The New York State Bar Association is calling for an overhaul of New York's criminal defense system for the poor.  The lawyers say it should be a top priority for state lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo during the current legislative session. 

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As the spotlight continues to reveal the size of the problem, opiate addiction is generating more conversation. The topic drew the community together at a forum Wednesday night at Kenmore West High School.

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Western New York Regent Representative Catherine Fisher Collins says even with a new Buffalo School Board majority, board members must stay focused to fix struggling city schools. 

The Buffalo area's lead paint problem is the worst in Upstate New York. In fact, it's so acute that Dan Telvock of Investigative Post believes Buffalo sits at "ground zero " in dealing with the issue. Telvock has reported extensively on the topic and offered perspective on the city's new Lead Hazard Control Program Thursday on WBFO.

Buffalo police have increased patrols in the Hertel-Parkside neighborhood of the city, as they investigate a rash of vandalism over the last 2 days.

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Buffalo is not alone in its new vitality. Other cities are experiencing their own rebirth and that is heating up competition for tourist dollars.

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Erie Community College broke ground Wednesday for its nanotechnology building.

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Buffalo schools need to cut $4 million more from a planned $856 million spending plan to make it balance.

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Governor Cuomo’s explanation of some of the circumstances of a U.S. Attorney’s probe into his administration has left some unanswered questions.

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The City of Buffalo, in partnership with Erie County and other entities, is unveiling a new program to rid the city of a serious health hazard, one that has seriously endangered many children.

Faith leaders lend support to striking Verizon workers

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About a half dozen representatives of Buffalo's religious community paid a visit to a picket line in Cheektowaga to lend support to workers off the job at Verizon for more than three weeks.

Buffalo Zoo

Spring is in the air, again, at the Buffalo Zoo. The zoo on Wednesday announced a litter of North American river otter pups was born in late February.

Kaleida Health

Kaleida Health has made several leadership changes it says are designed to improve care delivery and further integrate Kaleida’s hospitals and affiliations. 

University at Buffalo

Native Americans have the worst health statistics in the country, according to a researcher at the University at Buffalo, yet few people are aware of the epidemic.

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Another sign  that summer is near: Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours has kicked off its 25th anniversary season.

Canalside Buffalo

Expect a panoply of music on the waterfront this summer, as Canalside has announced its summer free concert series.

Distracted drivers in New York would be held accountable under a bipartisan bill proposed in Albany. It would allow police to use a so-called "Textalyzer" to examine mobile devices at a crash site.

Reading, writing, 'rithmetic...and lockdowns. It is the new reality, said North Tonawanda Senator Rob Ortt. Beginning July 1, K-12 schools across New York State will be mandated to conduct lockdown drills every fall, as a protection against this new reality.

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The Buffalo School Board majority has been knocked out by voters in Tuesday night’s election, with brand new members ready to take on education.

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The sentence handed down Tuesday to former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver drew quick reactions by two local lawmakers, both of whom called for a serious effort to reform ethics in Albany.

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The AAA of Western and Central New York, law enforcement, AT&T, and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs are teaming up to raise awareness about distracted driving.

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Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was  sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday and told by a federal judge that he must give back $5 million that he stole from the public, as well a pay another $1.75 million in fines.

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute's new Clinical Sciences Center now has a formal name. When it opens later this month, the center will be named in honor of local business executive Scott Bieler.

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Examining best practices and challenges for special education students in our region is the topic of a day-long seminar in Buffalo.  The 'Birth to Work Special Education Summit' is being held in the WNED/WBFO studio, featuring top New York State Education Department (NYSED) leaders.

Original Pizza Logs

The Wheatfield company that has been producing a favorite game-day snack for more than two decades is expanding.

Not looking forward to a summer without air conditioning? How does a free air conditioner sound to you? The  Home Energy Assistance Program's Cooling Assistance Program is now open. Under the federally-funded HEAP program, income-eligible households with at least one member having a documented medical condition can have an window air conditioner installed for free.

A Buffalo couple has pleaded guilty to managing a prostitution ring out of their Andover Avenue apartment.

It has sat vacant along Niagara Square in recent years, but Jim Fink of Business First expects the Dillon Courthouse to play a key role in a changing downtown landscape.

USA Hockey

Lisa Chesson, who won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics with the U.S. women's hockey team, has signed a contract with the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season. General Manager Ric Seiling announced that Chesson and the Beauts agreed to terms on a one-year, $15,000 contract.

Silver to be sentenced today

May 3, 2016
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Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will soon learn his fate, following his November conviction in a $5 million corruption case. Judge Valerie Caproni is scheduled to sentence the Manhattan Democrat today.