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US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling on the US Justice Department to investigate the US Olympic Committee in the wake of an abuse scandal involving a doctor and the gymnastics team.

A bill that would close a loophole in the state's child abuse reporting law has passed a State Senate Committee.


A group of business leaders is opposing President Trump's actions on immigration.


For the thirteenth year, the City of Buffalo will be offering its Summer Youth Internship Program.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Members of the New York State Assembly Minority Conference were in Buffalo Friday morning, announcing the release of their new report on domestic violence. They also explained what they'd like to see accomplished next, including increased services for victims and broader guidelines and definitions for those who prosecute such cases.

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration does not love New York. The hundreds of tourism signs the Cuomo administration installed along New York's highways could wind up costing the state $14 million in federal funding.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Thursday morning roundtable discussion on sexual harassment brought together more than a dozen women of public and private professional backgrounds, including at least one who endured sexual harassment in an era when there wasn't the legal precedent or peer support as seen in today's #MeToo movement.

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Leaders of the Buffalo Fire Department were joined Wednesday by high-level city officials in welcoming the newest class of firefighter recruits. By adding 66 firefighter recruits, the number of sworn personnel in the department stands at 680.

When Ruby Bridges was five years old, she was the only student in her New Orleans school because a judge had ordered the school integrated and white parents pulled out all of their children. The woman who was the subject of a legendary Norman Rockwell painting going to school guarded by white U.S. Marshals spoke at Niagara University Wednesday evening.


Authorities say Joseph Conti has been cooperating with officials investigating the blaze that took the life of his 7-year-old son Anthony.

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Several agencies are partnering for a collection drive to gather up two of the most requested items for area homeless. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is a sock and glove drive.  

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Seven people were injured in multi-vehicle crash involving Metro Bus in Grand Island Wednesday morning. The bus and two other vehicles crashed just after 9 a.m. along Grand Island Boulevard.  

Old Fort Niagara receives new fire equipment

Jan 31, 2018
Old Fort Niagara

If you’ve ever been to Old Fort Niagara, perhaps you can picture the narrow 19th-century gateways that lead into the popular Youngstown tourist attraction. Getting fire equipment into the fort has long been a problem for local firefighters.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's a scam attempt that has been around for years: a caller attempts to convince an individual that a relative is in trouble and money is needed to help that loved one. The Erie County Sheriff and Comptroller say scam artists are attempting to victimize seniors in Erie County with that so-called "Grandchild In Need" scheme and they are doing more homework to become more convincing.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

City officials continued to say only that the investigation was ongoing Tuesday into a deadly house fire in Buffalo's Lovejoy neighborhood. But new information surfaced Tuesday about the father of the victim, while news reports suggested he may have caused the fire after lighting a cigarette with a blowtorch.

Nearly four inches of snowfall was recorded at the Buffalo National Weather Service office overnight. With another inch or two of snow on the way, meteorologist Tony Ansuini says a winter weather advisory will continue until 1 p.m. today. Cold weather--wind will be in the single digits-- has accompanied today's precipitation. Ansuini says temperatures will move above freezing over the next two days before they plummet again. The cold spell could last to the middle of February.

HHL Architects

Two more hurdles are out of the way for a major adaptive reuse housing project on Buffalo's East Side.

7-year-old boy dies in early morning Lovejoy fire

Jan 29, 2018
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An early-morning fire in Buffalo's Lovejoy neighborhood has left a child dead and several others homeless.

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Buffalo's Common Council chamber is a landmark - a soaring mass of stone, concrete, sculpture and stained glass. It is not handicap accessible, but that is going to change.

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A former Common Council member who advocated for some of Buffalo's poorest neighborhoods has died.

MIke Desmond / WBFO News

The City of Buffalo owns seven of the eight Buffalo and Erie County Library System branches in the city. A new master lease between the city and Library System will allow branches to seek grants to pay for major rehabs.

Brian Kulpa

An agenda focused on proactive planning and forecasting has big changes in store for the town of Amherst.

Sunday's Buffalo Soup-Fest features 30 restaurants

Jan 28, 2018

The eighth annual Buffalo Soup-Fest is Sunday. Thirty restaurants will offer 70 different soups from 11am to 6pm at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Troubled East Lovejoy bar closed following shooting

Jan 28, 2018

Buffalo Police have temporarily shut down an East Lovejoy Street bar following an early morning shooting Saturday.


The office of the New York State Comptroller has released the results of a study that examined stress factors on the state's school districts, and some Western New York schools were tagged for significant stress.

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The Buffalo Zoo has secured the final $300,000 for the construction of a new $3.7 million Amphibian and Reptile Center. It will be named in honor of Donna Fernandes, the Zoo's former president and CEO.

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Yet another housing adaptive reuse project has had a ribbon-cutting, appropriately in a former mattress factory in Hamlin Park.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Reaching back half a century to Martin Luther King Jr., economic activists have revived King's Poor People's Campaign with the Truth Commission on Poverty.

Niagara Falls Mayor's Office

Thursday should be the day a major water main break in Niagara Falls is finally fixed.

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It's a road that serves as the border between the Towns of Amherst and Tonawanda. It's one of the busiest thoroughfares for both municipalities. Leaders from both towns are planning to conduct a joint study to figure out how to address short-term and long-term issues along Niagara Falls Boulevard.