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New York State has an Open Meetings Law. A new report from the state Coalition for Open Government suggests that doesn’t matter much, since there is no enforcement and if you don’t know what’s coming up at the meeting or don’t know what happened afterwards, how valuable is it?

An assistant women's basketball coach at Niagara University who resigned last week has filed a discrimination complaint against the private Catholic university.

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Niagara County officials say they have new DNA evidence that will finally close a murder case that has been open for nearly three decades.

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Law enforcement officials in Niagara County have announced the arrest of two men in connection with a shooting in Lewiston Sunday.

Police say a homeowner exchanged gunfire during a home invasion and one suspect was later found dead.

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Theresa Jo Belkota of Lewiston will be honored in Washington, D.C. Wednesday by the National Association of Letter Carriers as a 2019 Letter Carrier of the Year. She is one of six letter carriers from across the country who were selected by a panel of judges for performing critical acts of heroism and good will under traumatic conditions.

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Another small piece of what was once World War II's  Lake Ontario Ordnance Works near Lewiston in Niagara County has been cleaned up and returned to it wetland origin.

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A Lewiston doctor has pleaded guilty to engaging in oral sexual conduct with a 17-year-old patient during a medical appointment.


There is a new Artpark on the distant horizon, with better finances and changing geography.

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Several statues and outdoor displays at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston were damaged during acts of vandalism that occurred sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

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Rapper Kodak Black and three companions have been arrested at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on charges they tried to bring weapons and marijuana into the United States from Canada.

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Nuclear waste from the Manhattan Project sitting on a storage site in Niagara County could soon be on the move.

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Two things emerged from a thinly attended public meeting in Lewiston Tuesday night: Washington will remove the nuclear waste from the Niagara Falls Storage Site in the town, but no one knows when that will be.

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Niagara County emergency crews were called to Lewiston-Porter High School Tuesday morning.

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Sen. Charles Schumer was in Lewiston Monday, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to resume cleanup of radioactive waste sites in Lewiston and Niagara Falls. Schumer said the EPA must continue to work with local community leaders and residents to develop a full remediation plan to clean up the affected properties.

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It has been more than 70 years since the end of World War II, but that does not mean debris of the war's industrial production has gone away.

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Lewiston Police say they have identified the cause of seven people falling ill at the town Post Office Wednesday.

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The Lewiston Post Office was evacuated for an early morning emergency Wednesday.

Old Fort Niagara

It’s sometimes called “the forgotten war,” and this weekend, local residents will have a chance to learn more about the War of 1812 in a unique way.

Lewiston Jazz Festival attracts thousands

Aug 28, 2016
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The 15th annual Lewiston Jazz Festival wrapped up Saturday night with a performance by Curtis Stigers. The festival featured live music on four stages along Center Street.

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The state has known for almost four decades that more than 60 properties are contaminated with radioactive waste in Niagara County and Grand Island.

A Niagara County man who lured and tortured women in his basement was sentenced today to 14 years in state prison.

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Western New York will be the setting for yet another independent film shoot. Crews will begin shooting “Morning Sun” on Tuesday.

A movement to recognize Native Americans on Columbus Day is attracting more cities around the nation.

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A stretch of undeveloped land along the Niagara River in Lewiston is about $100,000 away from having a new owner. The Western New York Land Conservancy has nearly the full amount required to buy 29 acres from the Sister of St. Francis, to be maintained as a nature preserve.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the federal government to provide $30 million to help a busy Western New York border crossing renovate and keep up with its traffic.

Lewiston man pleads not guilty to kidnap and torture

Oct 15, 2014
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A Niagara County Grand Jury has handed down a 122 count indictment against a Lewiston man accused of kidnapping and torture.  67-year-old Iver Phallen pleaded not guilty during his arraignment yesterday. 

Lewiston businessman indicted by grand jury

Oct 8, 2014

A Lewiston businessman accused of kidnapping and torturing a woman in his home has reportedly been indicted by a grand jury.  Iver "Jay" Phallen was in Lewiston town court last night for the proceedings.

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Investigators with Lewiston and state police believe more people may have suffered at the hands of Iver  "Jay" Phallen and they're asking for the public's help. 

Police standoff ends peacefully in Lewiston

May 19, 2014
photo courtesy of New York State Police

A Lewiston man faces charges after a police standoff at his home Sunday afternoon.