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Ceremonial groundbreaking took place Tuesday on a new residential treatment facility at Lackawanna's Baker Victory Services.

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The powers that be have decided the time is right for removing the ice boom from Lake Erie, a right of passage into spring and a process that is more involved than many of us may realize. 

More than 9,000 job openings in Western New York

Apr 21, 2015

New figures from New York State indicate there are more than 9,000 job openings in Western New York.

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The small crowd endured the rain Monday afternoon outside City Hall as they called for legalizing marijuana in New York State.

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The New York State Legislature returns for the second half of the legislative session, once again under a cloud of corruption, and with numerous unsettled issues.

Schumer urges federal funds for Lewiston-Queenston plaza

Apr 20, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the federal government to provide $30 million to help a busy Western New York border crossing renovate and keep up with its traffic.

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Citing the use of "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words," Buffalo News editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday.

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Erie County lawmakers held a public hearing on Monday regarding plans to appropriate more than $13 million in additional funds to help pay for this year’s road and bridge repair costs.

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The push is on for approval of a helipad atop the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital at the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus but, before construction, the pad needs to be signed off by local, state, and federal officials.

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As part of Earth Week, Mayor Byron Brown unveiled a new program to help protect water quality in Buffalo.

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If you were up early and anywhere near Tonawanda Island in North Tonawanda Monday morning, you witnessed quite a scene. A massive fire raced through Placid Harbor Marina.

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Sister Simone Campbell is best known for organizing the Nuns on the Bus campaigns against social ills. As she continues to press her message, she made a stop in Buffalo Sunday.

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The victims in the shooting that occurred in Wheatfield on Friday have been identified.

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Last week, the world recognized the 70th anniversary of the liberation of survivors of the Nazi concentration camps.

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The Just Buffalo Literary Center has announced its lineup of authors for the coming Babel season.

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New York State Assemblyman Ray Walter will be throwing his hat in the ring for the County Executive's race today.

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America's veterans are thought to have among the best healthcare coverage available.

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Colleges across the country may soon compete to be designated as “Manufacturing Universities.”

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A fallen police officer was laid to rest near his hometown in Niagara County Friday. Lockport native Jared Forsythe died on duty with the Ocala, Florida Police Department last week.

Three shot, one fatally, in Town of Wheatfield

Apr 17, 2015
WBFO News photo by Michael Mroziak

One person is dead and two others hospitalized following a multiple shooting in the Town of Wheatfield Friday afternoon.

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Officials from Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and several area hotels are in Albany this week to promote Buffalo to those making decisions about where to hold meetings, conventions and sporting events.

The Start Up New York program received different reviews Thursday, at opposite ends of downtown Buffalo. Some Erie County legislators doubt the program's effectiveness while opinions were more favorable along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Erie county legislators want Mixed Martial Arts legalized in New York, the last state not to completely allow the matches.

Erie County Sheriff's Office

The Erie County Sheriff's Department is investigating some costly incidents of vandalism at Chestnut Ridge Park.

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has launched a new initiative designed to promote critical and creative thinking in young people.

AmeriCorps Director stresses the value of volunteers

Apr 16, 2015

Nearly 62 million Americans volunteer in their communities, an effort with an economic impact valued at $173 billion. That's according to Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps, who spoke with WBFO News to spotlight National Volunteer Week.

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In recent years, presidential nominations of federal judges have become tangled in the politics of Washington. Locally, there are two federal court nominations stalled in process, Lawrence Vilardo and Denise O'Donnell.

Buffalo hosting major film shoot in May

Apr 15, 2015

The Queen City will be the temporary home to the so-called "Heroes in a Half Shell" next month, when film crews from Paramount Pictures arrive to shoot scenes for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2."

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Fifteen Western New York charities received a combined donation of more than $67,000, Wednesday afternoon.

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The Erie County Sheriff's Office should be barred from fishing expeditions with the public's cell phone data according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan, who Is calling on the state Attorney General to investigate.