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As competition for gambling dollars has intensified, the state's fiscal watchdog is warning that New York's Off-Track Betting corporations could face fiscal insolvency.

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An announcement was issued last night that City Honors student Lamont Yancey has died suddenly.

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The funeral for Carey Gabay was held yesterday in Brooklyn.

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Senator Charles Schumer is urging the Federal Trade Commission to modernize what is known as the "Eyeglass Rule."

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is announcing that they have new leadership.

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A University at Buffalo student has died on a kayaking trip in New Zealand.

Niagara Falls Police Department

A veteran cop in Niagara Falls is facing charges for assault after an incident of road rage.

City of Buffalo

A Buffalo resident is facing multiple charges in connection with the operation of a small Methamphetamine lab at his Riverside area home.

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A West Side woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her baby.

Erie County DA: Kane 'evidence bag' is a hoax

Sep 25, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A supposed torn and empty evidence bag, reportedly found at the home of the mother of rape suspect Patrick Kane's accuser, is a hoax carried out by the mother. So said the Erie County District Attorney in a lengthy news conference Friday.

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Twenty-five years ago, a Buffalo native returned to his hometown with a vision to create an alternative newspaper that would provide a political voice and focus on the arts.  Today Artvoice features edgy journalism and coverage of the region's cultural and arts community.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with Artvoice Publisher Jamie Moses as he prepares for a 25th anniversary party to be held Saturday in an old industrial site.

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Advocates and public officials will gather Saturday morning at Isle View Park in Tonawanda to dedicate the Tribute Garden.  The new site will honor those impacted by domestic violence.

Erie Community College unveils 'ECC Excels' initiative

Sep 25, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie Community College has introduced a strategic blueprint it hopes will secure more funding and allow it to become more competitive and a bigger player in Buffalo's economic redevelopment.

Mike Desmond

Top defense attorney Tom Eoannou has quit as lawyer for the alleged victim in the Patrick Kane case. He tells WBFO he's concerned that a rape evidence bag delivered to the home of the accuser's mother may have ended up at the home under "suspicious circumstances."


Pope Francis’ message to the United States is being brought home by Bishop Richard Malone.

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Work is getting underway on a new resource for unemployed residents on Buffalo's East Side.

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As Pope Francis addressed Congress in Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning, about 200 guests were viewing the speech on a large monitor inside the Science Hall at Canisius College.


Buffalo's list of historic districts is growing.

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Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress today.  Tens of thousands of people began gathering early this morning on the front lawn of the Capitol to watch the pope's speech on Jumbotron screens and maybe catch a glimpse of Francis. He is expected to wave from a balcony a few hundred yards away.

Hochul attends White House visit by Pope Francis

Sep 24, 2015

Among the crowd welcoming the Pope at the White House was Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, representing Governor Cuomo. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with the lieutenant governor after the visit.

City of Buffalo officials are encouraging residents to check the internet to find out if a sex offender lives nearby while some are calling for better notification procedures.

Wooden Canalside boardwalk being extended 500 feet

Sep 23, 2015
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A popular walkway along Buffalo's waterfront will soon be extended. An expansion of the Canalside boardwalk is now officially underway.

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The rape accusation involving Buffalo native and Chicago Blackhawks hockey star Patrick Kane took an unexpected turn on Wednesday, when to the attorney for the accuser claimed  a rape kit evidence bag was delivered to her mother's house, torn open and contents emptied.

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Child sex abuse victims and their supporters are calling on the City of Buffalo to notify the public about the housing of sex offenders.

Best-selling author Jill Lepore will appear Friday at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery as the keynote speaker of the Buffalo Humanities Festival. The four-day festival runs tonight through Saturday.

from Michelle Singeltary's website

With a syndicated column appearing in over 100 newspapers, Michelle Singletary's unique perspective of personal finance has wide appeal. She'll share that wisdom in Buffalo on October 8th as part of NPR's "Family Matters."

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A St. Bonaventure graduate has been selected to be one of the gift bearers at Wednesday's Mass with Pope Francis in Washington. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the woman selected is a leader of young Catholic organization in the D.C. area.

Project Homeless Connect Buffalo held an annual event Tuesday that matched up homeless individuals with resources to help them find stability.

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The lawyer representing the woman who has made an allegation of being sexually assaulted by Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane has scheduled a news conference for this afternoon. 

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The push to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour is getting some help from union financed advertising, but it still has its opponents.