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New York will be hit hard if the health care bill introduced in the Senate becomes law.

A Rochester police officer was shot and wounded late Saturday night.

Elected officials are demanding more information on the ride sharing agreements between Lyft, Uber and the NFTA.


The 22nd Ride for Roswell concluded on Saturday raising $4.6 million for cancer research.

Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts is on the horizon for arts and humanities in New York state.

The Fourth Annual Buffalo Brewers Festival, being held Saturday, will feature more than 40 breweries from across the state and Southern Ontario. One new event will showcase everything you’ve wanted to know about beer.

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You've probably heard us explaining the future of public broadcasting is uncertain with the threat of federal funding cuts. The PBS Board of Directors is meeting Friday in Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS about the state of public broadcasting.  

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Federal law prevents children’s organizations from gaining access to FBI sex offender background checks on new employees and volunteers. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) said he will push for legislation that will make the FBI sex offender database available to youth groups.

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Grand Island soon will be home to the largest community solar installation in New York state. The $7 million project was recently unanimously approved by the Town Board.

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The first day or summer and longest day of the year is being filled with public performances of live music in the second annual Make Music Western New York.

Concert at Artpark delayed by scare

Jun 21, 2017
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A check of the stage area at Artpark in Lewiston delayed the performance of Randy Bachmann’s show Tuesday evening.


Perhaps it’s time to take a vacation. Not only because today is the official start of summer, but because most American workers likely still have unused vacation days.

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The next generation of automobiles has been traveling the streets of Western New York. And WBFO went along for a demonstration ride on the University at Buffalo's North Campus.

Urban Land Institute to study Central Terminal next week

Jun 20, 2017
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A team of experts will be in Buffalo next week to study the Central Terminal and offer recommendations for how to reuse the East Side landmark. The study comes weeks after a locally-assembled panel, organized to choose a site for Buffalo's new train station, chose not to reopen the Terminal for that purpose.

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The protest group Just Resisting is demanding changes in the way Martin Luther King Park's casino is used. It is part of a larger fight for a smaller police force and more community input in city activities.

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Tuesday evening, WNED-TV will broadcast the premiere episode of "The Story of China," a PBS series that will explore that nation's lengthy history, culture and global impact. A former Buffalo television news reporter, who is now an instructor at a Western New York college, spent three years teaching in China and shared his experience with WBFO.

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It's a preservation effort that looks to restore some of Buffalo's industrial heritage. The Colonel Ward Steam Engine Society wants to save two giant pumps and get one back in service. 

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The annual Juneteenth Festival in Martin Luther King Park enjoyed two good days of hot, steamy weather, though Sunday's rain did wash out some of the program. The wet burst did little to dampen the enthusiasm of festival organizers.

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Evening thunderstorms are expected to close out Father's Day.

A young boy was taken to the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on Saturday night.

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said the heroin overdose death rate in New York State  increased 30 percent in 2015.

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The weather will be a bit unsettled on this Father's Day. After a partly sunny start to the day, it will become mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms developing.

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The 2017 Summer Reading program was announced Saturday by the Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries.

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The jury in the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby has deadlocked in its opinion and a mistrial has been declared by the judge.

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Mayor Byron Brown has reacted to an FBI probe of a local political group that -- in Brown's words -- "is near and dear to me."

The mayor told reporters Friday that he knows nothing about Thursday's raid at Grassroots. State and federal agents served search warrants at three  local addresses tied to Grassroots and one of its founders, Maurice Garner.

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Advocates for a universal, publicly-financed health care system rallied in downtown Buffalo Friday. Healthcare workers, community activists, union leaders and others, gathered in Lafayette Square, called on Senator Chris Jacobs to support the New York Health Act.

Sara Palmer, an organizer with the Campaign for New York Health says, the legislation will guarantee health care for all New Yorkers. And Palmer says there's no deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance or out of network costs.  

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By unanimous votes in both the Senate and Assembly, New York State lawmakers have approved legislation that keeps the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open. The biggest hurdle awaits: convincing Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign it.

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The body pulled from Lake Ontario in Youngstown, New York earlier this week was that of a stuntman.  New York State Park Police said the body was positively identified as Kirk Jones of Spring Hill, Florida. 

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With the arrival of warmer weather - more people are out riding their bicycles. And also losing them to theft. So local law enforcement and others are offering tips on how riders can protect their wheels.  

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Buffalo City Hall is getting a new look. Crews with the Department of Public Works are in the process of installing 160 bollards around the building's perimeter to enhance security.