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A small protest was staged Friday in downtown Buffalo where protestors rallied against a plan to abolish the Affordable Care Act.

The event took place outside the Federal Building at 130 South Elmwood.

Protestors expressed concern about the impact that a Republican-sponsored plan in the U.S. Senate would have on low-income families and workers. The warned that proposed changes could put about 20 million Americans in danger.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

How do you get to a new hospital? Practice, practice, practice. That’s exactly what the staff at Women and Children’s Hospital did Friday morning to prepare for the move to their new home.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Medaille College has received a grant from a U.S. Department of Education program that helps low-income, first-generation college-bound students prepare for higher education. The college will partner with Buffalo Public Schools to use those funds.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The City of Buffalo is teaming up with the region's Latino leaders to launch a "Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund" drive. A large crowd turned out on the steps of City Hall Friday afternoon to mobilize the community.

A western Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $180,000 from the Olean credit union she managed for 20 years.

Buffalo residents enjoy many things, but hitting the gym isn’t necessarily one of them.

Many believe the Buffalo Bills' three-point performance in last Sunday's loss at Carolina is a sign of a miserable season to come. While similar production would certainly doom the Bills chances Sunday against the undefeated Denver Broncos, analyst Matt Sabuda offers a more hopeful outlook.  He likes the Bills chances, though that prediction relies upon a bounce-back game from LeSean McCoy who is coming off one of the worst efforts of his career.


WBFO's Chris Caya

Northtown Plaza in Amherst will be welcoming more big-name stores, as it continues to transform itself.

Dave Kaz / Buffalo Fire Rescue 1

Buffalo Fire crews spent Friday morning at a blaze that caused extensive damage to three homes and sent 11 people to the hospital. 

Heartland Passage Tour

Storytellers, singers, filmmakers and colorful troubadours will shine a spotlight on the Erie Canal tonight at a special event in North Buffalo.

Flipperless seal joining NF aquarium

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Marine Mammal Stranding Center

A harbor seal whose rear flipper had to be amputated after being struck by a boat has recovered and is headed to the Niagara Falls aquarium.

WBFO's Avery Schneider

Ten months worth of investigation into the massive Bethlehem Steel site fire in Lackawanna last November has resulted in an undetermined cause.

Major water main break at NF chemical plant

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Niagara Falls Mayor's office

The Niagara Falls Water Board said it detected a water main break on the Goodyear chemical plant property in the City of Niagara Falls late Thursday night, which resulted in a loss of system pressure affecting local residential and commercial water customers in the service area.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

A new integrated medical facility is serving thousands of Buffalo-area residents by building a community based around health care.


Alleyway Theatre

With 15 shows on stages this weekend (see Artvoice's "On the Boards" below) how can you choose? Go high (culture) with Puccini's opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Rockwell and DESIGN FOR LIVING at Irish Classical, or go low with the campy KILLER RACK (breast augmentation with extreme prejudice and great songs by Neal Radice) at the Alleyway or Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS at the Kavinoky.


Chris Caya WBFO News

What's billed as the largest Asian supermarket in Western New York is now open for business. The store carries thousands of food items popular in several Asian countries, including live fresh fish. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's a long-known truth that women and men who work the same job do not bring home the same amount of pay. Local women's advocates provided updated statistics on Thursday that show the gap remains wide for all women, but is worse for women of color. And women's groups say the inequality hurts not just the women but families and the entire economy.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Carl Paladino says his removal from the Buffalo School Board by New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia was wrong and he intends to fight it. He tells WBFO his highly-anticipated challenge will formally begin next week.

The Erie County Legislature meets Thursday afternoon to take an override vote on the proposed Made in America Act and take up a new measure the act's lone opponent says will be more effective and legal.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Cancer in Native American communities is the focus of a four-day national conference in Niagara Falls.

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Two lawn signs that featured messages of inclusion were set on fire in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood late Tuesday night.

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Some local groups that have spent years transforming vacant city lots into community gardens have won a competitive federal grant. The funding will go towards expanding the Buffalo Community Food Hub Project.

First state prison for 16- and 17-year-olds to open in Adirondacks

Sep 21, 2017
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Big changes are coming to one of New York's state prisons. The Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook - between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake - will be converted into a prison for 16- and 17-year-old offenders. Opening in fall 2018, the newly revamped facility comes after the Cuomo administration pushed to raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 18.

New York State Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. He’s had a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington to discuss steps to slow climate change.


WGRZ

The Buffalo Police Department’s Strike Force and Housing units are the vanguard of Mayor Byron Brown’s campaign against the scourge of guns, drugs and gangs in Buffalo. But the tactics used by officers in the two units have come under fire by members of both the public and the legal community.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County District Attorney is interested in bringing a program to Buffalo that gives law enforcers the option to assist individuals committing low-level drug-related offenses an opportunity to seek help, while avoiding arrest. On Wednesday, DA John Flynn and other local authorities heard information from peers in Albany, one of only three cities in the nation that have what is known as LEAD.


The movement to attract a multi-billion dollar project by an online shopping and sales giant is gaining steam. Leaders at various levels of government are looking forward to submitting a proposal to bring Amazon's planned second North American headquarters to the Buffalo area.


Catholic Health

Joseph McDonald has lead the hospitals and institutions of Catholic Health for the last 15 years, overseeing the challenges of a budding organization, operating in a region overflowing with competition, and building a team that is ready for the uncertain future of American health care. On Tuesday, McDonald announced his retirement and WBFO's Avery Schneider spoke with him about his long tenure and what lies ahead for Catholic Health.


While the numbers make it clear that an opioid epidemic is raging across the United States, the origins of that epidemic are subject to debate. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman - and 40 of his fellow state attorneys general - want to fully explore the role played by four major manufacturers of prescription opioids.

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