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Area residents who helped build the atomic weapons of the Cold War may now qualify for compensation. Rep. Brian Higgins says says workers at Hooker Chemical and other local factories were exposed to radiation without adequate monitoring or protection.

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If you're among the throngs of travelers who will be in long lines at airport terminals during the holiday, the NFTA's public affairs director is encouraging you to build in extra time for enhanced security.

If you're planning a road trip over the holiday weekend, you're in good company.

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Senator Charles Schumer is calling for a ban on green lasers following an incident where a FedEx plane flying high over Jamestown was "lit up" by a laser.

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Diversity hiring goals at the SolarCity plant under construction in South Buffalo have not resulted in a lot of jobs for African Americans, even though they account for nearly 40 percent of the city’s population. Charlotte Keith from our partner Investigative Post analyzed the employment data.

Another project spinning off from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is working its way through the development process.

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While attendance has been an issue in Buffalo Public Schools for years, there is increasing concern about the inability of students to learn if they don't show up for class.

Canada has pledged to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. That means in December, hundreds will arrive every day. But since the militant attacks in Paris, some political leaders in the country have voiced concern and, in some regions, there has been a backlash against Muslims.

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A Niagara County-based state Senator would like to change the plan by which New York State and local entities including the City of Niagara Falls split revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino.

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The memory of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will live on for years in to the future. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has announced $7 million in gifts for local groups.

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The New York Public Interest Research Group has issued its 30th annual dangerous and toxic toy survey just in time for the holiday shopping season. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports the survey was revealed on the Buffalo State campus Tuesday by NYPRIG.

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It may be last call for Erie County's 4 a.m. bar closing time — at least, if two of Western New York's most prominent police unions have their way.

UB names Allen Greene its new Athletic Director

Nov 24, 2015
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It didn't take long for the University at Buffalo to find its successor to departing athletics director Danny White. Allen Greene, who worked directly under White at UB since 2012, has been promoted to the post.

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Vandals struck the Michigan Street Baptist Church in Buffalo over the weekend leaving damage to the historic markers. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the church is a reminder of Buffalo's connection to the Underground Railroad.  

The final margin may have been close, but the Bills 20-13 loss to the Patriots once again featured critical penalties and poor clock management. "These types of mistakes are beyond tiresome. And you have to wonder how much is on coaching at this point in the season," said analyst Matt Sabuda.

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An unimaginable tragedy has struck the same Western New York family twice.

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Are you warm right now? Do you have your very own home or apartment to lay your head tonight? Is your refrigerator well-stocked with holiday delicacies?

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If the city is to have a Green Code to control future development, the Community Action Organization is arguing there should be an Energy Code to make sure current housing is energy-efficient.

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While most of the Erie County Legislature's public hearing on County Executive Poloncarz' budget proposal revolved around the mass of cultural agencies and their county grants, the meeting was dominated by the burgeoning crisis of fatal drug overdoses.

At a hearing held by the State Assembly on expanded voting, advocates argued that New York needs to join more than half of the other state who offer some kind of extended voting.

On Sunday night, the ION Network will show "A Prince for Christmas," the film that was shot in East Aurora last winter. During WBFO's Press Pass, Tim Clark of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission discussed how the production offers another example of how the movie industry is flourishing in the region.

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The next phase in a reconstruction of Buffalo Harbor State Park is getting underway, New York State officials announced on Monday.

Consumer, law enforcement leaders warn of gift card fraud

Nov 23, 2015
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With the official start to the holiday shopping season just days away, local officials are warning consumers to be protective of their credit information, and warning retailers to be careful about gift card fraud.

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Ted's Hot Dogs is officially back in its hometown. The new downtown location of one of Buffalo's oldest fast-food establishments opened Monday morning on West Chippewa Street near Elmwood Avenue.


Gasoline prices in many parts of the country could fall below $2 per gallon for the first time in more than six years, according to industry experts.

Portrait in “Three Years in Europe: Places I Have Seen and People I Have Met,” via Project Gutenberg

In his 1847 memoir, “Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave,” the abolitionist William Wells Brown recalled the years he spent in Buffalo as a worker on lake boats. He remembered one dramatic episode from his Buffalo years in gripping detail.


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A Buffalo Public School teacher is out with another hip-hop, rap video that blasts New York State for too many standardized tests, Common Core and state receivership. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has more on this latest education activism video.

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The Ice at Canalside opened for its second winter season Monday. Some new amenities are available this year for visitors who want to stay warm or do some shopping.

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As the holiday shopping season creeps forward, nearly nine out of 10 consumers say they'll try to avoid traditional brick-and-mortar stores, turning instead to online retailers.

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Every high school student in New York State will now learn CPR before graduation.  The recent mandate from the State Board of Regents follows a push from the American Heart Association and a contingent of dedicated CPR instructors, who know just how vital the life-saving skill can be.