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Several Orchard Park residents began their weekend as victims of vandalism.

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Health officials in Ontario are reporting on an outbreak of mumps in Toronto.

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A Rochester area woman will be spending time behind bars for producing child pornography.

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In the midst of state budget negotiations for 2017, one local Senator is giving the legislature an ultimatum on the second phase of the Buffalo Billion.


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Niagara University is announcing the launch of a new on-campus center that, school officials say, will foster and grow the institution's commitment to diversity and social justice.


A former Niagara University and minor league hockey player has been found guilty in a murder-for-hire killing of his wife nearly two years ago in the Southern Tier.

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New York State Regent Catherine Collins served as the keynote speaker at a Black History Month Celebration Thursday.  Collins delivered an address at The Eighth Judicial District Diversity Steering Committee event held in Erie County's Ceremonial Courtroom. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Collins discussed “The Crisis in Black Education". 

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Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a directive to the state education department to tell all school districts to protect transgender students. This is in response to the removal of a federal transgender bathroom guideline by the Trump administration. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley gathered reaction. 

Niagara Aquarium

Work has started on a new exhibit for rare Humboldt Penguins at the Niagara Aquarium,  a $3.3 million project that represents the largest capital investment at the attraction in a half-century.

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Members of Allentown's LGBTQ community met behind closed doors Thursday night to talk about solutions to the apparent gay-bashing incident early Saturday morning in Allentown that left several people hurt outside a popular pizza business.

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A small number of citizens turned out to ask real questions of real cops about how policing works in Buffalo, during a meeting sponsored by Masten District Common Councilmember Ulysees Wingo.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing legislation to help seniors who have been financially exploited by phone and online scams. Scammers hack personal information and trick seniors into giving them money.

Ne York State

A boost is in store for the New York economy. Empire State Development says 43 businesses are expanding or coming to New York state to partner with colleges and universities.

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The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.


Two excellent offerings this week include AFTER THE REVOLUTION, the second of the three Amy Herzog plays presented this season at by the Jewish Repertory Theatre at the JCC in Getzville and THE COLLECTION by Harold Pinter at Torn Space Theater on Fillmore near Paderewski. Both feature strong emotions, deal with secrets and felt betrayals, although the threats in the Herzog play are not as palpable as they are in the Pinter, where they hang like a miasma, affecting everyone.

J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney says it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores, as well as two distribution centers, over the next several months, as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.

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A borrowing agreement involving Erie County and the Erie County Medical Center Corporation, one that would help the latter fund construction of a major capital project, fell short of approval in the Erie County Legislature. The County Executive says with no deal in place, the county faces a deficit that will result in cuts to other services.


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While most Americans will celebrate Fat Tuesday next week as the traditional final indulgence until the start of Lent, some are already beginning festivities with Fat Thursday. Yes, it's real.

A training program for parents and family of children with special needs is accepting enrollment. The Parent Leadership Program is being put on for its seventh year by the Parent Network of Western New York.

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As federal elected officials face noisy constituents at town hall meetings nationwide, New York's senior U.S. Senator and that body's minority leader took questions Wednesday about his own ability to be reached.


WWII veteran finally receives military honors

Feb 23, 2017
Michael Mroziak

For one local veteran, the effects of racism were allowed to linger for seven decades. George Watts, who served in a segregated unit in World War II, received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1946. He didn't receive his military service medals until yesterday.

NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

A Batavia man has been arrested for harassing and endangering three children in his care at the New York State School for the Blind.

Wegmans

Wegmans is responding to criticism by Costco over how prices are displayed in its stores.

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Kiarre Harris of Buffalo is making a federal case out of home-schooling her two children.

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The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County held its first ever stakeholders breakfast in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday. The organization tells WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley it is working to reach out to community providers to help prevent suicides. 

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A Miami, FL man who was caught at the Canadian border with 73 forged credit cards has been sentenced to just under a year in jail.

Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan delivered his final State of the County on Wednesday, ending his presentation with the announcement that he will not seek re-election.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the upcoming March 1 NHL trade deadline and whether star forward Evander Kane could be dealt to another team. If not Kane, which other Sabres might other teams be interested in (Dmitry Kulikov? Cody Franson?) and what would GM Tim Murray want in return?


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Exactly how do you evaluate the superintendent of an urban school system? The Buffalo School Board grappled with that issue Wednesday night.

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A longtime member of the Erie County Legislature is weighing whether or not to enter the race for Mayor of Buffalo.


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