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The North Buffalo Organization is hosting a Community Conversation Wednesday night on reinventing the historic Hertel Avenue district.

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After 36 years as president of D'Youville College, Sister Denise Roche announced her retirement, saying it's time for her to figure out what to do with the rest of her life.

Buffalo has several firehouses which are well over a century old. Councilmember Chris Scanlon is arguing 14 out of 20 fire houses don't have the facilities for the increasing number of women in the Fire Department.

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A new Child Protective Services report shows a significant decrease in the number of open cases in Erie County. The development follows several changes made to the department after the deaths of three children in recent years.

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The new leader of the State Senate, John Flanagan, replaced Dean Skelos, who is facing corruption charges. On Day Two in office, Flanagan says he does not expect any major new reform legislation to happen before the end of the session.

Mayor Brown to sit on governor's fast-food wage board

May 12, 2015
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is one of three people who will soon help determine whether New York State raises its minimum wage for fast-food workers to $10.50 an hour.

Meals on Wheels powers up with new generators

May 12, 2015
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Officials at Meals on Wheels For Western New York have rolled out another capital improvement they say will further ensure they are never again left unable to produce during a weather-related emergency.

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The annual fight over who will do the borrowing for Erie County is surfacing again, as the county plans to sell tens of millions of dollars in bonds.

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After nights of the Kensington Expressway being filled with the vehicles and road traffic for filming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, action shifted to the air.

Police gather in Buffalo to remember fallen comrades

May 11, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Just a couple of days after the shooting deaths of two police officers in Mississippi, law enforcers were gathered in Buffalo for an annual tribute to fallen comrades.

An attorney representing the out-of-town owners of the federally-subsidized Towne Gardens apartment complex in Buffalo suggested five housing complaints against the owners have been or are being addressed. More than 90 additional violations, however, are pending.

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The bike paths along Buffalo's Outer Harbor could see a lot more traffic this summer. In the coming weeks there will be a new and easier way to get across the Buffalo River. 

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A news source in Rochester is reporting that a drowning victim was discovered in the Erie Canal in Brockport this morning.

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Bicycle riding has long been a source of pleasure and exercise for both men and women.

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The Buffalo Dream Center will be holding a Mother's Day gathering today in its new home.

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Buffalo Police are continuing to investigate an early morning fatal motorcycle accident.

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Rocking was taking place on porches across Elmwood Village in more ways than one, on Saturday.

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A college student from East Aurora is running a long distance for a cause, Saturday morning.

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The former Houghton College site on Union Road in West Seneca is the new home to dozens of Western New York seniors. People Incorporated opened Walnut Senior Living, on Friday.

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Photo courtesy of Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival

Just three months ago, the region was enveloped in sub-zero temperatures.  But in recent days, summer-like warmth has arrived.  And that has many people spending as much time as possible at a number of outdoor festivals this weekend.

Darien Lake opens season with new rides

May 8, 2015
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It's another sign that summer's almost here when Darien Lake is open for business. The popular Genesee County-based amusement park opens its 2015 season this weekend. And this year, there are two new attractions.

The Erie County Legislature is scheduled to hold public hearings today on plans involving term limits for elected county officials.

Buffalo unveils 110 new bicycle racks citywide

May 8, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo is moving to make itself more bicycle friendly with the installation of more than 100 newly made bike racks throughout the city.

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As Buffalo Police District Chief Brian Patterson talked to a group in the West Side Community Center yesterday, he stopped frequently to allow interpreters in both Karen and Burmese to speak. The moment showed the growing influence of immigrants in the city.

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Homeless women in Buffalo may soon have a safe place to sleep at night as the Matt Urban Center plans on providing temporary housing in the city's Broadway/Fillmore neighborhood.

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Disagreements that have roiled the state’s education community in the wake of new teacher evaluation laws approved by Governor Cuomo and the legislature as part of the budget were highlighted at a day long summit called by education officials.

Fort Drum soldier from Eden dies from vehicle crash

May 7, 2015
Photo provided by the family of Lt. John Levulis

A soldier from Eden, severely injured in a crash last week, has died. 25-year-old Army First Lieutenant John Levulis was riding in a Humvee when it was hit by another vehicle and forced off the road along the New Jersey Turnpike. 

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Traffic on one of the busiest roads in Erie County is about to come to a crawl as the final phase of the Kenmore Avenue reconstruction project gets underway next week.

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From one expert's point of view, parks are an essential part of a city, serving people across the age and income categories, and there are great opportunities in Buffalo's parks.

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Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs says businesses can help generate extra revenue for the county if they renew their vehicles' registrations locally. He detailed his new initiative at the home of one of its first clients.