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A new law will crack down on '"zombie houses."  Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the law this past week. It  now means new requirements for mortgage lenders. They must maintain abandoned houses before foreclosure.

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray says it's frustrating that the latest controversy surrounding forward Evander Kane became public before all the facts are in. The allegations surrounding Kane involve some sort of disturbance at a Chippewa bar early Friday morning.

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Saturday's 21st annual Ride for Roswell was a rousing success. More than 7,100 people participated in the fundraising bicycle ride over local courses ranging from three miles to 100 miles.

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A three day campaign to keep area waterways safe kicked off on Friday.

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The New York State Bar Association is urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to set the stage for a possible constitutional convention in 2019.

Sabres take Nylander 8th overall at NHL Draft in Buffalo

Jun 24, 2016
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The eyes of the pro hockey world were focused on Buffalo as the city hosted the first round of the 2016 National Hockey League Draft inside First Niagara Center on Friday evening. The hometown team, with the eighth overall pick, selected forward Alexander Nylander, who comes from a family of NHL pedigree.

As the passage of "Brexit" continues to send shock waves around the world, at least one Buffalo-based company may benefit.

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The Erie County Legislature approved a local law Thursday which aims to  prevent concussions in youth sports. Though a near-majority passed the measure, the lone opponent sparked a passionate debate.

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Players in the National Football League wear pink in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now, a Niagara Falls teacher is trying to get the NFL to wear gold for one week in September in recognition of pediatric cancer awareness.

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Some Homeless advocates are dismayed by what they say is Governor Cuomo’s  failure at the end of the legislative session to follow through with promises to fund five years worth of new supportive housing and other services for the homeless. Their complaints come as the State Comptroller issues a scathing report on the state of homeless shelters across New York.

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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it's essential for Congress to pass similar gun legislation already in place in New York. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he appeared in Buffalo late Thursday afternoon announcing details of Safe Act arrests made in the Rochester area.

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Transportation companies looking to hire new workers are hitting roadblocks at the state DMV. Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs says the wait time for a Commercial Driver License road test can be as long as three months.

With the podcast becoming a popular listening option, the students of Just Buffalo Writing Center have added their production to the thousands of podcasts currently available. Using music, interviews and personal reflections,  "This Buffalonian Life" explores the regional experience through the eyes of a group of creative, aspiring authors.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is giving Cazenovia Creek’s ice control structure a much-needed lift. Two to three feet, actually.

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Scores of community leaders turned out Wednesday at Larkinville for a big-picture view of regional business. Buffalo Niagara Partnership President Dottie Gallagher-Cohen presented the organization’s annual report, highlighting accomplishments in the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

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News that Tesla Motors may purchase Solar City is drawing mixed reactions. While some are concerned the development projects poorly on the future of the company's solar panel manufacturing plant in South Buffalo, Governor Cuomo  says he "can't see anything but good" coming from the merger.

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The City of Buffalo has temporarily shut down a Chippewa Street bar that was the scene of violence last weekend.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo stopped in Buffalo on Wednesday to sign new legislation to fight the opioid crisis. 

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The Monday death of a 10-year-old South Buffalo Charter School student from Lackawanna is being called a "tragic accident."

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Members of Western New York's LGBT community are taking part in a special show of support for the people of Orlando, Florida. A gunman there killed 49 people and injured 50 others inside a gay nightclub on June 12.

Developer Gerry Buchheit said by the end of next year, his Queen City Landing will be rising 23 stories above Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Buffalo's Common Council approved the long-awaited project Tuesday.

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Construction may have started on the first building on Buffalo's Gates Circle, where Millard Fillmore Hospital used to loom over traffic, but there are a lot of unresolved issues.

Chautauqua County

Forestville has received a big shot in the arm from New York State to help the Chautauqua County village dissolve.

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It will soon be legal for pet owners in New York state to be buried with their beloved animals.

OSHA proposes fines for Wegmans safety violations

Jun 21, 2016

OSHA has cited Wegmans for repeat safety violations at its central bakeshop in Gates, NY. The federal safety agency is proposing a total of $140,000 in fines after officials say that a worker who was cleaning a conveyor belt and roller last December got her hand caught in the machine and suffered broken bones in her hand and arm.

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The leaders of the National Hockey League and its teams are in town for the 2016 Draft. When they leave, tourism officials are hoping they leave some green behind.

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The MSG cable network will be featuring more Sabres and Bills programming as Pegula Sports and Entertainment expands its reach.

What began in January as an ambitious reform package to address a wave of corruption at the Capitol, proposed by Governor Cuomo, dwindled to just two proposals by the time the session closed in the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning. 

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It may have rained this week, but that is not expected to have much effect on streams and lawns across the region. Rainfall is more than four inches below normal.

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Humans have gazed at space since the dawn of time and the Buffalo Museum of Science hopes to, one day, once again allow visitors to be able to look up at the stars.