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President Obama’s plan for national standards to curb power plant emissions is based, in part, on a cap and trade type program already existence in New York.

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In light of recently released videos featuring Planned Parenthood officers discussing the sale of aborted fetal parts, one Western New York member of Congress is supporting the suspension of federal funds to the organization. But in a Monday conference call, Tom Reed suggested Planned Parenthood can take steps to avoid that.

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Some Lackawanna residents and elected officials are crying foul over plans to rebury toxic waste at the former Bethlehem Steel plant along Route 5.

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon said a petition with over a thousand signatures was delivered to New York's Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday. Dixon said, the DEC's plan doesn't go far enough to clean up the former steel plant site. She says the redevelopment underway on Buffalo's waterfront shouldn't stop at the city line.

Explosive device found on Hoyt Street, no one hurt

Aug 3, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Buffalo man who recently acquired some items from a local estate sale found an additional item in the box, an item which led fire, police and bomb squad officials to his home on the 200 block of Hoyt Street Monday morning.

YouTube: Dog Biscuit Challenge: SPCA serving Erie County

The SPCA serving Erie County is urging you to consider being part of the Dog Biscuit Challenge.

A new report from the Census Bureau outlines average per pupil spending by state. The research ranks New York as having the highest on average spending per pupil spending in the nation. At least one group claims the report is misleading.

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The Buffalo Bill have suspended Offensive Line  Coach Aaron Kromer without pay for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy.

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Day care centers across Erie County are suggesting they should be paid through direct deposit into bank accounts instead of checks mailed out which then have to be taken to the bank to be deposited.

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Some city neighborhoods are benefiting from the surge in development in downtown Buffalo. That energy has spun off into University Heights where Tucker Curtin is rebuilding the facade and entrance of The Steer restaurant.

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State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he has no interest in challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in a primary in three years, saying he prefers to seek re election as state Comptroller.

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Plant-based lifestyle enthusiasts spent Sunday at Delaware park to celebrate the second Western New York VegFest.

A search for a 51-year-old man lost at Lake Ontario ended Saturday evening.

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has taken measures to establish a leadership election in October.

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Kraft has issued a recall targeting its individually wrapped cheese slices.

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A group of more than 100 teenagers gathered at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park for some extensive training over the past week.

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Former Buffalo Bills running back Curtis Brown had died.

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A two-car accident in Niagara Falls has caused significant injuries to three people.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says the money the city spends to clean up graffiti could instead go towards other projects to beautify the city. Each year, Buffalo spends more than $100,000 to clean up the markings left behind by vandals.

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What appears to be a large mound of dirt outside Buffalo's Central Terminal is actually an icy pile of old snow left behind from last season's winter storm. WBFO's Eileen Buckley found some curious citizens checking it out.

A woman drowned Thursday night at Wendt Beach while trying to reach her daughter and another young girl struggling in the waters of Lake Erie. 

Rural Metro Ambulance sold to Colorado-based company

Jul 31, 2015
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The company that operates Rural Metro Ambulance in Buffalo and across the country is being acquired by a subsidiary of Colorado-based Envision Healthcare. 

The Buffalo Fire Department has 109 new firefighters after they received their badges Thursday night in a ceremony in Bennett High School, completing the long process of exams, processing and the fire academy in Cheektowaga.

Planned West side power outage delayed until Friday

Jul 30, 2015
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After having planned to shut off power to around 400 customers on Buffalo’s West Side Thursday, National Grid last Wednesday postponed that outage a day.

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Lackawanna is back in the news, with the arrest of a Steel City man on accusations of terrorism support. Peter Ahearn, who led the Buffalo FBI office during the arrest of the Lackawanna Six, offered perspective.

Two more lawmakers, a former Senate Leader and the Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate were convicted of corruption in the past week. But Governor Cuomo continues to say it would not be a good idea to call state lawmakers back to the Capitol to enact more ethics reform measures.

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The momentum for Mayor Byron Brown’s Buffalo Opportunity Pledge continues to grow. Local faith-based leaders gathered at Niagara Square on Wednesday to sign the pact.

Police enforcing 30 mph on Scajaquada

Jul 29, 2015

Amid fierce debate about what the future speed limit should be on the Scajaquada Expressway, Buffalo police are letting motorists know that the current  30 mph speed limit is not negotiable. Officers have written about 500 speeding tickets on the 198 since early June.

Lackawanna man accused of attempting to join ISIL

Jul 29, 2015
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A Lackawanna man has been arrested for allegedly attempting to join and recruit for a notorious terrorist organization.


After another long year of planning, organizers are ready to unveil the 2015 Lucy Comedy Festival, a packed weekend of events starting Thursday in Jamestown.

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The U.S. Senate will hold a hearing Wednesday on a bipartisan bill to reform campus sexual assault policies across the nation. Studies show one in five women on college campuses will experience some form of unwanted sexual contact by the time they graduate.