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Love Canal Residents Say Health Problems Still Exist

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - There was a huge health crisis 35 years ago in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls. A state of emergency was issued, evacuating people from their homes, because of contamination from a local landfill.

Keith Boos lives in the Love Canal neighborhood of Niagara Falls, near the Love Canal landfill site, that still remains there off Colvin Boulevard.

Boos moved to the area 15 years ago to raise a family and thought all the stories of the Love Canal contamination from the 1970s were over.

"We were told the area was safe, the contamination was contained," he said.

But since then, he says many members of his family have gotten sick, including himself and that he's been diagnosed with lung disease. Boos believes that Love Canal continues to cause health problems. He says air testing has been done in his home and that they show dangerous chemicals are in the air.

Maid of the Mist Offering Free Rides Friday and Saturday

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - In a gesture of gratitude to the Niagara Frontier community, operators of the Maid of the Mist tour boats are offering free rides to all passengers on Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26.

In a statement released Sunday, James V. Glynn, Chairman and CEO of the Maid of the Mist Corporation, said:

This is an opportunity for us to thank everyone for the strong, local, grassroots effort that encouraged, supported and motivated us to keep the Maids running for years to come. We are also grateful for the tremendous assistance from Governor Cuomo, New York State Parks, New York Power Authority, elected officials and other entities, that has been vital to the construction of our new drydock and maintenance facility, which will soon be completed.

Trauma-Based Coalition Hosting Conference Examining Connection of Childhood Distress on Adult Health

Trauma-Based Coalition Hosting Conference Examining Connection of Childhood Distress on Adult Health

Could the impact of childhood trauma contribute to emotional, behavioral and physical health problems in adults, creating a need for more detailed care? Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith S. Wiley, authors of the book Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease, invite you to hear their research on the topic of early-life trauma on adult disease during a conference Nov. 6 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center Butler Wellness Clinic, 400 Forest Ave., Buffalo.  

Hosted by the Trauma-Informed Community Initiative of Western New York (TICIWNY), the conference is designed to explore how the community can work to become more informed about the effects of trauma, providing trauma-informed care and trauma-specific services.

Yahoo! Breaks Ground On 115-Job Expansion In Lockport

Lockport, N.Y. - "Western New York's been great for Yahoo!," said Rich Kropfl, the Vice President of Data Operations for Yahoo!.

And Yahoo! is turning out to be pretty darn good for Western New York.

The Internet giant is now investing $170 million to more than double the 100 jobs it already has in Lockport.

Most of the new 115 jobs will be customer care call center positions with an average salary of $50,000 a year.

What makes Western New York so attractive?

It's a combination of low cost hydropower, our climate which reduces the cost of cooling the data center's servers and a great workforce.

Groundbreaking for Yahoo! Expansion Today

LOCKPORT, NY-- A groundbreaking will be held for Yahoo!'s latest expansion project at its facility in Lockport.

The expansion will include a new customer contact center and a data center.  It is expected to bring 115 new jobs to the area.

New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy is in town for the event.

2 On Your Side's Scott Brown is at the event and will have more details on Channel 2 News First at 5pm.

Community-Wide Effort To Battle Epidemic Of Painkiller Abuse

BUFFALO, NY-- "Painkillers Kill."

That's the message of a new community-wide effort in Western New York to battle the epidemic of young people abusing prescription pain killers like Oxycontin and Vicodin, which are as potent as heroin.

No one knows that better than Julie and Avi Israel, whose 20 year old son Michael killed himself after becoming addicted to his prescription pain medication.

Avi Israel: "We didn't know what it meant for Michael to be addicted. To us it was like 'you gotta be kidding me, what are you addicted to? You're taking your medication that you got from the doctor,' and that's what he said 'I'm addicted to what I'm taking from the doctor.'"

The message will go out through television, radio, billboards and on line at the website www.painkillerskill.org.

Vanessa Williams, Cheap Trick Play New Year's Eve Weekend at Seneca Casinos

Vanessa Williams, Cheap Trick Play New Year's Eve Weekend at Seneca Casinos

The final weekend of 2013 promises to be one to remember at the Seneca Casinos in Western New York. Entertainment will ring out the year with world-famous singer and actress Vanessa Williams at Seneca Niagara Events Center on December 28, followed by a boisterous rock performance by Cheap Trick on December 29 at Seneca Allegany Events Center. The new entertainment lineup for 2014 then kicks off with fan-favorite comedian Lisa Lampanelli at Seneca Allegany on January 11.