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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul is defending criticism against Governor Andrew Cuomo from his remarks Friday that he was unaware of the dealings behind 'Buffalo Billion' projects. 

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As the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation into what caused the mid-air collision of two small planes over North Collins, the names of its victims have been released.

Ciminelli federal court hearing postponed, moved to NYC

Sep 26, 2016
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What was supposed to be a federal court appearance in Buffalo Monday morning by three LPCiminelli executives has been adjourned, with the case moving to New York City.

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A new study has ranked Buffalo as having the ninth most effective public transportation system in the nation among mid-sized cities.

Buffalo is closer than it has been for decades to having a new code to control zoning and planning.

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A picturesque site in Aurora will be preserved following a successful fundraising effort that was given a huge boost by a local family.


An overnight Spirit Airline flight had to make an emergency landing at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Two pilots and a passenger were killed Sunday morning in a mid-air crash between two planes in North Collins. The planes took off from the Hamburg Airport headed to St. Mary, Pennsylvania.

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A report out of Albany is indicating that student loan debt in New York state has more than doubled over the past decade.

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The body that oversees lawyers in Ontario has recommended that compensation to clients who are cheated by a lawyer be increased.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Buffalo on Friday, one day after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced corruption charges against nine men, including two of his confidants, in relation to projects including the Buffalo Billion.

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Mayor Byron Brown was not in Buffalo Thursday when the indictment in the Buffalo Billion public corruption case was announced. He was in Washington, but returned last night.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with the mayor Friday morning. 

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Author Dava Sobel has earned critical and commercial success with her recent books, Galileo's Daughter and Longitude. With both books touching about on astronomy, Sobel will use her research in presenting a program entitled "The Rebirth of the Heavens" tonight at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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"Pure, old fashioned, graft and corruption." That's how Assemblyman Sean Ryan summarized the indictments handed down in connection with the development of Buffalo's SolarCity project. Nonetheless, Ryan maintains the controversial project holds great value for the region.


We all know Buffalo is often called the "Queen City." But how about “Fun City” as a backup name?

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There's now an easier way for local residents to plan for an emergency or natural disaster. Developers believe the "Ready Erie" app will improve communication during difficult times.

Habiba Mohamed was born in a refugee camp in Kenya to parents from Somalia. She nows lives in Buffalo and is excited to record her family's story at the StoryCorps Buffalo mobile tour stop. Mohamed was among a studio full of people who attended a special StoryCorps listening event Thursday night at WNED|WBFO.

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A crowded audience in the Downtown Library last night heard about how segregation continues to restrict spreading economic prosperity to all parts of Buffalo. The town hall meeting served the opening of the 2016  Buffalo Humanities Festival.

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Emotions often run high during the annual Light the Night Walk at Delaware Park as thousands gather to acknowledge those who have been touched by leukemia. Those feelings will be shared by David and Brianna Blank, the father and daughter who have both been diagnosed with the disease.

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A recent study revealed that 9-1-1 call centers are vulnerable to cyber attacks. That drew a call from New York Senator Charles Schumer for new measures to protect the critical infrastructure. 

Buffalo "repat" optimistic about region's future

Sep 22, 2016
Patrick Koster

Many people have been talking about Buffalo’s “rebound.” One millennial who returned home after living eight years in New York City says she’s energized by the changes that have occurred. In a report produced by Patrick Koster, WBFO’s Brian Meyer takes a closer look:

College students in New York have more student debt than the national average, according to a report released this week by the state comptroller’s office.

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The Zoning Board of Appeals decided yesterday it still doesn't have enough information to make a decision on a request from the owners of RiverWorks on Ganson Street to put an enormous video screen on the old GLF elevator, facing across the Buffalo River.

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Opponents of a pipeline expansion that would flow through vast portions of New York want the Cuomo administration to deny a key permit, an act that could halt the upgrade.

Law enforcers go back to school with ATF bomb training

Sep 22, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Local law enforcers and emergency first responders are getting an updated education in explosives. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms staged several explosions Wednesday afternoon in Niagara County. Participants will return to the scene Thursday to conduct simulated investigations of each bomb blast.

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A Buffalo Common Council member has joined the ranks of those conducting a silent protest during a traditional national recognition. Masten District representative Ulysses Wingo raised his first during the Pledge of Allegiance at Tuesday's Council meeting.

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When her father, James "Pappy" Martin, died in 2015, Dawn Martin Berry-Walker carried on with his lifelong efforts of spreading the joy of jazz throughout Buffalo. That mission has brought about several events, including Thursday night's birthday tribute to the great John Coltrane at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

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As city residents continue to file complaints about rowdy college students in their neighborhoods, members of the Common Council are struggling to find solutions.

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They say a bill under consideration on Capitol Hill has good intentions, seeking to protect children in at-risk situations. But saying the proposed "Family First" bill is flawed and potentially very costly to county governments, county executives from both ends of the state, including Buffalo, are calling on New York's two senators to reject the measure.

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A new poll shows that Hillary Clinton is still far ahead of Donald Trump among New York voters — but she has some weak points.