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Hope ran strong last night during the Party in the Plaza, as fans readied for the opening game of the long Buffalo Sabres season and the official regular season debut of Jack Eichel. Eichel didn't disappoint, notching his first career goal in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa.

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NPR's Family Matters drew a large crowd Thursday night to the WNED-TV studio.

Chautauqua County is joining Erie County in banning personal care products containing microbeads.

As Buffalo continues its growth spurt, or renaissance, and property values rise, some smaller theaters are feeling squeezed. Four of them have had to find new venues, including A.R.T., B.U.A., Road Less Travelled, and Rust Belt Books, which is now at 415 Grant Street.

Buffalo Beauts women's pro hockey debuts this Sunday

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Western New York's thriving hockey scene adds a new team into its fabric, with the debut of the Buffalo Beauts this Sunday afternoon. It's one of four charter members of the all-new National Women's H0ckey League.


A decades-old celebration of Finnish culture and heritage makes its way to Buffalo this weekend.

Sheriffs seek info on firebombing of Clarence home

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The Erie County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help in gathering information regarding a firebombing incident Tuesday night in the town of Clarence.

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University at Buffalo Police are investigating an overnight assault that occurred on the south campus.  In an alert issued to the campus community, UB Police stated the victim and two friends were playing Frisbee in the Main-Bailey parking lot in Buffalo at 1:35 a.m. Thursday.  

Kleinhans Music Hall dedicates new archive room

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As Kleinhans Music Hall prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary, visitors to the Buffalo landmark will now get to enjoy a glance at some relics telling the story of the hall, and of Buffalo through the years.

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Buffalo's newest hotel celebrated its official grand opening Wednesday. After extensive renovations, one of the city's historic mansions is now a boutique inn.

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A program that promotes healthy living for children will be set up at eight Buffalo Public Schools. WBFO's Eileen Buckley said it is the Coordinated Approach to Child Health known as CATCH.

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With more than half of Buffalo Public high school students missing more than a month of school the city district remains focused on removing barriers that prevent students from going to school. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says specific problems cause some students to stay home.

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While he's excited for the nationwide release of "Finding Noah," producer and Buffalo native Jonathan Shaw notes tonight is likely the only night his documentary will appear in movie theaters.

Baseball fans in Toronto finally have something to celebrate. The Blue Jays are in the playoffs after a drought of more than 20 years, after having clinched first place in the American League East and fans are ecstatic.

It's opening night for the Buffalo Sabres and with the new season comes the return of WBFO's Behind The Bench, our weekly look at the team both on and off the ice. Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe joins WBFO's Omar Fetouh for a preview of what fans can expect from this year's squad, which has undergone a massive overhaul over the past several months.

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The latest installation from the Public Art Initiative is now on display at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. It's the latest effort resulting from the partnership between the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Erie County.

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There was a sense of victory Wednesday afternoon in Batavia with the announcement that a $700 million  solar wafer plant would add 1,000 jobs to Genesee County.

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Governor Cuomo, facing questions about the on going federal probe of contracts associated with his Buffalo Billion economic development project, was reluctant to say much about the progress of the investigation.

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The movement to make Erie County's bars close sooner took a step forward Wednesday when a county lawmaker introduced legislation asking the State Liquor Authority to change the current 4 a.m. closing time to 2 a.m. Bar owners are offering differing opinions about the proposed new closing time.

A new consumer sentiment study shows New Yorkers are thinking twice before reaching for their wallets.

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For weeks, the Erie County Clerk has been suggesting a change in the county's closing time for bars. Chris Jacobs now has a supporter in the Erie County Legislature willing to sponsor the proposal.

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Buffalo's primary airport is constructing a lactation room for traveling, nursing mothers. The announcement comes after legislation was recently introduced in the state legislature by Buffalo senator Tim Kennedy that would require large New York airports to offer such rooms.

The Red Cross has dispatched 11 Western New York volunteers to assist in the flood-ravaged areas of South Carolina. "We're trying to help the people who were in harm's way to have a safe place to be," said volunteer Diane Sargent.

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New York Congressman Tom Reed is calling for mental health legislation as means to prevent mass shootings in the U-S. 

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As weaponized drones become an increasingly common method of warfare, activists are speaking out against them.

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A national leader in the 'opt out' movement appeared at an education forum last night at the Niagara Falls High School.  Carol Burris is an award winning retired principal from a Long Island School who now serves as the Executive Director of the Network for Public Education Foundation. Burris appeared in our studio's to discuss her mission with WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley as she speaks out against Common Core and standardized testing.    

The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission has been pushing for major improvements at the U.S. end of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge for years. Now, Washington is starting to clear the way for a $64 million rebuild and expansion.

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For two generations, the Kensington Expressway has cut through Buffalo's East Side along the route of Frederick Law Olmsted's old Humboldt Parkway. Now, there's an increasing push back against Route 33, even a movement to roof it over for much of its path.

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As daylight grows shorter, Downtown Buffalo looks different as county officials Tuesday night unveiled a new lighting system showing off one of the city's most familiar landmarks, Old County Hall.

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With the dilapidated Central Terminal on Buffalo's East Side as a backdrop, the Republican candidate for Erie County Executive, Ray Walter said, he will revitalize poor communities by creating "Growth and Opportunity Zones."