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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The National Homeland Security Association's annual conference commenced Tuesday in downtown Buffalo. The estimated 1,500 guests from various police, fire and first response agencies heard presentations from those involved in recent live shooter situations, including a local law enforcer.

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An Elmwood Village gateway appears to be on the verge of a major overhaul. The City of Buffalo's Planning Board has accepted the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the southeast corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues. But one critic says the proposed project does not follow the city's building code. 

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A longtime haven for local music aficionados is closing its doors for good. Record Theatre announced Tuesday it is shuttering its last retail location on Main Street in Buffalo this summer.

Homeland security conference opens in downtown Buffalo

Jun 6, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An estimated 1,500 guests from numerous police, fire and first-response agencies are in Buffalo for an annual homeland security conference. The first morning of the event included tales told by police who were there for the Orlando Pulse Nightclub and Dallas police officer ambush shootings.

Dominic LoVallo

As a global campaign focuses attention on elder abuse, a local initiative is gearing up to spread joy to thousands of senior citizens across Western New York.

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The state is lending a hand on a project that could help revitalize the former Summit Park Mall in the Town of Wheatfield.

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The parents of one of the victims of the 2012 Aurora Theater Shooting in Colorado are traveling nationwide to tell their story. They recently stopped in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley met with the Texas couple to discuss their effort to raise awareness against gun violence. 

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WBFO has been named Outstanding News Operation in radio by the New York State Associated Press, snaring three first place awards, eight second place awards and four third place awards in the annual AP awards competition.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

When Peg Overdorf bought land along Ohio Street in 2006 for a park, there were a lot of people who thought she was crazy because everyone knew if Ohio Street was going anywhere, it was continuing downhill. However, public money has helped turn it around.

Three people were sent to hospitals after a car accident late Saturday night.

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The National Weather Service has issued a lakeshore flood watch for Niagara and Orleans counties.

A Chatauqua County man is dead after an accident involving a tractor.

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Mayoral candidate Mark Schroeder has unveiled the second point of what he's calling his "Compass Plan for Buffalo." It focuses on employee excellence.

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The Buffalo Naval and Military Park unveiled a sculpture and plaque Sunday morning to commemorate Buffalo native C. Wade McClusky’s heroic actions during World War II.

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The high water levels on Lake Ontario this spring came with little warning. Experts with the US Army Corps of Engineers say the substantial precipitation this spring is largely responsible for the quick rise.

Community group promotes summer reading

Jun 4, 2017
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School children in Buffalo are encouraged to pick up a book during the upcoming summer vacation and read.

Outer Harbor's summer schedule unveiled

Jun 3, 2017
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The summer season at Buffalo's Outer Harbor is underway. Officials gathered at Wilkeson Point Friday afternoon to unveil the schedule of events. Jonathan Dandes of Outer Harbor Management said chief among them is the Italian Heritage Festival.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed an executive order Friday that calls on the county to continue its effort to reduce its carbon footprint. His order follows President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.

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A section of downtown Batavia will receive a $17.6 million facelift as a developer begins construction of a multi-use complex on long-vacant property.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

One of the most distinctive homes in Allentown is getting a major rehab, approved Thursday by the Buffalo Preservation Board.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Officials gathered inside the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo Friday morning to unveil a new wisteria mosaic fireplace. The introduction of the fireplace marks the end of an ambitious $50 million restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed complex.

Hoyt Lake fountain returns to Delaware Park

Jun 2, 2017
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy has reinstalled the Hoyt Lake Fountain.

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Sidewalks and crosswalks throughout Allentown are being painted with rainbows. As the first part of an ongoing initiative to support the LGBTQ community in Buffalo, the “Rainbows on Allen” project aims to provide permanent symbols of acceptance that last beyond Buffalo’s Pride Week.

WBFO's Michael Mroziak

Buffalonians could worry less about sewer pipe overflows if storm water never gets into the sewer system. The city is spending millions on green infrastructure to do exactly that.

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Saying there are "no safe" levels of lead exposure, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan of Buffalo unveiled a new bill called the LEAD Act. It is designed to prevent and combat lead exposure and poisoning.    

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The warm-weather months have arrived and many nervous parents are hoping their teenagers will avoid the temptations of distracted driving in what AAA calls the 100 Deadliest Days of the year.

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen took to Facebook to call out the Buffalo Bills for taking their newest players on a tour of the region that featured only traditional tourist attractions, like Canalside and Niagara Falls.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Family members of a man fatally shot by a Buffalo Police officer early last month joined community activists in Niagara Square Wednesday afternoon, demanding answers and justice as the investigation continues.

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The historic Trico plant on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has a new owner, with the Krog Group already starting to clean up and renovate the seven buildings that make up the complex.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Buffalo Pride Week officially kicked off Tuesday with a celebration and a demonstration.