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Erie County Water Authority

The Erie County Water Authority board of commissioners has voted to fire Executive Director Earl Jann, after determining the terms of Jann's contract to be void.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Talk of a trade war, between the U.S. and Canada, is raising concerns among government and business leaders on both sides of the border and organized labor. According to a new study released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, more than 470,000 American jobs are at risk.


Organizers report over 14,000 runners and walkers have registered for tonight's J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. According to race director Melina Buck, nearly 400 companies have organized teams for the annual event in Delaware Park. The race begins at 6:45 pm on Amherst Street near Nottingham. The race route runs south on Delaware Avenue to Gates Circle before returning to the finish line in Delaware Park.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As the nation marks its annual observance of Flag Day, the Erie County Clerk's Office and the county's auto bureaus are launching the sale of flag-themed cards that will raise much-needed funds for local veteran posts and halls.

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Tickets go on sale today for the Borderland Music and Arts festival in East Aurora. The two-day event will feature more than 20 bands on three stages at Knox Farm State Park. Borderland Co-Founder Jennifer Brazill has been booking events like this on the west coast for years. Now she has a chance to organize one back home. WBFO's Nick Lippa has more.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

With the World Cup kicking off today, it’s a perfect time to talk soccer. In New York’s southern tier, an alternative style of the sport is taking hold.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Law enforcers in Erie County say they'll be watching more closely this summer to ensure those parking in handicap-designated spaces really belong there.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Although a report blasting the Erie County Water Authority suggests no criminal violations were committed, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has instructed his Special Investigations Bureau to take its own look as a "second set of eyes."

Chris Caya WBFO News

A push is underway in Niagara County to get more people involved in sharing their technology to fight crime.

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Buffalo's Larkinville neighborhood will be bustling with the blues Wednesday evening in support of local veterans and some of the local organizations that work with them.

On the 10th anniversary of Tim Russert's death, we look back at some of WBFO's coverage of the long-time anchor of  NBC News' "Meet The Press" and Buffalo ambassador. He died of a heart attack at age 58.

City of Buffalo

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says the city has lost a true pioneer. The Hon. Barbara Merriweather Sims has died.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Elibol

The community is encouraged to help break the stigma" to generate a new understanding surrounding mental illness. As part of WBFO's Mental Health Initiative, senior reporter Eileen Buckley lead a Facebook panel discussion Tuesday called In Pursuit of Healing. 

Michael Mroziak

A regional retailer, raising the money one dollar at a time, presented a locally-based veterans organization with more than $12,000 to support ongoing efforts aiding those who have left the military and are transitioning - many times with difficulty - into civilian life.

New York State Authorities Budget Office

The state body that reviews public authorities has censured Erie County Water Authority commissioners who served during 2016 and 2017. It is also recommending that any commissioner who served then and still remains on the board be replaced by the County Legislature.

U.S. Department of Justice

A judge, in Buffalo, has sentenced a local man to prison for supporting a designated foreign terrorist organization.

City of Buffalo kicks off 2018 street repaving schedule

Jun 11, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

One hundred residential streets are slated for repaving work this year in the City of Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown and leaders of the city's Department of Public Works formally kicked off this year's infrastructure improvement season.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Last part of a series

Mental illness treatments have improved dramatically over the years, but past methods left scares and a stigma for those seeking help.  In our on-going Mental Health Initiative project, WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley looks at today’s methods offering a new direction in the last part of our series.  

USCIS message to Buffalo's immigrants: we're here to help

Jun 11, 2018
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Immigration could be a thorny issue this coming Congressional mid-term election. House Speaker Paul Ryan has promised compromise, as moderates demand protection for those who came into the US undocumented as children. Others are concerned for those who arrive via human trafficking. WBFO was invited recently to sit with the Buffalo-area District Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services to learn what the local office does, and how they assist immigrants who have arrivred under extraordinary circumstances.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

If you smell a very pungent aroma coming from South Buffalo, it's just Morty.


An overnight shooting brought Buffalo Police to the 700 block of Bailey Avenue.

Photo courtesy of Amherst Police Department

Amherst Police are investigating a shots fired call on Commerce Drive. No one was hurt in the shooting.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The store window at the Kate Spade New York shop inside the Factory Outlets of Niagara Falls this week noted the designer's death. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke to some shoppers who were saddened to learn Spade died by suicide. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo Police are crediting the use of social media - and the public's cooperation sharing information through it - with helping them bring several recent cases to quick and safe conclusions.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Niagara Falls City High School students gave a World War two veteran a hero’s welcome Thursday.  WBFO’s senor reporter Eileen Buckley says the veteran delivered a historic lesson to the students.

Photo courtesy of Vegas Golden Knights

Perhaps you've heard about the crowd-pleasing video introductions at Vegas Golden Knights playoff games in recent weeks. The videos feature Buffalo-based voiceover artist Eileen Dugan. She's also a local actress. Dugan introduces armored knights, who on the videos, vanquish their opponents. She joined WBFO's Mark Scott for a live interview Thursday afternoon on "All Things Considered."

Chris Caya WBFO News

The current head of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority says he's not sure what Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for at the Perry Homes.

Missing Buffalo mother and son found in Niagara County

Jun 7, 2018
Buffalo Police Department

A Buffalo mother and son reported missing Wednesday evening were found safe Thursday morning in Niagara County.

National Warplane Museum

A flyover involving four World War II-era airplanes Thursday helped kick off this weekend's air show in Niagara Falls.

Chris Caya WBFO News

An incident inside the downtown Auto Bureau, late last week, could lead to tighter security at all of the Erie County Bureaus.