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Every year, high schoolers participating in Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship put their business savvy to the test in the USA National Championship. This year’s competition in Sacramento, California saw Sweet Fortunes, a cupcake company created at Mount Saint Mary Academy in Tonawanda, rise to the top and take first place in the Socially Responsible Business category. For a few young women, the experience has been about more than just the win.

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Just in time for Memorial Day weekend's hot and muggy weather, splash pads are opened up across the City of Buffalo. Nine of cool down spots are being made available a month earlier than scheduled.

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Joseph Mascia says he's not surprised Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown removed him from his position as Commissioner of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, adding that he is exploring legal options to reverse the decision.

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What proved to be a popular attraction on Buffalo's waterfront last year is now open for its second season. The Queen City Bike Ferry, which offers passage between Canalside and the Outer Harbor, held its ceremonial first run late Friday morning.

The Trust for Public Land

As City of Buffalo residents kick off the holiday weekend, many may be planning to spend some time in a public park. A recent assessment of those parks says that while conditions are strong, there’s room for improvement.


Ali Kadhum

Organizers are using "the universal language of soccer" to bring together people from different countries, cultures and experiences Saturday in a celebration of World Refugee Day. The celebration is free and open to the public.

As the harsh reality of the opioid abuse continues to emerge, more communities are gathering in a search for solutions. Last night's forum at Bennett High School examined how the abuse problem is interconnected with mental health issues.


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The Erie County Legislature Wednesday passed an amended version of spending from last year's surplus. Money was allocated for programs combating lead poisoning and the opiate abuse epidemic and for staff buyouts at Erie Community College.


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A sculpture commemorating a tragic event in Polish history is back on public display in Buffalo City Hall. It remembers the victims of a Soviet-led massacre that took the lives of an estimated 22,000 people, including two born in Buffalo.


SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Probes into alleged corruption by former members and associates of the Cuomo Administration deepened Thursday afternoon, as the Attorney General’s office conducted a raid at SUNY Polytechnic offices in Albany.


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A traveling exhibit that tells the tale of Nazi atrocities against homosexuals is now on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's downtown central branch.

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New York State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo was visibly emotional about it, talking with reporters. By a vote of 30-29, the state Senate this week rejected an attempt to force a vote on legislation aimed at eliminating the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse charges. However, the Buffalo Democrat vowed "this is not the end of the conversation."

The doors of Bennett High School open at 5 p.m. for "Buffalo Health Matters - A Community Conversation", organized in response to the ongoing issue of opiates and prescription abuse.  What is different about this free event is that it is an opportunity for the community to get involved in the conversation about how substance abuse goes hand-in-hand with mental health issues.

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With a series of high-profile incidents sparking controversy around the country, the use of force by police has become a hot topic. The issue was addressed during a Wednesday panel discussion in the Central Library sponsored by the Erie County Bar Association.


Karen DeWitt

A board controlled by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislative leaders voted Wednesday to approve more than $485 million for the Buffalo Billion project. But there were some questions from board members about details of a program that is now under federal investigation.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Next week marks the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Invasion of Canada, when hundreds of people of Irish descent crossed the Niagara River in a plot for Irish independence. In advance of the anniversary, a special guest paid a visit to the Fenian Invasion monument in Buffalo's Tow Path Park.


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Some big changes in local community gardens, from buying land to merging Buffalo and Niagara Falls organizations, are blossoming at the new Grassroots Gardens Western New York.

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A key vote on Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development program, known as the Buffalo Billion, is scheduled for today. The vote comes after it was postponed for a week amid controversy and questions over a federal probe of the projects.


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For years, the knock on doing something about the Central Terminal was that fixing it up would take a lot of money. Now, an Ontario-based developer is willing to spend $100 million on redeveloping the terminal -- and another $100 million to  build a residential complex on a mostly-vacant parcel next door.

Mayor assuages Shoreline Apartments residents' worries

May 25, 2016
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Residents of an apartment complex in downtown Buffalo are upset by a new plan to raze and rebuild the housing on the grounds which requires their departure by the end of October. The mayor was asked Tuesday whether the city can do anything to ensure they're given an adequate alternative.


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Ciminelli Real Estate has agreed to be the City of Buffalo's "designated developer" for the 201 Ellicott Street project. The site, across from the Hotel Lafayette, has been a city-owned parking lot for decades.

Buffalo Zoo

His name is...Tobias. The Buffalo Zoo announced the  official name of its nearly three-month-old male African lion cub.

An injured hiker rescued from the Niagara Glen is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries today.

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Nearly 200 Shoreline Apartment tenants have been told they must be out by November. That's after years of Norstar Development telling them a new construction plan would allow them to move around and into new units.


Karen DeWitt

It’s just over three weeks until the legislative session is scheduled to end, and hopes for reform are fading,  during an unprecedented level of corruption in state government.


Berzerwolf.com

After helping create Open Government Boards in Amherst and in Williamsville - a local attorney is looking to form a larger regional group. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - Paul Wolf's resume includes working for Erie County and the City of Buffalo. 


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster announced the first ten projects of the 2016 road paving season on Monday, and revealed three projects that will soon seek bids from contractors.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The future of one of Buffalo’s most commonly used highways may be getting some serious scrutiny. Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to immediately begin an environmental review of downtown Buffalo’s Skyway.

US Coast Guard

As the weather warms, more are shoving off for adventures on the Great Lakes. "Unfortunately, people are just running out there to have fun without thinking first and that's the problem," said Lauren Laughlin, Petty Officer Second Class of the U.S. Coast Guard. Boating fatalities increased in 2015, many of which could have been avoided by employing basic safety measures.


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Another sure sign of the weather gradually turning from spring to summer is the 18th Parkside Tour of Homes in North Buffalo. It's a chance for the neighborhood to show off its varied housing on the edge of Delaware Park, with much of that housing surrounding the landmark Darwin Martin House on Jewett Parkway.

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