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Karen DeWitt

Now that the Republican National Convention is over, the next step for Republicans, after the Democrats are done with their gathering, is to begin the Presidential election campaign.  Carl Paladino, the head of Trump’s New York campaign, expects the state to be in play.

The body of a Hamilton man who fell into the Niagara River while on a family outing Saturday has been found. Twenty-five-year-old Mohammad Maaz Shaikh's body was spotted by a fisherman near where the river meets Lake Ontario.

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Senator Charles Schumer says he's trying to get more federal money to help update local water and sewer projects,. His comments follow a major water line breaking in Amherst this week.

Mike Esposito

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made his share of enemies over the years, but he recently made a friend in a 5-year-old Niagara Falls boy.

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Plans to renovate the former Trico factory, in downtown Buffalo, could be shelved without more taxpayer help as the cost of the proposed project has nearly doubled.

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A Black Lives Matter protest was staged in and out of Buffalo Police headquarters in downtown this morning. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says it was organized by a group called Showing Up For Racial Justice Action demanding a web post by a police union leader be removed.  

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A new bike-sharing program officially rolled out in Buffalo on Thursday. There are now 200 Reddy bikes available for public use at 30 stations across the city.  

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With expectations building in advance of Donald Trump's address tonight at the Republican National Convention, WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt has been mining opinions from the New York delegation. While some hope for more of the of the showmanship that has carried Trump to this stage others want the Republican nominee to appear more Presidential.

Waverly Colville

We’ve heard it all before: texting and driving is dangerous. But what about taking selfies when you’re behind the wheel or playing Pokemon Go? Various agencies are working together to remind drivers that any type of multitasking while driving can be a fatal mistake.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Imagine a giant television screen glaring down upon the boaters and kayakers on Buffalo's waterfront. The opposition are making their voices heard.

Karen DeWitt

New York’s delegation to the RNC is the national spotlight for casting the votes to put Donald Trump over the top for the Presidential nomination in Cleveland this week. But not all of the state’s politicians are in agreement over some of Trump’s most controversial foreign policies.

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City Hall is taking another look at the future of the concrete medians on Main Street in North Buffalo.  Removing the barriers, however, would be a costly effort.

Chris Caya WBFO News

As part of a multi-state tour, including both major party conventions, the Nuns on the Bus made a stop in Buffalo on Wednesday. The nuns are using this presidential cycle to call for a new politics of inclusion.

As the enthusiasm builds behind Donald Trump during this week's Republican Convention in Cleveland, party faithful from the Empire State may be enjoying the moment more than most. "It's a very special place for the New York delegation," said Buffalo News Political reporter Bob McCarthy, who shared his observations earlier on WBFO's Morning Edition.

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Chris Collins enjoyed his "three minutes in the spotlight," said WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt regarding the local congressman's speech Tuesday night at the Republican Convention in Cleveland. Collins used the time to "bring Western New York to national attention."

Buffalo Riverkeeper

One of the nicest summers in recent memory not only has more people flocking to waterfront destinations like Buffalo's Canalside, they're also heading out on to the water. Local law enforcement is out there working to keep boaters safe.


After undergoing millions of dollars in infrastructure improvements in recent years, Letchworth State Park now has a new nature center.

Ice Creamcycle Dude

A roving local ice cream vendor who has a soft spot for kids has seen his pay-it-forward crusade go viral.

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The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office is investigating the discovery of a body at the Hidden Valley Animal Adventure in Varysburg on Royce Road. 

While accusations of plagiarism in Melania Trump's speech dominated the analysis of day one of the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says it was just one of many noteworthy events.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The first ever "Justice and Opportunity Week" continues through Friday in Buffalo. The free public events are being held to help to decrease tensions between residents and the Buffalo Police Department.

Buffalo Niagara RiverKeeper

It was a day of announcements Monday at the foot of West Ferry and Niagara streets, where local, state and federal officials have been investing to elevate that West Side corridor of Buffalo's waterfront.

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Proponents believe an increase in Erie County's hotel bed tax could go a long way toward cleaning up the region's problematic wastewater overflows. Opponents argue the proposal would hamper the area's competitiveness in the tourism industry.

Since HSBC Bank abandoned One Seneca Tower, prospects have been dim for the city's tallest structure. "By Halloween, you're going to be looking at a 38-story, almost one million-square foot, empty office building in downtown Buffalo," said Jim Fink. The Business First reporter offered his perspective during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass.

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With a focus on the methods of local law enforcement, the Western New York Peace Center began a series of public meetings Monday night in the Gloria J. Parks Community Center in the University District.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Since an online threat of violence was posted against Buffalo Police officers, patrol cars have been staffed by two officers instead of one. Following deadly attacks on cops in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the union representing Buffalo police officers wants to keep two officers in each car, and give them rifles.

Local businessman Carl Paladino offered his support early for Donald Trump's unconventional Presidential campaign. Now, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy sees it, Paladino has an insider's role as Trump earns the nomination at the Republican Convention in Cleveland.

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It is the largest festival of its kind along the Erie Canal. More than 200,000 people are expected for Canal Fest of the Tonawandas.

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The medians separating lanes of traffic on Main Street in the University District created controversy from the very beginning. Now, a meeting will be held on whether the medians should be removed.

A 25-year-old man, who had been picnicking with about 30 members of his family, remains missing today after losing his footing in the Niagara Gorge.