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William Hochul taking job with Delaware North

1 hour ago
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Outgoing U.S. Attorney William Hochul has taken a job with Delaware North to serve as the company's general counsel.

Eileen Buckley

In an effort to promote farm-to-school programs across the state, New York’s top fiscal watchdog has released a study that chronicles the growth of these initiatives and pinpoints the challenges they face.

The Buffalo Connection: Marguerite Derricks

11 hours ago
Ronda Churchill

Tim O’Shei of The Buffalo News has been traveling around the country visiting Western New Yorkers who’ve made it to the highest levels of show business and pop culture. Sunday's paper included his latest feature, with a profile of Buffalo native turned Hollywood and Vegas choreographer, Marguerite Derricks. For more than 35 years, Derricks has been dancing her way to the top.

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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump could do very well across Upstate New York. That's according to State GOP Chairman Ed Cox.

The Niagara County Sheriff's office is pleased with a recent designation that will assist its personnel in cracking down on drug trafficking.

“Abnormal” is how the National Weather Service is describing this weekend’s rainfall. While rainfall totals over just a couple of days reached as much as three to five inches in some areas of Western New York, it isn’t enough to count the region out of drought conditions just yet.

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More than 3000 NYSEG customers are without power on Sunday afternoon - the majority of them in Amherst and Clarence.

A ten year project to improve the sewer system in the City of Tonawanda is at the half-way point.

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A large orange sign reading “Black Lives Matter” in bold black letters was unveiled Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst.


The Bachelor Apartments are being torn down to make room for a $75 million dollar hotel, apartment and office complex to be built by Ellicott Development.

State mandated drinking water testing has found high lead levels in eleven local school districts.

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The traveler's lodging service Airbnb is facing significant challenges in New York State.

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We’ve all heard jolting reports about opioid abuse becoming a growing problem in our region.

Bren Price

There will be buttons from Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt’s campaigns, items from the 1901 Pan-American Expo, and even materials from the current presidential campaigns. A political memorabilia show is being held this weekend at the Hyatt Place Hotel Buffalo/Amherst.

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A Buffalo fire truck and another vehicle were heavily damaged after colliding this morning.

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Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Dr. Donna Fernandes will play an active role in the search for her successor – someone likely to find that a zoo-leader’s boots are big shoes to fill.

If the Buffalo Bills are going to continue their winning streak this Sunday in Miami, they will likely do so without running LeSean McCoy, who is suffering from a hamstring injury. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills can overcome the injury with the continued solid play of their offensive line and if quarterback Tyrod Taylor raises his game.

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After several years of budget surpluses, New York state tax revenue is coming in at a lower-than-expected rate.

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito spent three days visiting this area. His stay concluded on the stage of Shea's Performing Arts Center where he was questioned by two local lawyers.

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According to the federal government, homelessness among Veterans in the cities of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Lockport and Tonawanda has "effectively ended." The goal was met in response to a challenge First Lady Michele Obama made to hundreds of mayors across the nation in 2014.

Activists urge ICE not to deport restaurant workers

Oct 20, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two days after federal agents swooped in on four local restaurants, activists were outside one of the eateries urging the government not to deport the 25 employees that prosecutors say are in the country illegally.


While Wednesday's Presidential debate provided more of the harsh discourse that seems to have drawn millions of viewers to previous debates, the event failed to go deep on some key issues. Robert Mills, special assistant for government relations at Daemen College, believes the candidates failed to properly explain how they would improve the conditions for Erie County's 65,000 veterans.


For one analyst, it appears Donald Trump wants to fire up his loyal supporters in the final days of the Presidential race. UB's Jacob Neiheisel says Trump offered his base more "red meat" during Wednesday's debate. While the goal is to encourage voter turnout, the strategy may have the unintended consequence of bringing out Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Buffalo's Public Works Department is actively monitoring a part of downtown where rats have reportedly been spotted more frequently.

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Buffalo might get a new train station or two, but it will not be quick, simple or cheap. That was the message delivered Wednesday night at a meeting about a new downtown station.

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With less than three weeks before Election Day, Hillary Clinton is even further ahead of Donald Trump in New York state, and that could affect down-ballot races, including seats for the state Senate. 

Mayor Brown: Buffalo's drinking water is safe

Oct 19, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Buffalo's drinking water is safe to consume, say officials who announced results of recent testing for lead levels.

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Advocates with PUSH Buffalo are urging residents to attend a public hearing on National Fuel's proposed rate hike.

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A very special flight that took off from Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wednesday morning is giving local veterans a trip to remember in the nation’s capital.

As Donald Trump rails about a rigged election, he continues to drift from the message that originally boosted his candidacy. That's the view of Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, who believes Trump would be better served to emphasize his status as a political outsider who can be an agent of change in the White House.