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WBFO's Mike Desmond

Buffalo has two more historic landmark buildings, as the city looks at creating more historic neighborhoods.

National Comedy Center

Nearly 20 years after Jamestown began holding festivals to celebrate the legacy of its favorite daughter, Lucille Ball, the city is about to open the first cultural institution in the nation dedicated to comedy.


Karen DeWitt

There are reports that state senators who received payments for chairing committees that they actually did not chair are now under a probe by the state attorney general and at least one U.S. attorney.


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Officials in Niagara County are extending the State of Emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

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The Buffalo Police Department is seeking the public's help in finding a missing male child.

Thousands of Communications Workers of America walked off the job at 3 p.m. Friday after failing to reach a new contract deal with AT&T.


Chris Caya

More resources are now available to combat the Emerald Ash Borer. The invasive insect has destroyed thousands of trees locally, since it's discovery in Western New York in 2009.

Near several dead ash trees Friday morning, in Buffalo's Delaware Park,  Assemblyman Sean Ryan said the new state budget includes $13 million to combat invasive species.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

The diva of downtown dance clubs is holding a grand re-opening Friday beginning at 10 p.m. Club Marcella is celebrating Buffalo's renaissance with a renaissance of its own.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Members of the Erie County Legislature continue to discuss a proposal to provide $1 million for efforts against an ongoing opioid addiction crisis. But at Thursday's Health and Human Services Committee meeting, it was clear that lawmakers are divided on how the money should be spent, and how soon it may be spent.


Even though landlords are licensed by the City of Buffalo, residents in University Heights have been dealing with loud student house parties for years. So now the New York State Attorney General is stepping in to try and help.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Four local police departments are receiving state public protection funds that had been approved for each agency years ago but had never been delivered.

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Five years after daredevil Nik Wallenda walked over Niagara Falls on a high wire, his wife is planning her own stunt over the fast-rushing waters.

Upstate ride-hailing moves closer to July 1 launch

May 18, 2017
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Buffalo, Upstate New York and Long Island are closer to welcoming ride-hailing on July 1. A bill accelerating the legal start date for services including Uber and Lyft passed the State Senate on Wednesday.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Demolition crews have started site preparation work on the Northland Corridor Project, on Buffalo's East Side.

City residents and some elected officials are pushing hard for Buffalo's new Green Code to be enforced on a number of massive projects developing in the Elmwood Village.

Karen DeWitt

The leader of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference for the first time publicly answered questions from the media about news stories that some of his members received stipends for committee chair positions that they do not actually hold.


The first of more than a hundred anticipated shipments of liquid nuclear waste recently arrived in South Carolina from Canada. Congressman Brian Higgins renewed his opposition to using New York State's international crossings, citing concerns over public safety.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Some much needed affordable housing is on the way for seniors on Buffalo's West Side.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The reconstruction of the long-vacant Buffalo Public School 77 is underway.

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Niagara Falls is continuing its quest to keep people in the Cataract City for an extra hour, an extra day or even on those winter days when its frozen natural wonder of the world is a spectacle.

Karen DeWitt

There are calls for a criminal investigation of some questionable stipend payments to some New York state senators. One of the senators who received those payments is giving it back, while another is calling the controversy a “witch hunt.”


Chris Caya WBFO News

A new mixed-use building is now open on what was a vacant lot on Buffalo's West Side.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

This year is the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. "The Wall," as it is known, is marking the anniversary with an extraordinary effort: to literally put a face to every one of the more than 58,000 names on the memorial. Just Monday, because of two local Vietnam War veterans, every Western New Yorker on The Wall will have a face with their name.

Former President Clinton talks diversity at commencement speech

May 15, 2017
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Former President Bill Clinton was the commencement speaker at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva Sunday morning. Much of the 42nd president's speech focused on global interdependence and diversity.

Iconic Niagara Falls shop Mario's closes after 85 years

May 15, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For many Niagara Falls residents, this past weekend marked the end of an era. Mario's, a small family-owned grocery and novelty store located in the heart of the city's "Little Italy" section, closed its doors on Saturday after a run dating back to the 1930s.

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A two-car accident Saturday in the Town of Sheldon has taken a life.

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A bomb threat last evening closed the Target store on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga for approximately two hours.

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An Olean man has been arrested in connection with a murder this weekend.

Friday night shooting leaves man dead

May 13, 2017

A shooting Friday night on Buffalo's East Side left one man dead.

The new president of Chautauqua Institution shares his visions and discusses challenges in a show that will air at 10 p.m. Friday on WNED-TV. WBFO's Brian Meyer chats with Michael Hill, who recently became Chautauqua's 18th president, in "Chautauqua Spotlight."


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