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Tuesday is a big anniversary on KeyCorp’s calendar: one year since its colossal deal for First Niagara Financial Group took effect. On Aug. 1, 2016, the Buffalo Niagara region effectively said goodbye to a locally based institution that had grown far beyond its humble Lockport roots, and hello to an expanded version of a Cleveland-based bank that was already operating…

Moog Inc. is feeling more confident about its current fiscal year. The Elma based maker of motion control equipment raised its guidance for its full-year earnings by 25 cents per share, to $3.75. Moog cited a stronger operational performance by the company and a reduced tax rate. The company also raised its forecast for its full-year sales by $10 million, to $2.5 bil…

Nov. 30, 1933 – July 26, 2017 Gino Bertozzi of Lewiston had fond memories of his family’s farm, Boschetto. It was outside Eglio, a tiny village in the northern part of the Italian province of Tuscany, where he was born. His parents had returned there in the early 1930s to raise sheep, cattle, grapes and chestnuts after living for a few years in Hamilton, Ont. …

The last C-130 Hercules transport aircraft left the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Wednesday, according to an announcement from the base. The giant transport planes had been stationed at Niagara Falls for 47 years, but the 914th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve is now an Air Refueling Wing, flying KC-135 Stratotankers that can be used to refuel other planes in m…

Starbucks said it will close all 379 of its Teavana stores, a roster that includes locations at the Walden Galleria and Boulevard Mall. All of the stores will close over the coming year, with the majority closing by next spring, Starbucks said. The company said many of the Teavana stores, which are mainly based in malls, "have been persistently underperforming." "Fol…

One by one, 27,650 terra cotta panels have been filling in the exterior of the University at Buffalo's new downtown medical school. Workers were installing the bottom band of the panels along Main Street this week and expect to finish the terra cotta installation by late August. The latest count from general contractor LPCiminelli is that roughly 24,000 panels have …

The Westin Buffalo, the luxury hotel operated by Delaware North, has equipped all 116 of its rooms with Amazon Echo devices. The voice-activated devices use Volara software, which is integrated into existing hotel software and specifically designed to serve hospitality customers. The software allows guests to ask the device questions that would normally be answered by h…

North Buffalo residents, take heart. The new Sinatra's Restaurant is coming soon. Developer Nick Sinatra, whose brother Michael owns and operates the popular eatery at 938 Kenmore Ave., is creating the restaurant's new home inside a three-story building under construction in the Village of Kenmore. The new mixed-use building – located across Kenmore Avenue from th…

For about seven hours Thursday, leachate from the Chautauqua County landfill escaped from a pipeline headed for a treatment plant and may have entered small creeks downhill from the leak, according to a report late Thursday by the NY-Alert system. The report stated the rate of discharge was estimated to be about 10 gallons per minute. It affected a pond at the Towerv…

A Lockport man who is a Level 3 sex offender in New York state was arrested Thursday on a warrant for a parole violation out of North Carolina, authorities said. The Niagara County Sheriff's Office said it received information that John Anthony Szwalla, 32, was wanted on a fugitive warrant. Szwalla was arrested without incident and is being held in the Niagara Co…

Cellphone, laptop and tablet users in Buffalo won't have to worry about traffic jams on the information superhighway if new equipment is installed that will enable telephone and other poles throughout the city to act as cell towers. But first, a dispute over the fee the city would charge to use its poles may have to be worked out. The "small cell" attachment sy…

He has a revoked license and a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated, but that didn't stop an East Aurora man from getting in a car and driving drunk again, Erie County Sheriff's deputies say. And this time, he crashed his car, they said. When deputies arrived at the intersection of Seneca Street and North Star Road in Elma at about 11 p.m. Thursday, they found…

The City of Tonawanda will spend $1.7 million from its capital fund as part of the sixth phase of a more than $20 million, state-mandated sanitary sewer improvement plan to lower infiltration and inflow into sanitary sewers. The city has bonded to fund the state Department of Environmental mandate, but was able to get some relief by qualifying for a $17 million interest…

Buffalo is at least 500 miles from nearest saltwater shoreline, but its apparent love affair with sharks endures, as evidenced by the local popularity of “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel. The average Buffalo resident spends 4 hours and 58 minutes a week watching Discovery Channel throughout much of the year, according to data compiled by Verizon Fios. During Sh…