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For years, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has been trying to find a new, more efficient way for inmates’ loved ones to visit them. With a new video conferencing system, they’ve got it.

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While much of the pre-Election Day hype has been centered around the Presidential race, the campaign for Erie County District Attorney has also featured controversy and harsh words.  The four candidates will face each other at tonight's debate the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

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"Leave Your Handguns at Home" is part of a new campaign to curb the growing number of gun seizures north of the border.

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After going nearly a year without a contract, some local nurses and their union continue to work on bargaining for a new agreement. But while representatives are at the table, others are practicing their picketing.

Asian beetle poses new threat to New York trees

Aug 24, 2016

With New York's population of ash trees under siege against an invasive species, environmental officials are working to stop the invasion of another wood-eating pest.

Neighborhoods on the city’s East and Lower West Sides are “ground zero” for the worst lead poisoning problems in all of Upstate New York. Lead paint is considered the culprit, but the crisis in Flint, Michigan, has raised questions about the safety of the drinking water in cities like Buffalo.

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The new owners of Buffalo's tallest building are expected to meet with local officials soon. One of the largest developers in Washington, D.C. announced its acquisition last week of the largely vacant One Seneca Tower.

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Several new offerings will be available at this year's National Buffalo Wing Festival.

The 15th annual event includes a new and improved KidZone, covered on-field seating, and the inaugural Chicken Wing 5k. Race organizer Anne Horan, with Eclipse Multi-Sport said over 200 people have already signed up.

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The Buffalo Bisons are still in the final weeks of their 2016 baseball season, but already making plans for the off-season and next season. This includes capital improvements at Coca Cola Field, most notably the replacement of more original red seats with new, wider green units like the ones installed last year.

Depending on perspective, some of the programs funded by Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion are either ambitious or fanciful. During WBFO's Press Pass, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post provided details of one initiative that is falling short on its promise of job creation.

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While a nationwide injunction imposed Monday blocks the Obama Administration's directive regarding transgenders and school bathroom rights, Western New York school districts are being advised to continue considering the rights of transgender students because a New York State law protecting them remains in effect.

Drought produces smaller, sweeter NY apples

Aug 23, 2016

The final verdict will not be in until after the harvest, but New York apple growers are expecting a below-average crop yield this fall. The months-long drought will not result in the bumper crop of apples we saw last year.  And the fruit will look and taste different, too.

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Supporters point out that geothermal reduces greenhouse gases by using the earth to heat and cool buildings. They are questioning Governor Cuomo's commitment to the environment as he continues to delay approval of a package of tax credits.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the kick-off of New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, which will be responsible for a series of statewide programs that celebrate women's suffrage in New York State.

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After an eight-year run, Jack Quinn, the President of Erie Community College, has announced his retirement.

DraftKings, FanDuel and other daily fantasy sports companies have been cleared to resume business in New York state.

Blame the heat: EC Fair wraps up with 15% attendance drop

Aug 22, 2016

Erie County Fair officials are hailing a successful finish to the "best 12 days of summer." Festivities wrapped up in Hamburg on Sunday, but for the first time in several years the overall attendance is less than one million people. The reason? For some, it was just too darn hot this year.

While child protective services workers spend a lot of time working with troubled families, a new study from the University at Buffalo finds those workers need new tools to spot families in which there is chronic child neglect.

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Community, public, labor and religious leaders are uniting to launch a pre-apprenticeship program that seeks to increase diversity in the Niagara Falls and Niagara County workforce.

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Last year, the state spent $2 million to cover the funeral costs for over 500 homicide victims. The passage of a new law will allow for more help to mourning families.

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A retired Western New York police officer who served as the top enlisted leader for the New York Air National Guard now has a new role.

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The Rotary Club of Buffalo held its second annual Duck Derby Sunday afternoon at Canalside. Over 500 people adopted ducks, raising over $5,000 for the community.

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Despite SolarCity's corporate restructuring and layoffs, Mayor Byron Brown and other leaders say so far they see no negative impact on the company's new factory in Buffalo.

State officials say an effort to address a rash of abandoned, vacant homes across New York has successfully rehabilitated 1,600 properties. The homes were repaired by local community agencies known as "land banks."

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Two persons were killed and a third was seriously injured when they were struck by a car while walking on Shawnee Road in the town of Wheatfield early this morning.

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The Tragically Hip will perform the final concert in their 15-stop summer tour tonight at 8:00 in their home town of Kingston, Ontario. The concert will be televised by the CBC, and viewing parties are planned across Canada, but Hip fans on this side of the border will also have a chance to see it.

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Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster has issued a Bloom Notice for a portion of Hyde Park Lake.

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College hockey star Jimmy Vesey has chosen to sign a contract with the New York Rangers.

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A huge crowd showed up for the Canalside concert on Thursday night.

Body found in Lockport fire identified as missing teen

Aug 19, 2016
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Lockport Police are confirming that the body found last week in a massive tire recycling plant fire is that of 14-year-old Joe Phillps.