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Two pilots and a passenger were killed Sunday morning in a mid-air crash between two planes in North Collins. The planes took off from the Hamburg Airport headed to St. Mary, Pennsylvania.

A teenager was stabbed to death on Saturday night on the 1700 block of Genesee street.

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A Niagara Falls man becomes unresponsive after getting arrested Saturday afternoon.

Buffalo police are investigating the death of a young man found Saturday morning.

Police say the body was found at a home around 10:30 on the 100 block of Winspear Avenue. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the cause of death. There is no sign of foul play. The man is believed to be in his 20s.

He is not a student at UB.
 

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On  Saturday  the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor hosted a watch party to view the opening day celebration of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American Heritage and Culture in Washington, DC.

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Jeremy Zellner will remain the Chair of the Erie County Democratic Committee.

He was unanimously re-elected on Saturday at the biennial reorganization meeting. He was first elected back in 2012.  Zellner says the unanimous vote is a symbol of the unity and strength among democrats in Erie County.

 Statement by Chairman Jeremy Zellner:

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A report out of Albany is indicating that student loan debt in New York state has more than doubled over the past decade.

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The body that oversees lawyers in Ontario has recommended that compensation to clients who are cheated by a lawyer be increased.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Buffalo on Friday, one day after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced corruption charges against nine men, including two of his confidants, in relation to projects including the Buffalo Billion.


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Mayor Byron Brown was not in Buffalo Thursday when the indictment in the Buffalo Billion public corruption case was announced. He was in Washington, but returned last night.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with the mayor Friday morning. 

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The University at Buffalo held a celebration ceremony Friday morning to rededicate Hayes Hall on the south campus on Main Street. UB completed a $44 million renovation that started in 2010 and was completed this year. Hayes Hall is home to UB's School of Architecture and Planning. The building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Author Dava Sobel has earned critical and commercial success with her recent books, Galileo's Daughter and Longitude. With both books touching about on astronomy, Sobel will use her research in presenting a program entitled "The Rebirth of the Heavens" tonight at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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"Pure, old fashioned, graft and corruption." That's how Assemblyman Sean Ryan summarized the indictments handed down in connection with the development of Buffalo's SolarCity project. Nonetheless, Ryan maintains the controversial project holds great value for the region.


"I have to say that this is the earliest I can remember Bills fans being so distraught over the state and prospects for the team," said analyst Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook. He's troubled by the strange timing of the dismissal of offensive coordinator Greg Roman and the team's poor showing on defense.

The Supervisor of Art Education for the Buffalo Public School District will be honored Sunday by the National Football League.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Michele Agosto will be receiving the Buffalo Bills Hispanic Heritage Leadership award.

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We all know Buffalo is often called the "Queen City." But how about “Fun City” as a backup name?

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has announced what it is calling the largest single private donation to a cultural institution in Buffalo's history. It is a $42.5 million challenge grant from Buffalo-born billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach.

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There's now an easier way for local residents to plan for an emergency or natural disaster. Developers believe the "Ready Erie" app will improve communication during difficult times.


Habiba Mohamed was born in a refugee camp in Kenya to parents from Somalia. She nows lives in Buffalo and is excited to record her family's story at the StoryCorps Buffalo mobile tour stop. Mohamed was among a studio full of people who attended a special StoryCorps listening event Thursday night at WNED|WBFO.

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Buffalo Police have quickly arrested four teenagers in connection with an early-morning assault of a 64-year-old man behind the downtown Buffalo library.

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A crowded audience in the Downtown Library last night heard about how segregation continues to restrict spreading economic prosperity to all parts of Buffalo. The town hall meeting served the opening of the 2016  Buffalo Humanities Festival.


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You've probably heard the old adage that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. That was the case in a business deal that led to a bubble that hurt thousands of families, including some here in Western New York. It was a deal that involved, of all things, alpacas.


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What is a dramatic comedy? Well, it's a drama that tackles serious issues, but has a healthy dose of laughs to keep things moving along. LIPS TOGETHER, TEETH APART deals with social isolation, suicide, and AIDS, but, there ARE laughs, in a fine production with a stunning set by 2016 Artie Award winning Paul Bostaph. Meanwhile, Ujima Theatre and Buffalo United Artists collaborate on a story of a white playwright pretending to be black in THE SUBMISSION. And the Irish Classical Theatre presents Tennessee Williams' SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, about a gigolo/drifter in the company of a faded movie star attempting to win back the love of his youth. DEAR LYDIA, at the Alleyway, a new play about a house-bound advice columnist, is also mentioned this week.

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Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli, two of his executives and a top aide to Governor Cuomo have been indicted in the Buffalo Billion probe.  The allegations accuse them of bid rigging, bribery and play-to-pay schemes.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with our Investigative Post partner Jim Heaney who first broke the Buffalo Billion investigation in 2014. 

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The building that has been home to Delaware North Companies since last fall has welcomed an upscale hotel into the 12-story structure. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony was held inside the new Westin Buffalo at Delaware and Chippewa Thursday.


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A former Cuomo administration official is among those named in a criminal complaint by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara that alleges kickback and bribery schemes carried out over several years. Many of those illegal acts, the complaint alleges, involve the governor’s much-touted upstate economic development programs, including the Buffalo Billion.

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Say Yes Buffalo continues to play a key role in supporting new services in the city school district.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says those services were outlined at Wednesday Say Yes Community Leadership Council Meeting.   

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Emotions often run high during the annual Light the Night Walk at Delaware Park as thousands gather to acknowledge those who have been touched by leukemia. Those feelings will be shared by David and Brianna Blank, the father and daughter who have both been diagnosed with the disease.


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The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York City has announced the arrests of nine people in what it calls the "show-me-the-money culture in Albany." The arrests include a former aide to Governor Cuomo and three executives with local developer LPCiminelli in the Buffalo Billion federal probe. 

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A recent study revealed that 9-1-1 call centers are vulnerable to cyber attacks. That drew a call from New York Senator Charles Schumer for new measures to protect the critical infrastructure. 


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