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On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the recent success of forward Benoit Pouliot, who scored the game-winning goal Tuesday against Washington, some odd-sounding comments from head coach Phil Housley following an ugly loss in Dallas, and former Sabres captain Brian Gionta, who will likely represent Team USA at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.


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Technology is now helping to improve cross border traffic on the Peace Bridge. And more improvements could be on the way. 

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Friday morning marks the planned beginning of the move from Women and Children’s Hospital on Bryant Street to the new Oishei Children’s Hospital in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. In this historic move, there are many things patients, families, and the public at large need to know.


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Tolbert, who challenged incumbent Timothy Howard in the Erie County Sheriff's race, has contacted his opponent and offered his congratulations for the latter's apparent win. But Tolbert isn't conceding the race just yet.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery

A Buffalo man has been sentenced for stealing historical documents from the Buffalo History Museum.

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A new campaign is underway by Mental Health PEER Connection to help more people recover from opioids and other addictive substances.

A Niagara Falls man is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine after pleading guilty to heroin charges.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

Authorities say they have solved the gruesome fatal stabbing of a woman 12 years ago with the arrest of the victim's daughter.

Wegmans

Another Fortune magazine "Best Places to Work" survey has been released and, again, Wegmans has placed first on the list.

Airport Music

A fixture of Cheektowaga and the local music scene has closed. After 40 years in business, Airport Music has shut its doors for the last time.

The federal Home Energy Assistance Program has $327 million earmarked for New Yorkers. Applications will be taken starting Monday.

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A local physician, already charged for what federal prosecutors say was a widespread illegal distribution of painkiller prescriptions, faces additional charges. Federal authorities on Wednesday morning announced a 166-count superseding indictment against Dr. Eugene Gosy.


Election 2017 offered another display of Erie County's counterintuitive voting habits. Despite a larger base of Democratic registrants, three county races went to Republicans. Those victories, however, were offset by the defeat of a GOP incumbent in the county legislature, giving Democrats majority control as of January 1. "Anything can happen here," said Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy during his weekly conversation on WBFO's Morning Edition. "That's why it's so interesting to watch."


Santoro Signs

A storied North Buffalo Catholic church wants to install a sign near a major intersection so people can find the church - and not the adjoining fast food restaurant commonly used as a guide.

It took only one seat for Republicans to lose control of the Erie County Legislature Tuesday night.


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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, on his way to a second term in office, is calling his win by more than 21-thousand votes a landslide compared to other county-wide races.

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A registered Democrat running on the Republican ticket won the seat of Erie County Clerk in Tuesday’s Elections, beating out a political newcomer.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

By just two percentage points in a race that changed leads as more votes were counted, incumbent Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard claimed victory over Bernie Tolbert shortly after midnight Wednesday. However, Democratic leaders say they're not conceding this race just yet.


The ballot proposition on whether to hold a state Constitutional Convention was soundly defeated in  Tuesday’s election. But a second question of whether to strip pensions from convicted lawmakers was approved.


2017 Election Results

Nov 7, 2017

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Although Buffalo's City Hall has implemented a number of additional security measures recently, Common Council President Darius Pridgen says his colleagues do not currently hold active shooter drills. He wants to change that.

As it distributes millions of state dollars to its winners, the 43North business competition has drawn attention to Buffalo from startup companies from around the world. While that notoriety possesses debatable value, the competition has not been as successful at finding companies willing to stay in Buffalo on a long-term basis. In her review of contest winners, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post finds that out-of-town winners often leave after staying here for the mandatory one-year term.


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The weekend shootings at a Texas church are just the latest of several acts of gun violence in American places of worship in recent years. Some are raising the uncomfortable question: is it time for places of worship to consider stepping up their security? One local company offers training to institutions, including places of worship, to better prepare for the unthinkable.


With no major party opposition, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is expected to cruise to victory in Tuesday's election. However, the lack of a big citywide race in Buffalo could impact Erie County races.

Architectural Resources

The fight over converting historic Ascension Church at Linwood Avenue and North Street into senior housing turned into something of a confrontation between Buffalo's Preservation Board and its Planning Board during Monday's Planning Board meeting.

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Buffalo's theater community turned out Monday night to honor the 25th anniversary of "Theater Talk" on WBFO and the show's co-host from the beginning, Anthony Chase.

There are three propositions on the ballot in Tuesday’s elections, though one has proven to be more controversial than the others.


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She was only 17 years old in 1983 when, prosecutors say, Saundra Adams and at least one other accomplice broke into her elderly neighbor's home. He was strangled with his own neckties. Many years later, after becoming a local librarian and a mother of two, Adams was sentenced in State Supreme Court for her admitted role in the long-ago tragedy.


Erie County Sheriff's Department

The Erie County Sheriff's Department has received funds to deputize a second female cadaver dog.

The small town of Mayville is getting about $4 million to improve their water infrastructure. It is just the latest water upgrade being made in Chautauqua County.

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