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Part of downtown Buffalo was turned into a racetrack Friday with NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace in town to promote an upcoming race at Watkins Glen International.

M&T raises investment in Explore & More Children's Museum

Jul 15, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An existing partnership between Explore & More Children's Museum and M&T Bank is expanding, with the latter announcing additional funding for use in the museum's capital and curriculum needs.

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Chronically ill children treated at Women & Children's Hospital had the entire Italian Festival in Buffalo all to themselves Friday. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley reports it was time away from daily medical routines.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

For the first time since before the Erie County fiscal collapse of the Red/Green Budget, the county is scheduling another master plan for the county's 38 pieces of parkland.

The Erie County Legislature has voted its approval of the lowest-bid contractor to begin construction on a new STEM Building at ECC's North Campus. Despite lawsuits and some loud opposition over its location, the STEM Building is expected to be open for class in January 2018.


A funeral will be held Friday for 1-year-old Rian N'Kole Davis, who was struck by a car backing out of a driveway a few houses from her grandfather on Fernhill Avenue, near Erie County Medical Center. She died that evening on July 7.

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In a city where nearly a third of the population lives below the poverty line, agencies that serve economically-disadvantaged individuals play critical roles. The Buffalo City Mission has received a major contribution in its quest to provide food and shelter to those in need.

Christmas Tree Farmers Association of NY

Consider it Christmas in July for a special breed of tree growers.

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Protestors packed a conference room in the Central Library Downtown Thursday night to complain about the mysterious death of India Cummings after nearly three weeks in the Holding Center.

Chris Caya WBFO News

To help guide visitors to Buffalo's new popular waterfront destinations, a member of the state delegation is calling for new signage.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

An important tool in fighting domestic violence will remain in place at the Family Justice Center in downtown Buffalo. New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan announced he secured $100,000 to the Center to continue to fund its Forensic Medical Unit. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look at how this unit plays a major role in the prosecution of domestic violence cases.   

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New York Assemblyman Sean Ryan says, more oversight is needed for Local Development Corporations.

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The Erie County Legislature on Thursday formally and unanimously voted down James Michel as a candidate for Central Police Services Commissioner. His candidacy was already derailed earlier in the day, when the Erie County Executive withdrew his appointment of Michel following the revelation of a report detailing a pattern of abusive and hostile language against a female subordinate.

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The Cantalician Center for Learning has opened a new state-of-the-art building in Cheektowaga to teach life skills. The building is located in the former St. Barnabas Parish rectory.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A Black Lives Matter rally was held on Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo's Elmwood Village Wednesday evening.

Dan Almasi

If you haven't heard about Pokemon Go within the past week, it's time to move out of the cave with all the Zubats you’ve been living in.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

What looked like a fairly routine confirmation of a new Erie County commissioner of Central Police Services changed Wednesday. Legal paper work surfaced showing the nominee had been punished in 1999 for sexually-blatant language directed to a female employee of the Lackawanna Police Department.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Following the nationwide trend at stadiums and other large venues, Canalside is ramping up security for concerts and other major events. Some of the changes will be in place for Thursday night's show.   

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Ground was broken Wednesday on the Massachusetts Avenue Project's new Farmhouse on Buffalo's West Side. The $2 million Farmhouse at Massachusetts near West Utica Street will include training space, a teaching kitchen, resource library and improved cold storage.

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Buffalo police are issuing a lot of speeding tickets after Common Council members complained there wasn't enough being done to nail speeders and those who run stop signs.

Ice Creamcycle Dude

Imagine being a kid on a sweltering summer day. Some friends have just bought an ice cream bar or cone from a bicycle vendor, but you don’t have a penny in your pocket.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

People did something very different in Niagara Square Tuesday night—they put away their cell phones and talked to each other. The idea was to work on solving problems through conversations after a recent spate of national violence.

Ashley Hirtzel

When it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, SolarCity isn’t the only project experiencing problems. State officials had high hopes for a much smaller initiative—a visual effects training program at Daemen College, in partnership with a company promising to create new jobs in the fledgling industry in Buffalo.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Buffalo Police Department's new plan for improving communication with the city's growing ethnic population has been recognized in a national report.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's called the first non-casino related development of its scale to happen in Niagara Falls in four decades. Governor Andrew Cuomo was among the dignitaries who broke ground at a future hotel site, celebrating a project that is finally moving forward after four years.

Pockets of radioactive waste have been identified at mostly- residential locations in Niagara County and on Grand Island. Dan Telvock, who recently reported on the story for Investigative Post.org, shared details during WBFO's Press Pass.

There will be no public speakers, rather a memorial service will be held in Niagara Square from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. as an opportunity for people to meet each other, talk with each other, listen to each other, and heal together - regardless of race, creed, color, orientation or politics.

WBFO's Chris Caya

With a large bronze bust of Martin Luther King Junior as a backdrop, plans for a Unity Bike Ride in Buffalo were announced Monday. Organizers said the ride is in response to the recent violence across the nation. 

WBFO's Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Planning Board Monday cleared the way for a $5 million major medical office building just off Niagara Street on the West Side. However, a well-known developer is concerned it might interfere with his plans just across Seventh Street.

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Another development fight is evolving, this time over a proposed site at Elmwood and Forest. Supporters and opponents packed a public meeting Monday night at Buffalo Seminary.