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A Niagara County municipality that learned it was losing its ambulance provider last month has a new one in place. Officials say entering into a contract with Mercy Flight and Mercy EMS makes sense, because the company is a desired partner for a forthcoming emergency services hub.

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Weekend weather broke local records, but not the kind most Western New Yorkers might think. The sultry temperatures and conditions are expected to be followed by more of the same, but with some added relief for current drought conditions.

The Response Performance Festival covers four days, uses three venues and allows access to an historic steamship. The event, which starts Thursday, is the latest ambitious effort from Torn Space Theater.

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The challenges that refugees and immigrants confront have been well-documented.

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A Buffalo-based charitable organization has, for the past seven years, provided some unique care packages for members of the U.S. military: golf clubs and balls. It's a gesture that the project's founder has learned goes a long way toward helping veterans overcome stress.

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The U.S.-bound side of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls was closed on Sunday afternoon due to an unexplained "incident."

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The Buffalo Bills pre-season opener ended in a 19 to 18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Ralph Wilson Stadium Saturday night. Just prior to kick-off, the team announced on Twitter that it is selling the naming rights to the stadium to the New Era Cap Company.

On Saturday two people were taken to Erie County Medical Center after being thrown from a speed boat that flipped over in the Niagara River.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New Yorkers should be cautious during this weekend's severe thunderstorms.

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Firefighters are still monitoring the HTI Recycling building in Lockport, the scene of a huge blaze ignited Wednesday night.

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It is Firefighter's Day at the Erie County Fair.

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The quarterback question for the Buffalo Bills has been answered for the near future.

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Buffalo will play host to the world's largest youth Gaelic Games next July.  It's the first time the Gaelic Athletic Association Continental Youth Championships selected a smaller city to host the games. More than 3,000 youth athletes on 250-teams will participate to play Gaelic football and hurling.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to some local students who play in Gaelic leagues.

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Day 3 of the tire fire at High Tread International in Lockport. Here's a summary of the latest news from Niagara County:

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Environmental experts at the scene of the tire recycling plant fire in Lockport are looking for air or water pollution problems.

The New York State Senate is expected to soon announce a date for a hearing on how the Cuomo Administration handled drinking water contamination in Hoosick Falls. It comes as new studies out this week show more harmful effects from exposure to the chemical PFOA, on mothers and their children.


The first day of the Erie County Fair came and went safely, thanks to the usual precautions taken by ride operators and safety inspectors. Concerns have been raised nationally following recent incidents where children were injured or killed on rides.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has not been getting along with other Democrats in the state this summer. For some time, Cuomo has appeared to have a feud with the Democratic mayor of New York City, but in recent weeks, the governor has directed scathing comments toward state Assembly Democrats.

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Firefighters continued to battle a huge blaze at a tire recycling operation in Lockport which was "contained" as of early Thursday afternoon. City officials said they would determine later in the day whether evacuated residents could return home. Stopping short of confirming it, police acknowledged they are aware of reports of a missing person who may have been on the fire scene.

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A young man stands accused of attempting to shoot a Buffalo Police Officer in the city’s Schiller Park neighborhood, and his actions have taking on a greater significance.

A 15-minute flight from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake could be a desirable commuter option. That's why one airline will be offering the flight two times a day out of Billy Bishop Airport. 

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The latest plans to ease parking problems along booming Hertel Avenue aren't going over well.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his visits to Western New York, defends the use of public dollars - including the Buffalo Billion - to stimulate private business development. During his stop in Getzville Tuesday, the question was raised whether state dollars might be put into play to encourage new ownership and use of Buffalo's tallest building, which now stands idle.

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The original USS Little Rock has been a key waterfront attraction since arriving in Buffalo shortly after being decommissioned in 1976. Next June, the new USS Little Rock will visit Buffalo’s inner harbor to be commissioned alongside its namesake.

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Seven elected leaders, including the mayors of three Western New York municipalities, have co-signed a letter to Canadian federal officials urging them to increase resources that will help ease long waits at local international bridges.

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A commission is considering granting as much as a 47 percent pay raise for state lawmakers, and the proposal is generating some backlash, including from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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A state police lab is expected to spend weeks examining evidence from an apparent meth lab discovered deep under a Walmart parking lot at Sheridan Drive and North Bailey Avenue on Monday.

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Racial unrest remains at the forefront across the nation and right here in western New York. Last week, a black volunteer firefighter in North Tonawanda received a racist note. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley sat down with a UB professor who explores our past to understand the present.  


While political polarization in the United States is nothing new, the current gap between mainstream ideologies seems insurmountable. A UB professor offers an explanation for a divide that could expand into a dangerous chasm if a different approach is not taken.

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its active search for a man who went missing in Lake Ontario Saturday night.