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Mental health groups say they are being left out of a massive reshuffling of the state’s Medicaid program, and  that people with mental illness transitioning back to their communities will suffer.

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A hopeful message that progress can be achieved in the battle against gun violence emerged during a Tuesday night meeting in the University district. Panelists say a key is engagement, especially with young people.

Charlotte Keith

Buffalo is experiencing a building boom with construction jobs in the region at their highest levels in years. But the lack of diversity in the construction unions has some asking why more hasn’t been done to ensure that people of color aren’t missing out on these opportunities. Charlotte Keith from our partners at Investigative Post reports.

Social media experts weigh in on Buffalo cop's suspension

Feb 24, 2016
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Social media experts are offering their thoughts on the case involving a Buffalo police officer who was suspended without pay for posting online videos that didn't sit well with police administrators.

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Upwards of 200 people turned out for Erie County's mid-year property auction Tuesday. Real Property Tax Services Director Joe Maciejewski says, out of 22 properties on the auction block 13 were sold. Maciejewski says, one goal is to show that the county is serious about stopping "serial bankruptcy filers."

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A published report Tuesday suggests police are finding no evidence of hazing in last week's death of a Buffalo State College student. However, the attorney for Bradley Doyley's family dismisses the report and says the investigation is only getting started.

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The prospects for One Seneca Tower, Buffalo's tallest building, remain uncertain. "It's a big development headache," said Jim Fink of Business First during his monthly segment on WBFO's Press Pass. 

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A New York State legislator from St. Lawrence County is introducing a bill that would restrict what food stamp recipients could buy with those benefits. The idea is seen by some as an effort to curb abuse. Critics say it's an attack on New York's poor that furthers stereotypes about those on public assistance.

Karen DeWitt

The New York State Comptroller has issued an audit finding that Governor Cuomo’s administration has dropped the ball on some aspects of policing nursing homes.

Plans would expand arts opportunities in Buffalo

Feb 23, 2016
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After the area lost three theaters to development, it looks as if arts development projects are coming back.  One plan looks to expand a cultural site on Fillmore Avenue while another would convert of a former church on Richmond into a dance center.

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A local resident is taking part in day long conference at the White House on Participatory Budgeting at the national level.

U.S. Army Center of Military History

From Vietnam to the City of Tonawanda, a helicopter once shot down could become a local monument in the near future.

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Across the nation, it’s tax season - time to take a look at W-2’s, bank statements, and all the other aspects of your financial life. It’s also a time when trustworthiness is especially important.

New York State voters will be voting more often this year and paying the costs of those votes, as the calendar lines up four different statewide elections.

Anthony Tassarotti, WMHT

A New York Congressman recently announced that he’s taken the first steps toward running for governor in 2018. Chris Gibson, a Republican, would likely face Governor Andrew Cuomo, who’s already said he wants to seek a third term.

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 final day of the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament will take place today.

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The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is reporting that a deadly farm accident occurred over the weekend.

Judge approves Rigas' release from prison

Feb 20, 2016
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A federal judge has agreed to release from prison the dying 91-year-old founder of the former Adelphia Communications company.

One dead, four injured in Buffalo crash

Feb 20, 2016

Buffalo police are investigating a crash in the city early Saturday that left one person dead.

There are plenty of reasons to call Buffalo “hockey heaven.” The Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament at Buffalo RiverWorks is one of them.

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Canalside hosted an event Friday that mixed winter fun with an effort to promote diversity and inclusion.

Yahoo's global restructuring is impacting local workers. The company has about 200 employees at its data center in Lockport. But one local government official sees benefits in the layoffs.

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Buffalo Police are investigating the death of a Buffalo State College student and allegations of an off-campus hazing. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says a Greek fraternity has been suspended.

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Two adult males died in a fire early Friday morning at 90 Humber Avenue. One of the men was a father who reentered the burning structure in an attempt to rescue his children.

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Senator Charles Schumer says Congress can reverse the skyrocketing rate of fatal drug overdoses by providing an infusion of funding.

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There could be a new owner soon for Buffalo's tallest building, One Seneca Tower

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The state’s leading business group is warning that Governor Cuomo’s paid family leave proposal will be costly for employers and difficult for them to manage.

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Another historic industrial building has been brought back to life in Buffalo. Officials gathered at 500 Seneca Street Thursday to cut the ribbon on the recently completed mixed-use project.

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has launched an ambitious $100 million capital and endowment campaign. The campaign, dubbed Upon This Rock, was kicked off at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda Thursday morning.