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The New York State Senate has passed four bills that sponsors say are part of its ongoing commitment to address the  ongoing heroin and opioid crisis.

An injured hiker rescued from the Niagara Glen is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries today.

Sweet Home Central School District

A 911 call near the end of classes Monday prompted Sweet Home High School to go into lockdown for about an hour.

“Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”, “Joy to the World”, “Black and White”, “Shambala”, “One” can be difficult to choose your favorite Three Dog Night hit. Fortunately, you will be able to hear them all as the legendary music icons headline North Tonawanda's "Rockin' On The River" free concerts series beginning June 24.

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Elma Republican Patrick Gallivan said it is frustrating and troubling that the bill he sponsored - named for a teenager who was killed by a hit-and-run driver - has been passed unanimously, again, in the State Senate, but for several years has failed to come to a vote in the Assembly.

They say a bike, like a car, can tell you a lot about a person's personality. Mayor Byron Brown joins GObike Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Friday for National Bike to Work Day.

Delaware North is among three new members on the Board of Directors of the American Gaming Association. 

There's no denying Buffalo is one of the best towns in the nation for eating. Food, food and more food is featured at so many festivals and other events - not to mention in the region's ethnically diverse households.

Unfortunately, according to a new study by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation, Buffalo may have a bit too much gusto for what makes the city popular.

Criticism came quickly to a report by SUNY’s TeachNY Advisory Council announced Wednesday. United University Professions President Frederick Kowal quickly called the report flawed, incomplete and failing to tap the experience of SUNY education professionals who teach and mentor future teachers across the state.

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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia have announced what they call a "historic partnership" to address New York’s teaching shortage by transforming teacher preparation. Launching TeachNY in Albany, they unveiled the findings of a distinguished group of state and national thought leaders convened by SUNY, and launched a listening tour to receive feedback from educators throughout the state.

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Voters went to the polls Tuesday and ended up approving all public school budgets in Erie and Niagara counties. Some districts also had school board candidates and propositions to vote on.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored four Western New Yorkers as New York Environmental Champions. Dr. William Boeck and Thomas Lowe of Niagara University, Dr. Joseph Gardella of the University of Buffalo and Dr. Sherri Mason of Fredonia State University were recognized for their dedication protecting the public's health and the environment.

Mental health professionals would be banned from practicing conversion therapy with patients under the age of 18 for the purpose of changing their sexual orientation under a measure passed by the State Assembly.

Gosy & Associates re-opens today after a two-week closure.

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The Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today that M&T Bank has agreed to pay $64 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by knowingly originating and underwriting mortgage loans insured by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Federal Housing Administration that did not meet applicable requirements.

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A Niagara County deputy sheriff is headed to the White House. Joseph Tortorella will receive the Presidential Medal of Valor from President Obama on Monday for his heroics during a shooting in April 2015.

A Hamburg woman has been sentenced to four-to-eight years in prison for embezzling more than a quarter million dollars from the construction company where she worked.

Buffalo Place

The 34th Downtown Country Market kicks off Thursday in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

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All eyes looked toward the sky Wednesday, as the last steel beam of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino $40 million expansion was set into place.

Kelly Carlin

Comedian, actor, social critic, author...and now Jamestown resident. The personal archives of George Carlin will have a permanent new home at the National Comedy Center.

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Another local health insurer has dropped Dr. Eugene Gosy - for now.

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The CEOs have spoken - and they're not happy with New York State. They rated the state 49th out of 50 for the second year in a row, saying it's the second-worst state in which to do business.

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services is asking all customers in the Village of Sinclairville to conserve water and boil all water before using for drinking and cooking.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office warned it has responded to nearly 20 larceny calls over the past few days in the towns of Boston, Concord, Elma and Grand Island.

New York State's Assembly has passed a measure aimed at preventing discrimination due to a person's gender identity or expression.

Dr. Eugene Gosy, the Williamsville pain management physician accused of unlawfully providing narcotics prescriptions to patients, has been dropped by two local health insurers.

Fatal crashes involving drivers who recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized the drug, according to the latest research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The road safety group hopes the new research is an eye-opener to other states, including New York, that are considering legalizing the drug.

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A new report by the American Cancer Society is warning women of a link between high levels of residential radon and the risk of blood cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma. This is the first population-based study to link the two, and comes from the same 19-year study group that found the link between smoking and cancer.

136th Airlift Squadron

Military C-130 transport planes have been flying out of the Niagara Falls Air reserve Station for more than 40 years. That ends today when four of the aircraft leave on what will be the final C-130 deployment for the 914th Airlift Wing. 

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Three people escaped an early-morning house fire on Moselle Avenue between East Ferry and Box in Buffalo. One of the three had to be rescued and is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.