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Plan to Bring Back Aerial Tankers To Help NF Air Base


Niagara Falls, NY - The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is one of Niagara County's largest employers with 3,000 full and part time jobs. So it is obviously key to our economy.

But with the U.S. Air Force still looking to close and consolidate, the base is still not completely safe.

Now there's a new effort to keep the facility open with the suggestion of using a new plane to revive an old mission at the base. The idea is to add yet another mission to make the base that much stronger if another BRAC or base realignment and closing process comes up in the near future. President Obama and some in the Pentagon have called for it, but so far Congress has balked. But some fear it could come up again in 2017.

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Police: Niagara Falls Woman Froze to Death


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- No foul play has been ruled in connection to a body found in Niagara Falls last week, police announced Monday.

According to police, the body of Octavia Wilson, 47, was found near her home on Niagara Avenue on February 17. She was reported missing by her daughter the day before.

Wilson was last seen the night of February 14, when she was dropped off in front of her home by a friend. Witnesses told police that Wilson was drunk when she was dropped off.

Police believe Wilson never made it to her home, and instead ended up in her neighbor's backyard, where she froze to death because of the extreme cold.

An autopsy by the Erie County Medical Examiners office found no signs of trauma to Wilson's body, and no evidence of foul play. Her death is being blamed on the cold weather.

Police say they are still awaiting toxicology reports.


Kenan Center to Present 30th Annual Photo Show

Kenan Center to Present 30th Annual Photo Show

For the thirtieth year, the Kenan Center in Lockport will present the STORRS ALL HIGH PHOTO SHOW, featuring the work of high school students from across Western New York. This year’s show opens Sunday, March 1, with a free public reception from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Kenan Center House Gallery, 433 Locust Street in Lockport. Awards will be presented at 3:00 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through Sunday, March 22. Kenan Center House Gallery exhibitions are generously sponsored by M&T Bank, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Kenan Arts Council, and Kenan Quilters’ Guild.

Frozen water pipes an issue from north to south


NIAGARA FALLS, NY – The intense cold is still causing a number of issues for water service in Western New York.

In the village of Silver Creek, residents of Oak Street are being told by emergency officials to open their taps for what they call "a slow run of water" until further notice due to frozen water lines.

In the City of Niagara Falls some people again along 72nd Street are dealing with the same issues which affected water flow last year.

Amy and Lester Wakefield tell 2 ON Your Side they are now depending on a garden hose hooked into their neighbor's water supply because the connection to their home froze up last week.

Like some of their neighbors, they're convinced the city and a contractor did not properly handle a road re-construction project four years ago, causing frozen connections from the water main as a result.

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Police say case of missing jeweler is still open


LEWISTON, NY – On Saturday morning family and friends will remember a local jeweler who vanished a few weeks ago. But police say the case is not closed. They're still working to find out what happened to Domenic Hofert.

Hofert went missing in early February near his Lewiston home. Police say there were footprints in the snow that went around the house, through a wooded area and down to the lower Niagara River shoreline.

An aerial and ground search took place but no other evidence turned up.

Addressing Frequently Asked H-1B Questions

Addressing Frequently Asked H-1B Questions

 

H-1B season is once again upon us! H-1B petitions for the U.S. government’s 2016 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2015, should be filed by April 1, 2015. For fiscal year 2015, USCIS received approximately 172,500 cap-subject petitions. USCIS anticipates the volume of H cap petitions for fiscal year 2016 to be just as high, if not higher, and will far exceed the annual quota of 65,000 regular cap petitions and 20,000 advanced degree cap petitions.