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A final meteorological tower has been taken down in the Town of Somerset, but a spokesman for Apex Clean Energy says that does not mean their plan for nearly four dozen wind turbines in the Towns of Somerset and Yates has been abandoned.

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New York State has been moving to shut down coal-burning electric power plants in recent years. On WBFO's Press Pass, Kate Kaye of Investigative Post outlines one such effort that may be producing unintended consequences.

Investigative Post

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is negotiating to award incentives to the would-be developers of data centers proposed for coal-fired power plant properties in the Town of Somerset, in northeast Niagara County, and the Town of Lansing, located about an hour southwest of Syracuse. But are they worth it? Subsidized data centers can be expensive propositions for taxpayers.


Adam Hudson / Niagara County Fire Wire

Niagara County officials say the building housing Barker Village Hall and Library is a total loss, after a fire overnight.

Business and environmental groups are not always on the same side, but when it comes to Lake Ontario’s shores, there is some common ground.

Authorities say one of three kayakers from Pennsylvania who went missing during an outing off Lake Ontario's New York shore near Niagara County has been found dead in the water. The other two made it to shore safely.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Opponents of a proposed wind turbine project along the Lake Ontario shoreline claim the lobbying firm representing the energy company behind that project is also supporting an interest that may be seeking to put the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station out of commission.

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A plan to install up to 70 giant wind turbines in two neighboring communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline has strong opposition from many in those communities. They've gained allies from an unusual source: three retired Air Force colonels who claim the wind turbines would also jeopardize the future of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.


The Niagara County SPCA is investigating an apparent animal hoarding case in the town of Somerset.

Between 50 and 100 cats have been found living in a dilapidated home at 8681 Lake Road, where conditions are being described as "deplorable."

Many of the cats are suffering from upper respiratory syndrome and flea-induced anemia. Feces piles are described as being two to three foot high in some rooms. The SPCA officer on duty says it appears that caretakers visit only about every two weeks.

The officer describes the run-down house as unfit for anything to live in.