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Body found in Lockport fire identified as missing teen

Aug 19, 2016
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Lockport Police are confirming that the body found last week in a massive tire recycling plant fire is that of 14-year-old Joe Phillps.

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With its array of historic buildings, the crumbling landscape of downtown Jamestown offers poignant reminders of a small city that was once a jewel of the Northeast.  State officials hope a $10 million award from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative will help restore some of that glory. 

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Buffalo is once again living up to its reputation as the City of Good Neighbors. Nearly 500 residents were enrolled in national service last year and the city has been awarded federal funding for a new AmeriCorps program.  

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LaSalle Park on Buffalo’s West Side is well-known for potholes and roller-coaster-like drives along the waterfront. With an infusion of $1.4 million from the city, that reputation will soon be no more.


The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reports the body of kayaker Dylan Lathrop has been found.

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Radioactive liquid nuclear waste may soon be shipped across the Peace Bridge and through Western New York. As that reality looms, several organizations have joined forces to block the plan.

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With a spotlight on tensions between law enforcement and the public, members of the Buffalo community came together on Tuesday night to figure out how they can do their part to improve relations between the city’s police and its residents.

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DWI conviction will increase penalty for BWI

Aug 17, 2016

Drunken boaters in New York should soon face more severe punishment if they have previous convictions for driving other vehicles while intoxicated.

USS Basilone, named for Buffalo native, will sail again

Aug 17, 2016
Congressional Medal of Honor Society

A U.S. Navy destroyer will once again bear the name of a World War II Marine hero with connections to Buffalo.

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Douglas Development, the Washington, D.C. developer that has purchased One Seneca Tower, has an impressive history of restoring old buildings. That record, says one observer, also comes with some concerns..

An ethics reform measure approved by the legislature at the end of the legislative session still hasn’t been signed by Governor Cuomo. And some good government groups say- it shouldn’t.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Stating that for legal reasons they could only provide limited information, authorities in Lockport are not yet ruling the cause of last week's massive fire at a tire recycling plant. In the meantime, they hope to confirm the identity of a body found on site in "probably a couple more days."

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Imagine cruising over Kazakhstan, along the Russian border, at 530 miles per hour in a loaded 300,000-pound KC-135 military aircraft during winter. Not an everyday experience. Soon there will be no need to fly halfway around the world to train pilots under such conditions.

During a recent visit to Buffalo, Governor Cuomo sparred with reporters over his economic development programs and their lackluster performance in creating jobs. On WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First suggested that lofty job goals were not going to happen overnight.

Lockhouse Distillery

The state's effort to grow the craft beverage industry appears to be working. At least, that's the case with a local distillery which continues expanding its product line.

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A new poll that finds Donald Trump badly trailing Hillary Clinton in the presidential race in New York could be good news for Democrats in the state Senate.

Mount Saint Mary Academy

Students from Mount Saint Mary Academy in Tonawanda brought their business acumen to a global competition of young entrepreneurs this weekend. Despite not winning the competition, what they’ll come home with is more than they may have expected.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Niagara County municipality that learned it was losing its ambulance provider last month has a new one in place. Officials say entering into a contract with Mercy Flight and Mercy EMS makes sense, because the company is a desired partner for a forthcoming emergency services hub.

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Weekend weather broke local records, but not the kind most Western New Yorkers might think. The sultry temperatures and conditions are expected to be followed by more of the same, but with some added relief for current drought conditions.

The Response Performance Festival covers four days, uses three venues and allows access to an historic steamship. The event, which starts Thursday, is the latest ambitious effort from Torn Space Theater.

Karibu News

The challenges that refugees and immigrants confront have been well-documented.

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A Buffalo-based charitable organization has, for the past seven years, provided some unique care packages for members of the U.S. military: golf clubs and balls. It's a gesture that the project's founder has learned goes a long way toward helping veterans overcome stress.

Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

The U.S.-bound side of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls was closed on Sunday afternoon due to an unexplained "incident."

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The Buffalo Bills pre-season opener ended in a 19 to 18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Ralph Wilson Stadium Saturday night. Just prior to kick-off, the team announced on Twitter that it is selling the naming rights to the stadium to the New Era Cap Company.

On Saturday two people were taken to Erie County Medical Center after being thrown from a speed boat that flipped over in the Niagara River.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New Yorkers should be cautious during this weekend's severe thunderstorms.

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Firefighters are still monitoring the HTI Recycling building in Lockport, the scene of a huge blaze ignited Wednesday night.

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It is Firefighter's Day at the Erie County Fair.

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The quarterback question for the Buffalo Bills has been answered for the near future.