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Higgins discusses Middle East trip, stopping ISIS

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Congressman Brian Higgins was among a delegation which recently traveled to the Middle East to meet with other leaders concerned about the rising influence of the group that calls itself Islamic State, or ISIS (or ISIL as others are calling it).

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A spokesman for Rich Products says the company is heartbroken over a deadly accident at their Fort Erie operations Monday.

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A brief ceremony was held in Buffalo City Hall Monday to officially change the name of Squaw Island to Unity Island.

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A local anti-fracking group is prodding Governor Andrew Cuomo to impose a statewide ban on the shipment of explosive oils.  Western New York Drilling Defense member Charley Bowman tells WBFO that

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Residents in the Town of Clarence have been dealing with problems on Tonawanda Creek Road for about a decade, as erosion has caused part of the road to collapse. During a stop there Monday, Sen. Charles Schumer warned that unless Congress acts, road funding will run out soon.

A local literacy specialist is encouraging families to make sure they are supporting reading for their children. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Judy Bradbury, a local literacy specialist and co-author of Empowering Families: Practical Ways to Involve Parents in Boosting Literacy.

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People with post-concussion syndrome may benefit from pioneering treatment developed in Buffalo.

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Though the DEC is finally planning to clear the contaminated soil at the former waterfront site of Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon believes a better plan should be developed.

New York's history is filled with great events, going back centuries to the Dutch and even earlier. Author and college professor Bruce Dearstyne writes about some specific events in his new book The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State's History.

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Traffic across the Peace Bridge into the U.S. should be moving a lot faster in the wake of the experimental system of checking trucks before they start across.


Albany is ramping up the pressure to raise the quality of teachers in public schools -- not just current teachers with a rating system, but also new teachers by improving training programs.

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Friends and family to deceased war veteran Corporal Robert J. Smith gathered in West Seneca Sunday morning to recognize him for his contributions during the Vietnam War.

Clinton escapee David Sweat was released from Albany Medical Center early Sunday morning and has returned to a maximum security correctional facility. 

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Tens of thousands of holiday revelers filled the grounds at Canalside yesterday for a day long celebration of the Fourth of July.

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A suspicious package forced Niagara County Sheriff's deputies to cordon off a section of Old Falls Street last night.

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Genesee County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of a Cheektowaga woman.

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The Red Cross has been called to assist an East Side family after an early morning fire.

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Emergency rescue personnel were called to the Niagara Gorge last night to rescue an injured hiker.

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Just as one of the two killers who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York is laid to rest, the other leaves questions unanswered for law enforcers.

Sabres give O'Reilly record contract

Jul 4, 2015
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Ryan O'Reilly, one of the newest Buffalo Sabres, has signed the richest contract in team history. The forward will make $52.5 million over the next 7 years. The previous high was a 7-year $50 million deal offered to Thomas Vanek.

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The Buffalo Police Department is taking a two-pronged approach to solving its cold cases.

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The Police Chief of a Chautauqua County town has been arrested after a domestic situation.

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A local firm will be helping nearly 10,000 American overseas troops celebrate Independence Day.

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A head-on collision near Batavia has sent three people to area hospitals.

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The international ride sharing company Uber has won a legal judgement in Toronto.

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A made-in-America summer treat is jumping in with the Western New York food truck boom. Get your straws ready, and forget the lunch counter, the diner, and the drugstore soda fountains of yesterday. That milkshake you crave is now on wheels.

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You might believe you were hurt in an auto accident and can sue. It's not that simple since there are legal rules defining injuries. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Dennis Bischof talks about the ground rules.

As the fireworks-fueled holiday weekend sparks patriotic emotions, a new book may provide appropriate companionship. In Poetry Night at the Ballpark and Other Scenes from an Alternative America, Genesee County author Bill Kauffman may add to patriotic thoughts while challenging some accepted notions of national pride.


Peter is heading south this weekend to see a diverse cast in OUR TOWN, the classic play by Thornton Wilder, presented by the Chautauqua Theater Company through July 12th at the Bratton Theater (your theater ticket is also your gate pass for the Chautauqua Institution). Anthony says that if you did OUR TOWN in high school, forgive that experience, and see the play anew.

New Sabre Eichel visits young Roswell Park patients

Jul 3, 2015
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Just one day after he signed his first-ever professional hockey contract, highly-touted Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel was out in the local community, visiting some special guests.

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