EAST AURORA, N.Y. (WIVB) - Western New Yorkers are asking how they're going to feed their families in an uncertain economy. A presidential candidate claims to have the answers, as does the fast growing "Made in America" store.
GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul said, "We are way ahead of where we were four years ago."
He has run for president twice before, and Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul is now striking a nerve with the growing Tea Party movement. Some 300 people turned out at East Aurora's American Legion Post to hear him rally for smaller government.
"The problem is much bigger than tinkering with the budget. The budget is very important, but I see that as a symptom. The federal government was there to protect our liberty, give us a national defense, give us a sound currency, permit interstate trade, but stay out of our lives and stay out of our wallets," said Paul.
It's a week where everyone is talking about the economy.
"Made in America" store manager Rob Whalen said, "It's very simple. Buy American, support American jobs, keep the money in our country."
Whalen is manager of the "Made in America" store in Elma, which only carries items that are 100 percent American made.
"It took us about six months to find scissors. It took me ten months to find a belt that's made here," said Whalen.
They opened last year with only 50 products, but now have more than 3,000 things made completely in America. The owner was live on the Friday night edition of Lou Dobbs on FOX News.
Dobbs asked, "It almost, I don't want to sound corny, it's a phenomenal thing that you're doing. Can you take it across the rest of the country?"
"Made in America" store owner Mark Andol said, "Yeah, I believe we can. We've struck a nerve. We met great Americans, show up at our store, they remember the way it was. My father passed a fishing pole to me and you take care of it .We're trying to lead with quality."
"Made in America" is the only store of it's kind in the country. And over the past year, more than 50 tour buses have stopped by the store in Elma.
Police say they had the wrong man, and that Jerome Thagard, who spent four years in prison, didn't murder Steven Northrup in 2009. But the victim's family says otherwise.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
Investigators are making progress in the case of a Chihuahua thrown in a ditch while zipped up in a Coors Light thermal bag.
A registered nurse from Lockport has admitted concealing her knowledge of her boyfriend's drug dealing activities.
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