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DOS and CBP May Waive Nonimmigrant Visa Requirements for Those Affected by CCD Outages

DOS and CBP May Waive Nonimmigrant Visa Requirements for Those Affected by CCD Outages


The U.S. Department of State’s Consular Consolidated Database (CCD), a system critical to visa issuance, is experiencing technical problems. This has limited the State Department’s visa processing capacity. In turn, there have been worldwide delays in nonimmigrant visa issuance all across the globe. 

In order to assist individuals affected by these problems, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will work in conjunction with the Department of State to exercise legal authority that will waive nonimmigrant visa requirements for admission on a case by case basis. 

Daemen Associate Athletic Director Named to 30 Under Thirty

Daemen Associate Athletic Director Named to 30 Under Thirty

Jessica Gorski , associate athletic director for sport administration at Daemen College, has been named a class of 2014 honoree in Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under Thirty. The annual program recognizes young professionals in Western New York who are performing at high levels in the early stages of their careers, both at work and in the community. She will be honored with the rest of the 2014 class at a cocktail party and awards ceremony from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at the USS Little Rock at the Naval and Military Park in Buffalo.

"I am honored to have been selected for the 2014 Buffalo Business First 30 Under Thirty class," Gorski said. "I have been presented with a variety of opportunities at Daemen where I have the pleasure of working among highly talented colleagues from the department of athletics as well as other divisions. I have enjoyed these opportunities as a learning experience and a form of professional growth."

48th Annual Lewiston Art Festival

LEWISTON, NY - This weekend hundreds of people turned out for the 48th annual Lewiston Art Festival. The festival showcased the work of more than 175 artists from more than a dozen states, as far away as Alaska, Florida and Texas.

Artists competed for prize money and visitors got to be the judge for the people's choice award for best mural.

Vandals destroy memorial for fallen hero

LOCKPORT, NY - Someone has done the unthinkable. In Niagara County, there was outrage Sunday that someone destroyed a memorial dedicated to a local veteran who fought and died in Iraq.

It was 2009, when Specialist Albert Jex was killed in a suicide bomber's attack on a convoy of Humvees in Iraq.

In his hometown there's memorial bench in his honor.

But someone vandalized it. Jex's mother, Cathy MacFarlane, is out of town and just happened to check Facebook only to find out what happened.

"A friend of mine sent me a photo of the bench after it was destroyed," said MacFarlane. "It was like, oh my goodness. It was like total shock. I can't believe it."

This is a bench she worked hard to get -- for anyone who just needs to take a break. It's also a way to remember her son's sacrifice.

Newfane intersection has history of crashes

NEWFANE, NY – Town officials are looking at possibly changing an intersection that has a history of crashes.

Earlier this week, Douglas Coleman died after speeding down Transit Road, failing to stop at Lake Road, and then driving straight into, and through, a private home.

Town Supervisor Timothy Horanburg confirmed with 2 On Your Side that Douglas's brother is a Newfane councilman.

The supervisor says it's time to evaluate the history of that intersection.

Development plans announced for Rainbow Mall

NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- Redevelopment plans are in place now for the nearly vacant Rainbow Centre Mall in Niagara Falls.

Uniland has been selected to redevelop the mall. Expected plans for the mall, which will be called 'Wonderfalls" include: a 15-story hotel, spa, daredevil adventure park, and retail and food venues. Michael Montante Vice President of Uniland calls the plan "a game changer".

Newfane man killed after car hits house

BURT, N.Y.-- A Newfane man is dead following an accident in Niagara County.

The accident happened on Lake Road in the Town of Burt Tuesday morning.

Niagara County Sheriff investigators say a car driven by Douglas Coleman, 49, was traveling north on Transit Road at a high rate of speed, crossed over Lake Road and hit a house.

The car traveled through the house and came to rest partially outside the rear of the home.

Coleman was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are still investigating the accident.

The crash damaged the foundation of the house and has left a hole in the home, leaving Ontario Lake in the property's backyard visible from Lake Road.

The owner was not home at the time; she has requested not to be named.