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Architectural Resources / Buffalo Planning Board

After some final tinkering with the design, the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved a massive graduate student housing complex at Main Street and Hertel Avenue. Digging may start within weeks on an environmental cleanup, clearing the way for the complex.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A plan for a large solar panel array on Grand Island drew some strong opposition Monday night during a Town Board meeting, including a threat to throw lawyers at the board if it approves the plan.
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WATCH: The competitive world of wheelchair rugby

Jun 19, 2018

It’s a sport that originally went by the name “murderball.” As you probably figured out from that description, it’s a rough and tumble sport for those who love to push themselves to the limit and have a little fun. The competitive world of wheelchair rugby is flourishing in our region. But Chris Hilderbrant, the founder and manager of the Western New York league, The Wreckers, is on a mission to grow the team and diversify its roster.

The New York State Health Department plans to make medical marijuana available to more New Yorkers. Opioid use will be the newest addition to the list of qualifying conditions under the state’s medical marijuana program.

National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is moving ahead on a recommendation to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, a move immediately criticized by Cuomo’s Republican opponent for governor.

New York State Senate

A retrial is set to begin for ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son on corruption charges.

Prosecutors and lawyers for the defense gave opening statements Monday in the bid-rigging trial of a former associate of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and two upstate development firms, who are accused of fraudulently obtaining lucrative taxpayer-funded state contracts. 


Press Pass: Buffalo Spree takes us 'on the water'

Jun 19, 2018
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

It was not that long ago that our access to the waterfront was limited. There were few places to enjoy the view, much less enjoying the water itself. The July issue of Buffalo Spree has a special section on how that has all changed. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata says there are now many ways for people to experience our waterways.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The NFTA and federal officials are launching an awareness campaign about sexual assaults happening aboard passenger flights.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Jumaane Williams used this weekend to do some campaigning in Western New York. The Brooklyn Councilmember is challenging current incumbent Kathy Hochul, saying he will be an independent advocate for all New Yorkers.

WSKG News

Critics have been consistent in blasting state economic development efforts over their lack of transparency. That cloud may be lifted during the federal corruptions trial against Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, which begins today in Manhattan.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

Twitter

The unending saga of the Russians and the 2016 election is continuing to spin. A local man involved in Republican politics is now telling a House committee and special counsel he met with a Russian offering to sell dirt on Hillary Clinton, but he had forgotten about it until recently.

Tonight's Gusto Vinyl Happy Hour at Sportsmen's Tavern will be centered on Miles Davis' 1959 album, "Kind of Blue." According to Buffalo News music critic Jeff Miers, the night will begin promptly at 7 p.m. with a listen to the top-selling jazz album of all-time. That will be followed by an audience give-and-take before a group of musicians takes the stage to perform the entire album.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The 43rd Juneteenth Festival in MLK Park had beautiful weather to celebrate the day after the Civil War when news of the end of the war and of freedom for slaves reached a far corner of Texas.

Heritage Moments: An Ode to Bridges

Jun 18, 2018
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Sawyer

The Niagara Frontier is a land of bridges. And if the bridges themselves are not particularly spectacular, the places they span are — rushing waterways and international borders, vertiginous gorges and ship-choked canals, great lakes and thundering cataracts. The wind-swept geography of a vast inland sea, linked improbably by leaping ribbons of steel.


Heat advisory Monday

Jun 18, 2018
National Public Radio

The National Weather Service has issued a ‘heat advisory’ for much of  Upstate New York on Monday. That advisory runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and includes Northern Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans counties.

Photo provided by Saints Peter and Paul School in Williamsville

A Catholic elementary school in Williamsville is offering a round of new scholarships.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the goal is to provide affordability to private school education. 

On Monday, prosecutors present the second of two corruption cases against former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in federal district court in Manhattan.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Many people have childhood memories of buying gum from a gumball machine. But they're not as common in stores as they used to be. So will gumballs be sticking around much longer? There's only one company in the United States still making them. It's right here in Western New York - and they've been expanding their lineup to keep up with changing tastes.    


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Looking for a challenge this summer? The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has one for adults and youngsters.

WBFO News photo by Avery Schneider

New York State Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul delivered a $10-million state gift to Say Yes Buffalo Friday. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley explains how this funding boost will help Say Yes Scholars. 

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

Protestors at Rep. Tom Reed’s office in Geneva called on the congressman to take action against an immigration policy that is separating children from their families at the U.S. southern border.

The New York State Public Service Commission has laid down the law to Charter Communications - the parent company of Spectrum - in a scathing order, for failing to meet the terms set when Charter acquired Time Warner Cable in 2016.

Buffalo Police say two of their officers were injured apprehending suspects in a Thursday evening shooting.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Visitors to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park will have an added piece of technology to enhance their experience. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Bak USA delivered 20-tablets to the downtown Naval Park at Canalside. 

David Cooper

Sunday night's Tony Awards big winner was THE BAND'S VISIT, which ultimately may not "tour well" but racked up 10 different awards, including Best Musical. Glenda Jackson was gracious and political as she declared that "America is always great!" But so is Canada, particularly at The Shaw Festival, where Anthony enjoyed MYTHOS: GODS, part of a one man trilogy starring PBS favorite Stephen Fry, and Peter enjoyed GRAND HOTEL, starring the rubber jointed Michael Therriault as "Otto Kringelein."


Thomas O'Neil-White

On Buffalo’s East Side, a new job training center is taking shape. Officials and residents hope it will address the community's high unemployment rate, while boosting development in that area – and across the city.

Buffalo soccer bar welcomes World Cup fans, USA or not

Jun 14, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The FIFA World Cup is underway and soccer enthusiasts are getting ready for a month's worth of international men's competition in the world's most popular sport. While many local establishments may have the matches available for viewing, one Buffalo bar in particular is anticipating steady business, even with the USA not competing this time around.


Federal prosecutors

A former Brockport kindergarten teacher has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for possessing and trading child pornography.

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