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A guilty plea has been entered in a public works corruption case in Monroe County.

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There is something of a Constitutional confrontation underway between Washington and Erie County regarding recently-passed bans on microbeads in personal care products.

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Saying the state of the City of Buffalo is "strong," Mayor Byron Brown looked back on accomplishments while announcing who will develop a highly-anticipated downtown grocery store.

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Key Bank's proposed takeover of First Niagara is running into opposition from elected officials.

More than 150-million people are expected to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday evening, as the  Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos vie for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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A left leaning thank tank is out with its assessment of Governor Cuomo’s budget. They say there’s a lot to like and dislike about it.

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After months of debate, Erie County legislators rejected a push to move bar closing hours back from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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The growing opioid epidemic is taking a toll on society's most vulnerable: newborn babies.

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The house in Buffalo's Old First Ward where a "bank shaming" campaign began last summer will soon be back on the market. A state lawmaker and housing activists returned to 20 Sidway Street to announce that the bank involved has completed foreclosure proceedings.

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Elevator-related accidents in 2015 killed at least five people across New York, including a worker last month at Tonawanda Coke. To improve safety, state Senator Marc Panepinto is pushing a bill mandating training for elevator mechanics.

Niagara Falls air base to receive eight tanker planes

Feb 4, 2016
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Federal lawmakers representing New York State say jobs at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will be better protected, with the U.S. Air Force sending a new mission to the local installation.


Lawrence Brooks is a contrarian, arguing in his new book that things in Western New York aren't as good as many claim, although probably better than past decades. Brooks spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond about the book, which is called Buffalo-Niagara: Diagnosis & Prescription for Change.

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David Sweat described conditions at the Clinton Correctional Facility as abusive during his sentencing for his escape from the prison last year.

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A section of the the Thruway in Cheektowaga is going to be widened in an effort to reduce the numerous traffic jams that have plagued the area for years.

If everything works for a Toronto-area developer, a giant inflated dome will rise over the old Summit Park Mall by October 1, with sports fields under it.

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The issue of whether to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers at a higher rate is once again a topic at the State Capitol.

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A mosquito-borne virus has infected parts of South America and is now gaining attention in the United States.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is searching the Black Rock Canal off of the I-190 following a report of persons in a boat in the water.

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Lockport’s Transit Drive-In movie theater has announced plans to expand its operation with a fifth digital projection screen. The impetus and the impact may not be what most expect.

Forum focuses on refugee challenges, misconceptions

Feb 3, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Addressing the myths about refugees. That was the focus of a panel discussion held Tuesday at Daemen College, where an audience of nearly 200 people heard about the challenges facing immigrants, including just how hard it is to achieve asylum status in the U.S.

WNED/WBFO Making a Difference

Throughout February WNED|WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourages others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is making a difference.

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The State Assembly approved a one-house bill to establish partial paid family leave in New York, as Governor Cuomo signaled he will amend his proposal to provide more money to those who take the leave.

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Buffalo lawmakers want action on problematic delis and on drug houses and say they need Albany and Buffalo police to help.

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Should Erie County's bars be open until 4 a.m. or 2 a.m.? The two sides of that issue squared off Tuesday night during a County Legislature public hearing, debating for almost three hours.

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Almost seven years after 50 people died in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, the victims' families are still fighting to protect the flying public. They were joined Tuesday by every member of Western New York's congressional delegation in Washington.  

New EMT recruits look to fill a 'constant need'

Feb 2, 2016
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Nearly 40 people are hoping to become new Emergency Medical Technicians. They've just begun a new training course at Rural Metro, which is looking to grow its workforce, especially with people who reside in the City of Buffalo.

A Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District Librarian is under investigation for allegedly inappropriate online conduct with a student. 

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The results from Monday's Iowa caucuses may not predict the candidates for the November presidential election. Canisius College political science professor Michael Haselswerdt believes more twists are ahead, especially for the Republican contenders.

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Biking, carpooling, and public transit are among the ways that some people get around the region.

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A poll finds that voters overwhelmingly support a number of Governor Cuomo’s priorities for 2016, but New Yorkers still hold mixed views about the governor himself.