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As sales of new cars hit a record high in 2016, local auto enthusiasts have been flocking to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center since Thursday for an annual ritual.

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Western New York was represented in a meeting Thursday at the White House, as President Donald Trump heard from airport and airline executives about the state of the nation's air travel system.


Increased activity helped Erie County Medical Center finish 2016 with strong results.

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The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is getting a financial boost from one of downtown's corporate giants to help its forestry management, while furthering a summertime educational opportunity for local youths.

Buffalo is trying something different to deal with the terrible parking situation on the city's West Side.

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A faction of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate has been gaining members lately, but they are now facing a backlash, including raucous opposition at meetings in their districts.

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The City of Niagara Falls has set aside money to help fund a study that will determine whether a new downtown event center or arena might be in the Cataract City's interest.


The Buffalo area can claim the new leader of Somalia as one of its own. 

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A spokesman for the Buffalo Police Department said Wednesday morning that investigations by more than one agency are underway following the death of a 20-year-old Buffalo man who was being taken into custody overnight.

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On Tuesday, organizers of the Galbani Italian Heritage Festival confirmed they are moving the annual summer event to Buffalo's Outer Harbor this summer. Business owners on Hertel Avenue near Colvin Avenue reflected on no longer being the neighborhood where the festival was home for nearly three decades.

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The National Women's Hall of Fame has chosen 10 women to be inducted this year. The class of 2017 was announced Tuesday in Seneca Falls, the site of the first women's rights convention, where the hall is located.

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Across Buffalo, a state agency is looking at extending the Metro Rail, another state agency is looking at re-doing the Scajaquada, another group is looking at finding a new Amtrak station and Congressman Brian Higgins is advocating removal of the Skyway. Buffalo's Common Council wants to put together a working group to look at the effect of all of these on the city.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s acting tax commissioner took heat Tuesday from Democrats and Republicans in the state Legislature over delays in the STAR rebate program. The hearing was interrupted by protesters who want higher taxes on millionaires.

Italian Festival leaving Hertel Avenue for Outer Harbor

Feb 7, 2017
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For nearly three decades, Hertel Avenue in North Buffalo was home to the city's annual Italian Heritage Festival. That will end this summer, when the event takes place on Buffalo's Outer Harbor.

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Later this week, the Niagara River Greenway Commission is expected to approve a $900,000 grant for the conversion of Grand Island's West River Parkway into a bike path and pedestrian trail. 

Advocates insist the project will expand recreation opportunities, promote good health and improve quality of life.

As state officials move forward with plans to eventually shut down the island's highway-speed road, opponents continue to raise traffic and safety concerns for other roadways.

Two western New York brothers have died after their snowmobiles went through thin ice on an Adirondack lake.

Karen DeWitt

The New York Assembly moved Monday to establish New York as a sanctuary state, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the state Senate.

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The Niagara Falls Public School District is proceeding with the second round of state-mandated tests for lead levels in its water sources. While levels above the state's safety threshold were found among a few samples in the first round, early returns on the follow-up round suggest the schools' water is safe.

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Criminal charges against three top executives of Buffalo developer LPCiminelli have led to the corporate resignations of all three.

A Delaware Avenue building described by an architect as the eyesore of Mansion Row is getting a new life and some significant visual updating.

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Despite the cold and windy weather, a large crowd turned out Sunday to Buffalo's Columbus Park in the latest protest against the Trump Administration and its attempt to stall immigration, especially from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to pass an amendment enshrining the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 abortion decision Roe v. Wade into the state’s constitution is not gaining much traction in the state Senate.

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The City of Buffalo is hoping that, by spring, motorists will have an additional option to pay for their parking - their smartphones.

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It's almost ready. The $24 million adaptive re-use of an office building into a high-end boutique hotel, with the high-end-sounding, historic name bar: the Chez Ami. Hospitality entrepreneur Mark Croce showed off his soon-to-open Curtiss Hotel during a Preservation Buffalo Niagara tour Thursday evening.

Nick Lippa

Getting home from a party or a night out can be inconvenient for those who need a ride. That could be changing soon.

Refugees and immigrants in the Buffalo area met with attorneys and other experts Saturday at a question and answer session at Jericho Road on Barton Street.

Buffalo State student wins free trip to Super Bowl

Feb 5, 2017

A Buffalo State College student is in Houston for Sunday night's Super Bowl -- with all expenses paid.

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Buffalo Police are continuing to investigate a fatal Friday night shooting.

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North Tonawanda based Confer Plastics has expanded its product line and workforce with the help of low-cost hydropower.

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For the second time since last fall, Roswell Park Cancer Institute is announcing the launch of a spin-off company that aims to research and develop treatments using the patient's own immune system.