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Students in Buffalo stage "Climate Strike" as part of nationwide movement

Dozens of students from schools throughout Western New York gathered in Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo, beginning during the noon to stage what is being called a Climate Strike, a nationwide movement by students who are urging leaders to take the steps to sustain a healthy environmental future.

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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.

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