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Last-known surviving Mohawk Code Talker visits Buffalo

Aug 17, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

He is among the Native Americans who played a special role in World War II, serving as the famed Code Talkers. Louis Levi Oakes traveled to Buffalo to visit the Marine Corps League National Convention, which concludes Friday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.


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A long-term agreement has been reached between the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad and the Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, giving the green light to the conversion of a 27-mile former rail line into a multi-use recreational trail.

Erie County Water Authority selects new PR provider

Aug 16, 2018
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The Erie County Water Authority, at its Thursday board meeting, approved a new three-year agreement by which E3 Communications will manage public relations for the entity. The firm, which had previously served the Authority in a similar role, replaces the provider which parted ways with the Authority following a shift in political majority on its board.


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It's an event which seeks to clear out the old to make room for the new. The Used Book Sale at the Central Library in downtown Buffalo runs through Saturday. All items--books, music CDs, audio books--are priced at 50 cents with the proceeds going toward purchasing new reading materials.


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Long-suffering Buffalo Bills fans displayed an outpouring of gratitude earlier this year for the man who helped the Bills end a 17-year playoff drought. Now, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his wife Jordan are giving back in the form of a donation to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Changes coming to next week's NYS Fair

Aug 16, 2018
Ellen Abbott / WRVO News

If you are dreading going through withdrawal symptoms when the Erie County Fair ends on Aug. 19, you can still get your fair fix with a drive down the I-90. The New York State Fair starts Aug. 22, the capstone of which will be a 136,000-square-foot Expo Center described as the largest indoor event space between Boston and Cleveland.

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A new state law awaiting the Governor’s signature would raise the age to serve alcohol from 18 to 21 and impose some restrictions on sample sizes. A resolution was introduced Wednesday afternoon by Erie County Legislature Minority Leader Joseph Lorigo and Assemblyman Erik Bohen opposing the proposed changes.

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows nearly 83 percent of older drivers never speak to family or a physician about their safe driving ability.

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In 1825, New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton made his way from Buffalo to New York City along the Erie Canal on the packet boat Seneca Chief. The event, which marked the opening of the Erie Canal, is being honored nearly 200 years later by the Buffalo Maritime Center. With a combination of private donations and state money, the center will build a replica of Clinton's vessel, a process which will be open to public viewing along Buffalo's waterfront.

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

In Defense of Animals is welcoming the news that the Buffalo Zoo is shutting down its elephant exhibit. The California-based animal rights group has included the exhibit five times over the last 10 years on its list of the 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants in North America.

Empire State Development

Three new projects are coming to Buffalo's waterfront, including additional access points, new streets on an undeveloped block and a future facility where a piece of history will be rebuilt.


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The Market Arcade in downtown Buffalo will start showing movies again this week after undergoing a $9 million renovation.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Zoo is relocating its two Asian elephants to a zoo in New Orleans.

Penfield scrubs off swastikas drawn on 17 park trees

Aug 14, 2018
WXXI News

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an incident where 17 trees in a Penfield park were spray painted with swastikas.

Chris Caya WBFO News

While Republican leaders in the eight counties of New York's 27th Congressional District go about trying to replace Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence), Democrats are planning to fight any changes to the November ballot.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

President Trump’s push for tariffs has made international trade a big topic of discussion lately. And one of the products being talked about is milk. But these strategic trade moves trickle down to lots of family farms – like those in Western New York. WBFO’s Nick Lippa visited a farm in Wyoming County to see how farmers are reacting.

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The state recently announced plans to treat some children at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. And that’s raising questions for the coalition that worked to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open in West Seneca. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the coalition’s attorney wants answers, refusing to drop a lawsuit. 

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On the first anniversary of white nationalist rally that turned into an anti-police protest in Charlottesville, VA, around two dozen protestors turned out in Niagara Falls, marching to a now-closed white supremacist bar.

Francesca Bond

Tiny, colorful cottages—each a different, vibrant shade—provoke a lot of questions and whispers from Canalside.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Rep. Chris Collins may have suspended his campaign for re-election but before dropping out the Clarence Republican sparked a lot of interest in his Democratic challenger Nathan McMurray.

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Congressman Chris Collins has suspended his re-election efforts after he was indicted on insider trading charges last week.

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An early Saturday morning hit-and-run accident has taken the life of a Central New York teen.

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Rep. Chris Collins is suspending his re-election campaign in the wake of his indictment in an alleged insider trading scheme -- a move that throws the 27th District race into further turmoil.

File photo: Chris Caya WBFO News

A local financial adviser is weighing in on the insider trading charges that Congressman Chris Collins is facing.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A center providing healthcare assistance, physical therapy, meals and a social setting for local veterans is scheduled to close at the end of September. Clients of the VA Adult Day Health Care facility on Sheridan Drive in Amherst say they're being forced to find alternative care arrangements. They'd rather see the services moved to a new location. One local Congressman has sent a letter to the VA Western New York Healthcare System seeking answers.

  

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

East Aurora is part of the 27th Congressional District.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to some vendors at the East Aurora Farmers Market at the Aurora Village Shopping Center on Grey Street for their reaction to the indictment and arrest of Congressman Chris Collins. 

Western New York no stranger to human trafficking

Aug 9, 2018
Nancy Fischer / WBFO

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, but it’s not chains that bind victims. Instead, it is fear and shame - and it’s happening right here in Western New York.

Julianna Sebastian

More than 400 Scrabble players from around the world are in Buffalo for the 29th Annual North American Scrabble Tournament.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

In response to an increase in violent crimes within the City of Buffalo, most notably multiple shootings in the Fruit Belt neighborhood last month, Buffalo Police have revisited tactics similar to its former controversial Strike Force initiative. Police officials say it's worked quite well in recent days.


Larry Kensinger / Niagara Gazette

Large plumes of flames and smoke could be seen billowing across Niagara Falls overnight, as emergency crews battled an industrial fire on College Avenue near Hyde Park - the third since 2014 involving the same company.

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