliman of Tonawanda and her 29-year-old boyfriend, Corey Hacker of the town of Boston -- both heading on the road to Salt Lake City. But unfortunately, both were injured during the final round of competition at Lake Placid.

Buffalo, NY – Updated: Thu. Jan. 31, 2002, 8:00am

School Closings:

Buffalo Public and Parochial Schools

Allegany/Limestone Central (WOLN Listening Area)

Aurora Waldorf School

Batavia City Schools

Bishop Timon-St. Jude

Canisius High School

Cardinal O'Hara High School

Catholic Academy of West Buffalo

Charter School of Applied Technology

Cuba-Rushford (WOLN Listening Area)

Holy Angels Academy

Mount Mercy Academy

Mt. St. Joseph Academy

West Valley – The West Valley Demonstration Project in Cattaraugus County is another step closer to decontamination and decommissioning. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a final policy for decommissioning criteria.

Niagara Falls, NY – The Mayor of Niagara Falls, New York delivered her "State of the City" address Tuesday night.

Elia says one of the goals of her administration is to restore "fiscal stability." She says she has managed to bring together local, state and federal governments to create a better economic future for the city. That includes a future casino and maybe even the creation major tourist attraction.

Buffalo, NY – The long-time director of Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery is stepping down.

Douglas Schultz says he's retiring after 30 years at the gallery, the past 19 as its director. Schultz held the job longer than any other director in the museum's 140 year history.

During his tenure, Albright-Knox acquired more than 1,000 works of art and the museum's endowment quadrupled.

Museum officials have formed a search committee to find a new director.

Schultz will remain in the post through October.

Albany, NY – All of New York's 543 local police departments will eventually be tied into a new $2 million computer system designed to simultaneously alert officers of federal terrorism warnings.

The first 30 terminals should be on line by the end of February, with at least one in each of the state's 16 "counter-terrorism zones."

Sheriff Patrick Gallivan says one of the zones is in Erie County. He says if the need arises, information will be sent over a secure network to each of the 16 zones.

Buffalo, NY – Mental health workers and people with a mental illness traveled to Albany Tuesday to lobby state legislators on issues important to them.

About 50 local people left on a bus around 5:00 in the morning, heading for Albany to meet with their state representatives. Advocates say the state has failed to act on a number of issues important to those suffering from mental illness and the people who treat them.

Buffalo, NY – When I stand in Delaware Park on the crest of the hill just behind the rose garden and look out across Hoyt Lake at the little hills on the other side, each gracefully outlined in trees and shrubs, I am glad I live in Buffalo. In the summer its shades of green are beautiful. In the winter the bare brown sticks against the white background are magnificent.

Syracuse, NY – Just how well is Erie County government performing?

According to a Syracuse University study performed in conjunction with Governing magazine, Erie County earned a C-plus grade, ranking 23rd out of 40 counties surveyed nationally.

But compared to four other New York counties, Erie tied with Westchester for top spot in the state.

Buffalo, NY – One of the Democratic candidates for New York governor says keeping the Buffalo school district in good financial shape is important to improving the local economy.

Albany, NY – The New York State Police report that troopers wrote almost 90,000 fewer speeding tickets in the months following the September 11th attacks.

Between last September and December, motorists throughout New York State got a bit of a break. Those all too familiar state police car lights weren't flashing quite as frequently in the rear window. There were far fewer speeding tickets issued during the four month time period - upwards of nearly 100,000 less.

It's a busy week for classical music on WBFO.

Buffalo, NY – Several new compositions will be heard throughout Western New York this week.

Buffalo, NY – Adelphia has kept its promise to the city of Buffalo.

Adelphia officials announced Friday afternoon that it will surpass its goal of creating 1,000 new jobs in Buffalo. So far, 850 employees have been added to Adelphia's local workforce. Over the next 14 months, they say Adelphia will create 400 more Buffalo-based jobs. That would bring the new job total to 1,250. All but 100 will be located at the company's new waterfront complex.

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