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Tornado leaves extensive damage in Hamburg

Two tornados touched down in the Southtowns Thursday afternoon. One was confirmed to have hit land near Holland. The other made its way through parts of Hamburg, leaving extensive damage at the Erie County Fairgrounds and Hamburg Casino.

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Cylla von Tiedemann/Stratford Festival

For the Stratford Festival this year, veteran stage, big screen and small screen performer Laurie Murdoch is Sir Joseph Porter in "HMS Pinafore" and Arvide Abernathy in "Guys and Dolls," two-well known roles in classic stage musicals. WBFO's Mike Desmond interviewed Murdoch in Stratford, ON.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Infrastructure improvements are planned for a busy South Buffalo street and a nearby park. Details were announced on Monday.


West Seneca Children's Psychiatric Center

Moving the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center is on hold. State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto issued a temporary restraining order Monday, stopping "all construction and related activities" for moving the facility to the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County Family Court is receiving more than two million dollars over the next five years to enhance its Drug Court program by making more services to both addicts and their loved ones as they collectively continue through a struggle for treatment and recovery.


Barclay Damon

Jack Quinn may have retired as President of Erie Community College, but his long and high-profile career took only a short break. Quinn has quickly found a new position with the law firm Barclay Damon.

Aquarium of Niagara

For the first time in 30 years, a new harbor seal pup has been born at the Aquarium of Niagara.

On Tuesday, environmental advocates will be watching closely as a Congressional spending committee considers a $300 million restoration program for the Great Lakes.

Update: Committee vote is good news for the Great Lakes.

President Trump's 2018 budget plan eliminated the money, which has gone to a wide range of projects -- from cleaning up pollution to battling the Asian carp. Now, Congress has a chance to restore funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

WiseGeek

An estimated 120 experts in semiconductor technology are in Buffalo this week for a major international forum where computers, solar energy and other so-called smart technology will be discussed.


WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Niagara University is among three other local Roman Catholic colleges that 'opted' into the state's new financial aid program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Niagara is part of just one-third of private colleges who signed up for the Enhanced Tuition Award program. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

While the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has demolished two buildings on the former home of Osmose Holdings on Ellicott Street, the city Preservation Board still wants the remaining buildings listed as city landmarks. This may lead to changes in what information has to be on the application for a demolition.

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Eileen Koteras Elibol

AP awards WBFO Outstanding News Operation in Radio

WBFO has been named Outstanding News Operation in radio by the New York State Associated Press, snaring three first place awards, eight second place awards and four third place awards in the annual AP awards competition.

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Great Lakes Today

Major funding for Great Lakes Today on WBFO is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people

Cafeteria Chats

Students face a lot of challenges in today’s schools. What better place to find out about them than in the cafeteria? Join WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Western New York students for Cafeteria Chats.

Artie Awards Photo Galleries

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The Artie Awards were held on June 5 at Shea's 710 Theatre. WNED | WBFO presented the 27th annual awards. Check out our photo galleries with images by Eileen Koteras Elibol and Christopher Hyzy. Click here and here for more Arties photos.

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Heritage Moments

National Archives and Records Administration

Heritage Moments: America’s first spymaster and what Buffalo taught him about secrecy

Wild Bill Donovan he was called, the most famous son of Buffalo’s Old First Ward. He was the man who basically invented America’s intelligence apparatus, having founded and directed the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, the spy agency that eventually became the CIA.

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