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Harborcenter to host World Sled Hockey Championships

BUFFALO, N.Y. - This is a big week for Buffalo's Harborcenter, as the facility gets ready to host the World Sled Hockey Championships.

In preparation for the big event, The First Niagara Rink at Harborcenter is now equipped with sled hockey logos. New synthetic ice has also been installed. This weekend's championship will feature athletes from eight teams around the world.

"We couldn't be more excited. Everything went very well when we had the World Under 18 Women's Championship just a few months ago and now to have a chance to have our second world championship in less than a year is nothing more than pure excitement," said Harborcenter Communications Manager Don Heins.

The United States will take on Russia in the preliminary round Sunday night.

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Two taken to hospital after Downtown collision

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A car traveling south on South Elmwood Avenue hit another vehicle that was turning left on Niagara Street early Sunday morning, police say. The accident occurred at about 2:30 a.m.

The driver of the first vehicle, a 24-year-old Niagara Falls woman, and a passenger in the other car were taken to Buffalo General Hospital for treatment.

No word on their condition at this time. No charges have been filed.

Spring clean-up in Larkinville

BUFFALO, NY - The beautiful weather we had on Saturday proved to be perfect for doing a little spring clean-up.

Volunteers from First Niagara Bank organized a flash mob to help clean up the city's Larkinville neighborhood.

The event was held in recognition of Earth Day (which is this Wednesday), and organizers say they hope to encourage people to keep the city clean.

"It's only right that we are out here helping, too," said Kyle Kriebaum, First Niagara compliance manager. "It doesn't take a huge corporation to do it. It was our volunteer board who really got this started so it's really on a people-to-people level we are trying to make a difference."

First Niagara employees hope to hold similar events in the future.

BPS board member disputes district claims

BUFFALO, NY - A Buffalo school board member is calling out the Buffalo Public Schools for advocating for the Common Core testing after more than a thousand students within the district opted out of the ELA portion of the exam.

About 7 percent of students in grades three through eight opted out.

Dr Barbara Seals Nevergold is upset with how the Buffalo school district went about announcing this in an email that stated it was the district's expectation that everyone would take the test.

The email stated:

Dr. Genelle Morris, Assistant Superintendent of Shared Accountability has said that 1,085 of 14,589 students, or 7 percent, in grades 3 through 8 refused the ELA State Assessment tests administered by the District this past week.

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Outer harbor hangout Dug's Dive is closing

BUFFALO, NY - Dug's Dive has been a popular waterfront hangout in Buffalo for years. On Wednesday night, we learned that it would be shutting down, and that leaves a hole in plans for the Outer Harbor.

So Dan Telvock from Investigative Post is looking to the future, and what comes next for the restaurant at the Small Boat Harbor.

A new landlord, Darby Campbell of Safe Harbor Development out of Knoxville, said he will manage the property under a 25-year lease awarded to him in February by the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation. As Dan found out, he has big changes in mind.

Another Clarence Greenprint Success: Mosher Farm Protected in Perpetuity

Another Clarence Greenprint Success: Mosher Farm Protected in Perpetuity


Today, the Western New York Land Conservancy finalized a conservation easement on the 43-acre Mosher Farm on Keller Road in Clarence, protecting that land in perpetuity. Since purchasing the property in 2009, the Town of Clarence has leased the land to local farmers for agricultural use. Protecting the Mosher Farm was made possible by the innovative and award-winning Clarence Greenprint, an open space preservation program that provides funding for conserving natural land and farmland. 

H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin on April 27

H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin on April 27


USCIS has announced that it will begin premium processing for cap subject H-1B petitions requesting premium processing, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, on April 27, 2015. USCIS also announced that it would temporarily adjust its premium processing practice due to the historic number of premium processing cases received and also due to the cap being met in the first five business days of the filing season.