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Many proposals in Washington right now including the changes to the Affordable Health Care Act, could mean multi billion dollar budget gaps for New York State. With the budget due this week, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders think that at the very least, they may have to come back later in the year to revise the spending plan.


Niagara Falls Police responded to a Third Street bar early this morning where four people were reportedly stabbed.

Fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months despite concern over President Trump's immigration policies.

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The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park kicked off its 2017 season Saturday. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the arrival of two of the park's main attractions -- the Little Rock and the Sullivans. The park was established two years later in 1979.

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On Saturday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he is ordering an investigation into the flyers with racist messages that circulated around the Village of Lewiston earlier this week.

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Jamestown Police are investigating the connection between several overnight fires.

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Congressman Brian Higgins says the failure of a Republican-sponsored bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is a victory for the American people. The Buffalo Democrat says the GOP legislation would have benefited insurance companies rather than the people it was supposed to help.

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A local law to better protect seniors in nursing homes is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Niagara Falls, New York has opened its new train and intermodal transportation station. Leaders in the Cataract City hail it as another component for local tourism. And they're looking to Buffalo, which is expected to soon decide where to build its own new train station, and urging their neighbors to get it done.


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The Buffalo City Mission is best known for its downtown facility and the work it does there. But it also operates a thrift store in the suburbs to help support its work. On Friday, they got some help for a project to make over a portion of that store space.


Longtime Buffalo Naval Park leader dies at 78

Mar 24, 2017
WBFO''s Marian Hetherly

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is planning to celebrate opening day of its 38th season Saturday at 10 a.m. However, for the first time in nearly 25 years, one important person will not be present.

Possible meth lab draws emergency crews to West Side

Mar 24, 2017
WBFO's Marian Hetherly

A portion of Potomac Avenue near Hoyt Street on Buffalo's West Side was closed for several hours Friday morning as fire crews came upon a potentially lethal situation.

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Another sitting state legislator, Sen. Rob Ortt, has been indicted on corruption charges, along with George Maziarz, who held the western New York Senate seat before him. The indictments come as ethics reform proposals in the state budget are faltering.


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A steady revenue stream for New York state is coming to an end.  The Seneca Nation of Indians will make its final casino revenue sharing payment next week.


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All students and staff at Northtowns Academy BOCES in the Town of Tonawanda are safe, following a school-wide lockdown on Thursday afternoon. The lockdown was initiated following a report of an armed student threatening to shoot.


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When the last two tolls at Breckenridge and South Ogden were removed from the New York State Thruway in Buffalo, some wondered why tolls remain to cross the Grand Island bridges. Those opposing the tolls made their voices heard Wednesday night.

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Multiple fire crews battled a large blaze in Falconer in Chautauqua County Wednesday morning. The fire broke out on West Main Street in the downtown business district. It involves several buildings that include apartments.

City nominates West Side Bazaar for $300K grant

Mar 22, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The organization that oversees a boutique and business incubator for immigrants and refugees has been nominated by the City of Buffalo for a cash grant that could help bring a desired expansion closer to reality.


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The unofficial vote went to Amtrak returning to Broadway-Fillmore's Central Terminal during a packed and occasionally raucous public meeting Tuesday night at the Buffalo Science Museum.

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A provision to shift Medicaid health care costs in New York from counties to the state as part of the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act by Congress is meeting with a cool reception from state leaders.


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Congressman Chris Collins says an amendment to the American Health Care Act that he introduced could save Erie County taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. And County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw released a plan Tuesday on how to spend the savings. 


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You have a chance to weigh in Tuesday evening and learn more about the proposed sites for a new train station in Buffalo.  The Governor's Train Station Site Selection Committee, led by Mayor Byron Brown, is set to host a hearing at 5 p.m. at the Buffalo Museum of Science. 

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A renaming ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station for one of the two units that call the base home. What was previously known as the 107th Airlift Wing is now officially the 107th Attack Wing.


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Plans for expanding Metro Rail service could be derailed under President Trump's proposed budget. And local economic development efforts may take a hit as a result.   

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The next two weeks at the New York State Capitol are going to be very busy as lawmakers face the deadline for a new budget. Several issues remain unresolved.


As is the case in most police departments, Buffalo's Internal Affairs unit reviews complaints against its officers. Beyond that, however, the type of independent oversight found in many communities is lacking in Buffalo. As Daniela Porat of Investigative Post outlines on WBFO's Press Pass, a citizens review commission has been rendered ineffective and city lawmakers appear to have little political appetite for the issue.


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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has apologized to a man who reportedly was left waiting for a paratransit vehicle for more than an hour after a scheduled pickup. A state lawmaker whose office assisted the individual wants to meet with NFTA officials to prevent it from happening again.


Local Restaurant Week begins

Mar 20, 2017
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Thinking what to make for dinner tonight? Why not skip the kitchen and go out to eat.

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While federal authorities acknowledge the activity of the Mafia in this region has come to a virtual halt, the Mafia holds a storied past in Western New York. Reporter Dan Herbeck, who has covered local crime for over four decades, reviewed some of the area's notorious mob-related crimes in a two-part series in the Buffalo News.


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So what did you do this weekend? Chances are you took part in some sort of St. Patrick's Day celebration, culminating with downtown Buffalo's parade up Delaware Avenue.


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