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Buffalo's parking system is getting a major update. Mayor Byron Brown announced a plan Friday for a new "pay-by-cell" parking program that will let motorists pay for metered parking with their mobile devices.

Growing Buffalo Comicon celebrates geek culture

Oct 16, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For fans of superheroes, sci-fi and fantasy, downtown Buffalo will be a geek's paradise this weekend as Buffalo Comicon marks a pair of firsts during its 15th annual running.

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Two U-S mail carriers are facing bribery charges for their roles in a drug trafficking operation. 

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It’s time for Western New Yorker’s to sharpen their skates and get ready for a new season of “The Ice at Canalside.” Work is already underway on the popular outdoor rink to have it ready for colder weather.

The woman who leads the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, based in Washington, D.C, is in Buffalo Friday to meet with local financial leaders and share what her organization considers a disturbing trend in personal finance.

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The Buffalo Passport Agency, opened in 2010, will celebrate five years of service this weekend by hosting special Saturday hours and waiving expedited service fees on certain transactions.

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The head of a local agency that monitors area roadways believes the region is more ready than ever to deal with snow.

The NFTA is looking at a 1,600-foot extension of the Metro Rail, wrapping around First Niagara Center and running toward Michigan Avenue and the Cobblestone District. It would include a new station along South Park Avenue.

Twitter @NFTotesMcGoats / Niagara Falls Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Team (SWEET)

In just two days, the new part-goat, part-man mascot of the Niagara Falls recycling program has become an internet sensation. Its name: “Totes McGoats.”

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There are at least 800 "zombie" houses in Erie County. Those are homes wandering in the foreclosure process, often unoccupied, often not maintained and often with property taxes not being paid.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The region's newest shovel ready site is officially open for business and the North Youngmann Commerce Center, just off I-290 in a barren area known as "the old mud flats," already has its first tenant.

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State lawmakers are interested in helping local veteran posts get necessary capital improvements. A project is now underway to survey more than two dozen posts, to determine their needs and get an idea how much it will cost to fix them.

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Nearby residents concerns about noise and rowdiness may lead to Thursday night concerts at Canalside finding a new home.

Hydro-fracking has been banned in New York State for nearly a year now,  but opponents of the natural gas extraction process have other concerns, including new pipelines.

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City Hall is pushing back against the spillover from the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus into the adjacent Fruit Belt.

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This time of year, apples and apple cider, are a tradition for many Western New Yorkers, including one local family, whose West Seneca Cider mill has been around for more than 160 years.

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City officials want to hire Express Scripts directly to handle prescriptions rather than work with the same firm through an intermediary. The move could save taxpayers' dollars.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is responding to claims that he covered up a criminal investigation. Though Poloncarz may have referred the matter to the AG's office, Republican County Executive candidate Ray Walter says taxpayers should have been informed.

Visit Buffalo Niagara has created a new campaign called “Bring It Home Buffalo” which focuses on the three Rs. Not reduce, reuse, recycle but rather revitalization, rebirth and resurgence.

Higgins supports new call for second Peace Bridge span

Oct 13, 2015
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Talk of building a new crossing at the Peace Bridge was renewed over the weekend when the Ontario-based chairman of the Peace Bridge Authority called for a companion span. It's a call that has support on this side of the border from Congressman Brian Higgins.

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More than 1,000 new parking spaces will be opening up soon on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The city and the campus have agreed to replace an existing ramp near Buffalo General Hospital with a much larger facility.

www.bfloparks.org/golf/footgolf / Buffalo Olmstead Parks Conservancy

When organizers debuted Delaware Park’s FootGolf course this spring, they had small expectations for its popularity. With fall underway, those expectations have been long over shot and patrons are still coming out to play.

Rich Wall

Western New York will be the setting for yet another independent film shoot. Crews will begin shooting “Morning Sun” on Tuesday.

Buffalo Repertory Awards Theater

A new outdoor theater series is in the works for Western New York, and it’s aimed at building on the success of Buffalo’s already popular Canalside location.

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Buffalo State, like many other institutions and offices and factories is filled with surveillance cameras, either outside or in areas of dorms or offices or even some stairwells around the campus.

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For many of the local building trades unions, this is recruiting season as the locals open the application system for people interested in becoming apprentices in the trades.

No injuries were reported as an Alaskan Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Buffalo Niagara International Airport this morning.

Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937, but some want to see that changed.  Four states don't recognize Columbus Day and a growing number of cities have followed suit.

More business expansion planned for Riverbend area

Oct 12, 2015
Michael Mroziak/wbfo

While SolarCity is getting the most attention in Buffalo's developing Riverbend section, a British couple who opened up their food businesses on South Park Avenue nearly four years ago are moving forward with an expansion.

M&T merger passes another regulatory hurdle

Oct 12, 2015

The next expansion of Buffalo's M&T Bank has taken another step toward reality. New York state regulators have approved M&T's application to acquire Hudson City Bancorp Inc.