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Iconic Niagara Falls shop Mario's closes after 85 years

May 15, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For many Niagara Falls residents, this past weekend marked the end of an era. Mario's, a small family-owned grocery and novelty store located in the heart of the city's "Little Italy" section, closed its doors on Saturday after a run dating back to the 1930s.

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A two-car accident Saturday in the Town of Sheldon has taken a life.

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A bomb threat last evening closed the Target store on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga for approximately two hours.

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An Olean man has been arrested in connection with a murder this weekend.

Friday night shooting leaves man dead

May 13, 2017

A shooting Friday night on Buffalo's East Side left one man dead.

The new president of Chautauqua Institution shares his visions and discusses challenges in a show that will air at 10 p.m. Friday on WNED-TV. WBFO's Brian Meyer chats with Michael Hill, who recently became Chautauqua's 18th president, in "Chautauqua Spotlight."


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The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park has unveiled a new display honoring former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr.


Chris Caya WBFO News

The Downtown Country Market celebrated the start of its 35th season on Main Street in Buffalo on Thursday.

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New York car manufacturers can now apply to test driverless cars on public highways.

2 lives taken in Amherst crashes

May 11, 2017
Amherst Police Department

Amherst Police are investigating two fatal motor vehicle crashes that occurred within seven hours.

Five students were injured when the school bus they were riding in was sideswiped by a car on Nash Road in the town of Wheatfield late Wednesday morning.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Moving forward, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is no longer commenting on the continuing investigation of a civilian's shooting death by a Buffalo Police officer. Flynn hosted a news conference late Wednesday morning to explain the New York State Attorney General's takeover of the case.


City of Niagara Falls begins weekly "ZOOM" sweeps

May 10, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Niagara Falls has begun a weekly project that targets selected neighborhoods and addresses quality of life issues within them. Every Tuesday from now until weather no longer cooperates, city crews will carry out what is known as the ZOOM Program.

Destination Niagara USA

The visitors to some wineries in Niagara County Wednesday will be a little different from the usual. They are workers from other tourist attractions around the county.

Michael Mroziak WBFO News

A new home is going up on Buffalo's East Side as part of Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Week. About 100,000 women from all 50 states participate in the annual event. 


U.S. Coast Guard File Photo

U.S. and Canadian search teams are combing the Niagara River for a second day for a person reported in the water yelling for help.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A local state senator is sponsoring legislation that would allow companies such as Uber and Lyft to begin service in the Buffalo area, and other cities outside of New York City, sooner than legally allowed. Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has now picked up a key ally in the Assembly.


New York State

New York is home to many equal rights movements - and now the state wants to actively promote that history to tourists.

TM Montante

The Buffalo Planning Board Monday cleared the way for construction of another building on the former site of the old Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle.

Karen DeWitt

Some lawmakers are pressing the state’s comptroller to divest the state’s pension fund from the fossil fuel industry. But Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said he believes he can be more effective in changing the companies’ behavior by acting from the inside.


Chris Caya WBFO News

New life has been breathed into a historic building in Buffalo's Theatre District.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Longtime local political operative G. Steven Pigeon, who is charged in two separate state cases, now faces a federal complaint. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, Pigeon is accused of trying to arrange a large contribution by a foreign national to what his attorney identified as Governor Cuomo's campaign.


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A California Congressman introduced the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 to stop conversion therapy. WBFO's Eileen Buckley recently spoke with a local member of Buffalo's LGBTQ community who decries the method.    

Eden Valley Growers Assoc.

This unusually wet spring is being taken with a grain of salt by at least one local farmer. Despite the record breaking amount of rain, so far the growing season is right on track in the Eden Valley.

Former Kleinhans usher recalls 1945 VE Day concert

May 8, 2017

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of VE Day, the beginning of the end of World War II. The German surrender was marked by celebrations around the world. This report from WBFO's archives was produced five years ago by contributor Rich Kellman. It's the story of a Buffalo teenager who was in the midst of it all and remembers it as if it were yesterday.


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Pinnacle Foods Inc. has voluntarily placed a recall on several of its products due to a contamination concern involving Listeria monocytogenes.

Photo courtesy of National Weather Service

The Buffalo area has received more precipitation to start the year than at any similar period of time in the 147-years of record keeping by the National Weather Service.

Republican Congressman Tom Reed received an earful from constituents Saturday over his vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He was booed during a town hall meeting Saturday in Chautauqua County.

A community group that distributes free meals to the homeless in Lafayette Square was dispersed by police last Monday for not having a permit to do so.

Photo courtesy of American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association's annual fundraising bike ride -- the Tour de Cure -- is coming up early next month. Saturday, association members teamed up with riders from the group Reddy Bikeshare to promote the event.

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