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Metro Fare Information Meetings Scheduled

BUFFALO, NY-The NFTA has scheduled six hearings over the next two weeks to help the community understand Metro's new fare structure that takes effect on September 1st.

Metro is eliminating zones and zone charges, as well as moving from 12 different passes to two-the Metro Monthly pass and the Metro Day pass.

The first hearing takes place on Tuesday, August 17th from 10 AM- 1 PM at the Old First Ward Community Center on Republic St.

The schedule for the remainder of the hearings is as follows:

-Friday, August 20th, 2-4 PM at the University Rail Station at the South Campus on Main Street in Buffalo

-Monday, August 23rd, 9-11 AM at the Metropolitan Transportation Center located at 181 Ellicott Street in Buffalo

-Monday, August 23rd, 1-3 PM at the Niagara Falls Transportation Center located at 2250 Fashion Outlets Blvd. in Niagara Falls

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HSBC Reviewing Options for Mortgage Division

BUFFALO, NY- 2 On Your Side has learned that HSBC is considering making some changes to the mortgage side of their business that could potentially have a big impact here in western New York.

Neil Brazil, Vice President -Public Affairs for HSBC North America says employees were told Monday the bank is looking at several options for the HSBC Mortgage Corporation (USA), a subsidiary of the bank.

Those options include, but are not limited to, a sale, merger, or other business combination, the sale and outsourcing of all or substantially all of the Corporation, its operations and its assets, or another exit from these operations.

Brazil stressed that HSBC is still very much in the mortgage business and that maintaining the status quo is also a option.

HSBC employs the bulk of their 1500 Mortgage Corporation workers, about 800 of them, at their Depew facility located on Walden Avenue. 80 employees were laid off from there in May.

Buffalo Business Owners Debate Change in Closing Time

BUFFALO, N.Y.-Saturday's mass shooting has not only left city leaders searching for a suspect, it's left them searching for ways to curb escalating violence downtown.

One prominent Buffalo developer has two suggestions; close bars three hours earlier and increase police presence.

Currently, bars can stay open until 4 a.m.

Rocco Termini is suggesting it become 1 a.m.

"I think one o'clock is long enough," said Termini. "After one o'clock people start getting drunk and that's what causes the problems."

The change would have to go through county government, and would impact all establishments that serve alcohol in Erie County.

Another prominent businessman, Mark Croce, says he doesn't necessarily agree that's the answer.

Eight Shot, Four Dead in Shooting Outside City Grill in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Charges were dropped in Buffalo City Court Sunday morning against a Buffalo man who was charged with murder following the shooting outside a downtown Buffalo restaurant early Saturday morning that killed four people and injured four others.

Buffalo Police admitted on Sunday the man they arrested, Keith Johnson, 25, was not the man who shot the victims. Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said he "apologized" for the mistake but added Johnson was "less than truthful" when interviewed by police on Saturday.

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Buffalo Mayor, Police Commissioner Ask for public's help in solving the City Grill Shooting

BUFFALO-While saying progress is being made in the investigation, Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Dan Derenda continue to appeal to witnesses in Saturday's City Grill shooting to come forward.

Buffalo Police updated the media and the community Monday morning. Both Brown and Derenda say more and more tips are coming in, they still need people who were there that night to speak out about what they saw.

"We are appealing to you, appealing to you," pleaded Mayor Brown, "to come forward and share what you know.

Commissioner Derenda said the department is working around the clock to find the person responsible for the deadly carnage. In addition, the Mayor announced that Governor David Paterson has offered the state's assistance in the investigation. The Mayor said he has accepted that offer and will provide further details on what that includes at a later time.

Eight Shot, Four Dead in Shooting Outside City Grill in Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY - Mayor Byron Brown says Saturday's early morning shooting was terrible and tragic. He believes the shooting was simply an isolated incident, involving people who have no respect for human life.

During an afternoon media confernece, the Mayor was joined by top officials of the Buffalo Police Department, just feet from where bullets were flying hours earlier. He reassured the public that Downtown Buffalo is safe, and this latest violent event could've happened anywhere.

Eight Shot, Four Dead in Shooting Outside City Grill in Buffalo

BUFFALO-The City Grill, the site of Saturday night's mass-shooting, recently released a statement regarding the incident.

It says:

We at City Grill are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred on August 14th. We are cooperating fully with the authorities and the ongoing investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Officials at City Grill told 2 on Your Side off camera that their hearts are with the families and victims.

You can visit City Grill's website to see the statement for yourself.