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Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane says the team is taking an accusation that offensive lineman Richie Incognito used racist slurs in Sunday's playoff game seriously.

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Ontario drivers could soon find themselves motoring along the highway next to a car with no one in the driver's seat.

The province's Liberal government is proposing to change the rules of its 10-year automated vehicle pilot project to allow for driverless testing.

Currently, the testing of fully autonomous vehicles is only allowed with a driver behind the wheel, but the government is seeking public comment on a proposal to scrap that requirement.

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Oracle Charter High School on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo is at risk of closing. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley has learned SUNY’s Charter Schools Institute (CSI) has recommended non-renewal, a denial of renewal for the school's charter for the next five years.

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An Erie County legislator and candidate for New York State Assembly has introduced a proposal that, if passed, would ban smoking in a car while a child is inside the vehicle. Although Patrick Burke admits details must still be hammered out, his bill is already drawing the support of local cancer researchers and anti-smoking advocates.


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Some Buffalo school parents, students and community members left for Albany early Tuesday morning to call on state leaders to fully fund public schools.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they will join a rally with the Alliance for Quality Education as they call for racial and economic equity in education.

Buffalo Rising

Large development projects like John R. Oishei Children's Hospital helped to change the face of Buffalo in 2017. While big projects continue in 2018, some smaller, niche startups are bringing flavor to city neighborhoods. On WBFO's Press Pass, DeChantell and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising discuss two such efforts: an artisan-tailored butchery on Grant Street and a plant-based cafe and market.


City of Buffalo

Area rivers and creeks are chock full of ice - and with the warm-up coming this week, municipalities are trying to prevent flooding.

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The decision Monday by the New York State Department of Transportation to suspend its Scajaquada Corridor redesign project, in its most recent form, was welcomed by community stakeholders who hope the next draft will be one that satisfies their desires for the roadway and affected nearby lands.


NY's Green Party offers State of the State

Jan 9, 2018
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The Green Party in New York has offered up its own State of State address, with a series of ideas the party says will push the state forward.

Monday was the first full day of session in the New York State legislature, and lawmakers have a lot to contend with, including a multi billion dollar budget deficit.


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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a quick stop in the Buffalo area Monday to hear about the benefits of working for an employee owned company.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The apartment complex, located on Niagara Street just a short walk from Niagara Square, is scheduled for demolition this spring. But there's one last holdout living at the Shoreline Apartments and local activists on Monday rallied on his behalf, accusing the developer and public officials of gentrifying a downtown neighborhood at the expense of longtime, low-income residents.


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The NFL is looking into allegations that Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito used racial slurs against a Jacksonville Jaguars player in Sunday's playoff game, according to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.

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A local World War II veteran is overwhelmed by Grand Island students who honored his military service. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a letter writing project brought the two very different generations together. 

National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State speech, floated the idea of converting the state income tax to a payroll tax to help reverse the new federal law that limits deductibility for state and local taxes. Many support the concept, but businesses say it is not so easy to make the change and it could bring unforeseen complications.

A 10-3 playoff loss at Jacksonville may have disappointed Buffalo Bills fans, but did little to diminish their passion. Analyst Matt Sabuda was among the thousands of locals who made their way to Jacksonville to witness the Bills' first playoff appearance in nearly 18 years. Sabuda said it was great to be at the game and "even greater to be a Buffalonian."


Buffalo History Museum

Nearly a century ago, there was a shootout on an East Side Street leaving a Buffalo special officer and a Ku Klux Klan member dead and two other Klansmen wounded. Today, there is an effort to name Buffalo's new Public Safety Building for slain Officer Edward Obertean.

Northland Workforce Training Center

The City of Buffalo has always been considered a blue-collar town. However, with many in the baby-boom generation at or nearing retirement, there is a need to introduce and educate a younger generation to jobs that will be available in the coming years.

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With the new federal tax law in place, local developers are breathing a sigh of relief that it wasn't worse for them. There had been a concern historic preservation tax credits would be abandoned and this method of early financing has been key in adaptive reuse of many older buildings in Buffalo.

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Even in harsh winter weather, people are still flocking to Niagara Falls to see one of America’s natural wonders. Before sub-zero temperatures set in, WBFO’s Avery Schneider stopped by the American side to find out who was looking at the not-quite-frozen falls.


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The Niagara County Clerk's Office has begun providing assistance to veterans by offering satellite office hours in Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda, once per month in each location. The idea is to create more convenient opportunities for veterans in need of help.


Sen. Jacobs office

A local member of the state delegation is calling on New York's Department of Labor to abandon a proposed Employee Scheduling rule. Opponents of the rule say it could do more harm than good.

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All good things must come to an end. After a week of celebrating the Bills' first playoff appearance since 2000, they lost a low-scoring game to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Finger Lakes Construction and Diving

The Marshall Island flagged Federal Biscay was finally dislodged from ice in the Snell lock near Massena this weekend. St. Lawrence Seaway crews, including three tugs, had worked for five days to move the massive international freighter. It was blocking passage for four other ships on their way down the St. Lawrence River to Montreal as the Seaway tries to close for the winter.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For the first time in more than a week, Western New York is free of any severe weather warnings and advisories. A wind chill warning that had covered the region since Thursday expired Sunday morning.

Buffalo Bills Backers of Jacksonville, FL

As Buffalo prepares to play Jacksonville tomorrow in their first playoff game in 18 years, one thing is for certain—Bills fans are everywhere.

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The National Weather Service has issued a pair of weather warnings for our region.

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The H.H. Richardson building at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center sat derelict for years until preservationists saved the Elmwood Avenue landmark and started turning around the vast structure. The latest addition is a giant new sculpture outside the entrance of what is now a hotel and soon-to-be architecture center.


Associated Press

This year will be one of criminal trials for former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as well as the former leaders of the New York State Legislature. Reform groups say they hope the lengthy court proceedings will spur lawmakers to enact some ethics reforms in 2018.

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Cities, towns and villages in Erie County will soon be notified weekly about foreclosures in their communities, potentially allowing them to look for "zombie" homes, buildings in the process of foreclosure which have been abandoned by the homeowners, bringing down neighboring property values.


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