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Anyone who has tried to enjoy something to eat outdoors lately has probably had lots of unwanted company. Swarms of buzzing insects around food are drawing lots of complaints.

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Between public spending and private investment, Buffalo has seen $800 million in infrastructural changes that one local tourism agency leader says has been paying off.


A Quebec truck driver pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to charges in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed a pedestrian in Lancaster June 21.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A two-year project to improve the ecological quality of a lake in the heart of Niagara Falls, New York, is at its completion, participants said Wednesday.


A 32-year-old man was sentenced in Erie County Court Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison for second degree murder for a killing that occurred nearly a decade ago.

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Most people have heard of PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health problem that can develop after witnessing a life-threatening event.

Lesser known is PTG. While recording the oral histories of local Vietnam War veterans, a University at Buffalo researcher found that post-traumatic growth can exist at the same time as PTSD. Marian Hetherly explains as part of WNED|WBFO's "Our Vietnam Voices" series.


Niagara County Community College

A longtime State University at New York leader, who is familiar with leading colleges in trouble, has been appointed Interim President of Niagara County Community College.

Hurricanes in the southern U.S. have captured the nation's attention -- and federal aid. That's a concern in New York, where lawmakers are still seeking federal funds to help residents and businesses after months of flooding along Lake Ontario.

Throughout their campaign challenges to Mayor Byron Brown, City Comptroller Mark Schroeder and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant hammered away at the lack of economic progress in many Buffalo neighborhoods. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes the message resonated but, in the end, Brown's organization and record were good enough to earn a victory in Tuesday's Democratic Primary.


New York State

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council sent its wish list to Albany Tuesday.


WBFO's Chris Caya

Longtime Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant finished the three-way race in the Democratic primary for Mayor of Buffalo with just 13 percent of the vote. However, Grant said she was proud of the campaign she ran and that she felt like a winner.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Well into the evening on Tuesday, supporters of mayoral candidate Mark Schroeder hoped their guy had a chance to win. Vote totals seemed to take so long to come in. However, by the end of the night, it became clear their candidate had lost.

New York State Thruway Authority

High speed cashless tolling on the New York State Thruway could do more than help the environment. Removing toll barriers could also help boost economic development across the region. 

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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While many who follow Buffalo politics consider Tuesday night's Democratic primary the race that effectively settled the campaign for mayor, Byron Brown stated he is focusing on winning the general election in November. The incumbent mayor, though, savored his primary win and what many believe is a clear path to his fourth term in office.


2017 Primary Election Results

Sep 12, 2017

WBFO followed key races in the September 12 Primary Election. See the results from local polls here.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Primary Day has been bringing out voters. Most eyes may be on Buffalo's Democratic mayoral race, but there is also a hotly-contested Erie County Legislature primary, a number of judicial contests and some faceoffs in the suburbs for supervisor and councilmanic seats.

New York State Education Department

A Brockport elementary school teacher has been named New York State's Teacher of the Year. 

Buffalo State Ventures LLC

The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved a one-story clubhouse for the Monarch 716 student housing complex next to Buffalo State College. The approval is retroactive, as the Board had approved a two-story building, the developer built one story and city inspectors did not stop the work.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A major bass fishing tournament is coming to Buffalo's Outer Harbor next summer. What tourism leaders hope it will do is, besides generate a modest one-time economic impact, reel in additional interest in an already busy local industry.


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State Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent-Panepinto Monday afternoon denied a temporary restraining order filed by former Buffalo School Board Park District member Carl Paladino to keep the seat vacant. The same day, the Buffalo School Board chose Paladino's replacement.

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With longer school days and the addition of two community schools, the Buffalo School District is slowly taking on a new look.  According to Buffalo News Education Reporter Jay Rey, supporters believe the changes will boost student achievement and parental involvement. As for another notable change - the removal of Carl Paladino from the School Board - Rey says, "It doesn't look like this is over." 


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New York education leaders have tweaked and renamed the Common Core learning standards in response to criticism over the way they were written and implemented.

New York State

Federal officials say New York state paid out $1.4 billion in Medicaid funds to care providers who did not follow the state's rules.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Firefighter Jason Czora returned home to Western New York from Colorado Monday. He returned the hard way - by bicycle.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

There is another star on the Theater District's Plaza of Stars. Stephen McKinley Henderson, an award-winning actor on stage, screen and Broadway and a recently retired University at Buffalo faculty member has been recognized.

NYS Governor's Office

Andrew Cuomo, in what has become an annual event for the New York governor, led a motorcycle ride along the path of a New York City firefighter rescue team to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


A Cheektowaga man has been charged with attempted murder after hitting his wife in the head with a hammer inside the nursing home where she was undergoing treatment.

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A local donation drive for people in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey wrapped up Monday. Major Thomas Applin, Executive Director of the Salvation Army of Erie County says, the supplies headed south include bottled water, sheets, blankets and personal care items. 

"We're so grateful to this county for responding as they have. And I would say this is typical of our county. People wanting to help take care of people in other places," Applin said.

Buffalo remembers 9/11 attacks, 16 years later

Sep 11, 2017
Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

Ceremonies were hosted throughout the United States Monday morning, 16 years after the 9/11 terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Remembrances held in Buffalo included one held within the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park.


USS Little Rock might be commissioned in December

Sep 11, 2017
Lockheed Martin

After extensive planning and discussion, the U.S. Navy could be close to commissioning the new USS Little Rock combat ship in downtown Buffalo.

Daniel Mecca, who sits on the local Commissioning Committee, said the long-anticipated event might beheld in December. The original plan was to stage the event this past June. Mecca was asked if planners have concerns about a December commissioning.

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