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With a state-appointed committee due to decide Thursday where a new city passenger train station should be located, a highly visible preservationist is arguing the new station should be in downtown Buffalo on Washington Street just south of Exchange Street.

Excellus fined $1M for multiple insurance violations

Apr 18, 2017
Excellus

The state Department of Financial Services has slapped Excellus Health Plans with a $1 million fine for multiple violations of New York insurance law.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

As the new University at Buffalo Medical School nears completion in downtown Buffalo, one of the related projects is becoming more obvious. That is the tunnel which will eventually run through the building, connecting Allentown and the Fruit Belt.

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A residency requirement for college students seeking free tuition at New York’s public colleges is drawing criticism. Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended the late addition to the plan, approved as part of the state budget earlier this month.


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A new addiction center is open in Buffalo, one that was made possible with the support of a $1.75 million state grant. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined representatives of Lake Shore Behavioral Health to formally open the BestSelf Recovery Community and Outreach Center on Linwood Avenue.

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The building no longer exists but for decades hosted countless events ranging from sports to concerts to political rallies. Just a few blocks away, Coca Cola Field is paying tribute to its former neighbor with a display featuring many artifacts from events held at Memorial Auditorium.


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Cultural learning is an important part of a student’s education. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says, recently, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and New York State Board of Regents named a new deputy commissioner of cultural education. 

Could hemp be million-dollar crop in NYS?

Apr 17, 2017
National Public Radio

The recently-passed state budget eliminates a cap on New York’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry. That will allow more farmers to be able to research, grow and process a crop that could turn into a million-dollar business.

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Only four in ten adults in Western and Central New York have completed a health care proxy form, based on the results of an online survey of 2,000 Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers from a 39-county region.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

For decades, the Seneca Theatre, located at Seneca and Cazenovia streets, has been a symbol of what South Buffalo was. The building is deteriorated and the actual theater space was torn down to make way for a parking lot. However, the community is looking forward to a $9 million rebirth.


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The state budget struggle in Albany is high political theater, with the legendary "three men in a room" fighting over where the money goes and what it all means to the future of New York. How was the experience for two new local lawmakers?


New York State will use $1 million set aside in its new budget to establish a hate crimes task force.

Scott Sackett

Take a look at any guide to starting a business and you’re likely to find first among the recommended steps, to research your market and then formulate a business plan. But some entrepreneurs find success without a plan and instead follow their hearts, use their smarts, and catch a trend. WBFO’s Arts & Culture Desk producer Scott Sackett visited with a local performance artist who did just that, opening a studio in Buffalo for a cinematic style of dance that’s gaining enormous popularity worldwide.


Small Business Festival

The arrival of warmer weather signals the unofficial start of "festival season" in Western New York. And this year's line up includes the region's first ever "Small Business Festival."


A rash of shootings in Buffalo this weekend left one man dead and two seriously wounded.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Department is investigating a head-on collision Saturday night in the Niagara County town of Hartland.

Ethics reforms and changes designed to make it easier to vote in New York were left out of the new state budget but could resurface when lawmakers return from spring break.

Rain did not stop a lively crowd of protesters who gathered downtown to march to the IRS building Saturday afternoon.

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On Saturday, April's long-awaited baby calf entered the world.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is encouraging New York residents to take advantage of state rebates offered for the purchase of an electric car.

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April 15th is traditionally tax day, and those who procrastinate find themselves scrambling to get their forms filed by midnight.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For countless Western New Yorkers, a visit to the Broadway Market is a must-do task right before Easter. Thousands were shopping there on Good Friday, considered one of the busiest days of the year at the cherished Buffalo landmark.


A long-respected Western New York jurist has died. Judge John T. Curtin passed away Friday at the age of 95.

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The University at Buffalo says it is having another record-breaking year for applications to the college.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says its a 7.5 percent increase from last year.

National Public Radio

What to do about prostate cancer still revolves around a test developed locally at Roswell Park Cancer Institute as the first stage in possible detection and cure.

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Anyone who has used DNA family geneology websites, like Ancestry DNA, knows there are a lot of people out there who are genetic relations. That is the root of a new criminal investigative technique.

New York State Police

A high school volleyball coach has been arraigned on charges of having sexual misconduct with a teen boy.

Rosalind Cramer, Theatre of Youth co-founder, passed away last week at the age of 81. She was also instrumental in founding MusicalFare Theatre, housed on the Daemen College (formerly "Rosary Hill") campus, where she taught theater. And this week there's more discussion of THE TRIAL OF TRAYVON MARTIN at the Manny Fried Theatre.

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Canada is recognized as the United States’ largest single export market, but what is stopping local business owners from selling to Canadians?

On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about General Manager Tim Murray's end-of-season press conference and lingering uncertainty over the future of head coach Dan Bylsma. Also, what does Murray need to do in the offseason to get the team back to the playoffs, after a sixth consecutive season on the golf course?


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