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 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.

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.

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. 

The Buffalo School District says it is being vigilant in its response to Friday's mass shooting in Connecticut.

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The new bipartisan coalition in the New York State Senate has the approval of a large swath of voters, according to numbers from Quinnipiac University.

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The local arm of the Department of Justice had a fruitful year in recovering cash and assets from criminals and criminal enterprises. 

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Holiday partiers heading downtown tonight can expect to see more police on the streets and up in the air. 

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The Buffalo Bisons went back to the future to find their new manager and their new logo. 

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Residents of a North Buffalo apartment building were quickly forced out of their homes when flames erupted around 9:30 a.m. Friday. 

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Lynn Dejac Peters, the Buffalo woman who served more than 13 years in jail after she was convicted of murdering her daughter, has settled a lawsuit with the State of New York for $2.7 million. 

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The City of Buffalo's 2013 capital budget calls for $21 million in spending on infrastructure replacements, building demolitions, parks improvements, and upgrades to some popular destinations in the city. 


State officials are working on storm preparations as projections shows Hurricane Sandy on track to make its way north along the Eastern Seaboard over the weekend and early next week. 

Late Friday, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency in New York as a precaution and to clear the way for local government to tap state resources in the event of major damage from storms next week. 

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There appears to be no end in sight to the hockey lockout.  The National Hockey League on Friday announced the cancelation of regular-season schedule through the end of November. 

The lockout is having a significant effect on local businesses that rely on hockey-generated revenue.  Friday afternoon, a group of local business owners gathered to discuss the economic impact of the ongoing stalemate.

Templeton Landing manager Christy Vukelic says says the lockout has had a devastating effect on her business and she has had to lay off workers.

The name 'The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society' is now a thing of the past. The landmark institution announced Thursday it will now simply be known as The Buffalo History Museum. 

The 150-year-old museum also has a new logo and work will begin soon on installing a new signature sign outside of the campus at Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Court. 

Executive Director Melissa Brown says the decision to re-brand was made after research showed a lack of identity among many in the community.

Developers looking to build a year-round,multi-sport facility and football stadium on Buffalo's waterfront presented their plans to city lawmakers Tuesday afternoon.

Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex Vice President George Hasiotis says the $1.4 billion project will integrate the waterfront with downtown Buffalo and increase the value of the Central Business District and other sports venues downtown. 

A film starring Kevin Costner as general manager of the Buffalo Bills one day may be coming to a theater near you. 

The website is reporting the production team of a movie called Draft Day is seeking approval from the National Football League to allow the team's likeness to be used in the project. 

The NFL is famously reluctant allow such projects to move forward, but reports indicate the league is on the verge of not only signing off, but also possibly chipping in as much as $20 million. 

A major manufacturer in the City of Olean is closing its doors. 

Officials with Daltile announced Thursday afternoon that the company is ending operations at its plant on South Clark Street.  174 people work at the facility. 

The mosaic tile maker has been studying the long-term viability of the Olean plant and one in Gettysburg, PA in recent months. 

"Unfortunately, the company felt that it was unable to make the necessary investments in the Olean facility to keep it operational," said Assemblyman Joseph Giglio.

A collision between a tractor trailer and a highway department truck in the Town of Amherst this morning sent two men to this hospital with serious injuries. 

Forty-six-year-old Scott Charleson and 52-year-old Paul Mordaunt, who are employed by the Amherst Highway Department, were elevated 20 feet in the air removing a street banner at Main and Mill streets around 9:45 a.m. when the top of the tractor trailer made contact with their boom truck. 

Amherst Police Captain Patrick McKenna says the collision caused both men to be thrown onto the pavement violently.

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State Senator Tim Kennedy is declaring victory in his primary day contest against Erie County Legislature chairwoman Betty Jean Grant.  

The Erie County Board of Elections has spent the week counting absentee and affidavit ballots after a machine count showed Kennedy with a lead of less than 100 votes. 

Speaking in front of Board of Elections headquarters on West Eagle St. late Friday afternoon, the incumbent democrat says after the week-long ballot count, his lead is now "insurmountable."