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Eileen Koteras Elibol

After weeks of preparation and days of local media buildup, Erendira Wallenda finally took her flight over Niagara Falls Thursday morning. When it was done, she said her record-setting stunt went by "too fast."


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Music and artwork will be blended this weekend at a north Buffalo home.  Buffalo Suzuki Strings will present "Music on Canvas". WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the event will feature Suzuki music students and the artwork of well-known Buffalo artist Robert Blair.

Buffalo-born playwright A.R. "Pete" Gurney died Tuesday in his New York City home. He was 86. WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says Gurney always remained fond of Buffalo. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A big food fight on Hertel Avenue is looming, with the Lexington Co-op's new store a month away from opening and Dash's Market a football field away and in the late stages of getting permission for a new store complex.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Buffalo City Hall has a new look Thursday.

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Bar bouncers have a tough job. They often have to wrangle rowdy patrons, many of whom have had one too many, while sometimes dealing with hostility aimed in their direction. But as WBFO's Omar Fetouh reports, in a report produced by Marwan Elbliety, the job has also changed over time.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

With a week to go before a removal hearing in Albany, Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino is fighting back with a federal lawsuit saying the board and its governing majority is violating his First Amendment Constitutional rights.

New York State may soon have a new way to prosecute dealers who sell heroin or opioids that result in a lethal overdose.

Karen DeWitt

A faction of breakaway Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference has been in the news lately for receiving stipend payments for chairing committees that the Senators in fact did not chair. Here’s a look at the history of this power-brokering group of senators and what may be in store for its future.


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Hundreds of new jobs are on the way for local residents. The largest Internet-based retailer in the world is setting up shop in the Town of Lancaster.


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The spotlight will shine on Niagara Falls Thursday morning as Erendira Wallenda, wife of high-wire walker Nik Wallenda, will perform her own stunt high above the Horseshoe Falls. Local tourism leaders are welcoming the attention, which the Wallendas say is what they'd like to bring to the Cataract City.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The countdown is on for today's planned stunt over Niagara Falls by the famous Wallenda family.

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Rep. Chris Collins says the shooting of fellow Republicans at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning is "a sobering wake-up call." He says as President Donald Trump's "number one surrogate" in Washington, he plans to take added precautions at public gatherings.


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Allegations of a student-teacher sexual relationship that occurred more than two-decades ago is being investigated at Nichols School in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports.    

Buffalo and Niagara Falls are among 18 cities across New York State that will share $10 million over the next two years aimed at transforming blighted neighborhoods.

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Students at a dance academy in Lockport have been working with a Russian ballerina. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this unique dance opportunity is leading up to a special performance this Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Palace Theater in Lockport.  

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Niagara Falls officials are cutting back on spending, as the potential end to revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino looms. The first casualty is summer road paving.

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Imagine keeping track of thousands of questions and requests for action to city agencies and city-affiliated agencies. It is routine for Buffalo's Common Council, but it now is setting up a new system to keep track of those queries.

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New York State Police are asking the public for help identifying the driver involved in a hit-and-run Tuesday night on Grand Island.

Orchard Park Police

The former Comptroller for Towne Auto Group has been sentenced for stealing $4.1 million from her company.

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Legislative leaders are dug in on remaining issues in the 2017 session and are accusing each other of unfairly linking unrelated items to renewal of mayoral control over New York City schools. Time is running out for scheduled meetings.


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A Western New York Congressman is throwing his support behind a bill that seeks to fill jobs with trained apprentices by offering federal tax credits to those who do the hiring.


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Renovation plans for a large vacant building just off the I-190, in South Buffalo, are moving forward.


Preparations underway for next Wallenda stunt over Falls

Jun 13, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Five years after Nik Wallenda successfully crossed over the Niagara Gorge by walking on a high wire, his wife will be performing her own stunt over Niagara Falls. Preparations, including a practice run by a helicopter taking part in the stunt, were underway Tuesday.


Food Bank of Western New York

A program that distributes food to Chautauqua County residents in need is expanding its operation.

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The Williamsville Central School District received word Monday from a state hearing officer that it is justified to fire its assistant school superintendent.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a recommendation was issued after a very lengthy hearing process of more than 100-charges against the school administrator. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 2:30pm ET today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey.

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Uber is ramping up operations ahead of the June 29 launch of ride-hailing across Upstate New York.

WBFO's Michael Mroziak

What to do with Buffalo's Commodore Perry public housing project? Some some replace it with a new football stadium. Congressman Brian Higgins says renovate it into affordable housing. Neighbors say the apartments still may not be affordable for them. On Monday, Buffalo's Mayor teased the city is working on another plan.

Next spring, New York's students will spend two days on standardized math and English tests instead of three. The State Board of Regents has approved the change and will vote Tuesday to make it official.

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