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The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles sells information about vehicle registrants to third-party interests. Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns wants to know who those third parties are. He also says citizens have the right to op out but the state falls woefully short in its effort to advise them of that right.

New York State Thruway Authority

Change is hours away at the Grand Island Tolls. After years of complaints about lengthy traffic tie ups and pollution from idling vehicles, the old toll booths will soon be a thing of the past.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County Sheriff's Deputies who respond to crimes or accidents involving children will soon be equipped with books and other items, donated by an organization founded three years ago to help first responders provide comfort to young victims.

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Erie County has one of the highest blood lead testing rates in New York state. And most children with Elevated Lead Levels live in the city of Buffalo. That's according to a new report released by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and several partners including the city and the county.

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One relatively short street in North Buffalo knotted up the Common Council Legislation Committee Tuesday for more than two hours.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Common Council's Police Oversight Committee, before hearing from police administrators about key issues, introduced members of a newly-formed community panel that will offer a voice in the police department's relationship with the public.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Common Council held its latest Police Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday, during which time they heard updates from police officials on their officer body camera pilot program, their plan to apply for accreditation with New York State and the possibility of adding tasers to their array of equipment.


A 34-year-old man with prior military experience was taken in to custody in Lewiston after he barricaded himself inside an apartment on Plain Street.

Raids were conducted by the FBI at several CCS Oncology locations across the region Tuesday.

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After years of studying, planning and early infrastructure construction work, the Highland Park development is under construction with more buildings to come this spring.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

A Dunkirk priest has been placed on administrative leave after a complaint of abuse.

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The state has awarded another $4 million to the Buffalo Northland Corridor redevelopment project.

Reddy Bikeshare readies to open 2018 season

Mar 27, 2018
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A Buffalo-based bikeshare program is preparing to open its 2018 season by rolling out a fleet of 200 "smart" bicycles throughout the city.

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The inbound Skyway will be closed to traffic, starting in just under four weeks. It's part of a major deck rehabilitation project that's expected to take two construction seasons to complete. But plans are in place to keep traffic moving.

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Women's History Month was celebrated in the lobby of Buffalo's City Hall Monday. This year's national theme is ‘Women fighting against all forms of discrimination against women’.   

Chris Caya WBFO News

With rehabilitation work getting underway on the Skyway, Rep. Brian Higgins is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to ease delays on Route 5.

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It's one of those urban jokes: as soon as a street is repaired, someone comes by to dig it up to make some infrastructure repair. The City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls Water Board are in cooperation to make sure that doesn't happen - this time.

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Whether you want to pay to park or not as you roam across Buffalo, there is an increasingly popular alternative to dropping quarters or wandering down the street to the computerized parking ticket vending machine.

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Millions around the country are making their voices heard Saturday. They are taking part in the national March For Our Lives against gun violence. In Western New York, the call was for action, after so many prayers.

Capt. Jessica Brown, U.S. Air Force

Military retirees can camp, golf, and fish at hundreds of military bases. It costs less than civilian resorts, making the bases popular vacation spots for thousands of former service members.

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On the same day the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo issued an apology to victims of sexual abuse, another victim has come forward. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the story.

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The Buffalo Zoo's Reptile House is now closed for renovations.

The list of updates includes a new roof, heating and ventilation system, new and renovated exhibits and interactive educational elements. Zoo President and CEO, Norah Fletchall says, the building is in desperate need of improvements. Fletchall says it was built in 1942 under the leadership of the great Marlin Perkins.

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The Rev. Bishop Richard Malone, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo apologizes for the victims of the sexual abuse scandal by priests that has rocked the Western New York community. 

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Fifty years after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the nation is divided. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, a local church is hoping that by looking back that we can move forward.  

Buffalo Preservation Board

For centuries, religious buildings have been centers of neighborhoods and landmarks in those neighborhoods, providing services beyond prayer. That shows in plans before the Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On the same day thousands are expected to gather in Washington D.C. to participate in the March For Our Lives, a similar rally against gun violence will take place in downtown Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown stated Thursday that 2,500 are expected in front of City Hall for what is billed as United To End Gun Violence.

Buffalo Transit Riders

A group known as Buffalo Transit Riders United is pushing the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to give riders more of a voice in policy decision making.

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The drive to build ECMC's new Trauma Center/Emergency Department has taken another step forward. Key Bank Foundation is partnering with the First Niagara Foundation to donate $600,000 to the Trauma Center's capital campaign.

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A neon public art display commemorating Buffalo born pop-icon Rick James will not be going up on an Elmwood Avenue parking garage.


A plan to discharge treated fracking water into the Allegheny River continues raising concerns. The Seneca Nation of Indians hosted a day-long conference on the controversial project Wednesday.