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Morning meeting: Stories we are working on

Here are some of the stories our newsroom has got in the works:

*The NHL lockout is having a trickle-down effect on minor-league players, including one with local ties. John Vogl is on the story.

*Erie County Sheriff's Office sergeant Thomas J. Thompson is being sentenced today in federal court for his role in an inmate assault at the Erie County Holding Center. Thompson could get up to a year in jail, but an arbitrator has already ordered him be allowed back to work.

*Colin Dabkowski checked out "Jekyll and Hyde" last night at Shea's. His review is on the way.

*What would Chris Collins' pledge to eliminate the federal deficit in 10 years -- three times faster than suggested by Paul Ryan -- actually mean? Jerry Zremski will have a full report.

*How are local furniture stores doing, and what are the keys to success?

*Albany Bureau Chief Tom Precious is calculating the costs of Superstorm Sandy to New York State.

--Aaron Besecker

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