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Skyway's rehab called into question

Local drivers who travel the Skyway can expect delays, road closures and detours in the coming months. The New York State DOT is expecting to begin rehab work on the bridge over the Buffalo River in the coming months. And a public information meeting about the project is set for next week. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports - Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for the Skyway's replacement.

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First, it was The Supremes, then The Beatles, then The Police. Now there is news that another enduring band is breaking up: Chuck E. Cheese's The Pizza Time Players.

Chuck E. Cheese — a large rat puppet with a New York accent — along with his fellow animatronic pals sing and shake their mechanical limbs to cover tunes in about 500 pizza restaurants nationwide.

The hashtag is 10! Yes, the symbol that started out as the lowly "number sign" or "pound" on the telephone keypad and later morphed into something entirely different is 10 years old today. And it has accomplished quite a lot. In fact, it's hard to imagine modern communication without it.

And you might think it was all by design. That the folks running Twitter needed a catchy little tool to help their new platform catch fire, and the hashtag is what they came up with.

But that's not the way it happened.

Edwin LoVallo

Vincent LoVallo is an Uber driver. Yes, it is the same Vincent LoVallo who used to be Buffalo’s Streets Commissioner, Mayoral Chief of Staff and City Councilmember. He said ride-hailing coming to Buffalo is similar to when food trucks first came to the area.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Local drivers who travel the Skyway can expect delays, road closures and detours in the coming months. The New York State DOT is expecting to begin rehab work on the bridge over the Buffalo River in the coming months. And a public information meeting about the project is set for next week. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports - Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for the Skyway's replacement.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officially opened its new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wednesday.

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Nearly 51-years ago this week - President Llyndon Johnson spoke in downtown Buffalo about the importance of clean water and the need to save Lake Erie from pollution. Now local advocates are pushing to "Save the EPA."  

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Thousands of pounds of chicken wings and thousands of hungry visitors will be on their way to downtown Buffalo this Labor Day weekend for the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Festival founder and well-known “Wing King” Drew Cerza says there will be plenty of new attractions at the fest, thanks to the growth of downtown Buffalo.

NIAGARA FALLS, NY - An environmental alert was issued by the New York State Alert system early Wednesday morning advising residents of a sewer discharge in the Niagara River near the popular American Falls.


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For the second time in about a week offensive and racist graffiti was written on a school playground. The words "sit here if gay" and the “N” word were discovered Sunday evening outside the Maple East Elementary School Williamsville. 

Invasive or not? A Great Lakes puzzle

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Around the Great Lakes, millions of dollars are spent to fight invasive species like Asian carp. They cause a lot of damage. But when scientists discover a new animal or plant in the region, it’s not always clear if it’s harmful - or helpful.


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