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The Thruway Authority is being nudged by state auditors to develop a better plan to meet future costs.

The NFL bye week provides coaching staffs with two weeks to prepare for an upcoming opponent. The Buffalo Bills, who are coming off their bye week, head to Cincinnati on Sunday to meet the Bengals, who last played on Monday night. With that timing in mind, analyst Matt Sabuda believes Sunday's game offers fans and team executives a chance to judge the efficiency and effectiveness of head coach Rex Ryan and his staff.


The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Warning for Southern Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties from 4 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Monday. Impacted areas could see up to a foot of snow. While Buffalo and its immediate suburbs will see little snow, some wild, windy weather is on the way.


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When the snow hits this weekend, town highway crews will be out plowing Erie County roads under a new contract approved Thursday by the County Legislature.

Code Blue is back in season, with significant changes

Nov 18, 2016
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The people who administer the winter homeless emergency program known as Code Blue are preparing for another season. But this year, there are significant changes including new venues where homeless will be taken.

The Buffalo Zoo

A polar bear who was lived at The Buffalo Zoo since 2002 will soon be leaving. Anana, 16, is going to an undisclosed location as part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Western District of New York announced on Thursday the launch of a new initiative that offers job skills training to individuals who are completing prison time and are ready to reenter society. One of the hopes of the "Smart On Crime" initiative is to discourage those individuals from returning to prison.

State development efforts worked to place bio tech company AMRI in Buffalo. While its presence is welcomed, a closer look at how it ended up in the Conventus Building is raising questions. Those are the findings of Investigative Post reporter Charlotte Keith who discussed the story with WBFO.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

At the cost of $118 million, National Grid has begun construction on a new power station at its Gardenville site in the Town of West Seneca, where company officials estimate one third of the region's power is currently distributed.

Swastika graffiti prompts anti-Semitism action

Nov 17, 2016
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Less than a week after swastika graffiti was discovered at a dorm at SUNY Geneseo, the co-founder of a nonprofit organization aimed at combating campus anti-Semitism spoke in Buffalo and Rochester.

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Siena Research Institute has released results of a survey that shows just how pervasive cyberbullying  is among teens across upstate New York.

The survey queried teens and their parents from Buffalo to Albany. First, the numbers from the teens who were polled:

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Health care for refugees and immigrants on the West Side is expanding, with the new Catholic Charities Health Care Center.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Five days after the start of the massive fire at the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, the State Department of Environmental Conservation has posted initial air quality test results. Assemblyman Michael Kearns is pleased with the initial follow-through on promises of transparency, but is calling for a public hearing to go deeper into residents’ concerns.


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If you haven't noticed, this is leaf season, as those green and then multi-colored leaves are falling to the ground and the lawns. And across the region, they are piling up and have to be taken away.


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Within days, the City of Buffalo will own the the former Dillon Courthouse across Niagara Square from City Hall. The Common Council approved the deal Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A panel of 30 leaders from the local public, business, not-for-profit and faith-based sectors has released a report, suggesting the region can build on recent improvements and realize a full economic renaissance if it takes steps to reduce the gaps in racial equity.

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The Peace Bridge between Buffalo and Fort Erie, Canada is undergoing a phase of construction expected to last six months. With traffic limited to one lane in each direction, delays aren’t expected as long as border agencies on both sides can maintain adequate staffing.


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President-Elect Donald Trump, in his first broadcast interview since winning last Tuesday's election, spoke of his plan to deport as many as three million undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions shortly after taking office. Local legal experts say that's unlikely to happen, given an existing backlog of deportation cases.


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The Christmas tree farming industry is in full swing with many people selecting their tree for the upcoming holiday season. A local farm will be providing a tree to be displayed in front of Lincoln Center in New York City.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

While the debate is over approval of the Green Code, Monday night's protest rally and then Common Council hearing show the over-arching plan for Buffalo's new zoning and development rules is subject to attack on the specifics.

The battle is heating up over a statewide electric rate increase to subsidize upstate nuclear power plants that pits Governor Andrew Cuomo against a coalition of "good-government groups."

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It has been 70 years since a full moon has passed this close to Earth, presenting local sky watchers with a brilliant spectacle in the evening sky. Tim Collins, senior presenter at the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State College, shared some perspective on the supermoon with WBFO.


Erie County

New York residents can apply for winter heating assistance starting Monday.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Social media isn't always the best place for political conversations, but Sunday afternoon hundreds showed up at Niagara Square in unity because of it.

Solar Liberty

Between New York state spending $750 million dollars on a new solar panel factory in South Buffalo, SolarCity's financial struggles, and this week's expected shareholders vote on a proposed merger with Tesla, there has been a lot of speculation lately about Solar City's long term viability. But other local players in the industry are bullish on the future of solar regardless of what happens to the heavily subsidized company.

Brian Quinn / Wellsville Daily Reporter

Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordering a full investigation into an alleged hate crime in the Southern Tier Village of Wellsville.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

On day four of the saga of the Bethlehem Steel fire in the City of Lackawanna, another big step was taken towards a return to normalcy. After yet another day of firefighting and emergency demolition, conditions were finally met to reopen the Bethlehem Park neighborhood’s main roadway.

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Buffalo's iconic fireboat – the Edward M. Cotter – has been defending against blazes all along the city's waterfront for over a century. This weekend, the boat’s 116th birthday was celebrated by hundreds of people. But what many of them may not know is that the boat serves as far more than just a tool for firefighters.


City of Lockport website / WBFO News

The office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has completed a review of the 2017 budget being proposed for the City of Lockport.

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All lanes of Route 5 from Ridge Road to Route 179 in Lackawanna continue to be closed to traffic due to the fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site.

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