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Heartland Passage Tour

Storytellers, singers, filmmakers and colorful troubadours will shine a spotlight on the Erie Canal tonight at a special event in North Buffalo.

Flipperless seal joining NF aquarium

Sep 22, 2017
Marine Mammal Stranding Center

A harbor seal whose rear flipper had to be amputated after being struck by a boat has recovered and is headed to the Niagara Falls aquarium.

WBFO's Avery Schneider

Ten months worth of investigation into the massive Bethlehem Steel site fire in Lackawanna last November has resulted in an undetermined cause.

Major water main break at NF chemical plant

Sep 22, 2017
Niagara Falls Mayor's office

The Niagara Falls Water Board said it detected a water main break on the Goodyear chemical plant property in the City of Niagara Falls late Thursday night, which resulted in a loss of system pressure affecting local residential and commercial water customers in the service area.

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Two lawn signs that featured messages of inclusion were set on fire in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood late Tuesday night.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Some local groups that have spent years transforming vacant city lots into community gardens have won a competitive federal grant. The funding will go towards expanding the Buffalo Community Food Hub Project.

New York City Department of Transportation

The New York State Department of Transportation has installed new traffic signals at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Kenmore Avenue on the Buffalo-Kenmore border. New traffic signals are not normally big news, but these are - as they are the only ones of their kind in Western New York.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The loss of revenue from the Seneca Niagara Casino is taking a toll on the City of Niagara Falls. The latest audit by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's Office projects the city's fund balance will run dry by the end of the year.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Erie County Sheriff's Office is hailing an accreditation, awarded by a statewide association, for its Jail Management Division. It is an honor that recognizes the county's jail system for meeting a set of standards, but some are raising questions about several deaths and other incidents behind bars.


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Getting food delivered from local eateries is now as easy as hailing a ride.

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It used to be home to the Wildroot hair product company. Local preservationists see the abandoned building on Buffalo's East Side as having great potential for reuse. On Monday, they hosted a block party to hear the community's ideas for how to do it.


Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative

Some view the unique program as a bridge that connects young people with politics. It's called the Close Up Foundation and it brings students from across the country to Washington, D.C. for a week of dialogue and meetings.

Erie County SPCA

The Erie County SPCA is helping shelter dogs in areas hit by hurricanes.

Chris Caya WBFO News

In observance of Constitution Day, Erie Community College students, who are from countries where they had no rights,  presented essays on how they see the U.S. Constitution.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The president of Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation says visitors to Buffalo's Canalside will soon see noticeable progress in the construction of a highly-anticipated venue.


Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Buffalo is marking the completion of its latest public art project, a mural depicting 28 civil rights leaders.

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Federal lawmakers are demanding answers, and protection for millions of consumers, following a large-scale data breach at the credit-rating company Equifax. Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo on Monday proposed new regulations to protect New Yorkers' personal information.


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A long-vacant former office building in downtown Niagara Falls has been converted into a new hotel. It is just the latest project to receive state funding as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to revitalize the Cataract City. 

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University at Buffalo Police have identified a suspect in a series of burglaries that have been plaguing dorms since July.

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The University at Buffalo has a strong connection with NASA, with a number of alumni serving the administration on a variety of projects.

Mason's Mission Foundation

A new $500,000 playground is now open in Pendleton - but this is not just any playground. The family who raised the money for the project say for the first time, children and parents can play together in a truly 100 percent inclusive handicapped-accessible playground.

National Women's Hall of Fame inducts 10

Sep 17, 2017
National Women's Hall of Fame

The National Women's Hall of Fame inducted 10 women Saturday, celebrating their pioneering efforts in areas that include medicine, entertainment, the military and politics. There was also a luncheon and ceremony to celebrate 100 years since suffragists gained the right to vote in New York.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is deploying members of the National Guard and the New York State Police to the US Virgin Islands.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An advisory committee that serves the airline industry is recommending the Federal Aviation Administration roll back a key requirement for pilots to obtain licenses to fly commercial jets. Senator Charles Schumer says he, and the families of victims of Flight 3407, will fight to block such a change.


Whole Foods Market first store in the Buffalo area opened for business Friday morning, in Northtown Plaza, in Amherst.

Lynne Bader, WNED-TV

While thousands of men left the U.S. for Canada to avoid military service during the Vietnam War, many Canadian men came to America to do just the opposite. As part of WNED|WBFO's "Our Vietnam Voices" series, we bring you the story of one such Canadian who took up arms for the United States.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Niagara Falls Water Board is being fined by the state over its "black water discharge" near the base of the Falls on July 29. Governor Andrew Cuomo calls the incident inexcusable.

Buffalo Zoo

Picasso, van Gogh and Warhol might have some formidable competition from an unusual commune of artists.

Our friendly local lion cubs, elephants and sea lions have been busy making artistic creations. They were sold Thursday night during an art show and auction at the Buffalo Zoo.

The fundraiser was appropriately christened Art Gone Wild.

Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition

A century-old apartment building on West Utica will be getting an $11 million rehabilitation, updating the building's mechanical technology and making more units ready for the changing veteran population.

Niagara Falls Police say a baby has a fractured skull after the boy fell from a second-floor opening at a dilapidated home.

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