Good morning, Western New York.
Here are some of your latest local headlines:
-The region's long-term jobless cling to the hope they'll be able to find work, but while the economy showed signs of improving last year, a U.S. Labor Department report released Friday shows companies aren't hiring enough people to make much of a dent in the unemployed population.
-Buffalo firefighters teamed up to help 87-year-old crime victim get through scary event Monday.
-Even longtime incumbents see the political advantages of three new senators in office.
-The final group of 914th airmen spent precious moments with families prior to their deployment Saturday to southwest Asia. Here's a video captured as the group gathered in a hangar Saturday for the type of community send-off that has become common at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station:
-In sports, the Sabres finished off their road trip with an OT win over Phoenix to improve to 18-18-5.