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It has sat vacant along Niagara Square in recent years, but Jim Fink of Business First expects the Dillon Courthouse to play a key role in a changing downtown landscape.


Investigative Post.org has been reporting on the Cuomo administration's handling of the Buffalo Billion for nearly a year. According to Jim Heaney, reports that the U.S. Attorney is now issuing subpoenas in the case should come as "no surprise" to those who have been following the story. Heaney spoke with WBFO Monday on Morning Edition.

Buffalo Bills.com

With the 19th pick in the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Shaq Lawson, All-American defensive end out of Clemson University. While the team will likely look for more defensive help, Dan Lavoie of Buffalo Rumblings.com expects the team to select a quarterback before the draft is finished.

Chris Jamele

In recent weeks, the Peace Bridge, the Electric Tower and Niagara Falls have bathed in blue light, a reminder that April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

The tussle continues over revenue retention between New York State and its local governments. That fight includes the millions of fees gathered by auto bureaus.

Jerry Urban

While Donald Trump's message connects with many, his ability to take the White House in November remains in doubt. "I don't think he's a viable general election candidate," said Jacob Neiheisel, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo.

While the state's political winds seem to be behind Donald Trump, former Governor George Pataki reversed course with his endorsement of Ohio's John Kasich. It was one of many developments observed by Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy at Thursday night's Republican Gala in New York City.

While Western New York Local Restaurant Week has been organized to promote the region's independent eateries, it may also serve up a boost to area agriculture, according to event coordinator Christa Hobart. "The local, organic farm-to-table movement is very strong."

from UB Center for the Arts

Winner of a Peabody Award and downloaded by the millions, the podcast "Serial" has emerged as a cultural sensation. "We were so shocked that this happened," said host and co-producer Sarah Koenig, who will appear at the UB Center for the Arts on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

from Bernie Sanders twitter account

It's official: Bernie Sanders will campaign in Buffalo. The surging Democratic presidential hopeful will hold a rally at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena on Monday at 7 p.m.

Dan Telvock, Investigative Post

While some strides have been made--- notably the cleanup of the Buffalo River--- more needs to be done to improve the area's water quality. "Just look at our beaches," noted Dan Telvock of the Investigative Post. He shared some of his findings during WBFO's Press Pass.

Niagara Falls.ca

The next time you travel to Niagara Falls, Ontario,  take a close look at your hotel bill or your restaurant tab. The establishment may have added a fee, one that is sparking increased criticism.

Beyond the Bump, labeled as a convention to prepare new mothers, visits Buffalo Saturday. The idea emerged from the experience of co-creator Monica Infante, who thought she was ready for the birth of her first child until events unfolded in the delivery room.

photo from Jay Moran

He may be retired, but Joe Allen hasn't stopped teaching. Whether it's discussing the region's best fly fishing streams or leading a group of students in observing wolf activity in Yellowstone, Allen continues to offer lessons. 

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Thousands flocked to Buffalo's Broadway Market last week in the days leading up to Easter. For the rest of the year, however, large crowds are rare. The disparity has prompted Jim Fink of Business First to wonder, "Is the Broadway Market in 2016 viable?"

After learning of the toxic waste that surrounded their homes, Love Canal residents began protests that captured national attention. Historian Richard Newman believes their efforts have had a lasting impact on the environment. 


A San Francisco physicist is credited with beginning Pi Day in 1988. Now, it has become fashionable to celebrate every March 14th. " One of the things that makes Pi so accessible to younger learners, and why we have Pi Day, it’s relatively easy to compute," offered Professor Deborah Moore-Russo, director of UB's Gifted Math Program.

Julie Conti, Niagara Falls High School

On Thursday, 29 students from the Advanced Placement Government class at Niagara Falls High School paid a visit to the White House for an historic occasion.

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo will be the launch for the first national tour of "Finding Neverland." The tour will open October 11 at Shea's Performing Arts Center. Other big name shows like "42nd Street," "Wicked," and "the Sound of Music" are among the highlights of the 2016-2017 Broadway Series at Shea's.  

Buffalo History.org

On Sunday, the Buffalo History Museum will host a conversation with Western New York native and celebrated actor William Fichtner. Prior to his return, Fichtner shared some time with WBFO.

Though lead-based paint has not been sold for decades, the substance continues to plague many older cities, including Buffalo. According to Dan Telvock of Investigative Post, 85,500 housing units in Buffalo are considered "at risk."

The Blackness Project.org

While "The Blackness Project" touches upon sensitive racial issues, the documentary's producers say they are looking to "bridge the gap between white and black Americans." Director Korey Green provided an update in a conversation with WBFO.

WBFO News File Photo

The prospects for One Seneca Tower, Buffalo's tallest building, remain uncertain. "It's a big development headache," said Jim Fink of Business First during his monthly segment on WBFO's Press Pass. 

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Two adult males died in a fire early Friday morning at 90 Humber Avenue. One of the men was a father who reentered the burning structure in an attempt to rescue his children.

from WRVO

While New York's primary is still months away, today's results from New Hampshire may play a part in who remains in the Presidential race in April. Catherine Loper of Oswego public radio station WRVO shared some perspective on her reporting from Concord, New Hampshire.

More than 150-million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday evening, as the  Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos vie for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Canisius College website

The results from Monday's Iowa caucuses may not predict the candidates for the November presidential election. Canisius College political science professor Michael Haselswerdt believes more twists are ahead, especially for the Republican contenders.

WBFO file photo

Donald Trump's decision to not appear at Thursday's GOP debate in Iowa isn't likely to hurt his surprising popularity. Erie County Republican Party Chair Nick Langworthy says Trump's propensity to speak his mind is resonating with voters, including a growing number in the Buffalo area.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New findings released by Business First show that a majority of New York State high students will enroll in college, though less than half appear to be ready.

Dan Telvock

Attention is now focused on the level of pollution in the Buffalo's Scajaquada Creek. "It's the only one (waterway) in the entire Niagara River Watershed where it's unfit for aquatic life," said Investigative Post's Dan Telvock during WBFO's Press Pass.