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The Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing in Lake Erie on Tuesday. Missing is 37-year-old Giusseppe Reinhart from Niagara Falls, ON. 

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The Tapestry Charter High School is dealing with the tragic death of one of its refugee students. 18-year-old Kanu Kasonko was found dead along the NFTA Metro Rail’s Utica Station Monday evening. WBFO’s Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports the school has set up a second day of grief counseling. 

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A damaged sidewalk in a Buffalo neighborhood where a baby was tragically killed last month is being repaired. But residents staging a brief protest outside City Hall on Tuesday suggested if not for the death of Nyree Anderson, they might never have seen those repairs in action.

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No foul play is expected in the death of an 18-year-old Tapestry Charter School student who was killed on a Metro Rail track at the Utica Street Station Monday night.

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The 18-year-old Buffalo teen who tried to unseat City School Board member Carl Paladino returned to Buffalo City Court Tuesday, but the case against Austin Harig was adjourned once again. 

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The recent rash of water main breaks has elected officials calling for a closer look at the Erie County Water Authority. 

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The continuing demand for electricity in the summer's unrelenting heat wave is pushing New York's power grid hard. On Monday, the forecast demand was so high that Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the state government to turn off lights and limit air conditioning to ease demand.

Olean Business Development

We’ve all had young friends, relatives or neighbors who have left Western New York for greener economic pastures.

Springville Journal

Community Papers of WNY, the owner of 21 weekly newspapers in Western New York, closed Monday. The closure comes about seven months after filing for bankruptcy in December 2015.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A new apartment building has opened inside an historic building on Buffalo's East Side. Evergreen Health Services cut the ribbon on Monday on its 56-unit Evergreen Lofts on Genesee Street near Michigan Avenue.

Numerous water line breaks keeping ECWA busy

Jul 25, 2016

Crews from the Erie County Water Authority have had their hands full since last week's break along a major line that affected up to a quarter million customers. Since then, they've addressed a half-dozen other breaks, including the latest early Monday afternoon in Amherst, not far from last week's bigger burst.

The combative relationship between police and the minority community has never been more prevalent than today, but black Americans know it’s been around for longer than history books record. That’s why they prepare their children as best as they can.

Tourism up in Niagara Falls, statewide, leaders say

Jul 25, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

State leaders say tourism in Niagara Falls, New York is growing, just as it is throughout New York State. Those attending the recent ribbon cutting of a new hotel on Rainbow Boulevard say a mix of public and private dollars - as well as an improved attitude about Upstate by those in Albany - makes it possible.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is complaining about a plan by Washington, D.C. to bail out Polish apple growers. The issue is that the apples would come into the United States without inspection.


Tuesday will mark the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that made discrimination against people with disabilities illegal.

A new set of water main problems have occurred in Erie County.

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Two lawmakers are praising the State Transportation Department for a planned study that will examine alternatives to Buffalo's Skyway. 


For medical facilities like the Sisters of Charity Hospital St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga, water safety protocol was necessary to continue servicing patients.

A Williamsville woman will go to jail for stealing money from her elderly mother.

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A car accident on Friday night killed one man and injured three others.

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The boil water advisory has been lifted for Northern Erie County.

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More than 200,000 area residents are still under a boil water advisory due to a water main break earlier this week.

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An outcry from Buffalo city residents has been heard by local politicians and lawmakers in Albany.

A project to replace the Bailey Avenue bridges over the Buffalo River and Cazenovia Creek has been announced.

Visit Buffalo Niagara

You might call it a show-and-tell to highlight the “New Buffalo.” Meeting and convention planners trekked to the region Thursday as Visit Buffalo Niagara hosted a tour for 23 people who could help generate business for the area.

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The NFTA might get two dozen new, clean buses under a new federal grant program, if Sen. Charles Schumer has his way.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

There are no imminent proposals in place, but members of the Erie County Legislature discussed Thursday some "what ifs" that they hope may ease the strain on local ambulance fleets and improve their overall response times in critical cases.

With its prime location on the convention floor, the New York delegation appeared to enjoy the spotlight during this week's Republican Convention in Cleveland. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says some politicians also used the event to position themselves for runs at key statewide offices. 

'Move Over' law expanded

Jul 22, 2016

Drivers in New York now have to slow down and move over for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers as well as police and maintenance vehicles along roadsides.

Karen DeWitt

Now that the Republican National Convention is over, the next step for Republicans, after the Democrats are done with their gathering, is to begin the Presidential election campaign.  Carl Paladino, the head of Trump’s New York campaign, expects the state to be in play.