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Live video: President Obama speaks on gun policy

Morning meeting: Stories we are working on

Here's some of the story possibilities that came up during this morning's news meeting:

*Western New York has been awarded $52.8 million in economic development funding by the state.

*A police officer has been suspended and her supervisor has been demoted following an incident in which the officer stole another person's dog.

*Business Reporter Jonathan Epstein will have a wrap-up from today's meeting of Buffalo Place, the nonprofit downtown business improvement district centered around Main Street.

*Senior Sports Columnist Jerry Sullivan is working on his column for tomorrow, which may be about Eric Wood's comments about the Bills' Toronto series.

*The ninth annual "Tree of Life" ceremony in memory of homicide victims and in support of their families will be held tonight at the Merriweather Library.

*Tomorrow's edition of NeXt will feature favorite holiday stories from our correspondents.

--Aaron Besecker

Live blog at 7 p.m.: Commercial building height regulations among Amherst board topics

Video: Uncertain future for HSBC tower, area's tallest building

Call it tower trauma. One HSBC Center will be 90 percent empty by next autumn. News Business Reporter Jonathan D. Epstein tells Brian Meyer that experts will weigh reuse strategies:

Video: President Obama speaking about Connecticut school shooting

Video: Reports about elementary school shooting in Connecticut

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A gunman opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school Friday in a shooting that left 27 people dead, including 18 children, an official said.


Report from the Associated Press:

News conference with Connecticut governor:

News conference with update from law enforcement officials:

Report from active scene near what is believed to be suspect's family home:

Video: In Focus - People Inc.'s James Boles

Society’s perceptions of the developmentally disabled and the services provided to this population have changed dramatically over the decades. Boles is president and CEO of People Inc., Erie County's largest nonprofit human services agency.

Video: Derenda on investigation into fatal crash after traffic stop

Investigators are trying to piece together how a routine traffic stop Thursday evening near Martin Luther King Park turned into a horrific tragedy that left a suspected drunk driver dead and a woman who just happened to be on the sidewalk fatally crushed under a utility pole nearly a half mile away.

Read the full story here and watch Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda's news conference earlier Friday:

In Focus: Buffalo City Mission's Stuart Harper

He is helping to change the face of homelessness. City Mission Executive Director Stuart Harper sits down with The News' Brian Meyer to discuss strategies that are being used to help people get new starts.

Morning meeting: Stories we are working on

Here are some of the stories we're pursuing today:

*The governor's visit to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, with his announcement of a private firm making a $250 million investment at the medical campus, as well as a deal regarding the Maid of the Mist.

*Will there be a deal today that will keep Republicans in charge of the State Senate?

*A county budget is expected to be finalized this afternoon, but will it keep County Executive Mark Poloncarz's proposed tax hike?

*Food Editor Andrew Galarneau has his gift guide for local food products.

*John Vogl will have the latest on this afternoon's meeting between NHL owners and players.

*Tonight's St. Bonaventure/Siena men's basketball game is being televised on the NBC Sports Network. We'll have a reporter at the game.

--Aaron Besecker

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