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Utility crews were busy this morning working to restore power to more than 20,000 customers across Western New York after thunderstorms ripped through the area overnight knocking down tree limbs and power lines.

UB prepares for a South Campus without its medical school

Jun 23, 2015
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The University at Buffalo has a plan in place to keep its Main Street campus vibrant after its medical school moves out.

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The fourth and final hearing was held by a board specially appointed Governor Cuomo to consider raising the minimum wage for fast food workers in New York.

The neighborhood farmers market is no longer just a place to buy fresh produce. Many of the markets being held across the region have vendors selling everything from natural dog food to specialty soaps.

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A missing child alert has been canceled for an 8-year-old Niagara Falls boy. 

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The search for two convicted killers has shifted back to Northern New York this morning, to an area not far from the Clinton Correctional Facility, from which the pair escaped a little more than two weeks ago.

Summer jobs don't have to be mundane

Jun 22, 2015
Lucas Wanamaker

The phrase “summer job” often conjures up images of young workers flipping burgers, stocking store shelves or cutting lawns. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with these gigs, some summer jobs spawn unique adventures in addition to paychecks.

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A large exhibition devoted to works by contemporary artists considered to be "pioneers of a new golden age of animation" has opened at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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State police say their intensive search for two escaped prisoners this weekend in the Allegany County was based on a credible tip. But they added that there were no confirmed sightings of Richard Matt and David Sweat, who have been at large since June 6.

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US Senator Charles Schumer is criticizing a proposal that would cut funds for the fight against bird flu.

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There is yet another search ongoing in the Southern Tier.

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Lawmakers in New York State have taken a step toward making improper touching on public transportation a crime.

Family and friends of Avery Gardner gathered Friday night at the spot where the teen lost her life last week.

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The new Queen City Bike Ferry has been operating for just a month, but the service has already reached a significant milestone.

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The Valley Community Association begins its annual Buffalo River Fest Friday evening.

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While appearing in Western New York Friday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul urged the public to remain vigilant and offer tips to police as they search for escaped convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat, even if those tips prove unsuccessful.

City Hall proposes solution to marina parking fee dispute

Jun 19, 2015
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After expressing their opposition to charging a fee for parking during special events at Erie Basin Marina, some Buffalo Common Council members say they have a better way to make sure people are using the lot fairly.

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The push for reliable high-speed broadband internet across the community continues, with a town hall meeting Thursday night in Cheektowaga.

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For Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace, there is a sense of deja vu in the North Country hunt for two Clinton Correctional Facility inmates who escaped nearly two weeks ago. The sheriff was deeply involved in the five-month hunt  in 2006 for escaped prisoner Bucky Phillips.


A century-old wooden carousel carved by artisans in North Tonawanda could make its way to the downtown waterfront.

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More than 70 companies, looking to hire veterans, took part in Thursday's "Hiring Our Heroes" event in Buffalo. It attracted more than 100 former military members and/or their spouses.

Low-income people of color who want to buy a house face serious problems in Buffalo. That's the view of the Buffalo Community Reinvestment Coalition, which is pressuring banks to issue mortgages in certain part of the city where they say redlining is occurring, which is barred by law.

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Residents of the Marine Drive Apartments face massive rent increases under new rates for units in the Waterfront facility.

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Leaders of all of the state’s local governments, as well as unions representing teachers and public workers, are warning state lawmakers not to simply renew the state’s property tax cap without some changes.

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The Nina and the Pinta, replicas of the ships that Columbus sailed on his trans-Atlantic voyages, are now in downtown Buffalo.

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After recently being named president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Buffalo Niagara, Sabina Ramsey says the group is looking to "to create a movement, a new movement for women business owners here regionally."

START-UP NY official, supporters say program is working

Jun 18, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An executive from the state-funded job incubation program known as START-UP NY was in Buffalo Wednesday to showcase some of the program's success stories, and answer the critics.

A local publicly-funded development corporation has revised its policy for subsidizing for-profit market-rate senior housing projects.

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More folks are visiting Niagara Falls and other parts of Niagara County.

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With only days or hours left in the State Legislature session, Buffalo is pushing for special legislation to allow parking permit zones.