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WBFO's Mike Desmond

New York State Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll has a new plan for the Scajaquada Expressway - and if the public does not go along with this latest version, the DOT will walk away, with the road a slow-speed expressway as it is now.

A Purple Heart recipient takes a special flight

Aug 8, 2017
Avery Schneider / WBFO News

A Niagara County man, who is a World War II veteran and Purple Heart honoree, was a special guest aboard a B-17 that flew over the Buffalo area Monday. He is just one of the veterans that the Liberty Foundation, which has brought the Madras Maiden to Buffalo, works to honor in their annual tour of U.S. cities.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Next weekend at Prior Aviation, a vintage B-17 bomber will be available for the public to tour and fly aboard. WBFO's Michael Mroziak and Avery Schneider were among local news media welcomed aboard Monday for a preview flight.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said mobile alert notifications failed to reach citizens in time to warn them about last month's tornado that hit Hamburg.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens saw busloads of visitors Sunday, quick with cameras on plants inside and out. The visitors were the experts from the Garden Writers Association, holding its annual conference here.

Erie County Department of Public Works

Across Erie County every day, drivers pass over bridges and culverts, usually carrying some waterway under a county road. It is time for report cards on the culverts and small bridges.

A Batavia man is facing charges for bringing a loaded handgun to Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Friday.

Buffalo Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that happened Sunday afternoon.

The Resurrection Life Food Pantry in Cheektowaga has received an anonymous donation to buy a new truck for food deliveries.

Higgins criticizes inky discharge, seeks EPA probe

Aug 6, 2017
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Even though it now appears human error was responsible for the inky discharge into the Niagara River last weekend, the Niagara Falls Water Board is still coming under criticism for allowing it to happen.

The Guardian Angels are returning to Buffalo. But unlike the last time they were here in the 1980s, they're being welcomed.

Photo courtesy of Maid of the Mist

The Niagara Falls Water Board says the release of a black, smelly discharge into the Niagara River last weekend was attributable to human error.

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Another round of wild weather impacted the Buffalo Niagara region Friday. Severe thunderstorms affected many parts of the Western New York area early Friday afternoon.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A well-seasoned comedian, actor and commentator was in the building when Governor Cuomo announced additional state support for the National Comedy Center's future home Thursday. Lewis Black, who has stopped in Jamestown many times throughout his career, sees the potential of the center and he, too, has noticed the city's development.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo children are getting a free summer treat thanks to James the Ice Creamcycle Dude.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley caught up with him on Ridge Road in Lackawanna on a hot, humid afternoon. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The area surrounding Broadway and Michigan Avenue is historic for Buffalo's African-American community because of ties with the Underground Railroad and the founding of the NAACP. However, an old building at that corner is the future.

The NAACP has issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri, citing recent "race-based incidents" and new state legislation that makes it harder for fired employees to prove racial discrimination.

It's the first time the national civil rights organization has issued a travel warning for an entire state, the Kansas City Star reports.

The group warns "African American travelers, visitors and Missourians" to "exercise extreme caution" in the state.

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The latest survey from Buffalo based M&T Bank shows small and mid-size businesses are growing more optimistic about the economy. But there are also signs of caution.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Speeders in the city of Buffalo beware.  Mayor Byron Brown is responding to residential complaints about speeding throughout the city.

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Personal bankruptcy filings increased across the region last month.

Sheriff's deputy credited with life-saving gym moves

Aug 3, 2017
Erie County Sheriff's Office

An off-duty sheriff's deputy is being praised for saving a man who collapsed while exercising at a local gym.

43NORTH

To help boost entrepreneurship among women and minorities 43NORTH has announced plans for the 2nd Annual THE PITCH Business Plan Competition. This year's prize pool has nearly doubled to $50,000.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Sabretooth has been given the boot - but do not be alarmed. It is for a good cause.

Mayoral debate to be held at WNED|WBFO

Aug 2, 2017
Christopher Hyzy

WNED|WBFO will host a debate involving three Democratic candidates for Buffalo mayor on Sept. 6.

Niagara University

A new certificate program is being offered by Niagara University for professionals looking to enhance their electronic security skills.


Ellen Abbott

The New York State Public Service Commission continues to gather comments on National Grid’s proposed 17.5 percent rate hike. Buffalo will be the site of a final public hearing Tuesday - and protestors are expected to be out in force.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Buffalo's Planning Board cleared its desk before breaking for its August vacation by approving the controversial Dash's Market expansion on Hertel Avenue.

Chason Affinity

After 30 years of plans and altered plans and new plans, the way may finally be clear for a major construction project at Elmwood and Forest avenues, replacing buildings past their prime. However, there is almost certain to be a lawsuit against the Chason Affinity project.

AAA pedaling to the assistance of stranded cyclists

Jul 31, 2017
PTNY.org

AAA of Western and Central New York is now servicing two-wheeled transportation.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The gardeners were out in force Sunday, perusing for the perfect backyard and just the right plant during the annual GardenWalk weekend, on a perfect summer day.

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