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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Utility customers across the country are being victimized by a new scam that attempts to acquire social security and banking numbers under the guise of a government program that pays their utility bills. 

The scammers  ask for banking information and social security numbers, and are then give out fake account numbers tied to the fictitious program. 

Scammers are using phone calls, e-mails, and going door-to-door attempting to solicit the information. 

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Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret will be in the broadcast booth for all 82 games next season.  That's a change from the past few seasons, where the veteran broadcaster took a reduced role behind the microphone, calling fewer games. 

Jeanneret signed a new, multi-year contract with the team earlier this month. 

An Orleans County man pleaded guilty today to one count of second-degree murder in the killing of his 15-year-old sister-in-law. 

22-year-old Carlos Cardenas admitted to the crime Wednesday morning in Orleans County Court.  He was accused of raping and strangling Katherine Sanchez in January 2011.  Cardenas was arrested the following month. 

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With hot, humid weather in the forecast today through Thursday, kids in the City of Buffalo are now able to cool off at one of the city's splash pads. 

The city is opening the pads early this year. They usually open for the season on July 1, but with temperatures expected to hover around 90 mid-week, the city has moved that schedule up.

Eight of the city's 11 splash pads are now up and running, including Cazenovia, Centennial, Kensington, Masten, Allison, Lanigan, Schiller, and Lincoln. Three pads are under construction.

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Buffalo's Public Schools will be under the leadership of a new superintendent in the fall, with the election of Dr. Pamela Brown to head the district.    The city school board voted 7-2 Wednesday night in favor of the veteran educator.

"Such a very vital position. Everyone has strong feelings.   We strived to come up with a unanimous decision," said School Board President Lou Petrucci following Wednesday night's nomination and public vote at City Hall. 

A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with assaulting his eight-week-old infant son. 

Buffalo Police investigators were called to Women and Children's Hospital around 2:30 a.m. when the boy's father, 22-year-old Mark Bridenbaker of Indian Church Road, brought in the injured child. 

The boy was found to have internal injuries and a head injury, and Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards says there are indications of previous physical injuries.  He is currently listed in critical condition. 

A Barberville, Virginia airline pilot has been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a concealed firearm for attempting to bring a handgun on a plane this morning at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. 

Piedmont Airlines pilot Brett Dieter was scheduled to fly a plane from Buffalo to New York's Laguardia for US Airways, when a TSA agent noticed what appeared to be a firearm in Dieter's bag.  NFTA Police then recovered a loaded .357 magnum holding five rounds of ammunition. 

A familiar face in local politics will be on national television Tuesday night. Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick and Canisius College political science professor will make an appearance on Comedy's Central The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Hardwick was contacted by the show's producers based on a comment he made to The Buffalo News recently on how New York's late presidential primary renders it moot in the national political picture.  He told The News, “It’s like being next in line for concert tickets when the ticket window closes.”

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An accused Liberian war criminal who was living in Western New York has been deported following a six-year investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

62-year-old George Boley, the former leader of the Liberian Peace Council, was living in Hilton, New York, north of Rochester.  During the Liberian Civil War of the 1990s, Boley is alleged to have committed human rights abuses against civilians, including the rapes and murders of dozens of Liberian villagers. 

Mickey Kearns win in the 145th Assembly district, according to Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy, can be attributed to name recognition and attaching his opponent to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

That was one of the topics discussed Thursday morning when McCarthy joined WBFO and AM 970 News.

McCarthy also notes how state Republicans are optimistic over their chances to oust Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and how Kathy Hochul's newly-configured district could make for a difficult reelection.

Shea's Performing Arts Theatre unveiled its 2012-2013 Broadway Series lineup to season ticket holders in a special reception last night.

This coming season marks the 25th anniversary of the popular series.

The highlight is The Book of Mormon, the blockbuster #1 Broadway show, which will begin a one-week run in June.

Also coming to the downtown theatre are Billy Elliott, Jekyll and Hyde, White Christmas, Sister Act, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, with the original Broadway cast.

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There is welcome news today for Buffalo residents who rely on on-street parking. 

Mayor Byron Brown has lifted the city's winter parking restrictions, which are normally in effect until April 1.  The move could become official as soon as tomorrow if the Common Council approves the suspension in special session, which is expected. 

"We believe we do not need, for the remainder of the year, these overnight parking restrictions. We want to add to the convenience of parking for residents in the City of Buffalo," said Brown.

The pressure appears to be mounting on the Buffalo Teachers Federation as the Buffalo school district scrambles to save $9 million in state funding.

At a special meeting at noon Tuesday, the Buffalo School Board is expected to formally request that the Buffalo Teachers Federation drop its request that any new teacher evaluation system account for the district's dismal student attendance record.

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