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After weeks of preparation and days of local media buildup, Erendira Wallenda finally took her flight over Niagara Falls Thursday morning. When it was done, she said her record-setting stunt went by "too fast."


WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Buffalo City Hall has a new look Thursday.

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Bar bouncers have a tough job. They often have to wrangle rowdy patrons, many of whom have had one too many, while sometimes dealing with hostility aimed in their direction. But as WBFO's Omar Fetouh reports, in a report produced by Marwan Elbliety, the job has also changed over time.


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Hundreds of new jobs are on the way for local residents. The largest Internet-based retailer in the world is setting up shop in the Town of Lancaster.


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The spotlight will shine on Niagara Falls Thursday morning as Erendira Wallenda, wife of high-wire walker Nik Wallenda, will perform her own stunt high above the Horseshoe Falls. Local tourism leaders are welcoming the attention, which the Wallendas say is what they'd like to bring to the Cataract City.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The countdown is on for today's planned stunt over Niagara Falls by the famous Wallenda family.

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Rep. Chris Collins says the shooting of fellow Republicans at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning is "a sobering wake-up call." He says as President Donald Trump's "number one surrogate" in Washington, he plans to take added precautions at public gatherings.


Buffalo and Niagara Falls are among 18 cities across New York State that will share $10 million over the next two years aimed at transforming blighted neighborhoods.

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Niagara Falls officials are cutting back on spending, as the potential end to revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino looms. The first casualty is summer road paving.

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Renovation plans for a large vacant building just off the I-190, in South Buffalo, are moving forward.


Preparations underway for next Wallenda stunt over Falls

Jun 13, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Five years after Nik Wallenda successfully crossed over the Niagara Gorge by walking on a high wire, his wife will be performing her own stunt over Niagara Falls. Preparations, including a practice run by a helicopter taking part in the stunt, were underway Tuesday.


Food Bank of Western New York

A program that distributes food to Chautauqua County residents in need is expanding its operation.

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Uber is ramping up operations ahead of the June 29 launch of ride-hailing across Upstate New York.

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What to do with Buffalo's Commodore Perry public housing project? Some some replace it with a new football stadium. Congressman Brian Higgins says renovate it into affordable housing. Neighbors say the apartments still may not be affordable for them. On Monday, Buffalo's Mayor teased the city is working on another plan.

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A year to the day after 49 lives were lost in an act of terrorism in Orlando's Pulse nightclub, their lives were recognized in a church memorial service Monday night.

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It stands in the center of Niagara Square as a memorial for a United States President who was shot and died in Buffalo more than a century before. This summer, the McKinley Monument will undergo a full restoration.


Higgins proposes renovating, not razing Perry Projects

Jun 12, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Congressman Brian Higgins says it's time to act in Buffalo's Commodore Perry public housing neighborhood. He recommends renovating a dozen long-vacant buildings and reopening them as affordable housing. But neighbors are skeptical and made that known during Higgins' Monday morning news conference.


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You might not expect a group of math majors to also be fierce physical competitors. But a team of four University at Buffalo students are among the qualifiers for NBC’s Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge, which begins Monday night.

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Local governments will have more money to spend on paving and other road repairs. The state budget boosts spending on road, bridge and other infrastructure needs, as State Senator Chris Jacobs recently announced.


The Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport has been awarded a $423,000 state grant to help with ongoing renovations. But the Palace is more than a theater—it also plays an important role in the city's economy.


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Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing back against President Trump's plan to privatize the United States Air Traffic Control system, saying it would give airlines more control and leverage to increase airfare.

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Erie County's economy continues to grow. Just last week, a financial services firm announced plans to locate in Amherst, bringing 1,500 jobs to the region. County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he wants to continue that momentum with a plan he's calling "Initiatives for a Smart Economy 2.0."

Erie County Sheriff's deputies responded to a wooded area in North Collins Saturday after human remains were discovered.

A warm but windy Sunday

Jun 11, 2017
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Summer-like weather has finally arrived in Western New York. High temperatures are expected to hit 80 or higher over the course of the next seven days.

The fight against multiple sclerosis can be a tough and long one, but several bicyclists are doing their part this weekend in Buffalo, including local rider Brian Joseph.

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The ongoing lake shore erosion in Youngstown is now threatening one of the buildings at Old Fort Niagara.

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The USDA has issued a food recall with what they deem to be a high health risk.

One of the summer’s biggest festivals is celebrating its 60th year this weekend.

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Summer in Western New York is a time when many leave their cars behind and instead choose to walk, rollerblade, and ride their bikes and skateboards. The local skateboarding scene has carved out a niche that distinguishes itself from other parts of the country.


A local law designed to better protect nursing home residents passed unanimously in the Erie County Legislature on Thursday.

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