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The State Comptroller announced New York has joined 28 other states in offering a program that will help people with disabled children save money for their future.

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Buffalo Public School officials and local elected leaders cut the ribbon on the District's newest Community School on Thursday.

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The Transportation Security Administration's updated rules for passenger carry-on screenings are finally taking effect in Buffalo. On Thursday, TSA officials offered a demonstration of the new rules and what must now be unpacked from carry-on bags during the screening process.

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The Consul General of Poland in New York, Maciej Golubiewski, has just finished his first-ever visit to Buffalo and Western New York. Among his stops was the studios of WBFO.

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New housing will be going up soon on the site of the former Central Park Plaza on Buffalo's East Side. LPCiminelli, Mayor Byron Brown and community leaders broke ground Wednesday on the $90 million Highland Park project.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is adding another set of eyes to the streets as its patrol officers take part in a 60 day trial of body cameras. While Deputies will weigh the pros and cons of the cameras themselves, department officials are already considering other factors.

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The University at Buffalo has begun the process of revoking an honorary degree given to disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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Activists from several local community groups gathered at City Hall to relay a message to members of the Buffalo Common Council. They believe gentrification is showing itself in Buffalo's redevelopment and, unless the city implements and enforces inclusionary zoning, will eventually price longtime residents out of their homes.

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A report issued Tuesday by the New York State Comptroller's Office indicates 52 bridges within Erie County, owned by either the county or a municipal government, are "structurally deficient." The report also suggests it would cost $27.4 billion to fix local government-owned spans statewide.

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A fully restored diner is now open for business in Buffalo's Larkinville neighborhood. The Swan Street Diner, near the corner of Seneca Street, began serving breakfast Tuesday morning.

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For the first time, University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi is speaking publicly about two former employees who stole thousands of dollars from UB.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo weighed in on the controversy over Christopher Columbus when he marched in New York City’s annual Columbus Day parade.  

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Legislation is being introduced to establish a New York ban on  bump stock devices, like those used by the Las Vegas gunman who killed dozens and wounded hundreds last Sunday. "It's a weapon of  war and should stay on the battlefield," said Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan, a co-sponsor of the legislation.

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Today is Columbus Day, a national holiday that, again, revives the annual fight over whether or not to memorialize Christopher Columbus.

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A sold out crowd was on hand at the North Park Theater Saturday night for the Buffalo premiere of the movie "Marshall."

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What can $10 million do to revitalize a city's downtown? The residents of Batavia are going to find out.

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Sheriff Timothy Howard received the support of thousands of Western New Yorkers today.

Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Preserve

It would be tough to find a more suitable spot to celebrate Earth Science Day than a local fossil park.

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Parent Facilitators, who recently learned they're out of a job with the Buffalo Public Schools, are calling for the program's restoration. Advocates say the facilitators played an important role in city schools.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board is facing more criticism from state regulators following another unplanned discharge from its wastewater treatment plant late Wednesday afternoon.

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Jack Eichel, the Buffalo Sabres star forward, says he's looking forward to being apart of the city for years to come. The 20-year-old Eichel, and his boss, met with reporters in Key Bank Center Wednesday after agreeing to a contract extension that makes him the highest paid Sabre in team history.

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More than 200 New York Army National Guard soldiers are off on a nine-month mission to train Ukrainian soldiers.

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Exactly two years after an implosion reduced the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital tower to rubble, Canterbury Woods Gates Circle celebrated its grand opening in Buffalo Tuesday morning.

South Buffalo girl injured after fall into open sewer

Oct 3, 2017

A 12-year-old girl has been injured after she fell about 12 feet into an open sewer.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff across New York in a memorial for the victims of the Las Vegas incident that left at least 59 dead and hundreds injured, calling it “yet another senseless and horrific mass shooting.”

As investigators continue to figure out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the tragedy of Las Vegas is renewing a long-running gun control debate. Local advocates on both sides are weighing in.

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Families with loved ones undergoing care at Mercy Hospital now have an option, if needed to stay nearby at a new hospitality center not far from the South Buffalo medical center. The Grace Guest House was formally dedicated Monday.

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Members of the Erie County Sheriff's SWAT team are on call around the clock to respond to local incidents.

Darien Lake

The operators of Darien Lake say its Silver Bullet ride has passed inspection after several riders were injured over the weekend.

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Even though it has been attacked by disease, the future for Buffalo's oldest tree should be much greener. Given its age, the sycamore is a rarity in today's world. That has led experts in the field to donate their services to help keep the Franklin Street landmark alive for years to come.