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Control Tower at Niagara Falls Aiport to Stay Open

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- The control tower at the Niagara Falls international airport has been spared from the list of towers that would have to close because of sequester cuts.

The FAA put out the list of 149 towers across the country that will close starting next month.

Niagara Falls had been slated for closure, but was saved because of national security concerns.

"The NFTA is pleased and thankful that the FAA appreciated the significance of maintaining the control tower in Niagara Falls as it relates to maintaining a positive and safe environment for commercial, private and military aviation related operations at the airport", says Kimberley A. Minkel, Executive Director of the NFTA.

Airport officials nationwide claim that the closures could have a serious safety impact.


State Criticizes Officials for Mishandling Project Funds

TOWN OF NEWSTEAD - A state audit calls for reform with government officials in the Town of Newstead and Village of Akron. The state comptroller's office says local officials improperly handled money for a multi-million dollar facility that's been made for government workers.

The project in question is the Joint Highway Facility, which is shared by Town of Newstead and Village of Akron public works crews. The facility has been used for about a year.

In 2002, the Newstead town board approved the project and said that it couldn't cost more than $4.25 million. The actual cost total came out to more than $4.7 million. A difference of about half a million, which was billed to taxpayers.

Nik Wallenda Returns to Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS NY - High wire walker Nik Wallenda was in Niagara Falls Friday to receive an award. While there he took time to check on plans for a permanent marker commemorating last June's walk into history.

Wallenda also shared plans for an up coming walk across the Grand Canyon this coming June.

Channel Two Photojournalist Dooley O'Rourke spoke to the daredevil. Watch the video on this page for the story that aired on Friday's Channel 2 News at 5:30.  

Yahoo! Looking to Expand in Lockport

LOCKPORT, NY-- Yahoo! says it wants to build a new datacenter in the Town of Lockport and hire an additional 115 employees.

The internet giant submitted an application Thursday morning for industrial development incentives from the town IDA.

Yahoo! is nearing capacity in its current datacenter that was built in 2009.

The Lockport IDA will hold a public hearing to discuss Yahoo!'s application on April 25th.

Rally Against State School Aid Cuts in Niagara-Wheatfield

SANBORN, NY -- A demonstration was held outside Niagara-Wheatfield High School to protest severe underfunding in the school district Wednesday afternoon.

Organizers say state budget cuts have led to the loss of sports and other extracurricular activities, AP courses, music programs bussing, and over fifty teachers since 2010.  It's estimated that the district will be underfunded by $17 million for four years by the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

Parents and faculty rallied against the cuts which, they say, affect the quality of education students receive.

"The reason that we're here is really about kids," Patrick Creamer, a teacher who organized the event, said. "The people that are here feel passionately that the kids are being shortchanged."

Creamer said he and other protesters want more for their students.

John Koelmel Out at First Niagara Bank

BUFFALO, NY-First Niagara Bank announced late Tuesday that John Koelmel is out as President and CEO of First Niagara Bank.

Koelmel, often seen and heard in radio and TV ads for the bank, was replaced following a meeting of the financial institution's Board of Directors.

A release called the move a "mutually agreed upon" departure.

Gary Crosby, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative and Operations Officer at the bank, will serve as interim President and CEO.

NCCC Celebrates 50 Years of Success through Collaborative Art

NCCC Celebrates 50 Years of Success through Collaborative Art

NCCC celebrates it's 50th Anniversary through a collaborative theatre production written and performed by NCCC Students, Alumni and Faculty. Where Do We Go From Here--A Celebration of NCCC's 50th Anniversary will be performed Thursday, March 21st through Saturday, March 23rd at 8pm and Sunday, March 24th at 2pm. Join us in the Main Stage Theatre to be a part of commemorating NCCC's past 50 years while welcoming the next 50! Tickets for Theatre performances are: $8 general admission; $5 seniors; $3 children 12 and under; NCCC students/staff free with I.D.