Nick Lippa

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How often do you use public transit services? That’s the question groups like Citizens for Regional Transit, Go Buffalo, GObike and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are asking Western New Yorkers.

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The Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from their parents accused of crossing the U.S. border illegally has been called immoral by many democrats over the past week. Now some are saying it’s illegal.

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Tickets go on sale today for the Borderland Music and Arts festival in East Aurora. The two-day event will feature more than 20 bands on three stages at Knox Farm State Park. Borderland Co-Founder Jennifer Brazill has been booking events like this on the west coast for years. Now she has a chance to organize one back home. WBFO's Nick Lippa has more.


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A town hall meeting was held Tuesday night at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts to discuss the current state of the Buffalo Public Schools led by Superintendent Dr. Kriner Kash and Board President Dr. Barbara Nevergold. The conversational atmosphere sparked some passionate responses from parents, faculty and students.

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An amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act could prevent Siemens from closing down their Wellsville plant. Representative Tom Reed and New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have been working together to save 250 skilled jobs from leaving the state.

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The Western New York Land Conservancy is looking for community input on how to best repurpose the abandoned DL&W rail corridor. The best way to do that? Talking to volunteers while completing short term projects.

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What are the consequences of a school shooting? How should we react to an active shooter? Is there a way to spot a shooter before it happens? These are some of the questions students of the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School asked local leaders Tuesday at the “Stop The Killing” school gun violence forum.

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All three defendants in a trial involving members of a North Tonawanda motorcycle club have been found guilty of charges relating to two murders in 2014.

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Jersey #34 will forever be the number of Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas.

Budgeting practices from previous years have left Buffalo’s reserves running low. That’s one of the reasons Comptroller Mark Schroeder has issued a warning about the Mayor’s 2018-2019 recommended budget.

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Last year’s Canalside Live concert series brought us the musical acts of Gary Clark Jr. and Ghostface Killah with Slick Rick. The 2018 lineup brings more notable names including Vanilla Ice, Method Man and Redman, and Father John Misty.


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The winners of Buffalo’s first annual Civic Innovation Challenge was revealed Wednesday. The competition asked local tech-savvy minds to create an app that would benefit city residents using information from the city’s Open Data Portal.

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Not too long ago the Buffalo River was declared biologically dead. Since 2005 close to $100 million has been invested to bring the waterway back to life.

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Russ Brandon has resigned his dual role as president of the NFL Buffalo Bills and NHL Buffalo Sabres in a major shake-up for the teams' owners, Terry and Kim Pegula.

For the third time in five years, the Buffalo Sabres have the best odds at winning the NHL draft lottery. It's an 18.5 % chance. Whoever wins will land prized prospect defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.

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The Buffalo Bills spent last year trading for future picks to have versatility in the 2018 NFL draft.  Thursday night they traded two second-round picks to select who they believe will be their franchise quarterback.

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The Tiny Desk online series features music performances shot at NPR in Washington with bands playing in a small space behind a desk. It has featured big names like Buffalo's Ani DiFranco, but is mainly an opportunity for little known musicians to get a following.  Musicians compete in an annual contest for a spot in the series, with winners announced Monday. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with Buffalo area artists who are hoping to be among the winners. 


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Things are moving fast for Bank on Buffalo. Less than two years ago they began as a start-up division of CNB Bank with a loan origination office. Today they announced their regional headquarters will be located at the Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo to accommodate their growing customer base.

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The American Lung Association has released their 2018 “State of the Air” report citing air quality has worsened. It found 9.4 million New Yorkers are breathing unhealthy air.

The Buffalo Sabres once again find themselves in last place to end the year. On this season’s final edition of Behind the Bench, WBFO’s Nick Lippa sat down with Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe to discuss which part of this lowly year of hockey was truly the worst, Jason Botterill’s end of the year press conference, the success of the Amerks, and more.


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Some local high schoolers are looking for a way to create a common ground during divisive times. Their solution? A student-run social enterprise that supports and develops music and art projects relating to unification.

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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when many recall the millions of Jews and others who died at the hands of the Nazis. It has a special meaning for Robbie Hausmann, cellist for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. His German great-grandmother, Toni Marcus, was one of the 1.1 million people killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. And when the BPO toured Poland last month, he visited the camp -- to honor her with music. He spoke about it with WBFO's Nick Lippa.

For hockey parents, sending young players away to improve their skill is a normal occurrence. The last thing you would expect is for tragedy to strike off the ice, but now the hockey community in Western New York has been stunned by a fatal crash involving a Canadian team's bus.

Woman accused of killing 7-year son in Monroe County

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Authorities say a woman used a "large-bladed kitchen knife" to sever the head of her 7-year-old son in a home near Rochester Thursday night.

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The Buffalo Bisons open their season tonight on the road against the Rochester Red wings weather permitting. They look to bounce back this year after a disappointing 2017 season. They’ll have some help to start from a pitcher/comedian with major league experience, Joe Biagini.


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Close to 17,500 customers are still without power across Western New York due to Wednesday's wind storm. Nearly 12,000 of them are in Erie County.

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For over three decades, The Franciscan Center has provided a home for thousands of runaway and homeless young men from Western New York. Tuesday, they announced they are closing their doors.

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Jamestown Police are asking for help in identifying the owner of a brown and white pitbull dog that was found dead hanging from a tree yesterday evening.

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Buffalo is one of many cities across the country with leaders worried about the impact of the new citizenship question on the upcoming Census in 2020.

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Jamestown’s National Comedy Center, which opens this August, will feature some cutting edge technology for museum goers. Visitors will wear a wristband with an RFID chip throughout their stay that will help complete a sense of humor profile.

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