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Stella Niagara Preserve officially opens to public

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The Western New York Land Conservancy is celebrating what it calls the permanent preservation of the largest parcel of undeveloped land along the Niagara River.

Major road repair set for two Lackawanna streets

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Two of the City of Lackawanna's busiest roads will be getting repaved this summer, paid for by a grant arranged by New York State Senator Tim Kennedy.

More New Yorkers are going solar

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Solar energy use is heating up in New York State, according to a state report released this week.

The death of a 4-year-old boy from the Town of Perry in Wyoming County is being called a "tragic accident."

A hotel project planned for Batavia Downs is receiving $628,000 in tax abatements, an allowance that has sparked criticism in Genesee County. On WBFO's Press Pass, Howard Owens, publisher of the The Batavian.com, makes sense of a dollars-and-cents issue for local taxpayers.


Gus Macker promoter says event still moving forward

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Plans to host the Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Grand Island are proceeding, says the local promoter serving as the point man for the event.

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The controversy surrounding Lancaster's former mascot is not going away anytime soon.  The Lancaster School Board swore in two new members Monday night who supported the old Redskins name.  The meeting was filled with bickering between those who were in favor of retiring the name and others attempting to restore the previous mascot.

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The State Department of Transportation has announced that "traffic calming" initiatives will be implemented this year along the Scajaquada Corridor following a tragedy that took the life of a three-year-old boy in May. 

Higgins discusses Middle East trip, stopping ISIS

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Rep. Brian Higgins was among a delegation which recently traveled to the Middle East to meet with other leaders concerned about the rising influence of the group that calls itself Islamic State .

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A spokesman for Rich Products says the company is heartbroken over a deadly accident at their Fort Erie operations Monday.

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A brief ceremony was held in Buffalo City Hall Monday to officially change the name of Squaw Island to Unity Island.

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A local anti-fracking group is prodding Governor Andrew Cuomo to impose a statewide ban on the shipment of explosive oils.  Western New York Drilling Defense member Charley Bowman tells WBFO that

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The Sabres anticipation and finally signing of Jack Eichel appears to be boosting sales of Sabres apparel.

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Residents in the Town of Clarence have been dealing with problems on Tonawanda Creek Road for about a decade, as erosion has caused part of the road to collapse. During a stop there Monday, Sen. Charles Schumer warned that unless Congress acts, road funding will run out soon.

A local literacy specialist is encouraging families to make sure they are supporting reading for their children. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Judy Bradbury, a local literacy specialist and co-author of Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy.

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People with post-concussion syndrome may benefit from pioneering treatment developed in Buffalo.

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Though the DEC is finally planning to clear the contaminated soil at the former waterfront site of Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon believes a better plan should be developed.

New York's history is filled with great events, going back centuries to the Dutch and even earlier. Author and college professor Bruce Dearstyne writes about some specific events in his new book The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State's History.

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Traffic across the Peace Bridge into the U.S. should be moving a lot faster in the wake of the experimental system of checking trucks before they start across.


Albany is ramping up the pressure to raise the quality of teachers in public schools -- not just current teachers with a rating system, but also new teachers by improving training programs.

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Friends and family to deceased war veteran Corporal Robert J. Smith gathered in West Seneca Sunday morning to recognize him for his contributions during the Vietnam War.

Clinton escapee David Sweat was released from Albany Medical Center early Sunday morning and has returned to a maximum security correctional facility. 

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Tens of thousands of holiday revelers filled the grounds at Canalside yesterday for a day long celebration of the Fourth of July.

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A suspicious package forced Niagara County Sheriff's deputies to cordon off a section of Old Falls Street last night.

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Genesee County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a Cheektowaga woman.

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The Red Cross has been called to assist an East Side family after an early morning fire.

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Emergency rescue personnel were called to the Niagara Gorge last night to rescue an injured hiker.

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Just as one of the two killers who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York is laid to rest, the other leaves questions unanswered for law enforcers.

Sabres give O'Reilly record contract

Jul 4, 2015
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Ryan O'Reilly, one of the newest Buffalo Sabres, has signed the richest contract in team history. The forward will make $52.5 million over the next 7 years. The previous high was a 7-year $50 million deal offered to Thomas Vanek.

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The Buffalo Police Department is taking a two-pronged approach to solving its cold cases.

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