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Avery Schneider

A report card for local government websites and how well they share information with the public is out this week from the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government. Bottom line up front – the grades aren’t good.


Keep St. Patrick's Day happy - and safe, says NYS

Mar 17, 2017
United Irish American Association

Police around New York State will be cracking down on drunken driving and underage drinking this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Tensions between opposing groups of Democrats in the Senate reached a flash point this week- over whose faction would be allowed to present their budget priorities for a floor debate, in an exchange that included some racially charged  name calling.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

They came from the Buffalo area, from other parts of Western New York and from out of town, shuffling inside the KeyBank Center Thursday for the first round of games in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Thursday is Day One of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament in Buffalo. Both transportation and tourism leaders say the previous two days' worth of snow has not affected their plans to make fans feel welcome in downtown Buffalo.


Niagara County Sheriff's Office

A 10-year-old Pendleton boy died Tuesday after he became trapped in the 15-foot-high snow bank he was playing in.

LAA Long Associates Architects

Despite complaints from some that two proposed buildings on Jefferson Avenue violated the spirit and the letter of Buffalo's new Green Code, the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday approved zoning variances to allow the $20 million mixed-use project.

For the second day in a row, due to heavy snow across New York state, tractors trailers are banned from the mainline Thruway.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A new brand and marketing strategy is underway to draw and keep tourists on the American side of Niagara Falls and in Niagara County. "Niagara Falls USA" will put more emphasis on the natural offerings on the U.S. side of the border, encouraging visitors to "go on an adventure."


A new Uber ad specifically calls attention to Buffalo's lack of ride-hailing services for this week's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

Buffalo-Niagara Youth Hostel

A unique asset in Buffalo's Theater District may become the victim of downtown's growing success. City Hall is looking sell a building that serves thousands of international  travelers annually. 


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Much of the area is dealing with over a foot of snow that has been steadily falling over recent days. Once again, many school districts across the region closed Wednesday because of the winter storm.   

WBFO's Mike Desmond

For nearly seven years, a block on Allegany Avenue in Kenmore has been centered on a burned-out shell of a house. However, on Tuesday, the Buffalo Erie Niagara County Land Improvement Corporation cut the ribbon on a complete re-build of the house and prepares to put it on the market.

Photo headshot of Renee Montagne

NPR Special Correspondent Renee Montagne will visit the WNED|/WBFO Studios March 29. Montagne's radio career started in the 1970s at while attending UC Berkeley at community radio station in San Francisco. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Montagne about her public radio career. 

School Closings: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mar 15, 2017
WBFO

The following schools are closed on Wednesday, March 15, 2017:

Chris Caya WBFO News

March Madness will draw thousands of college basketball fans to Buffalo this week. It's the sixth time since 2000 that the city is hosting the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday for all of New York State.  A winter storm is moving through much of the upstate region, Hudson Valley and New York City.

LAA Long Associates Architects

As development spreads across Buffalo, improvements and developments are showing up in areas long off the construction radar. One project planning 84 apartments with retail space may go in along Jefferson Avenue, north from what is now the Johnnie B. Wiley complex.

School Closings: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mar 14, 2017

WBFO File Photo

The New York State Senate and Assembly will release their one-house budgets early next week, as the March 31 deadline for a new spending plan draws near. They have already given some hints as to what the plans will include.


West Side Community Services

Good deeds are not going unnoticed, as the First Annual Remarkable West Siders Awards were held Sunday.

Senator Chuck Schumer criticized President Trump's plan to slash costal and airport security funding.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Before the region has fully recovered from last week's damaging wind storm, the National Weather Service is cautioning about another severe weather event.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The recovery from Wednesday's wind storm continues around the region.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Republican Tom Reed faced a vocal crowd yesterday as he held a Town Hall meeting in Ithaca.

National Grid crews have been working diligently to restore power for almost 180,000 upstate New Yorkers who lost power as a result of Wednesday's damaging windstorm.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Utility crews across Western New York are working to restore power after Wednesday's damaging winds.

Online Screen Grab / WBFO News

The US Customs and Border Protection officers nabbed a couple of criminal suspects last night.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A bipartisan group of legislators is pushing for money in the upcoming state budget to help fund refugee resettlement agencies. The $12 million plan would help keep agencies across New York open during the Trump administration's 120-day refugee ban.

Cold weather is further complicating a power outage that still affected thousands of Western New Yorkers on Friday. The Salvation Army has stepped in to assist those in need of a warm place while they wait for the restoration of utility services.


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