Daredevil Nik Wallenda is back in the City of Niagara Falls for the first time since his high-wire stunt over the Horseshoe Falls two months ago.
The purpose of the visit is to scout out possible locations for a family entertainment center. While the attraction could end up on either side of the river, Wallenda says his heart is on the U.S. side.
Summer recess for the Buffalo Common Council wraps up in just over ten days and one of the first things they take up could be a proposal for developing a prime piece of downtown real estate near Canalside.
Mayor Byron Brown says a decision on who will develop the Webster Block is imminent.
"We had a good series of meetings on Monday, with the two short-listed developers."
Brown says Sabres owner Terry Pegula and developer Carl Paladino provided some additional information and detail on their proposals. And no major changes have been made.
The samurai-sword wielding robber of a North Buffalo gas station/convenience store remains at large. Mayor Byron Brown says the investigation of the armed hold-up at Hertel and Colvin avenues early Tuesday is continuing.
Also, Brown says Homicide Detectives are still looking for a suspect in a deadly shooting near the Entertainment District. Police say 27-year-old James Henley died early Sunday after being shot in a parking lot near South Elmwood and Johnson Parkway.
Local elected leaders and state officials gathered at Canalside to kick-off the annual inspection of New York's canal system Tuesday.
The yearly inspection has been a tradition since the waterway opened back in 1825, but a key focus of the current trip is spurring economic growth.
Before setting out on the first leg of their boat tour from downtown Buffalo, Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton said the inspection is a critical tool in assessing the overall condition and capital needs of the nearly 200-year-old state canal system.
Local fire departments could end up saving money thanks to a recent change in state law. Fire departments are no longer required to buy safety equipment they may never use.
After 2005's "Black Sunday" in which six New York City firefighters were forced to jump from the fourth floor of a burning building, the state legislature passed a law requiring fire departments to purchase emergency escape systems.
But with no flexibility, small town departments were on the hook for the same equipment as large cities.
According to local law professor, inmates and guards in New York's maximum security prisons share many similarities. The findings led to a new documentary about the "human cost" of long-term exposure to Attica State Prison.
A local foundation named for a young boy with a lethal disease is urging Congress to pass legislation that would speed up the Food and Drug Administration's lengthy drug approval process.
Suneel's Light Foundation Chief Science Officer George Hajduczok says the FAST (Faster Access to Specialized Treatments) Act removes regulatory uncertainty and formalizes the process for getting drugs approved faster.
The head of the U.S. Postal Service made a surprise visit to Buffalo's William Street Mail Processing Center this morning.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe toured the facility before speaking to the 2,500 attendees at the 108th National Rural Letter Carriers Association Convention.
After being targeted for closure in a cost-cutting move, the William Street facility won a temporary reprieve from earlier this year. The Postal Service is seeking to close a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall and stay solvent in a time of declining mail volume.
Given the popularity of animal exhibits and petting zoos at county fairs, health officials are reminding the public about the importance of practicing good hygiene. This after an outbreak of swine flu in about a dozen states.
So far, the outbreak has been limited to mid-western states. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the 162 cases reported as of Friday an extraordinary increase over the 13 swine flu cases confirmed during all of 2011.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta offered encouraging words after he toured the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Thursday. In a speech delivered to hundreds of base personnel, Panetta said that he was"committed" to protecting the base and finding a new mission for its employees.
"Let me be very clear. The Department of Defense is committed to protecting New York's Air National Guard. It's the largest in the country. I think it's one of the best. And I also want to make clear that we are committed to maintaining this base for the future," Panetta said.
After months of delay, some much needed road repairs will be made to state highways and bridges on Seneca Nation lands south of Buffalo.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald and Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter said in a joint written statement Monday they have agreed to a "framework" to allow the start of rehabilitation work on Interstate 86 and other state owned roads on the Seneca's Allegany and Cattaraugus Territories.
Construction on a new, permanent Seneca Nation casino in downtown Buffalo is now underway.
The Senecas had originally planned a large-scale, $333 million casino/hotel complex for the site. But when the recession hit in 2008, those plans were put on hold.
Earlier this year, the tribe unveiled planned for a smaller facility that will occupy nearly ten acres, with a price tag of $130 million. It will include a restaurant, a bar, and a four-level parking garage.
Veterans who rely on Veterans Affairs and private providers for their healthcare don't have to carry around paper copies of the medical records anymore. Local vets can now allow healthcare providers access their medical records electronically.
VA Healthcare System of Western New York Director Brian Stiller says the VA has joined HEALTHeLINK, the region's clinical information exchange. The program allows private practitioners, local hospitals, labs, and the VA to share a patient's test results, x-rays, MRIs and medication history.
Economic opportunity and security challenges along the northern border were among the issues discussed during an Congressional Field Hearing in Buffalo today.
Representative Brian Higgins, the Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence arranged the hearing. Erie County Emergency Management Commissioner Dan Neaverth and Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour were among the witnesses called to testify at Buffalo's Federal Courthouse.
The plan for returning cars to Main Street in downtown Buffalo is already beginning to have its desired effect. The city has found a new tenant for a long vacant restaurant in the Market Arcade complex.
A project to rebuild the 600 block of Main so it can accommodate Metro Rail and automobiles is set to begin in September, but that didn't stop Jay Haynes from leasing the former Ya Ya Bayou Brewhouse near Shea's Performing Arts Center. Haynes plans to open Perfetto, an upscale eatery this fall.
The newest member of the Buffalo Sabres met with reporters this morning at First Niagara Center. Forward Steve Ott is promising to bring his hard work ethic to the team.
Ott calls Buffalo a first class place to play hockey, from ownership to management to staff. He says he wants to help make the Sabres, who have been criticized for lacking toughness, a harder team to play against.
"I think team toughness is your best toughness," Ott said. "I think if you go in there and you play a team-structured game, heavy heavy, that will take care of your toughness."
Members of the Erie County Legislature's Minority Caucus are pushing a plan they claim will save millions of dollars.
County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued a mid-year budget warning Monday, saying the county faces more than $50 million in unanticipated costs. GOP lawmakers are calling on Poloncarz to borrow and refinance through the county Control Board.
Legislator Ed Rath says that will save taxpayers nearly $3 million.
The Buffalo Sabres will be honoring the famed French Connection line of the 1970s with a statue outside First Niagara Center.
Sabres president Ted Black stood outside the arena Thursday to announce that a 10-foot bronze statue of the renowned trio -- Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert, and Rick Martin -- will be part of a larger, newly-renamed Alumni Plaza.