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Niagara Falls is finally getting the message about tourism: Green is good, and it's important to have a nice place to spend the night. After decades of trying to surround one of the natural wonders of the world with hideous shopping malls and hokey water parks, the notion that tourists just might prefer a more natural setting for a natural wonder is finally starting to …

A second teenager has died from injuries suffered in a car crash last Wednesday when the vehicle struck a tree on Kensington Avenue, relatives and friends said. Aniyah Lewis, 14, was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon at Erie County Medical Center. She was the granddaughter of education activist Samuel L. Radford III. "We are going to work to make sure her d…

The Buffalo Niagara unemployment rate held steady at 5.1 percent during December, fueled by a shrinking labor force and a slight drop in the number of people who couldn't find jobs, the state Labor Department reported Tuesday. The local jobless rate was tied for the lowest jobless rate for any December since it stood at 4.5 percent in December 2006. The region's unem…

The Erie County Health Department is offering free rabies vaccinations to dogs, cats and ferrets Wednesday at the North Buffalo Community Center. Any pet owners interested in having their pet vaccinated should bring their pet on a leash or in a carrier between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to the community center, located at 203 Saunders Road in Buffalo, off Colvin Boulevard and so…

Every Person Influences Children received a $5,000 grant Tuesday from the Niagara Area Foundation to help bolster its one-on-one parent coaching and child mentoring program offered in Niagara County shelters. The Buffalo-based agency runs a program to help mothers maintain custody of their children through parent interventions and provide them information, guidance and …

Legislation to block tax breaks for installation of wind turbines near military bases was formally introduced by Rep. Chris Collins and two other congressmen in Washington. The legislation would bar wind production tax credits for projects built within a 50-mile radius of a military installation, Collins announced in a statement. Companion legislation is also being int…

Kevin R. Surdyke received unanimous approval to fill a vacancy on the Lackawanna City Council at Monday night's regular meeting. Surdyke, retired from the Lackawanna Municipal Housing Authority, will represent the city's Fourth Ward filling the seat vacated by former councilman Jeff DePasquale, who was appointed city clerk at the beginning of this year. Surdyke's term w…

ALBANY – Lawmakers invited the head of the state university system to a hearing Tuesday get more information about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide free public college tuition to thousands of students. But Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, over two hours of questioning, could provide little help. She was unable to provide the per p…

Since the building's reopening six years ago, the Statler's history and grandeur has made it the premier downtown destination for large weddings and other events. While the luster of the ballrooms and other interior spaces on the three restored levels of the former hotel are evident, work on the outside of Statler City has lagged. But changes could come in 2017, said Ma…

Tough Mudder is offering a new 15 percent discount code for U.S.-based 2017 Tough Mudder and new Tough Mudder Half events. The code, which expires Feb. 28, is ToughMudderNewYear17. Race organizers also launched a series of free training videos and three-month downloadable workout guides at ToughMudder.com/Physical-Training. See a list of Tough Mudder events – in…

A senior lunch program coordinated by the Pride Center of Western New York at Preservation Pub near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus offers a healthy monthly meal. Every fourth Monday of the month, Preservation Pub at 946 Main St. hosts Erie County's Stay Fit Dining Program for those 60 and up. The location is the only restaurant to host the county program. …

WHEATFIELD - A planned microbrewery and restaurant at The Summit, a largely vacant Wheatfield mall, would need as much as $750,000 in state aid to become a reality. Fifty to 60 jobs would be created if Big Thunder Brewing Co. opens as proposed, officials said Monday. The facility could be used as a classroom for a new brewing program at Niagara County Community College.…

The St. Jude Center tucked in the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is open for daily Mass and is offering pastoral services for hospital patients, their families and hospital staff. The chapel, located at 760 Ellicott St.,  offers a quiet sanctuary for spiritual reflection. Mass is offered at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; and at 3:30 p.m. Saturday…

A Buffalo police vehicle responding to a call about a man with a gun struck a boy crossing Niagara Street near Porter Avenue at about 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to authorities. The 10-year-old child suffered injuries not believed to be serious, the Buffalo Police Department said in a tweet. He was taken to a local hospital as a precaution. The police vehicle was heade…