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What began in 1993 as a 15-year celebration of a 1979 disco event returns to Buffalo this weekend, with an estimated 7,000 expected to put on their boogie shoes and relive disco and the era in which it peaked.

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An out-of-town production crew endured several weeks while working around East Aurora during last year’s severe winter. The product of their efforts, “A Prince for Christmas,” premiers Sunday at 8pm on ION Television.

If the Buffalo Bills are to make the post-season, a win on Sunday at Kansas City is a near necessity. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills have an edge against the Chiefs.

As many consumers scramble to cash in on holiday deals during the busiest period of the shopping season, advocates are urging them to their homework and be on the lookout for deceptive advertising practices.

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Clutching a large forest-green bow and carrying a quiver filled with arrows on his shoulder, the colorful character inspected the huge crowd that gathered on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo.

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If you're among the throngs of travelers who will be in long lines at airport terminals during the holiday, the NFTA's public affairs director is encouraging you to build in extra time for enhanced security.

If you're planning a road trip over the holiday weekend, you're in good company.

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Senator Charles Schumer is calling for a ban on green lasers following an incident where a FedEx plane flying high over Jamestown was "lit up" by a laser.

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Diversity hiring goals at the SolarCity plant under construction in South Buffalo have not resulted in a lot of jobs for African Americans, even though they account for nearly 40 percent of the city’s population. Charlotte Keith from our partner Investigative Post analyzed the employment data.

Another project spinning off from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is working its way through the development process.

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A Niagara County-based state Senator would like to change the plan by which New York State and local entities including the City of Niagara Falls split revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino.

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The memory of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will live on for years in to the future. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation has announced $7 million in gifts for local groups.

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The New York Public Interest Research Group has issued its 30th annual dangerous and toxic toy survey just in time for the holiday shopping season. WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports the survey was revealed on the Buffalo State campus Tuesday by NYPRIG.

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It may be last call for Erie County's 4 a.m. bar closing time — at least, if two of Western New York's most prominent police unions have their way.

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Vandals struck the Michigan Street Baptist Church in Buffalo over the weekend leaving damage to the historic markers. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the church is a reminder of Buffalo's connection to the Underground Railroad.  

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An unimaginable tragedy has struck the same Western New York family twice.

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Are you warm right now? Do you have your very own home or apartment to lay your head tonight? Is your refrigerator well-stocked with holiday delicacies?

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If the city is to have a Green Code to control future development, the Community Action Organization is arguing there should be an Energy Code to make sure current housing is energy-efficient.

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While most of the Erie County Legislature's public hearing on County Executive Poloncarz' budget proposal revolved around the mass of cultural agencies and their county grants, the meeting was dominated by the burgeoning crisis of fatal drug overdoses.

At a hearing held by the State Assembly on expanded voting, advocates argued that New York needs to join more than half of the other state who offer some kind of extended voting.

On Sunday night, the ION Network will show "A Prince for Christmas," the film that was shot in East Aurora last winter. During WBFO's Press Pass, Tim Clark of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission discussed how the production offers another example of how the movie industry is flourishing in the region.

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The next phase in a reconstruction of Buffalo Harbor State Park is getting underway, New York State officials announced on Monday.

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Ted's Hot Dogs is officially back in its hometown. The new downtown location of one of Buffalo's oldest fast-food establishments opened Monday morning on West Chippewa Street near Elmwood Avenue.


Gasoline prices in many parts of the country could fall below $2 per gallon for the first time in more than six years, according to industry experts.

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The Ice at Canalside opened for its second winter season Monday. Some new amenities are available this year for visitors who want to stay warm or do some shopping.

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Audio recordings released by the US Attorney’s office at the corruption trial of Senator Dean Skelos aim to show that the Senate Leader and his son colluded to use Skelo’s official position to help his son get employment.

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Former Peace Corps volunteers broke Thanksgiving bread Sunday night with the refugees living in the shelter Vive.

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The former chief operating officer of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus is now working to boost Niagara Falls. The Niagara Global Tourism Institute has tapped Patrick Whalen as its interim director.

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A car accident on Saturday morning sent five people to the hospital.

A federal grant for Niagara Falls city schools will give students access to locally grown foods and allow them to learn about agriculture.