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A project launched on Flag Day to raise funds for various capital projects has resulted in the sale of more than 5,000 cards. While it's only a fraction of the revenue needed to address the needs of participating halls, the Erie County Clerk calls the project a "confidence builder" three weeks after its start.

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In Buffalo, the economy is improving and that’s generally good news, but it’s driving up rents in some neighborhoods. That’s bad for people who can’t afford to pay much. In the first of a two-part series, WBFO’s Mike Desmond takes a look at the issue of affordable housing.


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The Town of West Seneca is hoping the state may commence a study in the next year or so to consider ways to transform part of a busy road into a calmer, more pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.


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First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church is expanding from its William and Jefferson neighborhood. The congregation plans to turn its current church into a family life center and then build a new church connected to the building along Jefferson.

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The 35th annual Taste of Buffalo continued Sunday. The weather has been just about perfect for the people sampling the offerings of 53 participating restaurants.

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Two timeworn buildings in the heart of Elmwood Village may spark another test of the city's Green Code development rules.

Ellicott Development wants to knock down the buildings on West Delavan Avenue to build newer housing.

But Daniel Sack, vice president of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture, says the Green Code requires approval of replacement structures before there can be a demolition.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's a project that evolved since its conception and faced its share of criticism along the way. But on Friday morning, the Town of West Seneca's new community center and library were celebrated in a formal opening ceremony.

New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

New York's agency tasked with investigating accusations of abuse and neglect against disabled people in state care is promising to improve transparency following years of complaints about conducting nearly all of its work in secret.

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Finding love again after the death of a spouse is challenging and a reality millions of seniors face today. Data from Pew Research found that one in two divorced or widowed seniors had remarried and that trend figures to continue with longer age expectancy.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Numerous pieces of equipment that the Town of Boston owned at some point in time cannot be traced. A new report issued by the Erie County Comptroller puts a hefty price tag on that unaccounted equipment.


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A suburban Buffalo agency that serves military veterans and families in need has a program available that makes many youth programs attainable for those who might otherwise struggle to afford it.


Man fatally struck by train identified

Jul 5, 2018

Authorities have identified the man who was struck and killed by a train Tuesday.

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Buffalo Common Councilmembers are looking at potential changes to the city's development approval process because it is so intricate it can lock up. Council President Darius G. Pridgen says the process can be inconvenient for residents trying to monitor a project.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

With a real shortage of residential space in Buffalo, two aging and worn buildings on West Delavan Avenue are going to be replaced and added to the mix.

Sandy White / WBFO

According to Pew Research, older Americans who are 65 and older are working more than at any time since the turn of the century. Many retirees are working fulltime and launching new careers in their 60s, 70s and 80s. As WBFO’s Senior News Desk reporter Sandy White found out, staying active can be a fountain of youth for seniors like Loretta Kaminsky.


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The transformation of Niagara Street, where it overlooks the Black Rock Canal, on Buffalo's West Side, is continuing.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Two state lawmakers, one from each house of the Legislature, are announcing funding that brings a long-desired memorial closer to reality on Buffalo's waterfront.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As local leaders marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the Canalside project, a boat tour provider was honored for their own decade on the waterfront.


Buffalo Bisons

Starting Fourth of July celebrations on the third of the month has become a Western New York tradition, started by the Buffalo Bisons more than two decades ago. For this year's celebration, the Herd is offering new twists on a classic tradition.

Chris Caya WBFO News

After leading the effort to replace thousands of trees killed during the October Surprise snowstorm of 2006, Paul Maurer is now working to save some newly planted trees from the ongoing heat wave.

Local utilities are also encouraging customers to conserve power during the heat wave because it puts additional strain on the power grid.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A special ceremony was held Monday morning to mark the 10th anniversary of what many call Buffalo's transformation. Many of speakers celebrating Canalside's anniversary say better times are still to come, but there must be continued support to make that so.


Heat advisory, flash flood warnings for WNY

Jul 2, 2018
National Weather Service Buffalo forecast office

The National Weather Service heat Advisory for Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties continues until 10 pm Monday evening.

There is also a flash flood warning for Chautauqua County and northwestern Cattaraugus County until 5 pm.   Heavy rain could create flooding in Dunkirk, Fredonia, Westfield, Gowanda, Silver Creek, Mayville, Clymer and near Long Point State Park.   Heavy rains may also hit the NYS Thruway between Ripley and the Pennsylvania Line, and along Interstate 86 between the Findlay lake and Bemus Point exits. 

A single rollover crash in Sardinia Sunday sent five people to the hospital, including two children.

Niagara Falls City Council

A Niagara Falls councilman is seeking applicants to sit on a committee that will look further into the presence of registered sex offenders in the Cataract City.


Nancy Fischer / WBFO

Victims of domestic abuse have to confront a wide range of emotions when they seek help. And those emotions can intensify when they take the first steps to prosecute an abuser. But Buffalo-area groups like the Family Justice Center can provide support. WBFO’s Nancy Fischer has more about the center and its expansion plans.

It will be oppressively hot and humid again Monday, with heat index values reaching 105 degrees. That has prompted the National Weather Service to post a rare excessive heat warning for our region. It runs through 10 p.m.

Lynne Bader / WBFO

Scorching hot temperatures didn't stop hundreds of Western New Yorkers from gathering in downtown Buffalo today for the Families Belong Together Rally.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on Thursday placed four more priests on administrative leave, in response to complaints of alleged sexual abuse. Additionally, the Diocese of Buffalo announced claims againast three other priests have been substantiated while a fourth has been exonerated and reinstated.

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Medicare and Medicaid are good for everyone, even those who don't use either federal program. WBFO’s Mike Desmond reports those are the views of a Cornell University faculty member speaking to a group of university alums Thursday evening in Buffalo.

UBER

It's been one year since a change in state law allowed ride-hailing companies to begin operating in the Buffalo area and across all of Upstate New York. But has the service delivered the benefits that were promised?

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