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It was decades ago when Ken Goldstein first saw the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Lackawanna. The moment moved the young artist to write what he calls a "depressing" song about the crumbling facility and the struggling community. Many years later he was invited to Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley where the original Bethlehem Steel Plant had undergone a renaissance as a community arts center. The transformation inspired Goldstein to produce a film and revise "The Song of Bethlehem."


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The vast construction job on the Skyway is complicating access to the always-popular Italian Heritage Festival, which starts Thursday.

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In what as become an annual ritual around here, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Wednesday night showed off areas it wants to develop on the Outer Harbor, the latest phase of the project.

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Panasonic has hired nearly 400-people to work at Tesla's Solar City Riverbend in south Buffalo. Tesla has been cutting back its workforce nationwide in the electric car industry. But last month a career fair was held to hire more Buffalo residents at Solar City. WBFO News asked Mayor Byron Brown if he has confidence in the future of Tesla in the city.  

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Canalside in downtown Buffalo was filled with young 'super heroes' Wednesday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says young children dressed as their favorite super hero to attend the Storytime Series that promotes reading.  

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A longtime resident of the Buffalo Zoo passed away on Tuesday. The Linne’s two-toed sloth named Ethel died at the old age of 32.


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Police have identified the victim of the vehicle shooting on I-190 Monday evening, as well as the suspect they are searching for.

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28 year old Kristofer Gregorek is headed to prison, after he killed a UB nursing professor in a June 2017 distracted driving crash on the Thruway.


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Some of the region's first responders are now working under a new contract. American Medical Response and Teamsters Local 449 have signed off on a new collective bargaining agreement. AMR is also launching a new jobs initiative.

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For Richard Lipsitz, president of the WNY Area Labor Federation, the Supreme Court decision in Janus v AFSCME came as no surprise. The ruling outlaws mandatoy union dues for government employees. While some predict the move will have a crippling effect, Lipsitz says New York public employee unions have spent the last 20 months preparing for the decision by working to galvanize the support of their members.


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A new state law took effect July 1st that now requires mental health education in Kindergarten through 12th grade all across New York.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this is the first law of its kind in the nation and now schools must be ready by September.

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Two Buffalo council members are arguing the city is putting so much money into its outdoor pools for two months use a year that maybe it is time to look at additional indoor pools that would useable year-round.


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Jul 11, 2018
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a Senate bill allowing for the sale of beer and hard cider ice cream in New York State. The law (S8830 Chapter 118), sponsored by Sen. James Seward (R-Oneonta), was approved to help New York’s craft beer industry, cider producers and farmers by helping food retailers and restaurants meet the growing demand by consumers for these new dairy products.

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Say Yes Buffalo and State Senator Tim Kennedy kicked off the annual drive for dorm room supplies.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the community is encouraged to donate items for some of the neediest Say Yes scholars as they prepare for college this fall.

Erie County legislators will be asked Thursday to make some budget transfers to cover costs from the Hepatitis A rush vaccinations in February. Covering the costs of staff and vaccines meant a county Health Department account is $74,000 over budget, with half a year to go.

For the second day in a row, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held rallies criticizing President Donald Trump’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court and urging action on a measure that would protect the right to choose abortion in New York.


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Groups that back a woman’s right to choose abortion are sounding the alarm about President Trump’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh to be the newest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

There a certain areas of downtown Buffalo that have a reputation for being a bit dirty. After this year’s first ever Grant Street Cleanup, it was evident to local leaders something had to be done about the litter. Now, an anti-litter campaign is being implemented in an effort to help clean up Grant Street.

Traveling Vietnam memorial wall arriving in Niagara Falls

Jul 11, 2018
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A traveling version of the wall bearing the names of tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel who died in the Vietnam War is arriving in Niagara Falls Wednesday. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, once assembled, will be on display through next Monday in the city's Hyde Park.


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A New York jury is set to begin deliberations Wednesday in the trial of a former president of the State University of New York's Polytechnic Institute and three developers, as closing arguments in another public corruption case continued.

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Some fresh video has surfaced of a fast spreading fire that damaged more than 30 vehicles in a hayfield in Niagara-on-the-Lake Sunday.

A Wheatfield man jailed on a kidnapping charge has been released and a new suspect is behind bars.

A woman on social media is accusing Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy of domestic violence, threats of child abuse, animal abuse, and steroid use.

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In the battle of man vs. beast, this time the beast lost. A wild black bear that has captured Western New York's attention on a journey around the region this summer has been "euthanized."

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D’Youville College in Buffalo is ready to embark on constructing a Health Professions HUB. D’Youville announced it is the recipient of a $5,000 HECap State grant.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the higher education grant will help kick off funding for the $20-million facility that will provide training to students in healthcare and include a community clinic for the undeserved.

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Some local entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses picked up some free tips from billionaire investor Kevin O'Leary from the ABC television show "Shark Tank." O'Leary headlined the kickoff of Facebook's Community Boost event being held in Buffalo this week.

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Activists and Democratic Party leaders are vowing to fight Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. That push, however, may not have universal support among all Democrats. In an interview with WBFO, Buffalo State Political Science Professor Peter Yacobucci points out "there are so many Democratic Senators that are up for election in states that Trump won." Those Senators may need to support Kavanaugh's nomination as they fight for reelection.

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The owner of Classic Fence and Lumber admitted Monday that he scammed dozens of customers, pleading guilty to one felony count of first degree scheme to defraud.

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Someone sent the Erie County District Attorney's office a bomb threat letter that included a white powder. DA John Flynn says he has a lot of people investigating the letter, which was sent from a state prison.

The Park Lane restaurant is long gone, but its former location on Gates Circle is in line for new life. According to Jim Fink of Business First, Uniland Development plans to build townhouses at the site. The homes are expected to cost over $1 million.


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