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Council hears suggestions for new X-way interchange
SALAMANCA – The Common Council heard project suggestions Wednesday from the city’s engineering firm a proposed new interchange on I-86 to accommodate a proposed shopping center.
GV legislator says he’s leaving Republican Party
LITTLE VALLEY – County Legislator Charles Krause (R-Great Valley) said he plans to change his political party affiliation from Republican to Conservative, effective seven days after the November election.
County reimbursed up to $60,000 for expenses related to search for Ralph ‘Bucky’ Phillips
LITTLE VALLEY – County legislators have accepted up to $60,000 in federal reimbursement for County Sheriff’s Office expenses related to the search for fugitive Ralph “Bucky” Phillips.
City to formalize agreements with museums, Chamber
SALAMANCA – Common Council members are set to formalize agreements with three city groups who will receive economic development grants.
Candidate Pirro says experience as DA, judge weighs in her favor
OLEAN — The attorney general of the state of New York is a prosecutor first, according to Republican candidate Jeanine Pirro.
With primary behind them, candidates look to Nov. 7
BELMONT — With Tuesday’s Republican primary for Allegany County sheriff over, the two candidates didn’t waste time looking ahead to the Nov. 7 election.
City will have to keep borrowing
OLEAN — Tompkins Street resident Marilyn O’Dell wondered how long the city will have to go on borrowing money to pay its bills.
Pataki leaving legacy of posts
ALBANY — Gov. George Pataki Friday won jobs for 60 appointees from the Republican-led Senate Friday, including Eugene F. Pigott Jr., the fifth Pataki judge on the seven-member Court of Appeals.
Many of the appointments, including Pigott’s, will extend for years even though Pataki, a Republican, is leaving in December after not seeking re-election.
Race for U.S. Senate seat heating up fast
Suddenly, there’s a campaign under way for the United States Senate. With Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton accusing Republican John Spencer of negative campaigning and Spencer labeling Clinton as soft on terrorism, the previously sleepy contest awakened with a start Friday.
Pirro ‘not happy’ about husband’s latest ticket
NEW YORK (AP) – Republican attorney general candidate Jeanine Pirro said Friday she was “not happy” about her husband’s ticket for speeding in a school zone.
43rd soldier from fort dies in Afghanistan
FORT DRUM (AP) – A 10th Mountain Division soldier from Fort Drum was killed this week in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Thursday.
The high cost of searching for Phillips
The five-month search for Ralph “Bucky” Phillips had a heavy human cost, taking the life of a young state trooper, seriously wounding two others.
It also cost the State Police millions of dollars, with some law-enforcement sources claiming the figure could top $10 million.
Public payroll outpaces private growth
New York’s next governor, if he wants to change the state’s economic and political landscape, will have to deal with a slew of potent public-employee unions that have added members this decade far faster than private industry has added jobs.
Computer model to track air pollution
FREDONIA – An $80,000 research grant from the Great Lakes Commission will allow a Fredonia State College chemistry professor to create a computer model to determine how air pollutants move into New York from cars, industry and Great Lakes evaporation.
Region’s 4 bridges tighten up
The Buffalo Niagara region’s international border is a much tighter place for legal and illegal crossings than it was five years ago.
And perhaps in part because of that, the Buffalo Niagara region – with its many potential targets – has not been the site of a single terrorist arrest involving a plot to harm the region.
DEC seeks applications for tree planting
ALBANY – The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting Urban Forestry Grant applications for tree-planting projects that will help revitalize neighborhoods.
Pataki unveils renovated Capitol
ALBANY (AP) – Gov. George Pataki on Friday rededicated part of the state Capitol after a massive renovation to reclaim the building’s past glory and inspiration.
State Senate passes Timothy’s Law
ALBANY — The state Senate Friday passed a bill forcing insurers to treat mental health disorders like any other medical ailment, but it was unclear if Gov. George Pataki would sign the measure before he leaves office at the end of December.
Public comment starts on member- item tally
ALBANY — People concerned with how lawmakers use taxpayer’s money have 30 days to review and comment on the Assembly’s list of 2,675 member items for this budget year before the cash starts flowing.
Republicans look to retain power in Senate
NEW YORK — A few key primaries Tuesday could lead to new faces in the body criticized for political gridlock and protection of incumbents.
Niagara County left out in cold on security funds
WASHINGTON – Uncle Sam paid for bomb-sniffing dogs to help protect Buffalo and Erie County from terrorism. But Niagara County – home to three international bridges, one of the world’s largest hydropower projects and several major chemical plants – couldn’t get money for a bomb-disposal squad.
Ney admits guilt in scandal driven by disgraced lobbyist Abramoff
WASHINGTON – Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, has admitted improperly accepting tens of thousands of dollars worth of trips, meals, sports tickets and casino chips while trying to win favors for a disgraced Washington lobbyist and a foreign aviation company run by a gambler known as “the Fat Man.”
Bush fights back on GOP revolt
WASHINGTON – President Bush fought back Friday against a Republican revolt in the Senate over his tough anti-terror legislation and rejected warnings that the United States had lost the high moral ground to adversaries. “It’s flawed logic,” he said.
Senate panel defies Bush on terror bill
WASHINGTON – A rebellious Senate committee defied President Bush on Thursday and approved legislation on interrogating and prosecuting suspected terrorists that he has vowed to block, deepening Republican conflict over terrorism and national security in the middle of the election season.
Letter to Clinton may affect terrorism case
NEW YORK – An unusual exchange of letters between an undercover informant and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office has apparently angered authorities and may have complicated the case of a man convicted of plotting to bomb a busy subway station.
Osama Eldawoody – a paid New York Police Department informant who was instrumental in exposing the 2004 subway scheme – told the Associated Press that he wrote to Clinton last month, complaining that his law enforcement handlers misled him with false promises of a better life and asking her to intervene on his behalf.
China erects barriers to auto parts from abroad
WASHINGTON – Europe and Canada joined the United States on Friday in filing a complaint contending China has erected illegal barriers to the sale of U.S. and other foreign-made auto parts.
H-P execs asked to testify in Washington
SAN JOSE, Calif. – A congressional panel wants to question key figures in the scandal surrounding Hewlett-Packard Co.’s investigation of media leaks, while a shareholder lawsuit was filed in state court accusing the company’s top brass of breaching their duties.
Voice of America payments to journalists are detailed
MIAMI – Nationally and internationally known journalists for English-language newspapers and magazines have “for many, many years” received payment from the U.S. government to appear on Voice of America radio programs, El Nuevo Herald reported Thursday.
Smaller bills for natural gas users predicted for winter heating season
WASHINGTON – Natural gas futures plunged 10 percent to a two-year low on Thursday after U.S. government data showed record supplies.
Industry officials said homeowners who depend on natural gas for heat should see lower bills this winter, assuming normal temperatures.
House votes for fence
WASHINGTON – The House voted 283-138 on Thursday to build more than 700 miles of two-layered fencing along the porous Southwest border, but most Democrats denounced the plan as blatant political posturing in advance of the Nov. 7 congressional elections.
Pre-K, math, science stressed in proposal
WASHINGTON (Bloomberg News) – The ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, proposed a $50 billion-a-year program Thursday that would provide universal prekindergarten programs and free college for math and science majors.
GOP bid to curb growth of Indian casinos fails
WASHINGTON – Republicans tried Wednesday to curb the explosive growth of Indian gambling by prohibiting tribes from building casinos away from their reservations, but the effort failed in the House.
Ex-CIA officer sues Armitage over leak
WASHINGTON – Onetime covert CIA officer Valerie Plame sued the former No. 2 official at the State Department on Wednesday, accusing him of violating her privacy rights.
However, the lawsuit did not accuse Richard Armitage, who was deputy secretary of state in the Bush administration, of participating in an administration conspiracy to blow her cover.
Winter sea ice melt stokes fears
WASHINGTON – Arctic sea ice in winter is melting far faster than before, two new NASA studies reported Wednesday, a new and alarming trend that researchers say threatens the ocean’s delicate ecosystem.
Medicare ‘B’ premium to rise 5.6% for most
WASHINGTON – In the smallest-percentage rate increase since 2001, Medicare monthly premiums for physician care and outpatient hospital services will rise by only $5 next year to $93.50 for most participants, federal officials announced Tuesday.
Bush sees ‘Third Awakening’ of religion in U.S.
WASHINGTON – President Bush said Tuesday that he senses a “Third Awakening” of religious devotion in the United States that has coincided with the nation’s struggle with international terrorists, a war that he depicted as “a confrontation between good and evil.”
Pentagon weighing bleak report on Iraq
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon is taking “very seriously” a secret intelligence report concluding that the U.S. military has fought to a stalemate in Iraq’s western Anbar province as political conditions also worsen in the “epicenter” of the country’s Sunni insurgency, a senior defense official said Monday.
Restricted flights found to delay flu
WASHINGTON – Scientists have found the first real evidence that restricting air travel can delay flu’s spread – a finding that could influence government plans for battling the next influenza pandemic.
Guard to stay in New Orleans through ’06
NEW ORLEANS — National Guard troops and state police will patrol the city through December, Gov. Kathleen Blanco said Saturday at a summit of law enforcement officials and crime experts called to address a spate of killings marring the recovery from Hurricane Katrina.