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For over three decades, The Franciscan Center has provided a home for thousands of runaway and homeless young men from Western New York. Tuesday, they announced they are closing their doors.

Around 8:30 this morning a wind gust of 60 miles per hour was recorded at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock expects the strong winds to continue with the possibility of gusts reaching 70 miles per hour before the day is done.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says thousands of local jobs are at risk unless the owner of the Huntley Power Station allows nearby industry to keep pumping water from its property along the Niagara River.


The State of New York has announced a $66.4 million plan to repair and upgrade a stretch of the Thruway in Erie County.

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the surrounding neighborhoods have their problems. Now the campus is putting some cash into 17 community organizations meeting an array of needs and opportunities.


Strong winds are expected to batter Western New York today, causing concerns over the possibility of power outages and downed trees and power lines.

YouTube / Martin Luther King Jr. at Kleinhans Music Hall, Nov. 1967

Just five months before Martin Luther King was assassinated, he visited Buffalo. It was a tense time for race relations, here and across America, but King’s words resonate today.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, who along with his Mental Health Commissioner pushed for closing the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center and merging it with the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, has since decided to leave the West Seneca facility open, a state official confirmed late Tuesday afternoon.

Jamestown Police

Jamestown Police are asking for help in identifying the owner of a brown and white pitbull dog that was found dead hanging from a tree yesterday evening.

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A Buffalo attorney representing the movement to keep the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center open has sent a letter to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, asking him to investigate Governor Cuomo and the circumstances surrounding his desire to close the West Seneca-based facility.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Some might consider the timing a bittersweet irony. Just blocks away from where thousands of Dyngus Day revelers were renewing the annual post-Easter tradition, the hall where the Chopin Singing Society first hosted local Polish celebrations more than half a century ago was quietly being torn down.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

It was another glorious ethnic party in Buffalo Monday, as Dyngus Day and its parade rolled through historic Polonia. The East Side party continued well into the night, with lots of Polish beer, red and white, pussy willows and water pistols.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Upgrades for the Metro Rail system are being funded in the new state budget that was approved Saturday.

CCS Oncology and Health Care LLC has announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to its excessive debt load.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A State Supreme Court Judge in Buffalo has ruled that a company which crushes concrete for recycling on its Seneca Street site has not been doing so under proper regulations and permits. Neighbors hailed the decision, which effectively halts operations at Battaglia Trucking and Demolition for the time being. 


Buffalo is one of many cities across the country with leaders worried about the impact of the new citizenship question on the upcoming Census in 2020.

Steve Neilans / National Comedy Center

Jamestown’s National Comedy Center, which opens this August, will feature some cutting edge technology for museum goers. Visitors will wear a wristband with an RFID chip throughout their stay that will help complete a sense of humor profile.

Photo from Governor's Press Office

The newly approved New York State budget includes a work around for the partial loss of state and local tax deductions in the federal tax overhaul.

Police in southern Ontario are investigating an alleged group sexual assault in Niagara Falls.

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Customers of National Grid will see their electricity rates going up, effective Sunday.

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The new USS Little Rock is finally on its way to its home base in Florida.


State lawmakers will make it home for Easter as a new budget was passed late last night.

A local LGBT advocacy group is holding a protest this weekend in response to a new proposal from the Trump administration on transgender military members.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A local man is going public with claims of being sexually abused as a teenager by a Catholic priest employed by the Diocese of Buffalo.    

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A woman in her 60s was struck and killed while walking on Hertel Avenue Friday morning by a Buffalo police officer responding to a call.

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In the days leading up to Easter, thousands of Western New Yorkers will travel to the Broadway Market to pick up supplies for their celebrations. There, shoppers can buy everything from pierogies and polish sausage, to unique items such as butter lambs.

A 'State of Our City' for the people, by the people

Mar 30, 2018
Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Not everyone thinks Buffalo is great and getting better. That was apparent at the Central Library Thursday night for the first "State of Our City" meeting.


A year ago Buffalo Bills co-owner Terry Pegula downplayed talks of building a new stadium. This week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hinted that those talks may be under way privately. He said he thinks they’re in the very early stages.

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Erie County has their first new ethics law for elected officials in 30 years. County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed the new measure Wednesday.

Teenagers with mental health troubles are at a greater risk of getting addicted when prescribed opioids. As part of our Mental Health Reporting Initiative WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to an expert about these findings.