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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For various reasons, from space and existing infrastructure to aesthetics to economic development opportunities, Congressman Brian Higgins is again stating that Buffalo's best choice for a future Amtrak station is the site of its former rail station, the Central Terminal.

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If you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, you’ll have plenty of company. This year will mark the eighth consecutive year travel volume is expected to increase.

Rich Kellman

Thanksgiving is a time for many of us to take a break and be grateful for the good things we have. But for those on the streets without the basics of life, the holiday can be especially difficult. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman paid a visit to a homeless shelter in Buffalo that has given new hope and a new start to those most in need.

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Stories of hate crimes have been gathering more attention in the days since the Presidential election. The development is drawing a strong response from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "We have to stand tall. We have to speak out," Gillibrand said during a Tuesday appearance in Buffalo.

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The City of Buffalo’s flag is now flying atop the old federal court house in Niagara Square, and the sign outside has been changed. It now welcomes visitors to the city’s new public safety building, home to police and fire headquarters – all at the price of a dollar.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The first phase of a restoration project beneath the towers of the Richardson Olmsted complex in Buffalo is underway. A $10 million dollar campaign to help fund that project has quickly found itself 50 percent closer to the goal, thanks to a gift by a recently deceased advocate for preserving many of Buffalo's architectural assets.

Henry Vilas Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is part of a three-way polar bear swap being undertaken to promote breeding within the declining population.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Lackawanna residents met Monday night with state officials about the environmental aftermath of the massive fire on the old Bethlehem Steel grounds. Citizens said they were not getting the whole story and state officials said they did not know everything.

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An Erie County lawmaker wants to put an end to conversion therapy on youths. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Legislator Patrick Burke has introduced a local law that would ban the practice.   

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Indictments are due by Wednesday in an economic development corruption scandal involving Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide and other former associates. The governor has been active in recent days on other matters, including taking steps to counteract a rise in hate crimes after the election of Donald Trump as president.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The City of Lackawanna has lifted a state of emergency that was declared 12 days ago during the massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel plant. Officials who toured the site Monday are still waiting for the final price tag. 

Pastor renews his Thanksgiving mission for 18th year

Nov 21, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For countless Western New Yorkers, this week will bring the return of Thanksgiving traditions including a family meal, Black Friday shopping and other holiday customs. Meanwhile, a Buffalo pastor will renew his annual tradition of sleeping in the streets.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

To celebrate the United Nation's Women's Entrepreneurship Day, which was marked worldwide over the weekend, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul paid a visit to two small women-owned businesses working out of the University at Buffalo. One is working to create new weapons against cancer, while the other is working to ensure drugs that enter the market do not bring dangerous unintended consequences.

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In your car heading to work, you may notice not everyone is going with the snow flow. There may be snow flying off the car ahead of you or perhaps only a small portion of someone's rear window scraped. It's an annual event, but there are also annual precautions you can take to protect yourself.

New York State

Not everyone loves those "I Love NY" signs. New York's top transportation official will be traveling to Washington to discuss an ongoing dispute with federal officials over the signs.

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A re-purposed former hospital has been such a success that owners are looking at building new on the site. That's McGuire Development which turned the old Sheehan Hospital on Michigan into the successful Compass East building.

Governor Cuomo's office

Governor Cuomo on Sunday took a number of steps that he says are in reaction to the divisiveness in the nation ,  that has intensified since the Presidential election. Cuomo, without mentioning President-elect Donald Trump by name, said the “ugly discourse” has made him “soul sick” for America.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Three people were arrested at the Peace Bridge early Sunday morning.

New York State Police

Thanksgiving Day is around the corner and police will be increasing road patrols through the holiday and holiday weekend.


The first significant snowfall of the season is affecting parts of Western New York. Steady and persistent lake effect snow fell early Sunday in ski country where a lake snow warning continues through Monday morning for up to a foot of snow.

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The first blast of winter weather is approaching Western New York this weekend.

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The Genesee Gateway has evolved from a crumbling stretch of buildings into a welcoming zone of development.

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The Thruway Authority is being nudged by state auditors to develop a better plan to meet future costs.

The NFL bye week provides coaching staffs with two weeks to prepare for an upcoming opponent. The Buffalo Bills, who are coming off their bye week, head to Cincinnati on Sunday to meet the Bengals, who last played on Monday night. With that timing in mind, analyst Matt Sabuda believes Sunday's game offers fans and team executives a chance to judge the efficiency and effectiveness of head coach Rex Ryan and his staff.

The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties from 4 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Monday. Impacted areas could see up to a foot of snow. While Buffalo and its immediate suburbs will see little snow, some wild, windy weather is on the way.

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When the snow hits this weekend, town highway crews will be out plowing Erie County roads under a new contract approved Thursday by the County Legislature.

Code Blue is back in season, with significant changes

Nov 18, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The people who administer the winter homeless emergency program known as Code Blue are preparing for another season. But this year, there are significant changes including new venues where homeless will be taken.

The Buffalo Zoo

A polar bear who was lived at The Buffalo Zoo since 2002 will soon be leaving. Anana, 16, is going to an undisclosed location as part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Western District of New York announced on Thursday the launch of a new initiative that offers job skills training to individuals who are completing prison time and are ready to reenter society. One of the hopes of the "Smart On Crime" initiative is to discourage those individuals from returning to prison.

State development efforts worked to place bio tech company AMRI in Buffalo. While its presence is welcomed, a closer look at how it ended up in the Conventus Building is raising questions. Those are the findings of Investigative Post reporter Charlotte Keith who discussed the story with WBFO.