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A local publicly-funded development corporation has revised its policy for subsidizing for-profit market-rate senior housing projects.

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More folks are visiting Niagara Falls and other parts of Niagara County.

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With only days or hours left in the State Legislature session, Buffalo is pushing for special legislation to allow parking permit zones.

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While state officials work through the time table for the legalization of medical marijuana, Buffalo Common Council members are reviewing local laws on the issue.

Festival season continues this weekend with the second annual Buffalo-Niagara Brewers Festival at Canalside. Organizers say the event highlights how craft brewing is a growing industry across the region.

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More than 10 days after two convicted killers escaped from a state prison near Plattsburgh, some state lawmakers are considering new legislation and holding hearings to correct what they see as flaws in the state’s prisons system that  may have contributed to the break out.

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Single parents who served in the military - including some who have found themselves homeless - will have a place to live later this year following the completion of a project whose partners involve a local ministry and a professional hockey team's charitable foundation.

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Work is officially underway on Walmart's new Supercenter in Cheektowaga.

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The Buffalo school district is making some basic, yet far-reaching changes to its long-troubled Central Registration operation on Ash Street, including the implementation of some of the recommendations of a UCLA professor who studied the district.

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The Gus Macker Basketball Tournament is on for August 29 and 30 on Grand Island, maybe.

Major wounded in 2014 Fort Hood rampage is honored

Jun 16, 2015
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Hailed as a hero for his role in leading seven people away from danger - after being seriously wounded himself - a Western New York native and Army officer was honored Monday for his actions in a 2014 multiple shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

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A local organization is working to raise funds for the Buffalo Zoo's Giraffes.  It highlights the Zoo's effort for conservation of endangered species and to educate the public about helping to curb the decline of these animals.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with Dr. Janet Gane of the Community Papers of Western New York. Gane said when Sampson the Giraffe was born last fall, his birth 'inspired' the campaign. 

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Dale Dart, a Hamburg-based veteran of Operation Desert Storm now living with an illness linked to his service, is hoping his two-year wait for home renovations through Veterans Affairs is about to end, with a little help from an elected official.

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The effort to draw more tourists and increase their stay is getting a boost from Washington. Rep. Brian Higgins announced a $300,000 grant from the Department of the Interior for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area on Monday.

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Average gas prices in the Buffalo area have risen about 4 cents per gallon in the past week.  A new GasBuddy survey reports Buffalo’s prices are averaging only three cents higher than the national average of $2.81.  Historically, the price disparity is larger.

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Global leaders and their solutions for world problems could make their way to Western New York in the future if Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul gets her wish. Hochul visited the Clinton Global Initiative in Denver last week where she spoke on a panel about Comeback Cities.

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The Buffalo branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrated 100 years of activism, along with the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth on Sunday night.

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Erie County Democrats gathered on Saturday to listen as Hillary Clinton entered into the official beginning of her run for the presidency. Until now, the Clinton campaign has been in what’s referred to as a "ramp-up" phase.

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New York Senator Charles Schumer will be in New York City today speaking against a proposed move by the airline industry.

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A Newfane teacher is looking to clear his name after legal charges against him were dropped.

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An early morning visit to the Clarence Town Park on Saturday spelled trouble for a group of individuals.

It is a very busy weekend for festivals and events in Buffalo.

Many of Buffalo's political leaders will be gathering today to witness the formal Presidential candidacy announcement by Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Buffalo Renaissance Foundation honors Pegulas

Jun 12, 2015

Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula were honored Friday by the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation as the organization's Citizens of the Year.

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The City of Buffalo has reached a tentative 10-year agreement with the union representing its police officers. 

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Ridesharing across Upstate New York has been halted since companies like Lyft were found to be out of compliance with state regulations last summer. However, new legislation in Albany could provide a comeback, which supporters say would be a benefit to the Western New York Community.

Investigators are looking into whether speed and/or alcohol played a part in a fatal boating accident Thursday morning on Ellicott Creek. 

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It's summer and as some drivers have noticed, that is when area roads and bridges and repaired or replaced and traffic is slowed.

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Despite frequently dealing with cases of child abuse, many law enforcers across New York are not proficient at handling them. New online training from the State’s Division of Criminal Justice Services aims to change that and save law enforcement agencies time and money in the process.

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On Thursday, a room in UB's Allen Hall was filled with maps, renderings, designs and more information on how Metro Rail might be extended beyond the UB South Campus.