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As winter is left behind for the more construction-friendly weather of spring, the City of Buffalo begins its 2015 paving season. Mayor Byron Brown said residents across Buffalo will see the work of over $64 million in projects.

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The mayor of Lucille Ball's Southern Tier hometown says he'll hire a new sculptor to "fix'' the village's much-maligned statue of the 1950s sitcom star after criticism of the public artwork drew worldwide attention. 

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History buffs, rejoice. A traveling Magna Carta exhibit in the atrium of Buffalo's federal courthouse opens on Tuesday. 


Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has reached a plea agreement to have misdemeanor charges dropped for crashing his Jaguar into a tree near a busy Hamburg intersection last year.

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A Lockport native working as a police officer in Northern Florida has died in a shooting range accident. 

Officials with the Erie County Water Authority are pleased with an announcement from State officials indicating New York's new budget includes $200-million dollars for communities interested in upgrading frail water infrastructures.

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After years of effort, the long fight over conditions at the Towne Gardens housing complex in Buffalo is in court.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board would like some of the $200 million in the new state budget for grants to aging water systems across New York.

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Parkinson's Disease can be overwhelming physically, emotionally and mentally.  The National Parkinson's Foundation of Western New York wants you to know there is help and there is hope.

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Twelve Episcopal Bishops from around the country are headed to Cuba on Tuesday, in an effort to redevelop relations between the church’s dioceses, and continue the expansion of U.S.-Cuban relations. Western New York’s Bishop R. William Franklin will be among them.


The month of April is Sexual Abuse Awareness Month and, in Buffalo, one organization will be hosting an annual fun but thought-provoking event to raise attention to the problem.

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Residents of Lucille Ball's upstate New York hometown of Celoron say they want to replace a scary looking bronze statue of the actress. 

The recently completed state budget was the first real test of the new Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s leadership, who became the leader of that house in early February. 

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Buffalo's Common Council is going electronic, replacing vast piles of paper.

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Officials with Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital are confirming that a recently admitted patient has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

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An Olean resident was taken to a New Jersey hospital yesterday after a most bizarre incident.

Three rescued after boat capsizes at Letchworth

Apr 4, 2015

Just after noon on Saturday, three people were rescued from the Genesee River after their boat capsized in Letchworth State Park.

American Red Cross Volunteers are providing for the needs of five people following a number of Friday house fires.

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A federal judge has ordered Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the company to turn over documents and electronic correspondence that have been requested by Paul Ceglia's lawyer.

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Buffalo Police are hoping that the public can assist in the search for a missing mother and her child.

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Genesee County Sheriff's Deputies have arrested 3 people on felony charges in connection with stolen credit cards.

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Indiana's controversial religious freedom law has inspired a tasty response from a Buffalo pastor.


An event called Zooper Saturday at the Buffalo Zoo on Saturday will bring awareness to the link between cell phones and the plunging gorilla population.

Pussy willows in short supply for Dyngus Day

Apr 3, 2015
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While thousands of Western New Yorkers are spending their Friday at the Broadway Market stocking up on butter lambs and other traditional Easter holiday foods, one traditional staple is in short supply this year -- pussy willows.

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Shoppers were lined up outside the doors of the Broadway Market Friday morning to carry on an Easter tradition in Buffalo.

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The Buffalo Police Athletic League is hoping it will find a new site for its annual Gus Macker three-on-three basketball tournament this summer.  The event has been a summer mainstay in Western New York for more than two decades.

Work is underway on another project to eliminate sewer line overflows going into area rivers and streams.  Erie County is in the early stages of a $17 million dollar project to end overflows into Rush Creek through Blasdell and the Town of Hamburg.

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Every worker in the country would be able to get paid medical or family leave under a proposal from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to establish an insurance system.

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Supporters are getting a boost in their push to restore the Chautauqua Amphitheater. Brian Berg, who is spearheading the effort, says CJS Architects has devised ways to improve the 122-year-old structure "while maintaining its historic integrity."

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Some warmer temperatures are slated to settle into Western New York today but winter is not ready to let go of us yet, with snow expected for this Easter weekend.  WBFO's Cheryl Hagen spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini about what to expect over the next few days.