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The on and off again lake effect snow that has been falling in Buffalo for the past week has finally ended.

Authorities have identified the two victims who were hit by a car in Cattaraugus County Friday. Michael and Donna Phillips both died at the scene. Michael Phillips was supervisor of the Town of Salamanca while his wife Donna was town clerk-elect.

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The USS Little Rock LCS 9 is now in service to the United States. After months of anticipation, the Navy's newest warship was formally commissioned Saturday at Buffalo's Canalside.

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A suspect in an early morning armed robbery in Niagara Falls has been arrested.

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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has weighed in on the Republican's proposed tax plan that is before Congress.

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9,000 tickets have been distributed for the new USS Little Rock’s commissioning ceremony on Saturday. That will mean long lines, wait times, and tight security in cold temperatures. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to attend.


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A special delivery arrived at the Matt Urban Hope Center Thursday in Buffalo that will provide beds for children in need. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is part of a new program called 'Beds for Buffalo' provided by The Service Collaborative of Western New York.

Rural poverty in Erie County “invisible” to many, advocate asserts

Dec 15, 2017

People often associate poverty with urban areas. But data shows that many rural communities have higher poverty rates and far more challenges when it comes to linking people to services.

A Poverty Forum was held Friday where housing specialists, public health experts, living wage advocates and others will explore a number of issues. Rural poverty was scheduled to be one of the discussion topics.

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Albany is helping the Town of Cheektowaga in its ongoing effort to reduce sewer overflows into Scajaquada Creek.

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The future USS Little Rock LCS 9 ship has been a special guest of honor along Buffalo's waterfront since arriving Dec. 4. The highly-anticipated and historic commissioning ceremony will be held on Saturday morning. On Thursday, the crew of the future Little Rock put in a busy day, both on and off the ship.

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Basic life skills that many take for granted can often be challenging for people with developmental disabilities.

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A nationally recognized expert on livable transportation says the Scajaquada Expressway is a small part of a larger need for land-use planning in this area. Ian Lockwood visited at the invitation of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to look at the park road, as the state Department of Transportation deadline for comment approaches.

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A couple from East Aurora, both of whom served in the U.S Marines, will be featured on a special program hosted by popular cooking show host Lidia Bastianich. Mark and Denise Beyers will be among those spotlighted on the PBS program "Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes," which pays tribute to veterans who, in their next phase of life, are working the land to produce food.


Police have released the name of the man who died after being struck by a car in a Tops Markets parking lot - and the woman accused of striking him.

An inch or two of new snow could impact Buffalo and the surrounding area today. That modest snow total, however, could make for treacherous driving conditions as strong winds whip up blowing snow later today. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties. Additionally, a lake effect snow warning is in place for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.


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The developer of the former Westwood Country Club in Amherst says Monday night's adoption of a Final Environmental Impact Statement by the town is disappointing, but ultimately will have little impact on its re-zoning application.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board voted Monday night to raise rates, saying it has turned around an organization that desperately needed change.

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Plans are in the works that will change the look of Canalside. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation has approved what it's calling the "Interpretative Structures Project."

Making the move to heat and cool your home or small business with geothermal energy can be costly. A Western New York state Assemblyman is among a group of lawmakers backing a bill to add low or no-interest financing for that cost to the state’s On-Bill Recovery Financing Program.


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While residents of Orchard Park, Lackawanna and Elma dig out of the snow piles left by Sunday's weather, some other locales should keep their shovels and plows at the ready in the coming days. A new weather system follows the lake effect snow that impacted Sunday's Bills game where snow totals near New Era Field approached a foot-and-a-half. A winter storm watch has been issued from tonight through Wednesday afternoon.


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DeRutte Alley is hidden in the center of Allentown, little known to many, even perhaps in that neighborhood. However, a worn garage on DeRutte has turned into a city Preservation Board issue.

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A new database is being tested that allows airlines to check a pilot's credentials before they're hired. It's required as part of the safety regulations enacted after the crash of Flight 3407, in Clarence Center, that killed 50-people.

After a lull Saturday, more lake effect snow is heading our way. Narrow bands of heavy lake snow will intensify Sunday afternoon.

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If someone hands you a pink envelope today, consider yourself very fortunate.

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According to published reports, some of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hiring practices are the subject of an FBI investigation.

Regulation of electronic signs and a church's desire to spread its message collided Thursday before the Buffalo Preservation Board.

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A Lake Effect snow band shifted north during the height of the Friday morning commute in the city of Buffalo and nearby suburbs. In some spots, it caused gridlock and snarled traffic at times.  

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The Friday morning commute around Buffalo was complicated by lake effect snow drifting into the city. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service expects two to four inches of snow to fall before 10 a.m. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Northern Erie and Genesee counties.


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Without debate or discussion, Erie County legislators Thursday unanimously approved a budget for next year.

Consul General of Germany makes first visit to Buffalo

Dec 8, 2017
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He is based in New York City, but his territory includes Western New York. David Gill, Consul General of Germany, has just wrapped up his first visit to Buffalo and Rochester. His schedule was jam-packed, but it included a visit to WBFO's studios.


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