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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Several community organizations who serve local refugees and immigrants are uniting to denounce the Supreme Court decision upholding President Trump's travel ban from seven nations, including five featuring Muslim-majority populations.

Julianna Sebastian

This year's Taste of Buffalo will be bigger than ever, with the festival expanding northward up Delaware Avenue, past Chippewa Street.

Former Erie County sheriff Tom Higgins dies

Jun 27, 2018
Sheriff Tom Higgins, circa 1997
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Former Erie County Sheriff Thomas Higgins has died at age 88.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

Buffalo has lots of old buildings and pipes. If not properly maintained, they could expose residents to lead. As part of the Lead Service Replacement Awards program, $567,492 is being pledged to help replace water service lines. With bills like the LEAD act already passing through the New York State Assembly and awaiting Senate approval, further steps could be taken in the future to combat lead exposure.

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Lois Gibbs became a symbol for grassroots environmental activism in the fight again toxic waste at Love Canal in Niagara Falls in the late 1970s. But there are others who have continued the grassroots fight. Women like Jackie James-Creedon of Kenmore. She is literally digging up dirt and grass to look for toxins.

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Buffalo has a new fire commissioner as the Common Council Tuesday approved Mayor Byron Brown's recommendation to bring retired battalion chief William Renaldo out of retirement to take the job.

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Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns does not think the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) adequately informed the public of documentation requirements for applying for Enhanced Driver License IDs.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Just four days before its deadline, the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal has surpassed its goal.

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It will cost you more money to purchase a parking space in downtown Niagara Falls this summer. The Council member sponsoring the measure says it's a means to take some of the city's budget burdens off the shoulders of taxpayers. Critics are concerned about the message it may send to out-of-town visitors.


Francesca Bond

In lining up 1,500 plastic pink flamingos last week, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy made its way into the Guinness World Records. As Newell Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising point out during WBFO's Press Pass, the effort raised funds and awareness for the Conservancy, which has helped to fuel a civic recovery in Buffalo.


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Two unidentified men drowned late Monday afternoon in the same stretch of the Niagara River where Buffalo Police diver Craig Lehner died last year.     

In Minneapolis, people are protesting the police shooting of a black 31-year-old man. Details are still hazy, but some see it as another racially-charged confrontation involving police. In Buffalo, some residents say they feel a race-based bias when it comes to policing.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

An Elmwood staple is back in business. After several months of renovations, Pano’s has reopened under the new ownership of Mark Chason. Meanwhile, construction continues next door for what will be a 40-unit condominium project on the corner of Elmwood and Forrest. 

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Buffalo's Catholic Diocese has confirmed that Fr. Fabian Maryanski has been named as the subject of a recent investigation by the Erie County District Attorney's office into an allegation of misconduct.

Two dead in industrial accident in Lockport

Jun 25, 2018

Two men were killed in Lockport when they were apparently crushed under fallen slabs of Corian, a plastic material used in countertops, the Niagara County Sheriff's office said Monday.

Kayla Cunningham and Audrey Warner / Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center

Wikipedia has a glaring gender disparity when it comes to editors. Less than 10% of them are women. In an effort to improve coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia, Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center has held “Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon” workshops this year to teach local residents how they can contribute to the site.

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June 25th, 2018 would have marked the 62nd birthday of celebrity chef and television star Anthony Bourdain.  Bourdain recently took his own life while on location in France for his CNN program Parts Unknown.  Monday evening in Buffalo members of the food and beverage industry have created a special event in Bourdain’s honor. 

Catholic diocese eliminates its TV production unit

Jun 24, 2018
Photo courtesy of Daybreak TV Productions

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is eliminating its television production unit. Daybreak TV Productions will cease operations next month. Eight staff members of the unit will be laid off.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

When Buffalo Police K9 Officer Craig Lehner died in a training accident in the Niagara River last October, the question remained who would become the handler for his four-legged partner, Shield. At a special graduation ceremony for the K9 Unit’s newest teams, that question was answered.


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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday gave Water Authority chairman Jerome Schad two choices: accept the recommendation that he quit or wait out the ten days until legislators can fire him.

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How often do you use public transit services? That’s the question groups like Citizens for Regional Transit, Go Buffalo, GObike and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are asking Western New Yorkers.

A man died while in the custody of Buffalo police Tuesday night after swallowing a bag of white powder during a traffic stop.

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The Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from their parents accused of crossing the U.S. border illegally has been called immoral by many democrats over the past week. Now some are saying it’s illegal.

Francesca Bond

For many, Canalside and beer go together like chicken wings and blue cheese.

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After some final tinkering with the design, the Buffalo Planning Board on Monday approved a massive graduate student housing complex at Main Street and Hertel Avenue. Digging may start within weeks on an environmental cleanup, clearing the way for the complex.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The NFTA and federal officials are launching an awareness campaign about sexual assaults happening aboard passenger flights.


Heat advisory Monday

Jun 18, 2018
National Public Radio

The National Weather Service has issued a ‘heat advisory’ for much of  Upstate New York on Monday. That advisory runs from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and includes Northern Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Orleans counties.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Many people have childhood memories of buying gum from a gumball machine. But they're not as common in stores as they used to be. So will gumballs be sticking around much longer? There's only one company in the United States still making them. It's right here in Western New York - and they've been expanding their lineup to keep up with changing tastes.    


The New York State Public Service Commission has laid down the law to Charter Communications - the parent company of Spectrum - in a scathing order, for failing to meet the terms set when Charter acquired Time Warner Cable in 2016.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The City of Buffalo will bring auto traffic back to another section of Main Street in two years. Work on reconstructing a portion of the street is scheduled to get underway in July, Mayor Byron Brown announced Thursday.

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