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WASHINGTON — Rep. Chris Collins — who is facing an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation into his investment in an obscure Australian biotech firm — walked off the House floor late Wednesday afternoon, cellphone in hand, apparently talking about yet another stock trade involving that same company. Reporters who overheard him said it appeared he was discussi…

Buffalo police have identified the man fatally shot Tuesday night on Deshler Street. Joseph Tabor, 22, of Cheektowaga, was shot shortly before 10:30 p.m. and later died, police said. Police have not released any further information about what happened. The department asks anyone who may have information about what happened Tuesday night to call or text the confide…

KeyCorp credited the First Niagara deal with helping deliver solid results in the second quarter. “We were pleased with the strength and quality of our second quarter results, which reflect Key's continued business momentum and realization of value from the First Niagara acquisition," said Beth Mooney, Key's chairman and CEO, in a statement. Cleveland-based Key on…

Two people were arrested on drug and weapons possession charges at Isle View Park in the Town of Tonawanda on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. While patrolling  the park, customs agents boarded a boat and found marijuana and three guns there, authorities said. Three people were on board the boat during the search. The people arrested w…

Nicola Tesla's theory on alternating current electricity helped harness the hydroelectric power of Niagara Falls for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. His theory and design demonstrated that  alternating current was superior to Thomas Edison's direct current, or DC, system, making it the more stable and practical way to harness electrical power. And that is why the …

CNB Financial Corp., which has a local presence through Bank on Buffalo, recorded a 64 percent increase in its second quarter profits, to $6.7 million. Pennsylvania-based CNB's net interest income from making loans and taking deposits increased nearly 19 percent, to $23 million. Its non-interest income from sources like fees increased 6 percent, to $5.1 million. CNB…

It's the end of an era on Elmwood Avenue. Urban will close its doors Aug. 27 after 25 years on the Elmwood strip. The name of the store, at 736 Elmwood Ave., has changed over the years to correspond with its changing retail focus. When it opened in 1992, it was called Urban Surfer after the surf and skate gear and clothing it sold. When it shifted its focus to snowboard…

ALBANY – Defense lawyers again are the beneficiaries of Albany politicians' continuing run-ins with corruption accusations, new campaign finance filings show. Both former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and  Sen. Robert Ortt of North Tonawanda tapped into their campaign funds to hire lawyers to defend against accusations against them. The indictment against Ortt r…

Another complex of thunderstorms and torrential rains is bearing down on Western New York today, exactly a week after downpours flooded areas in Buffalo and its eastern suburbs with more than 2 inches of rain. It's still unclear exactly where the heaviest rains will wind up, but weather service forecasts show the best chances for heavy thunderstorms to come between 3 an…

Seniors citizens who use Hamburg's therapeutic pool want to show Town Board members that the pool is popular, but too small for the aqua strength and aerobics classes held there. "We have all kinds of people who want to use this place," Teresa Ferraro said. "We're kicking each other and almost playing bumper cars." Ferraro and others will bring charts to Monday's Tow…

The City of Tonawanda Common Council will vote to offer five vacant zombie properties to the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation, also known as the "Land Bank," at council's regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall. Zombie properties are homes that are abandoned by a homeowner during the foreclosure process and are left in limbo by banks without …

A new plow truck, recently unveiled by the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department, will do more than just handle heavy snow. It also will honor local veterans as it travels down the road. The new addition to the fleet has been decorated to honor servicemembers, veterans and their families. Municipal employees painted an American flag, a bald eagle and graphics depicting e…

A state agency invited developers Wednesday to submit proposals for mixed-use buildings on two parcels at Canalside near the ice-skating canal and coming Explore & More Children's Museum. While all proposals will be considered, the request notes that retail and/or restaurants – preferably locally owned – are envisioned on the ground level, with residential and o…

New Yorkers continue to have an unfavorable view of President Trump, according to a new Siena College poll. But they think even less of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin's numbers were "abysmal," according to Siena pollsters, though not as low as Eliot Spitzer, immediately after he resigned as governor  in 2008. Here are the numbers from the Siena polls: …

A plan to build a fifth ice rink at the Northtown Center in Amherst depends on the town receiving nearly $2.2 million from the  state, town officials said this week. "If we get that funding, then there's no question that the project will pay for itself," said Mary-Diana Pouli, executive director of the town’s Youth & Recreation Department. "It'll cover not only c…

A fire on Ardmore Place near the Elmwood Village caused $60,000 in damage Wednesday. Buffalo Fire Department responded to a call around 6 a.m. to a fire at 28 Ardmore Place, a two-story, wooden frame home. The fire started in the basement and reached into the building's first floor, the department said, resulting in $40,000 in damage to the structure and $20,000 in d…