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Hamister Group has secured the funding to move forward with its long-awaited 128-room Hyatt Place Hotel in Niagara Falls.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office is reminding people that hot dogs are for the grill, not the car.

The New York State Attorney General is suing Peter Battaglia Jr., owner and operator of Battaglia Demolition Inc. and related companies, to force the South Buffalo demolition debris facility to end noxious conditions – described as “unbearable” and “sickening” by residents. The suit charges that Battaglia’s dust, noise, odors, vermin, truck traffic and other harmful impacts have created a public nuisance under state law and that the facility is illegally operating without required state environmental permits.

Erdman Anthony

The State Department of Transportation will perform a controlled implosion of  the South Cascade Drive - Miller Road Bridge (formerly US Route 219) over Cattaraugus Creek Thursday.  The implosion is necessary to expedite a $16.9 million-dollar design-build project to replace the bridge with a modern structure.

Three buses of activists left the NFTA University Station in Buffalo this morning. They are  on their way to the state capitol to call on Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to support the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act. They expect to be joined by hundreds of other supporters from the labor, grassroots and environment movements for a rally in the noon hour.

Drinking and driving laws apply not only to the roads, but to Western New York waters.

The Erie County Sheriff's Marine Unit reports its first boating while intoxicated arrest of the season.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher has announced this will be her final year as SUNY chancellor. In a letter to SUNY, Zimpher praised the university system’s progress toward its strategic goals and outlined priorities for her final year.

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It took the intervention of a U.S. Labor Department arbitrator, but after nearly seven weeks, Verizon workers are headed back to work.

A tentative agreement has been announced for the nearly 40,000 network technicians and customer service representatives of the company's Fios internet, telephone and television services units, who walked off the job on April 13.

Elma native Jake Kaminski will be one of four U.S. archers headed to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Kaminski secured his second trip to the Olympics after the final stage of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Archery concluded Monday in Newberry, FL.

Ali Kadhum

Organizers are using "the universal language of soccer" to bring together people from different countries, cultures and experiences Saturday in a celebration of World Refugee Day. The celebration is free and open to the public.

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New York State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo was visibly emotional about it, talking with reporters. By a vote of 30-29, the state Senate this week rejected an attempt to force a vote on legislation aimed at eliminating the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse charges. However, the Buffalo Democrat vowed "this is not the end of the conversation."

In the flurry of activity before the end of the legislative session, the New York State Assembly has passed two bills aimed at improving patient access to medical marijuana.

The doors of Bennett High School open at 5 p.m. for "Buffalo Health Matters - A Community Conversation", organized in response to the ongoing issue of opiates and prescription abuse.  What is different about this free event is that it is an opportunity for the community to get involved in the conversation about how substance abuse goes hand-in-hand with mental health issues.

Buffalo Zoo

His name is...Tobias. The Buffalo Zoo announced the  official name of its nearly three-month-old male African lion cub.

Town of Fort Erie

The roar of race car engines is still a couple years away. However, Fort Erie's mayor says some major announcements are expected very soon on the $300 million Canadian Motor Speedway project being developed.

The Rich Family Foundation has donated $250,000 to a new partnership with Cornell University. The goal is to further the development of a safe and sustainable global food supply, through research and education.

The New York State Senate has passed four bills that sponsors say are part of its ongoing commitment to address the  ongoing heroin and opioid crisis.

An injured hiker rescued from the Niagara Glen is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries today.

Sweet Home Central School District

A 911 call near the end of classes Monday prompted Sweet Home High School to go into lockdown for about an hour.

“Mama Told Me (Not To Come)”, “Joy to the World”, “Black and White”, “Shambala”, “One” can be difficult to choose your favorite Three Dog Night hit. Fortunately, you will be able to hear them all as the legendary music icons headline North Tonawanda's "Rockin' On The River" free concerts series beginning June 24.

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Elma Republican Patrick Gallivan said it is frustrating and troubling that the bill he sponsored - named for a teenager who was killed by a hit-and-run driver - has been passed unanimously, again, in the State Senate, but for several years has failed to come to a vote in the Assembly.

They say a bike, like a car, can tell you a lot about a person's personality. Mayor Byron Brown joins GObike Buffalo and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Friday for National Bike to Work Day.

Delaware North is among three new members on the Board of Directors of the American Gaming Association. 

There's no denying Buffalo is one of the best towns in the nation for eating. Food, food and more food is featured at so many festivals and other events - not to mention in the region's ethnically diverse households.

Unfortunately, according to a new study by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation, Buffalo may have a bit too much gusto for what makes the city popular.

Criticism came quickly to a report by SUNY’s TeachNY Advisory Council announced Wednesday. United University Professions President Frederick Kowal quickly called the report flawed, incomplete and failing to tap the experience of SUNY education professionals who teach and mentor future teachers across the state.

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SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia have announced what they call a "historic partnership" to address New York’s teaching shortage by transforming teacher preparation. Launching TeachNY in Albany, they unveiled the findings of a distinguished group of state and national thought leaders convened by SUNY, and launched a listening tour to receive feedback from educators throughout the state.

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Voters went to the polls Tuesday and ended up approving all public school budgets in Erie and Niagara counties. Some districts also had school board candidates and propositions to vote on.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored four Western New Yorkers as New York Environmental Champions. Dr. William Boeck and Thomas Lowe of Niagara University, Dr. Joseph Gardella of the University of Buffalo and Dr. Sherri Mason of Fredonia State University were recognized for their dedication protecting the public's health and the environment.

Mental health professionals would be banned from practicing conversion therapy with patients under the age of 18 for the purpose of changing their sexual orientation under a measure passed by the State Assembly.

Gosy & Associates re-opens today after a two-week closure.