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Trump Signs Order To End Family Separations

Updated at 5:18 p.m. ET President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. "We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said Wednesday morning, when he announced that he would sign the order....

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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says warm weather is bringing out shady contractors. Mychajliw says con artists often approach seniors by offering deals on home improvements paid in cash.

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The years-long struggle over more Buffalo school dollars going to minority companies and agencies boiled over again last night as Board Member Paulette Woods tried to stop approval of some high-dollar contracts.


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A new community policing initiative was rolled out in Buffalo Wednesday as part of the city's first Clean Sweep of 2018. Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood says the Buffalo Police Department Neighborhood Engagement Team, or BPD NET, will provide high visibility foot and mobile patrols in city neighnorhoods.

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The legislative session in Albany adjourned Wednesday night without action on key ethics reforms, despite ongoing corruption trials over the Cuomo administration’s economic development programs.

Buffalo broadcasters Hall of Fame gets new members

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Six people who have garnered local and national attention were introduced Wednesday as the newest members of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2018 includes retired WGRZ-TV anchor John Beard, current Star 102.5 show host Roger Christian, national radio station manager Tom Langmyer, broadcast engineer Tom Atkins, 97 Rock Program Director John Hager, and the late Mary Lounsbury, the first female general manager of a Buffalo radio station.

A man died while in the custody of Buffalo police Tuesday night after swallowing a bag of white powder during a traffic stop.

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President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday to end his controversial policy that has resulted in thousands of family separations and brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

"We're going to keep families together but we still have to maintain toughness or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don't stand for and that we don't want," Trump said Wednesday morning, when he announced that he would sign the order.

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Buffalo is coming closer to completing development rules for the city's waterways.  While waterfront development often focuses on the shorelines of Lake Erie, the new rules would also take into account properties near Scajaquada Creek.


President Trump and administration officials are walking a fine line on family separation at the border.

They argue they don't like the policy, but that their hands are tied — and instead are pointing fingers at Congress to "fix" it.

There may be good reason for that — the policy (and it is a Trump administration policy, despite the Homeland Security secretary's claims to the contrary) is unpopular.

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Tops Markets took another step toward getting out of bankruptcy yesterday.  Teamsters working in the warehouse supplying the company's markets agreed to take major hits in wages, benefits and pensions.

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Origins of Buffalo’s mental health treatment

Part 1 of a series Caring for the mentally ill in an institutional setting began in the Buffalo in the late 1800s at what was once the Buffalo State Asylum at Forest and Elmwood avenues. As part of our Mental Health Reporting Initiative, WBFO senior reporter Eileen Buckley explores the origins of the massive Richardson Olmsted Complex, built as a place of healing for the mentally ill.

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MORE PHOTOS: Because we can't get enough of the 2018 Artie Awards

So you can't get enough Artie Awards 2018 coverage? Neither can we. Check out all the glitz and glamour, the gowns and shoe cam, Anthony Chase's epaulets and more in this slide show of photos from the 28th annual event on June 3, presented by WNED|WBFO.

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WBFO wins AP's Outstanding News Operation in Radio for fifth straight year

WBFO earned nine first-place awards at the New York State Associated Press Association awards banquet on Saturday – more than any other radio or television station in the state.

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Tereza Lee is a music teacher and a concert pianist who is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Manhattan School of Music.

But Lee, who was born in Brazil to parents who fled South Korea in the wake of the Korean War, is also known for something else: she's the original inspiration behind the DREAM Act, the legislative effort to provide legal status to undocumented children.

Earlier this year, corporate titans Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon announced they would team up to form a new health care company. Their mission: Improve health and save a few bucks for the 1 million people who work for Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase. Today we learned that Atul Gawande will lead this still-to-be-named venture. Gawande is an accomplished surgeon, a Harvard professor, a staff writer at the New Yorker and a best-selling author.

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When The White House Can't Be Believed

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This essay isn't about spin, or splitting hairs, or differing opinions.

This involves a reality check about our expectations of the people who act in our name. About credibility at the highest levels of our government. About people whose words are heard abroad as speaking for our nation. About the public and the media that try, however imperfectly, to serve it.

With NBA picks, data can only take you so far

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The NBA draft takes place tomorrow in Brooklyn, when teams make big bets on young players, hoping they might been the next LeBron James or Steph Curry, that once-in-a-generation player who can transform a team's fortunes. But these players are notoriously risky investments.

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Two thousand, three hundred - that is the number of children estimated to have been separated from their parents at the border since the Trump administration instituted its zero-tolerance policy.

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Heritage Moments: An Ode to Bridges

The Niagara Frontier is a land of bridges. And if the bridges themselves are not particularly spectacular, the places they span are — rushing waterways and international borders, vertiginous gorges and ship-choked canals, great lakes and thundering cataracts. The wind-swept geography of a vast inland sea, linked improbably by leaping ribbons of steel.

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