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This is the height of bike season, with people of all ages pedaling around the city and the region. Many locals have noticed an increase in bike paths and bike racks. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with GO Bike Buffalo Executive Director Justin Booth about the state of the bike in Western New York.

There's word the bones discovered in a burlap sack floating in the waters near Fort Niagara are not human.

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A small group of protestors staged a rally outside an Allentown bar Monday night over the ejection of a transgendered customer.

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Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic often found in personal care products. They pass through most sewer treatment plants, polluting waterways.

HarborCenter hotel nearing completion

Jul 21, 2015
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The calendar days are running down as builders of the HarborCenter prepare to open the last phase of the project, a new Marriott Hotel.

Tax cap may complicate local budgets

Jul 21, 2015
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The tax cap adopted by New York State nearly three years ago will likely put a crimp on local governments in 2016.

A wage board convened by Governor Cuomo is expected to vote to raise the hourly minimum rate for fast food workers from the current $8.75 an hour to as high as $15 an hour when it meets on Wednesday.

Area veterans decry Trump's comments on McCain

Jul 20, 2015
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Local veterans are criticizing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his recent comments regarding Senator John McCain’s military career.

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The deaths of two young residents in less than a year has elected officials calling for greater safety at Walden Avenue and Harlem Road in Cheektowaga.

The recently-reached Iranian nuclear deal is meeting with some skepticism from Southern Tier Rep. Tom Reed. In his weekly telephone conference call Monday, Reed said the deal is "very troublesome."

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The 2015 Summer Adirondack Challenge attracted lawmakers from across New York over the weekend.  Governor Cuomo joined the group for whitewater rafting and to announce a series of investments in New York State Tourism.

A century of cannoli creations

Jul 20, 2015
Dave DeLuca

How many cannolis can you make over the span of 100 years? That’s a question only the Muscarella family could answer.

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A slice of the Buffalo Billion is going into the Western New York Workforce Development Center on the city's East Side. Governor Andrew Cuomo is leading a chorus of local officials, promising the center will provide opportunities for everyone across the region.

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After nearly 15 years of recruiting, actress Loretta Swit appeared in Cheektowaga as the grand marshal of the Pulaski Parade.

Ontario's Niagara Region is joining an array of governments on both sides of the border trying to ease overloaded sewer systems from overflowing into waterways and into the Great Lakes.

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The Italian Festival in North Buffalo was closed early on Saturday.

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Van Miller, the former ‘Voice of the Buffalo Bills’ and sportscaster, has died at the age of 87.

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Reports out of Georgia are indicating that the wife of former Buffalo Bills tight end Buster Barnett was killed in an apparent murder-suicide on Thursday.

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Evidence in a case of animal cruelty has snared another culprit.

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Buffalo Police are looking for a suspect in a child molestation case.

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A banking scam is targeting residents in a southern suburb.

Polish-American Festival, Pulaski Parade this weekend

Jul 18, 2015

One of the Buffalo area's long-running ethnic festivals continues through this weekend, as the 35th annual Polish-American Festival bathes the Town of Cheektowaga with Polish food, polka music, and wraps up with the General Pulaski Parade on Sunday.

Lt. Gov. Hochul to veterans: "We owe you."

Jul 17, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As the American Legion Department of New York annual convention continued in downtown Buffalo on Friday, delegates listened to New York's second-in-command, who reached out especially to Vietnam-era veterans.

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A Youth Empowerment Summit is underway in downtown Buffalo Friday. Erie Community College's Parenting and Pregnancy Assistance Program is hosting it at ECC's downtown campus.

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A group of local leaders will collaborate with officials  from six other regions in the national Communities that Work Partnership.

Five films to shoot in Buffalo over next month

Jul 17, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While the City of Buffalo hails the return of a director to the city for his second film shoot this year, a handful of other productions are lining up to shoot scenes in the Buffalo-Niagara area over the next few weeks.

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The term might be a little outdated but county legislators decided Thursday that meetings needed a dress code, at least for public employees.

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A new walk kicks off Saturday morning in Niagara Falls, the inaugural African American Male Wellness Walk.

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In the legislative session that recently ended, Governor Cuomo saw the state legislature reject a number of agenda items he’d been pushing. The governor, perhaps taking a cue from President Obama, has used his executive powers  to  advance some of the proposals anyway.

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Erie County took another step in its push into broadband yesterday, with the County Legislature agreeing to spend $63,000 toward a study on how to make sure all of the county has web access available.