Omar Fetouh

Assistant News Director

Monday - Friday, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Omar started his radio career at the former WNED AM 970 as an intern in 2001. After hosting a weekly night shift for several years, Omar became a full-time program host in 2009. He currently hosts the midday shift, which includes the NPR program 'Here & Now.' Omar also serves as assistant news director for WBFO and is responsible for managing reporter assignments and much of the station's website and social media content. An avid public radio fan, the Buffalo native says he's proud to be a part of Western New York's best radio news team.

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A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with stealing and attempting to sell historical documents from The Buffalo History Museum.

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The operator of the historic North Park Theatre in Buffalo says it will cease operating the Hertel Avenue cinema as of June 6. But the theatre may not be closed for very long.

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Over the past week, the State of New York has reached casino rights agreements with two Native American tribes: the Oneidas in Central New York and the Mohawks in the North Country. That leaves the Seneca Nation in Western New York as the last remaining tribe whose dispute with the state is still unresolved.

Western New York Assemblyman Michael Kearns says he is quitting his Democratic conference based on the way Speaker Sheldon Silver handled the scandal involving disgraced Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

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Officials cut the ribbon Friday on a dock extension along the Buffalo waterfront.

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The sustainable-housing organization PUSH Buffalo has been awarded more than $3.5 million from New York State to continue their work on Buffalo's West Side. 

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Development officials say they need more time to complete one of the most prominent components in the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront.

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A statewide referendum on whether to allow non-Indian casino gaming in New York may not be on the ballot this November. Governor Andrew Cuomo says this is not an ideal year for a public vote due to a lack of statewide political races that will bring voters to the polls.

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Darcy Regier will be back as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres next season, despite the team missing the postseason in four of the last six years. A decision on who will coach the team, however, has not been made.

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Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black and General Manager Darcy Regier held the team's annual end-of-year press conference Monday.

For more than 40 years now, Buffalo's Kittinger Furniture Company has enjoyed a strong relationship with the White House. Hundreds of handcrafted Kittinger items reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the company now has a strong presence at the new George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.

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A movement is underway in Albany for a constitutional amendment to allow for recall elections of disgraced politicians.

The local chapter of the United Way says it raised just over $14 million dollars in its just-concluded 2012-2013 campaign, an increase of more than three percent from last year.

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A new statewide poll shows greater concern among New York voters about political corruption in Albany.

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Two adults and a one-month-old boy were killed Thursday morning when a minivan drifted off the road and crashed into a Thruway maintenance vehicle around 7:30 a.m. on I-90, south of Buffalo.

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While it may not feel like spring outside, the start of baseball season is just over two weeks away. The Buffalo Bisons open the 2013 season April 4 at Coca Cola Field and fans coming down to the ballpark this year will notice some changes.

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A female peregrine falcon that had been nesting on a tower at the University at Buffalo was removed Wednesday due to its propensity for injuring people on campus.

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State Senators are hoping this will be the year the State Assembly takes up a vote on legalizing professional Mixed Martial Arts events in New York.

Nine people are homeless following a morning fire that heavily damaged two homes in the City of Buffalo.

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More than 1,200 plaintiffs have joined a lawsuit filed against the state claiming passage of New York's new gun control laws was unconstitutional.

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A federal audit says Erie County should pay back $48.5 million in disaster relief costs associated with the 2006 'October Surprise' snowstorm. 

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Rep. Chris Collins says sequestration will, and should, go into effect on March 1. 

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Former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff made his first public comments Friday following his firing earlier this week.

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The Buffalo Sabres have fired longtime coach Lindy Ruff in the midst of a losing season.

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Governor Cuomo says the state legislature should have no role in deciding where possible future casinos should be located in New York State. 

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Buffalo Police officer Patricia Parete was honored by the state senators in Albany today, who rose in a moment of silence for the late law enforcer.

The Buffalo Bills and Rogers Media on Tuesday announced an extension of the 'Bills in Toronto' series for another five years.

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For families looking for some fun this weekend, there are two park-centric winter festivals to choose from. 

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The ban on assault weapons and large ammunition clips passed by state lawmakers and signed into law earlier this week has the support of 73 percent of New York voters, according to the latest poll by the Siena Research Institute. 

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NHL owners will gather in New York City today to vote on the new collective bargaining agreement tentatively agreed to with the players' union last weekend. 

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