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Medical examiner rules homicide in Wardel Davis death

Apr 29, 2017
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The death of a Buffalo man while he was being placed under arrest in February has been ruled a homicide. The Erie County medical examiner has reportedly determined 20-year-old Wardel Davis's death was brought on by his respiratory ailment.

The Buffalo Central Terminal prepared for the summer season with its annual spring cleanup on Saturday. Volunteers helped prepare the property by removing trash, picking weeds and painting.

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President Trump’s tax plan is so far just a one page outline, but it’s already raising some red flags for New York’s political leaders.

The plan would slash corporate taxes and nearly double  the standard deduction, to $24,000 for married couples.  

But the proposal would also eliminate the practice of deducting state income taxes and local property taxes from federal income taxes, and that could harm taxpayers in states with high local taxes, like New York.

Governor Cuomo has been worried about the potential change for awhile.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Seneca Gaming showed off its $40 million latest addition to the Buffalo Creek Casino, part of $200 million poured into the facility that was started when the neighborhood was bare, with more to come.

Nick Lippa

Erie County legislators want the start of ride-hailing moved up, to make for a better and safer Fourth of July.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Thursday's weather delivered a summer-like day. The temperature reached 85 degrees in Buffalo breaking the old record for that date of 84 degrees setback in 1984. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley had the best assignment talking to citizens soaking up the record warmth down at Canalside.      

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Community centers, religious schools and other institutions at risk of hate crime threats have an opportunity to receive grant money to improve security. New York State has set aside $25 million in its budget for those grants.


Food Bank head stepping down after two decades

Apr 27, 2017
Food Bank of Western New York

The longtime leader of the Food Bank of Western New York is stepping down after more than twenty years with the non-profit.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

If you head east on Broadway from downtown Buffalo, you won't go very far before you see a very large tract of green grass on your left. That seemingly open land near an old theater may be the eventual home of 189  housing units.

W. Roberts, from Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal by Jacob Abbott, 1852

New York State is planning to commemorate this year's 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the Erie Canal with a series of major events along the waterway.

Lackawanna Fire Department

Erie County Sheriff's Department fire investigators have been brought in to probe two Lackawanna fires in a building owned by a local mosque.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Buffalo fire crews were called out to downtown Buffalo Wednesday for an early morning fire that investigators say began in the first-floor restaurant.

AARP New York

Every two seconds, someone’s identity is snatched through fraud.

Eileen Koteras Elibol

John Hockenberry of The Takeaway hosted a panel discussion Tuesday night in the WNED|WBFO studios. The conversation touched upon a number of subjects, though the centerpiece highlighted Buffalo's long relationship with immigration.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A bicycle and pedestrian bridge crossing over a busy Buffalo highway is now open to the public. Congressman Brian Higgins celebrated completion of the Shoreline Trail bridge Tuesday.


Watts Architecture and Engineering

Buffalo's Planning Board on Monday removed the last barrier to starting a major piece of the city's Northland Corridor, approving a series of demolitions and renovation of 683 Northland.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

There is a new version of a proposed development at Forest and Elmwood avenues, with developer Chason Affinity cutting its proposal substantially to deal with community anger and Buffalo's new Green Code rules.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Newspapers don't invent news, but there are people out there that post fake news. That was the topic Monday night from two experts speaking at Canisius College Monday evening.

NewNYBridge.com

A fiscal watchdog group is questioning the state’s century-old prevailing wage law for construction workers, saying it unnecessarily costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year in added expenses for big road, bridge and other projects.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Zoo has introduced Norah Fletchall as its new president and CEO. Among those praising the hire is the woman Fletchall will officially replace next month.


Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

Planning for an extension of the Metro Rail line into Amherst is going to be on the drawing board for a long, long time. It will be years before the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority can ask for construction money.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Islam and Muslims often don't get a fair shot in the media and there are a lot of reasons for it, according to to panelists who gathered Sunday for a discussion in Amherst.

State lawmakers are due back at the Capitol Monday, following a two-week break  after they passed a budget that contained numerous other items, like free public college tuition for some middle class students and an expansion of ride hailing services. Here’s a look at what, if anything, lawmakers still need to do before adjourning in June.

BorderWorx Logistics

A new state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution facility with plans to create dozens of jobs has opened in the Town of Sanborn. The company, which serves the U.S. and Canadian markets, also purchased lots of land for future expansion. 

 

The Orleans County Sheriff's Department is investigating a skydiving accident that occurred in the Town of Barre  Saturday night.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Niagara County is still in a state of emergency. On Saturday, Niagara County firefighters along with other volunteers joined the Olcott Fire Company in an effort to combat rising waters along Lake Ontario.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Even though it is now legal, activists say there are still many obstacles in place that keep people from gaining access to medical marijuana.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

An estimated 1,000 people turned out to Delaware Park Saturday to advocate for scientific organizations and science-based policies. It was one of hundreds of marches across the globe.

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The campaigns for the Erie County Clerk's office have not begun in earnest, but candidates for the post are beginning to line up.

An Eden man suspected in the murder of his mother is in custody in Erie, PA.

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