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Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Buffalo Common Councilmembers are very critical of how the Kensington Expressway looks within city limits - the grass, weeds and trees. One word used to describe the roadsides and ramps was "jungle."

Robert Wilkie, who was confirmed overwhelmingly by the U.S. Senate as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, takes over a department that President Donald Trump has vowed to shake up by firing "bad" employees and steering more veterans toward private health care. The head of a veteran support agency in Buffalo says change is good, though no one's talking about replacing or fully privatizing the VA.


New York State Governor's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says around 500 SUNY and CUNY students are in Puerto Rico to help the island rebuild, 10 months after devastating hurricanes. One of those students is Lisa Marcellus from the University at Buffalo.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Mozee's Ultimate Family Daycare has been shut down and will not be reopening after a toddler was seriously injured Monday. The daycare, at 83 Glenwood Avenue in Buffalo, and it's ability to operate has been revoked by the New York State Office of Child and Family Services.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Erie County will soon have one-half mile less road in its 1,200-mile highway inventory and the Village of Williamsville will have an additional one-half mile of sharply improved highway.

A 2-year-old girl in critical condition at Oishei Children's Hospital after a rescue call to a Buffalo daycare center.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was in Buffalo Monday pushing for the Reproductive Health Act to be passed in Albany.

The region has become home to thousands of refugees in recent years. The influx is credited with the dramatic change in the fortunes of the west side of Buffalo.  WBFO/WNED Senior Director of News and Public Affairs Dave Rosenthal will examine the impact of refugees and their future roles in this community during "Understanding the Refugee Process." Rosenthal will be joined by a panel of experts for the community conversation which can be viewed on Facebook Live on Tuesday, July 24 at 1 p.m.

Have a question or comment for the group? Leave it on WNED's Facebook event post or send it to fblive@wned.org.


Erie County Commission on the Status of Women

Even though there are slightly more women than men, in Erie County, a new report shows most elected offices are held by men.

In courtrooms across New York, the bail system helps guarantee defendants show up for their cases. But critics say the system hurts low-income families; if they can’t put up thousands of dollars, they have to sit in jail.

States like New Jersey, California and New Mexico have already reformed their bail structure. Now, reform in New York State is being looked at as well.


Temporary fix saves SNAP use at farmers markets

Jul 23, 2018
Dave Sommerstein

Food stamp programs at New York farmers markets have a new lifeline. A national farmers market group is stepping in with a cash infusion to keep food stamps working across the state.

Bipartisan pilgrimage honors Rep. Louise Slaughter

Jul 23, 2018
Caitlin Whyte / WXXI News

A first of its kind "pilgrimage" brought both Republican and Democratic leaders to Western New York this weekend to explore two significant freedom movements in the state, the abolitionist movement and women’s suffrage.

Erie County Comptroller's Office

An Erie County Central Police Services forensic lab worker is back on the job, after investigators say the individual received two doses of Narcan following an feared accidental drug exposure. The incident has sparked a dispute between the Erie County Comptroller and County Executive, who offered conflicting claims about whether CPS had its own Narcan available.


Photo by Jon Crispin

After state officials closed the Willard Psychiatric Center near Ithaca, they made an unusual discovery. In the attic were 400 suitcases left behind from patients who lived there. For more than 20 years those suitcases have been in the hands of the state, but now they may finally be reunited with families of the patients.

The body of a 5-year-old girl who went missing has been recovered from the Erie Canal in Monroe County.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Buffalo is closing a suburban clinic and says it is now working with affected clients to find new arrangements.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The former School 77 on Buffalo's West Side has officially reopened. After sitting vacant for nearly a decade, the 90-year-old building has undergone extensive renovations and now includes 30 affordable apartments for seniors.

Francesca Bond

Buffalo boasts 106 public statues and only two are women. Two trailblazing women will soon become numbers three and four.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Hamburg Central School District is working to make sure students with mental health issues receive proper care. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says when the new school year begins in September, every staff member in the Hamburg school District will have received mental health first aid training.

Uniland Development

Some of the Elmwood Village's most prominent development critics backed a Gates Circle project Wednesday, resulting in a Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals approval.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader April Baskin will hold a special session of the Public Safety Committee on Wednesday to review, line by line, the State Commission of Correction's Medical Review Board report on the death of India Cummings.

Rich Kellman

We've been reporting recently on new job opportunities in Western New York, especially in the building trades and health care. Whatever field you choose, one of the best bits of advice from professionals is to find yourself a mentor, someone to learn from and help you find opportunities. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman takes a closer look.


WBFO News file photo

Seven years after the tragic death of Amherst teenager Alix Rice a special skate park will officially open to the public next month. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a ribbon cutting for the Alix Rice Peace Park will be held Saturday, August 4th at the Northtown Center in Amherst.  

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Two competing visions of development for the former site of Deaconess Hospital along Humboldt Avenue in Buffalo collided Tuesday before the Common Council Legislation Committee.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The importance of early childhood development has been outlined in a new 75-page report.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a new alliance called Liftoff Western New York outlines critical trouble spots and goals to improve early childhood milestones in the report titled "Looking Toward the Future." 

Soon to be seen around town, a blue "Herd of Hope"

Jul 16, 2018
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nearly twenty years after a larger herd of bison statues popped up around town to raise cancer research funds, a herd of blue buffalo figures are being unleashed in a new campaign known as Herd of Hope. The campaign launched on Monday to coincide with "716 Day." 

Photo from Clint Malarchuk's website

A former Buffalo Sabre is sharing his battle with mental illness. Goalie Clint Malarchuk played in the NHL from 1981 through 1992. He also coached in the NHL and minor leagues. As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, Eileen Buckley spoke with Malarchuk, 57, who survived two life-threatening injuries; one from hockey, the other, an attempted suicide. 

File Photo

The Erie County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a body that was found in Lake Erie on June 20.

Frank's RedHot

Buffalo's "Wing King" has partnered with Frank's RedHot to put an end to the ranch vs. blue cheese dressing debate. He couldn't believe there was no National Blue Cheese Dressing Day on the calendar, so he invented one.

WBFO News / WBFO

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has set the tax cap for municipalities across the state at 2 percent for fiscal year 2019.

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