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Budding young writers came from across all of Western New York to the WNED|WBFO studios to share their stories as part of the PBS Kids Writers Contest.

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More than 90-years after its construction, a historic building in the heart of Buffalo’s East Side is getting new life and restored purpose. The 1926 casino building in Martin Luther King Jr. Park is nearly through the third and final phase of a $2.6 million renovation.


During a boat ride along Buffalo's waterfront, during which Governor Andrew Cuomo and other political leaders celebrated economic development, the head of Empire State Development announced that Moog Incorporated will soon spend million of dollars and create new jobs at two of its local sites.


Now in their fifth year, Raíces Theatre Company has found the sweet spot where resources and mission match the founders' original vision. 

New York lawmakers have voted to let Uber and Lyft begin picking up passengers in upstate New York a little early.

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A new poll finds New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is at his highest approval rating in three years. According to the Siena College poll, 61 percent of voters now say they view him favorably overall, and just over half 51 percent say they like the job he’s doing in office.


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President Donald Trump's latest federal budget proposal, released on Tuesday, increases overall military spending but also recommends a new round of base closings. But advocates for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station are not panicking just yet.


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Tapestry Charter School is turning to the Industrial Land Development Corporation as the school seeks financing for its planned expansion along Great Arrow. The ILC, part of the county Industrial Development Agency, will review a complex application that totals $35 million.


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Buffalo State College broke ground Tuesday on its new LoRusso Alumni & Visitor Center. The center, located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street, is scheduled to open a year from now.


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Faith leaders from around New York came to the Capitol to gain support in the state Senate to adopt a statewide single-payer health care system. It would be an alternative to the national Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump have been trying to dismantle.


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The two leaders of the Buffalo Public School District and Catholic schools held a conversation Tuesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash met with Catholic Schools Superintendent Sister Carol Cimino at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo Tuesday.   

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The City of Buffalo is preparing to continue with the build out of Canalside. The process is expected to start moving forward in May. 


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New York State spent more than $600 million building a factory for SolarCity at the RiverBend site in South Buffalo. You might be surprised at what some of that money went for.


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Local government and law enforcement are teaming up with a local beverage retailer and advocate for drug-and-alcohol abuse prevention, to launch a campaign discouraging underage drinking. With prom and graduation season getting underway, supporters of "Not A Minor Problem" hope to stop short-term decisions that could cause long-term consequences, including deaths.


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Several city officials joined Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in kicking off the 2017 paving season Tuesday.

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As the U.K. continues to react to the bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night, major cities around the world are considering their own safety. There are a number of plans in the works between City of Buffalo police and their partners in law enforcement to enhance security at one of the city’s most popular destinations – Canalside.

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UPDATE: The AMBER Alert for McKenzie Wilson, 12, has been canceled. Authorities say she was found in Farmersvile and is unharmed.

Major insurers accused of defrauding Medicare

May 23, 2017

The complexities of billing the Medicare program may have provided cover for some major health insurers in an effort to defraud the federal government. According to a report from The New York Times, the companies may have exaggerated patient diagnoses to inflate Medicare payments by billions of dollars. Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins decried the practice, calling it a "blatant violation of the public trust."

Millions of dollars are being invested into development projects on Buffalo's East Side. While plans are crystallizing at the former site of Buffalo Forge on Broadway, it appears an overhaul of the Central Terminal has been put on hold.  As Business First's Jim Fink points out during WBFO's Press Pass, though the delay may disappoint some,  the overall development discussion provides a positive sign for an often overlooked part of the city. 


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Law enforcement in Niagara County is getting nearly $700,000 to fight violent crime.

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The fight is continuing between Congressman Brian Higgins and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, as the agency says it will move forward on its 2013 master plan.

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Canisius High School in Buffalo is getting ready to create a new art center.  The school has purchased the Conners mansion at 1140 Delaware Avenue on Delaware. It is directly across from the school campus at the corner of Delaware and West Ferry Street. 

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A section of North Buffalo will be very different if a massive new apartment complex is built. The property at the corner of Main  Street and Hertel Avenue is working through the city's regulatory process.

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After an embarrassing controversy over stipend payments, the beleaguered group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate is trying to change the subject.


New York State tax officials are reminding home and property owners that Tuesday, May 23 is the deadline in most communities to challenge one's assessment.


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New York State is putting forth millions of dollars to assist municipalities affected by rising water levels along the Lake Ontario shoreline. If a bill passes the State Senate this week, private property owners may see some relief, too.


A Batavia woman whose twin toddler sons died in a fire while she went to buy marijuana has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Keeping the Memorial Day holiday safe

May 22, 2017
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As Memorial Day weekend approaches and the unofficial start to summer begins, more motorists are taking to the roadways - and local law enforcement are urging everyone to buckle up.

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The Girls Education Collaborative continues to support the education of young women in developing countries. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with the organization's executive director, Anne Wadesworth, who is now in Tanzania, for the grand opening of a new school supporting girls’ education.     

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Buffalo Police say they are investigating two shootings over the weekend that left one person dead and three people wounded.

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