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The Resurrection Life Food Pantry in Cheektowaga has received an anonymous donation to buy a new truck for food deliveries.

Higgins criticizes inky discharge, seeks EPA probe

Aug 6, 2017
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Even though it now appears human error was responsible for the inky discharge into the Niagara River last weekend, the Niagara Falls Water Board is still coming under criticism for allowing it to happen.

The Guardian Angels are returning to Buffalo. But unlike the last time they were here in the 1980s, they're being welcomed.

Photo courtesy of Maid of the Mist

The Niagara Falls Water Board says the release of a black, smelly discharge into the Niagara River last weekend was attributable to human error.

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Another round of wild weather impacted the Buffalo Niagara region Friday. Severe thunderstorms affected many parts of the Western New York area early Friday afternoon.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A well-seasoned comedian, actor and commentator was in the building when Governor Cuomo announced additional state support for the National Comedy Center's future home Thursday. Lewis Black, who has stopped in Jamestown many times throughout his career, sees the potential of the center and he, too, has noticed the city's development.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo children are getting a free summer treat thanks to James the Ice Creamcycle Dude.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with him on Ridge Road in Lackawanna on a hot, humid afternoon. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The area surrounding Broadway and Michigan Avenue is historic for Buffalo's African-American community because of ties with the Underground Railroad and the founding of the NAACP. However, an old building at that corner is the future.

The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri, citing recent "race-based incidents" and new state legislation that makes it harder for fired employees to prove racial discrimination.

It's the first time the national civil rights organization has issued a travel warning for an entire state, the Kansas City Star reports.

The group warns "African American travelers, visitors and Missourians" to "exercise extreme caution" in the state.

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The latest survey from Buffalo based M&T Bank shows small and mid-size businesses are growing more optimistic about the economy. But there are also signs of caution.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Speeders in the city of Buffalo beware.  Mayor Byron Brown is responding to residential complaints about speeding throughout the city.

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Personal bankruptcy filings increased across the region last month.

Sheriff's deputy credited with life-saving gym moves

Aug 3, 2017
Erie County Sheriff's Office

An off-duty sheriff's deputy is being praised for saving a man who collapsed while exercising at a local gym.

43NORTH

To help boost entrepreneurship among women and minorities 43NORTH has announced plans for the 2nd Annual THE PITCH Business Plan Competition. This year's prize pool has nearly doubled to $50,000.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Sabretooth has been given the boot - but do not be alarmed. It is for a good cause.

Mayoral debate to be held at WNED|WBFO

Aug 2, 2017
Christopher Hyzy

WNED|WBFO will host a debate involving three Democratic candidates for Buffalo mayor on Sept. 6.

Niagara University

A new certificate program is being offered by Niagara University for professionals looking to enhance their electronic security skills.


Ellen Abbott

The New York State Public Service Commission continues to gather comments on National Grid’s proposed 17.5 percent rate hike. Buffalo will be the site of a final public hearing Tuesday - and protestors are expected to be out in force.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Buffalo's Planning Board cleared its desk before breaking for its August vacation by approving the controversial Dash's Market expansion on Hertel Avenue.

Chason Affinity

After 30 years of plans and altered plans and new plans, the way may finally be clear for a major construction project at Elmwood and Forest avenues, replacing buildings past their prime. However, there is almost certain to be a lawsuit against the Chason Affinity project.

AAA pedaling to the assistance of stranded cyclists

Jul 31, 2017
PTNY.org

AAA of Western and Central New York is now servicing two-wheeled transportation.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The gardeners were out in force Sunday, perusing for the perfect backyard and just the right plant during the annual GardenWalk weekend, on a perfect summer day.

The long-troubled Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has a new majority on its board, with four new members appointed by Mayor Byron Brown and immediately confirmed by the Common Council. The question now is: What next? There are a lot of views about what to do with the authority that provides housing to thousands of city residents well down the economic ladder.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is reacting to the violence that took a man's life Saturday afternoon.

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Two-alarms rang for a fire in the historic Allentown District during the 8 o'clock hour this morning.

We’ve heard of organizations like GoBike helping Buffalo progress in terms of alternative transportation. What about nearly naked bike rides?

Last night’s Buffalo World Naked Bike Ride 2017 included barley clothed participants taking a 12 mile trip around the city of Buffalo. The goal? Bringing awareness to oil addiction and car culture, while highlighting the vulnerability of cyclists on the road. Event Organizer Alex Smith said there is a growing bike culture in Buffalo.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Some of Buffalo’s eco-tourism was on display today as the 12th Annual Paddles Up Niagara drew a record turnout.

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New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is urging the state Department of Health to adjust its review and oversight systems after more than $16 million in questionable payments were found during a recent audit.

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Groundbreaking on a new facility for the Lockport Family YMCA took place on Friday.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Following a tragic accident involving an amusement park ride at the Ohio State Fair, those who run the rides at the Erie County Fair say the attractions will be safe, and undergo an extensive check before they're allowed to operate.


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