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Seems simple enough: You check your bag, it's tagged and an airport attendant carts it off. What many might not know is that their rolling suitcase or camping sack, along with every other piece of checked-in luggage at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, travels through miles of conveyor belts, hulking bomb-detecting machines and is seen by no less than a dozen s…

The unemployment rate in the Buffalo Niagara region is on the rise again. The local jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent in June, up from 4.7 percent a year ago, as fewer local workers held jobs and more said they couldn't find employment, the state Labor Department said Tuesday. The local jobless rate now has increased for two straight months as the pace of job growth l…

An aide accused of physically attacking an 85-year-old resident at Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is not working at the facility during an investigation into what happened. "The staff member associated with this incident is currently not on service while the investigation is still ongoing," according to the statement released by the Newfane nursing home. …

A Buffalo man convicted of possessing an illegal handgun and cocaine was sentenced Tuesday to 5 1/2 years in prison. Michael Billups, 38, pleaded guilty in June to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. When Erie County Sheriff’s narcotics officers executed a search warrant at Billups…

Niagara County officials reported little flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline during a flood warning Tuesday, but they found evidence of significant erosion. John C. Lapham, the county's assistant emergency management director, said he visited Wilson and Olcott, the two most vulnerable locations, and saw waves striking the shoreline and splashing onto sidewalks, bu…

Two Buffalo men have been arrested in connection with a shooting incident earlier this month when shots were fired into a Monroe Street home where a baby was sleeping, police reported. Charles Boone, 39, and Casey Hester, 21, were charged with second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a ch…

An Erie County Sheriff's deputy came to the rescue of an owl that became entangled in a soccer goal net Tuesday at Veterans Park on Grand Island. At about 11:30 a.m., the sheriff's office reported on its Facebook page, deputies received a call about the stuck owl. Deputy Angela Kopacz responded and freed the tangled-up raptor. "After a brief 'once-over' the De…

The Grand Island School Business Alliance (GISBA) will hold a golf outing to raise money for scholarships, field trips and internships for Grand Island High School students. The GISBA tournament will be held on Aug. 21 at River Oaks Golf Club. Last year the golf outing raised $20,000 to support programs at the school. Registration forms are on the district website at gr…

A car stopped in the Town of Wethersfield with no windshield, doors or a license plate and with an ax in the roof led to the arrest of the driver on charges of driving while impaired by drugs, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. After receiving a report about a "suspicious vehicle" on Monday, deputies pulled over a car with many missing parts driven by Jar…

The Fantastic Sams hair salon in Amherst's Northtown Plaza is moving up the road to a Niagara Falls Boulevard retail plaza after its owners accepted a buyout of their lease. Michael Baer and his wife, who own four area Fantastic Sams franchises, had a lease that ran through 2023 with WS Development. But the Northtown Plaza's owner has eased out tenants that don't fit wi…

Wegmans is extending its same-day grocery delivery service to Buffalo, starting Aug. 1. The service – a partnership between grocery delivery app Instacart and the Rochester-based grocery chain – allows Wegmans customers to complete their grocery shopping online and have their orders delivered to their doors in as little as one hour. Wegmans also is expanding the …

The founder of an acupuncture practice has purchased a pair of medical office buildings on Maple Road in Amherst. Yoon Sung, a licensed acupuncturist, bought the buildings at 1825 and 1829 Maple Road with her mother for $2.1 million through a limited liability company to house her practice and as an investment, according to her husband, Daniel Jung, and real-estate reco…

The Knox Mansion – one of Buffalo's grand mansions from a century ago – is no longer for sale. Two years after putting the Delaware Avenue mansion up for sale as part of a cost-cutting plan to consolidate its Buffalo operations, Computer Task Group has taken the elegant building off the market and plans to keep it as the information technology firm's headquarters, c…

Hazardous blue-green algae appeared this week for the first time this summer in western Lake Erie, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. An agency bulletin published late Monday showed that the existing bloom extends from Maumee Bay near Toledo up the lake's western shore into Michigan and then past Cedar Point, Ohio. A second bloom in San…

Computer Task Group's second-quarter profits tumbled by 66 percent as the Buffalo-based information technology company's sales fell by almost 10 percent after one of its big staffing clients cut back. CTG's profits fell to $434,000, or 3 cents per share, from $1.3 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier. The earnings were weaker than the 5 cents per share that ana…