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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Lake Erie's annual blob of pea-green algae is expected to be smaller this summer than a year ago following a relatively dry spring, but that doesn't necessarily reflect significant improvement toward reducing the nutrient pollution that causes it, scientists said Thursday.

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The Wilson Tuscarora State Park lies on the west side of the Village of Wilson. Mostly it is a tranquil 485-acres that extends along the shore of Lake Ontario. From grassy fields, a grove of hemlocks and great places to fish, bird and enjoy; the park attracts people from many walks of life.

The splash pad in the Town of Hartland’s Town Park is set to be open today. The hours for the pad will be noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and an attendant will be on duty.

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Bill Baldwin asked members of the press and audience members to join him in a rousing back and forth cheer in front of the Brick Oven Pizzeria in Grand Island as he announced his company’s commitment to reopen Fantasy Island in Grand Island for the 2021 season – the 60th anniversary of the park.

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court issued a mixed verdict Thursday on demands for President Donald Trump's financial records that will keep his tax returns, banking and other documents out of the public eye for the time being.

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Local education officials are preparing for a variety of scenarios as they prepare for the possibility of students and teachers returning to the classroom this fall. 

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Owen Thomas, a 5-year-old Sanborn native, has been honored with a national award as a “Top-Kindergartener” for inventing a new board game that encourages people to get off their screens and do some exercises.

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Artpark is coming alive with a new walking tour, The Art of Walking, which has been in the works since earlier this year.

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Eastern Niagara Hospital received $5.8 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program funds and has brought back all of its furloughed employees. 

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Malls in Niagara County, across Western New York and in other regions in the state that have moved into phase four of reopening have been cleared to resume business on Friday, provided they follow state guidelines for enhancing ventilation systems. 

Falls police charged a 72-year-old man with animal cruelty on Tuesday after responding to a Military Road store parking lot for a report of a dog left in an unoccupied car.

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Catholic Charities of Buffalo raised more than $8 million as part of Appeal 2020, the largest fundraising organization undertaken by the organization each year. 

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Western New York will be experiencing some scorching weather for the next few days as the area works its way through an extended heat wave — and county officials will be offering a few spots to help residents cool down.

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The New York State Attorney General's Office will represent the state education department in a lawsuit launched against it by the New York Civil Liberties Union, which aims to overturn the agency's decision that allows Lockport to use its facial and object recognition surveillance system. 

WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressman Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) announced federal funding to the Niagara County Department of Emergency Services and Ellicott Creek Fire Company to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19.

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Niagara County Board of Elections employees are hard at work counting absentee ballots. 

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Niagara Falls Police and Fire Department investigators are looking for the cause of a blaze that destroyed three structures in the 1800 block of Niagara Street overnight.

The 14 local school superintendents for the districts comprising the Orleans/Niagara BOCES issued a release on Monday with their thoughts on protests and police reform movements, with the school leaders saying public education is a place where tolerance and kindness are learned, practiced an…

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Local law enforcement say they responded to more fireworks calls this year, which they believe is a result of the cancellation of fireworks by municipalities. 

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ROCHESTER — Police in Rochester were trying to determine Monday who ripped a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from its base on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in the upstate New York city in 1852.

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Local governments in the eastern Niagara County have reacted to the COVID-19 shutdown differently and as the reopening of Western New York begins, some are more ready than others to proceed back to “normal.”

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ROCHESTER — A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in that city in 1852.

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School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children t…

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ALBANY — Amid controversies over monuments of historical figures in dozens of communities, a group of volunteers in Plattsburgh has found a way to address concerns about a statue of French explorer Samuel de Champlain by putting his achievements in context.

Brian Cogan is a former long-haul trucker. He lives in Ontario where he drives local routes and makes a living — but where he’d really like to be is reunited with his girlfriend and her two children who live in Niagara Falls, NY.

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Three life-size replicas of the historical Lockport picture will soon be installed on the Lockport Locks staircase. 

Landmarks across the state will be lit in celebration of July 4th, including Niagara Falls, One World Trade Center, the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Kosciuszko Bridge, the H. Carl McCall SUNY Administration Building, Olympic Ski Jumps, Olympic Center, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson …

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Former state Sen. George Maziarz went on the offensive against his former protege Henry Wojtaszek on Thursday, sending a series of letters to various state and federal authorities in which he questioned whether Wojtaszek and his wife — Niagara County District attorney and judicial candidate …

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WOLCOTTSVILLE — Four small breed puppies were found lost or abandoned in the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area by Griswold Road, two on June 22, and another two on June 29.

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A new collaboration with several area partners will increase internet access with Wi-Fi hotspots in rural towns in Niagara and Orleans counties.