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Eileen Koteras Elibol

John Hockenberry of The Takeaway hosted a panel discussion Tuesday night in the WNED|WBFO studios. The conversation touched upon a number of subjects, though the centerpiece highlighted Buffalo's long relationship with immigration.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A bicycle and pedestrian bridge crossing over a busy Buffalo highway is now open to the public. Congressman Brian Higgins celebrated completion of the Shoreline Trail bridge Tuesday.


Watts Architecture and Engineering

Buffalo's Planning Board on Monday removed the last barrier to starting a major piece of the city's Northland Corridor, approving a series of demolitions and renovation of 683 Northland.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

There is a new version of a proposed development at Forest and Elmwood avenues, with developer Chason Affinity cutting its proposal substantially to deal with community anger and Buffalo's new Green Code rules.


WBFO's Mike Desmond

Newspapers don't invent news, but there are people out there that post fake news. That was the topic Monday night from two experts speaking at Canisius College Monday evening.

NewNYBridge.com

A fiscal watchdog group is questioning the state’s century-old prevailing wage law for construction workers, saying it unnecessarily costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year in added expenses for big road, bridge and other projects.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Buffalo Zoo has introduced Norah Fletchall as its new president and CEO. Among those praising the hire is the woman Fletchall will officially replace next month.


Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

Planning for an extension of the Metro Rail line into Amherst is going to be on the drawing board for a long, long time. It will be years before the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority can ask for construction money.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Islam and Muslims often don't get a fair shot in the media and there are a lot of reasons for it, according to to panelists who gathered Sunday for a discussion in Amherst.

State lawmakers are due back at the Capitol Monday, following a two-week break  after they passed a budget that contained numerous other items, like free public college tuition for some middle class students and an expansion of ride hailing services. Here’s a look at what, if anything, lawmakers still need to do before adjourning in June.

BorderWorx Logistics

A new state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution facility with plans to create dozens of jobs has opened in the Town of Sanborn. The company, which serves the U.S. and Canadian markets, also purchased lots of land for future expansion. 

 

The Orleans County Sheriff's Department is investigating a skydiving accident that occurred in the Town of Barre  Saturday night.

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Niagara County is still in a state of emergency. On Saturday, Niagara County firefighters along with other volunteers joined the Olcott Fire Company in an effort to combat rising waters along Lake Ontario.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

Even though it is now legal, activists say there are still many obstacles in place that keep people from gaining access to medical marijuana.

WBFO's Marian Hetherly

An estimated 1,000 people turned out to Delaware Park Saturday to advocate for scientific organizations and science-based policies. It was one of hundreds of marches across the globe.

WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The campaigns for the Erie County Clerk's office have not begun in earnest, but candidates for the post are beginning to line up.

An Eden man suspected in the murder of his mother is in custody in Erie, PA.

Doug Smith, a well-traveled member of Buffalo media, best known for his clever, insightful perspective, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 81.

Mark Mulville, Buffalo News

This Sunday's Buffalo News will feature the special insert "The Survivors," an effort that looks to record the history of the region's Holocaust-era survivors, whose numbers are dwindling.  While the feature details personal experiences of horror and grief, there are also "stories of not forgetting the past, but taking that past and forging a strong present," said reporter Mark Sommer, who worked on the feature with colleagues Gene Warner and Mark Mulville.


National Fuel

New York's Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for National Fuel, but a much lower increase than the utility had requested.

BRD Construction

Another of downtown Buffalo's classic old brick business buildings is going to be turned into apartments for the neighborhood's new residents.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The debate continues over a proposed ban on gay conversion therapy in Erie County. County legislator Patrick Burke is sponsoring a law to make the practice illegal. Members of the LGBTQ community testified against the practice at a legislature committee meeting Thursday, calling it "barbaric."

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The group in charge of choosing a site for a new Buffalo train station has recommended the station be built downtown, near the current Exchange Street site.

Supporters of the Central Terminal option, prior to the meeting, suggested the people making the selection already had their minds made up and willingly ignored the overwhelming public support for the East Side site.

Safewise

New York ranks as the third safest state in the nation for drivers, according to a study released this month.

WBFO file photo

A vote is scheduled Thursday by the members of the Buffalo Train Station Selection Committee. But one of the members is faulting the process.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Residents who took part in Buffalo's first ever Participatory Budgeting Process say the effort was worth it.

WBFO News photo provided by Derek Gee/The Buffalo News"

Longtime political operative G. Steven Pigeon, who is already charged with bribery, extortion and other counts in a separate investigation, now faces a felony election law complaint introduced Wednesday in State Supreme Court. 

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new generation is ready to fight against racism, bias and discrimination. A small group, from a variety of backgrounds, is working together to raise awareness and assist the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York. WBFO’s Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says they recently held a fundraising event called "Unite by Night" raising over $1,000 dollars to begin their journey.   

The Erie County Sheriff's Crash Investigation Unit spent overnight at the scene of a Tuesday two-vehicle crash on Route 400 northbound that sent a pregnant woman and another man to the hospital.

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation should not be interested in a Canalside Amtrak station, but in developing what is already on the drawing board, like a residential neighborhood. That is from Congressman Brian Higgins and Assemblymember Sean Ryan.

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