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Buffalo has taken a big step forward towards modernizing its 62-year-old zoning code and land use policies.

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While many Londoners will attend their first Bills game this Sunday, some will also be trying their first real Buffalo wings.

New safety research crashes with some assumptions regarding technology designed to safely enable drivers to communicate. The findings from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicate hands-free systems create additional distractions for drivers.

WBFO launches collaboration with Investigative Post

Oct 22, 2015

WBFO and Investigative Post have joined forces in a one-year collaboration that will provide innovative news content to our listeners.

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This past July the nation celebrated the 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act.  The civil rights law was designed to prevent discrimination against those with disabilities. A section of the law also works to make sure places are accessible.  But one local woman brought her story to WBFO's Eileen Buckley, describing her life filled with 'inaccessibility'. 

Political and private sector leaders from around the state are spending three days at the Capitol, making their best case to win a share of $1.5 billion in economic development monies for their region.

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A group of UB law students says there's a major need for criminal justice reform. They want to curb the trend that has left many Black people with criminal records.

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A neighborhood filled with vacant lots near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus may be getting major changes. New housing is expected to fill those vacant lots.

Still trying to see McCartney in Buffalo? Be ready to pay

Oct 21, 2015
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Tickets for Sir Paul McCartney's first-ever concert in Buffalo are still available online, but to get them one must be prepared to pay a hefty sum of cash.

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Homeowners in Erie County should find a property tax rebate check in their mailbox this fall and next. That's according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

There has been a big push by the popular ride-sharing service Uber to crack its way into the upstate market. The San Francisco-based company has developed roots in New York City, but is now pushing lawmakers in Albany to expand statewide.

The race for Erie County Executive has been unusually quiet, with both candidates shying away from the accusations and personal attacks that have become political staples. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy anticipates that changing following Tuesday's debate at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.

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Empire State Development Corporation Commissioner Howard Zemsky says his agency is cooperating fully with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's investigation into the Buffalo Billion.

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New affordable housing will soon be available near downtown Buffalo. Evergreen Health Services is redeveloping an old five story warehouse on Cherry Street, just off the Kensington Expressway.

Erie County is closer to some basic changes in the county's ethics law, to clarify the powers of the Board of Ethics and give it some flexibility on the disclosure forms the law already requires.

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The ride sharing service Uber, which already operates in New York City, is making a big push to move into upstate and Long Island. But that would require state lawmakers to take action.

The numbers reflect the optimistic chatter regarding the region's economic revival. According to Business First's Jim Fink, the value of local development projects has risen 37 percent in a year to $19.5 billion.

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A program aimed at creating jobs in Western New York while attracting overseas investors is the subject of a forum in Niagara Falls today. The program is called "EB-5" and it's taken off in recent years in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

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New York will soon have a new top judge, now that the current Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals is approaching the mandatory retirement age of 70.  Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore, a Cuomo ally, is on the list as a potential replacement.  

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The Buffalo Planning Board on Monday accepted the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Study for the $150 million Gates Circle project. Next, the public will get its chance to comment on the project.

A Lackawanna dispute over pay for the city police chief is now going to be thrashed in  State Supreme Court.

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The city of Buffalo is looking to "revolutionize" community-based policing. Part of that initiative is a new scholarship program for residents seeking a career in law enforcement. 

NY AG Schneiderman explains strategy for synthetic drugs

Oct 20, 2015
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It's sold in packaging that appeals to younger consumers, comes with names including 'Mr. Happy' and K2' and can be found in legitimate businesses or online. Synthetic drugs are raising eyebrows and concerns of various leaders, including New York State's top prosecutor, who has taken a different approach to getting those substances off the streets.

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How much do you love your pet?  Enough to cook them special meals? A new poll finds that nearly one-third of New Yorkers devote some time to preparing special treats for their four-legged friends.

Dunkirk rallies to save NRG plant

Oct 19, 2015
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A rally was held over the weekend in Dunkirk, where residents are concerned for the future of the NRG power plant. Those concerned for the plant’s future say losing it would deal a big blow not just to those employed there, but to the greater community.

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The state’s ethics commission released the top spending lobbyists to try to influence state government during the 2015 legislative session, and found that education and real estate groups were the biggest spenders.

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While the city's Ferry Street Bridge has become something of an artwork in the tradition of Christo, it's actually an environmental envelope in a section of the city especially concerned about air pollution.

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Senator Charles Schumer is urging federal authorities to take action in assuring the safety of Halloween makeup.

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Students and faculty at the University of Buffalo are celebrating a second-place finish in a national home building competition focused on super efficiency and solar power.

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A program that encourages young, inner city girls to engage in sports received a financial boost on Saturday.