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The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library has a new high-tech bookmobile. The old one was scrapped just over ten years ago during the County's fiscal crisis.


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Based on recommendations of an industry task force, Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing changes to New York's outdated liquor law. The stated goal is to boost the state's growing craft brewing industry.


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Vehicles with peeling, unreadable New York state license plates can be ticketed. To avoid the hassle and expense, Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and Sheriff Timothy Howard are advising motorists to trade them in.

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Rural Metro's response times in the city of Buffalo, according to Mayor Byron Brown, are "are absolutely a concern." In response, the ambulance company says that it is focused on improving its performance.


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The ranks of the Buffalo Police Department could become more diverse, based on numbers disclosed Tuesday. Mayor Byron Brown says just over half of the 2,468 people who have applied to take the city's police exam in June are minorities and 29% are women.


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Unusually long lines clogged Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Monday. It's part of a trend forming at airports around the country, one that Senator Charles Schumer believes can be alleviated with more canine patrols.


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The Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station would be better protected from a future round of base closings under a plan unveiled Monday.

To help job seekers in targeted local areas, the New York state Labor Department has opened five satellite career centers. The initiative, known as the Western New York Employment Strikeforce, is modeled after a successful program in the Bronx that has secured over 17,000 job placements since its launch in 2014. The initiative includes business-driven, skills-based training, to help the unemployed land a stable job.

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Buffalo ranks #1 in a new poll of America's Favorite Cities by Travel+Leisure.

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Assemblyman Sean Ryan has decided not to run for the seat being vacated by State Senator Marc Panepinto.


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A drug pipeline that fed Western New York is out of business. Federal, state and local law enforcement arrested 20 suspects in Buffalo and Lockport Thursday in a bust named Operation Rolling Thunder. 


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Mayor Byron Brown tells WBFO News that neither he, nor his office, has been subpoenaed as part of the ongoing Buffalo Billion investigation.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says if laws were broken people need to be held accountable. But Poloncarz says, he doesn't think a federal probe will hurt the region's economic development program.


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The largest public art project to date, sponsored by Erie County, is going up in downtown Buffalo. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Shea's Performing Arts Center are collaborating on a new mural on the wall of 710 Main Theatre, along West Tupper Street.

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Across New York State, suffocation is the leading cause of unintentional deaths for children under the age of one.


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More improvements are on the way for bike riders in Buffalo. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, the city has rolled out its long-awaited new Bicycle Master Plan.


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Electric bills might come with a shock soon. Rep. Brian Higgins says wholesale prices have been spiking since the Huntley plant in Tonawanda was shut down in February.

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Buffalo is not alone in its new vitality. Other cities are experiencing their own rebirth and that is heating up competition for tourist dollars.


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Distracted drivers in New York would be held accountable under a bipartisan bill proposed in Albany. It would allow police to use a so-called "Textalyzer" to examine mobile devices at a crash site.


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The AAA of Western and Central New York, law enforcement, AT&T, and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs are teaming up to raise awareness about distracted driving.

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A service "Celebrating the Life" of 8-year-old Treasure Brighon was held at True Bethel Baptist Church on Monday.

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Once again, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is proposing a budget that holds the line on property taxes. WBFO's Chris Caya reports on some highlights of the $494 million spending plan unveiled Friday.


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The Erie County Fair announced Friday that its midway will remain in familiar hands. After 91 years of operation, Strates Shows has agreed to a ten-year contract extension.

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Western New Yorkers may end up paying more to heat and cook with natural gas. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports National Fuel Gas has filed a rate increase request with state regulators.

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A backroom fight over the budget for Erie Community College is turning into a major public fight between two of the area's most visible public figures, County Executive Mark Poloncarz and college president Jack Quinn.


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The winds off of Lake Erie are going to help move the Seneca Nation of Indians towards energy independence. Tribal leaders kicked off construction of a new wind turbine on Wednesday.

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An historic event is in the works for the USS. Little Rock at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.

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A county lunch program is now available for seniors in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.


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The FBI has recognized a local judge for her work with Buffalo's growing and diverse immigrant community. WBFO's Chris Caya reports on the one-of-a-kind program that helps new arrivals navigate the legal system.

Niagara County has its first known case of Zika virus. According to the county Health Department, the person was infected while traveling outside the country.

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