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 – 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.

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.

Buffalo, NY – University at Buffalo President William Greiner says it's time to put to rest the more than three decade old criticism of UB for its decision to build the Amherst campus.

None of today's UB administrators were part of the decision to build the new campus in Amherst. But they continue to hear from critics who to this day lament the fact UB didn't expand downtown.

Amherst, NY – Amherst Town Supervisor Susan Grelick delivered her "State of the Town" address Friday.

Grelick says, like other municipalities in the state, 2001 did create some very serious budget challenges, but the town managed to hold the line on taxes without cutting services.

Jamestown – The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) in Jamestown Thursday welcomed home 500 original artworks from the famed nature artist.

Nestled in the woods of Jamestown, Peterson's boyhood home, RTPI has continued Peterson's quiet work of educating and inspiring people to love and respect the natural world around them. It was perhaps gratitude for RTPI's dedication to his work that prompted Peterson to bequeath his prolific art collection to the institute.

Buffalo, NY – It's a pretty well known fact that most kids love all things disgusting, revolting and just plain gross. Well, a new exhibit at the Buffalo Museum of Science takes that fascination for the gooey, crusty and oozy and turns it into a lesson in biology. Listen here as we take you on an audio tour of "Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body."

Buffalo, NY – So there I was, at the meeting about planning the city and in particular downtown, and I was pleased to see that the art gallery's auditorium was full. Not bulging at the seams, but full. Mostly white people in the audience and five white men and one white woman on the panel. Nobody looked poor or needy. No one was there to speak for the jobless and homeless.

Buffalo, NY – In the midst of a struggling economy made worse by the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Governor George Pataki faced a difficult challenge in putting together his new state budget. The fact that it's an election year adds to budget's importance, for Pataki and his opponents.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Schools Superintendent warns that Governor Pataki's proposed state budget could mean another shortfall for the district.

Just as the Buffalo school district completed a final round of layoffs to close a $28 million dollar deficit, Superintendent Marion Canedo says Pataki's proposed spending plan means "serious" trouble for the district. Canedo said they could face a shortfall possibly as high as $40 million dollars.

Lewiston, NY – Several environmental groups held a news conference Tuesday at Lewiston Porter Schools to spotlight national efforts to protect children from toxic exposure. The "Childproofing our Communities" campaign seeks legislation that would prevent schools, like Lewiston Porter, from being built near superfund sites.

Williamsville, NY – One of the Beatles early hits was entitled, “Money Can’t Buy Me Love.” In the case of Enron, and its auditor Arthur Andersen, money didn’t seem to buy them special treatment when they needed it most. According to The Wall Street Journal, during the 1999-2000 election cycle, Enron contributed $1,766,000 to both Republican and Democratic causes with their auditor Arthur Andersen contributing a little more than $1 million to political campaigns.

Lewiston, NY – Several environmental groups held a news conference Tuesday at Lewiston Porter Schools to spotlight national efforts to protect children from toxic exposure. The "Childproofing our Communities" campaign seeks legislation that would prevent schools, like Lewiston Porter, from being built near superfund sites.

Buffalo, NY – A Buffalo company has been chosen to head up a major overhaul of the city's school buildings. Ciminelli Construction was selected from among four finalists by the Joint School Construction Board to serve as program manager for the nearly one billion dollar project.

The overhaul is moving ahead despite the school district's financial problems. Ciminelli President and CEO John Giardino said he's sensitive to the district's challenges.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Common Council approved a new fire commissioner and reconfirmed other city leaders at Tuesday's session.

Calvin Worthy, appointed by the mayor, takes over the Buffalo Fire Department as the city faces some tough fiscal reform decisions. Commissioner Worthy says he's ready for the challenge.

"I will continue to provide and do the best I can for the Buffalo Fire Department and the City of Buffalo," he said.