Chris Caya

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A big win for the region's economy was announced Friday at the General Motors display inside the Buffalo Auto Show.

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Residents in West Seneca who were evacuated due to ice jam flooding, along Buffalo Creek, were let back in to their homes, Tuesday afternoon. West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan says twelve homes, on School Street, near Union Road and Indian Church Road, were evacuated Monday night.
"We have advised all those families that have called us to call their insurance companies to make sure that their homeowners are put on notice," Meegan said.  

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An era in Buffalo City Hall is drawing to a close. Longtime Council Member David Franczyk will not be running for reelection.

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Sunshine and rising temperatures is increasing snowmelt and runoff into creeks and streams that flow into the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek. To help prevent flooding, in Buffalo, City Engineer Michael Finn says a long-arm excavator is being used to break up ice around bridges.

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Many local businesses were forced to close one or two days when the winter storm blew into town last week. So what will the economic cost be?

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A change in leadership is on the way for Buffalo's Department of Public Works with the retirement of longtime commissioner Steve Stepniak.  

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A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for Erie, Wyoming and Genesee counties until 1 a.m. Thursday. A State of Emergency has been declared in Erie County and a driving ban in Buffalo and several local municipalities.  

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A local organization is looking to recognize people living in Western New York who are making difference in their community. The selected change makers will be recognized with a sizable award.

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Lake-effect snow moved through Erie County late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning as extreme weather converged on Western New York.

Could the solution to the world's demand for power be right here, in Western New York? A local scientist believes he has come up with a better way to harness the wind for producing electricity.

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It's the start of a new chapter for a local art supply store. After nearly 60 years on Main Street in downtown Buffalo, Hyatt's All Things Creative is opening a new larger facility in North Buffalo.

Officials in the Niagara County Village of Barker are still determining what it will take to rebuild the village hall and library. They were both housed in the same historic building destroyed by fire early Monday morning.

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A wake and funeral service was held Tuesday for the longtime owner of a popular gathering spot on Buffalo's East Side.

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A push is underway to move Buffalo School Board elections from May to a later date.

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An annual Martin Luther King Day event, at the Buffalo-Niagara Convention Center, attracted several hundred people Monday. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was the keynote speaker. Brown talked about "building the beloved community" called for by Dr. King.

Tesla announces layoffs

Jan 18, 2019
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Dozens of workers at Tesla's Gigafactory 2  in South Buffalo are being laid off.


Special measures are now in place to help furloughed federal workers, in the Buffalo area, and across the state. The Department of Labor has been directed to speed up the application process for unemployment benefits, utility companies are implementing special collection practices, and emergency assistance is also available.

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Some city lawmakers spent more than an hour, Tuesday, listening to opponents of the doubling of parking meter rates in the city of Buffalo. But the Common Council is not reversing course.


A high-tech cannabis campus with hundreds of new jobs is in the works on Buffalo's waterfront. The facility would be located just off Route 5 in Lakeside Commerce Park.

Seneca Allegany Casino Resort and Casino

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said he is looking forward to an influx of some $30 million after a state arbitration panel decided casino revenue sharing should continue.

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Millions of dollars in past due casino revenue payments may be on the way to Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca after an arbitration panel ruled against the Seneca Nation of Indians' attempt to stop the payments.

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Many New Yorkers continue to feel optimistic.

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North Tonawanda Police have released the name a Buffalo man who was found dead in a stolen car that was pulled from the Erie Canal over the weekend.

Getting to and from Toronto is now a little easier for people living in and around Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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The arrival of Christmas Eve marks the close of the Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Campaign. It started more than one hundred years ago as a way to collect donations to help the less fortunate, at Christmas. But now online shopping is taking a toll on holiday giving.

Following a Senate report that found Russian trolls influenced the 2016 election, advocates are urging people to join the #LogOutFacebook movement.

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Some much needed repairs are on the way for the Buffalo Fire Department's Edward M. Cotter. At 118-years-old - it's the oldest active fireboat in the world and it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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If marijuana becomes legal for adult use in New York state, the new industry is expected to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. But how will the new funding be spent? 


Landowners in Western New York are presenting legal challenges to efforts by National Fuel to forge ahead with the Northern Access Pipeline.

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A major overhaul of the U.S. Customs Plaza at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge is officially underway. The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission broke ground on the $90 million modernization project on Tuesday.