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Governor Cuomo says he’ll increase funding to environmental projects as well as state parks, in his 2016 budget. The news was applauded by environmentalists, as well as some business leaders.

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Albany will be funding construction projects at Coca Cola Field and for Johnnie B. Wiley on the site of the old War Memorial Stadium in the city of Buffalo.

Following a holiday season shutdown, work is re-starting on the Gateway project at the Peace Bridge.

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Buffalo is back in the spotlight. And not for its weather. The city will be the subject of a new series on Yahoo! News hosted by Katie Couric.

Explore & More's new CEO excited to arrive in Buffalo

Jan 5, 2016
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The new chief executive officer of the Explore & More Children's Museum is looking forward to leading the institution's construction of a new downtown Buffalo center, and providing the same interactive learning experiences that helped him remain interested in learning as a youngster.

New York state is ramping up the fight against human trafficking. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and a new panel's been formed to address the issue.

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U.S. Congressman Tom Reed said under the Second Amendment, gun ownership is a fundamental individual freedom.

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Governor Cuomo won’t be giving his State of the State speech for another week, but he has already begun laying out his 2016 agenda. On Monday he held a rally to raise the minimum wage for all New York workers to $15 an hour.

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The Common Council reorganized Monday to start the year and kept everyone in the same offices.

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The design may have changed again but the opposition hasn't and that's creating problems for the planned Canterbury Woods project at Gates Circle.

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For the first time ever, two females hold key roles in the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Acting D.A. Michael Flaherty has named Donna Milling, First Assistant District Attorney. And Colleen Curtin Gable has been appointed Chief of Homicide.

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Governor Cuomo's mandate to take homeless people off the streets and into shelters when frigid temperatures strike has raised some questions among those who work with homeless individuals. 

A local developer wants to utilize four vacant at the corner of Jefferson and Broadway, offering a sign that economic resurgence may be coming to the East Side.

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With Buffalo and cities across New York bracing for some of the coldest temperatures yet this winter, Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered more protection for the state’s homeless citizens.

Much of Western New York will be hit by lake effect snow Sunday.

Pizza is a very competitive business and a South Buffalo pizza landmark is expanding its complex to add sit-down dining and perhaps 50 employees.

A Niagara Falls man is under arrest on arson charges in connection with a rooming house fire that left 20 people homeless.

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Six people are receiving help from the Red Cross after a Saturday morning fire in North Tonawanda damaged their home.

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is broadening his pursuit of online fantasy sports businesses.

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A pool of state funds is being made available for conversions to solar energy.


A 1974 graduate of the University at Buffalo is bringing lessons of immigration and refugees into his music classroom.

Hochul visits Niagara Falls air base to say 'thank you'

Dec 31, 2015
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Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul spent part of her last day of 2015 saying "thank you" to Western New York men and women who serve in the military reserves.

Thousands of people will head to downtown Buffalo Thursday night to ring in the new year. Those celebrations typically involve drinking and one local company is offering free rides to party-goers who may find themselves too drunk to drive. 

A Lake Effect Snow Advisory has been issued for much of Western New York. Jon Hitchcock of the National Weather Service expects the snow event to start south of Buffalo and arrive in the city in the early minutes of 2016.

The Buffalo Bills will miss the playoffs for the 16th consecutive season. Still, analyst Matt Sabuda sees some intriguing storylines in Sunday's game against the New York Jets, notably, how the Jets' playoff prospects will be impacted by the game's result.

Rich Newberg signs off Buffalo TV news after 37 years

Dec 31, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As 2015 winds down, a longtime giant in Buffalo television news is wrapping up a career than spans 46 years, 37 of which were spent at WIVB-TV. Rich Newberg will be remembered by viewers - and those who worked with him - as a journalist who sought stories that kept humanity front and center.

from Elk Terminal website

When First Amherst Development began to convert the old Elk Terminal to apartments in 2003, there wasn't much in that Old First Ward neighborhood. Now, it's adding 23 more units.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

What were you reading this year?  The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library is out with the annual list of the most popular borrowed materials for 2015.

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After more than five hours of discussion, the Chautauqua Institution board voted Wednesday to demolish and replace its historic amphitheater.

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As of December 31,  New York State has no chief judge of the Court of Appeals. It’s the second time in recent years that either Governor Cuomo or the state Senate have missed a deadline to fill the slot.