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Basketball brought thousands of visitors to Buffalo during the NCAA tournament, but what impressions of the Queen City will they take home with them? WBFO hit the streets to get a line on how visitors enjoyed March Madness in Buffalo.

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While federal authorities acknowledge the activity of the Mafia in this region has come to a virtual halt, the Mafia holds a storied past in Western New York. Reporter Dan Herbeck, who has covered local crime for over four decades, reviewed some of the area's notorious mob-related crimes in a two-part series in the Buffalo News.


Despite years of audits and prosecutions, financial people in volunteer fire companies continue to steal from their fire companies, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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So what did you do this weekend? Chances are you took part in some sort of St. Patrick's Day celebration, culminating with downtown Buffalo's parade up Delaware Avenue.


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Now that Preet Bharara is no longer the U.S. Attorney for the southern district of New York, some in Albany wonder who will now be investigating potential corruption?


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A prominent Western New York attorney has thrown his hat into the ring for State Supreme Court.

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An investigation is in progress following a Sunday afternoon shooting on the city's East Side that left one man seriously injured.

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A 43-year-old man is wanted in St. Catharines for first degree murder in connection with the death of his 7- year-old stepson.

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Many gathered at Battery Park in New York City Sunday afternoon rallying to resist voter suppression.

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The Buffalo region takes great pride in its St. Patrick's Day celebrations, but now there is really something to boast about.

One of Western New York's high profile attorneys is announcing his candidacy for State Supreme Court.

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As tax day approaches, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning taxpayers to be on the alert for potential scams by tax preparers.

Jacobs pushes for ride hailing in Buffalo

Mar 19, 2017
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Senator Chris Jacobs is calling on the State Assembly to include ride hailing in the state budget by the of the month.

St. Patrick's day weekend celebrations are not the only things Irish impacting the economy.

The former Bills coach is landing the TV gig many expected he would get after being fired.

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A Roman Catholic Church in Olean has been designated as a 'basilica' by Pope Francis.  St. Mary of the Angels Church has been granted what is considered a 'rare' honor. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the church's Pastor Rev. Greg Dobson about the process.

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If you're a local elected official, St. Patrick's Day in Buffalo means making an appearance at the Buffalo Irish Center. Many local politicians joined local citizens to celebrate Irish-American heritage Friday at the Abbott Road venue.


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New York State Senate republicans are proposing a plan to make college more affordable and protect private colleges. They have proposed a significant increase in the Tuition Assistance Program known as TAP. 

The BPO serves thousands of school-age children with free concerts, but what about adults? For many years, the "BPOvations" have served as popular "music appreciation" courses.

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Private school affordability remains a major challenge for local families. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says The Park School of Buffalo has adopted a "flexible tuition" approach. 

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This week's fresh blanket of snow should provide a nice scenic backdrop for what promises to be a sweet and tasty event in the countryside. Maple Weekend also provides an economic boost for the region. 

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What does $50 buy in downtown Buffalo? When the city is hosting an NCAA basketball tournament, that's how much a parking spot might cost at certain times in prime lots.

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A 14-year-old boy has pleaded guilty in Niagara County Family Court as part of a plea deal related to a massive recycling plant fire in Lockport that killed his teenage friend.

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What is the future of research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute without federal cash to pay for the research? That is the question proposed cuts by the Trump Administration has raised.

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A report card for local government websites and how well they share information with the public is out this week from the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government. Bottom line up front – the grades aren’t good.


Keep St. Patrick's Day happy - and safe, says NYS

Mar 17, 2017
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Police around New York State will be cracking down on drunken driving and underage drinking this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Lake Effect man on the handle of a beer tap at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery in Buffalo New York.

Residents in the Great Lakes region are very familiar with Lake Effect snows. When cold, dry air passes over the lakes, it generates enough snow to bring white outs, vehicle pile ups, power outages and back-breaking shoveling. Despite all those problems, dozens of businesses and organizations have embraced the Lake Effect name.


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The state treasury has  $14.5 billion of someone else's money, potentially your money. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is trying to give it back.


Tensions between opposing groups of Democrats in the Senate reached a flash point this week- over whose faction would be allowed to present their budget priorities for a floor debate, in an exchange that included some racially charged  name calling.


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Appeals court judges in New York seem receptive to arguments that a recent Supreme Court ruling tosses ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's public corruption conviction into doubt. 

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