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Buffalo Police are looking for a suspect in a child molestation case.

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A banking scam is targeting residents in a southern suburb.

Polish-American Festival, Pulaski Parade this weekend

Jul 18, 2015

One of the Buffalo area's long-running ethnic festivals continues through this weekend, as the 35th annual Polish-American Festival bathes the Town of Cheektowaga with Polish food, polka music, and wraps up with the General Pulaski Parade on Sunday.

Lt. Gov. Hochul to veterans: "We owe you."

Jul 17, 2015
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As the American Legion Department of New York annual convention continued in downtown Buffalo on Friday, delegates listened to New York's second-in-command, who reached out especially to Vietnam-era veterans.

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A Youth Empowerment Summit is underway in downtown Buffalo Friday. Erie Community College's Parenting and Pregnancy Assistance Program is hosting it at ECC's downtown campus.

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A group of local leaders will collaborate with officials  from six other regions in the national Communities that Work Partnership.

Five films to shoot in Buffalo over next month

Jul 17, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While the City of Buffalo hails the return of a director to the city for his second film shoot this year, a handful of other productions are lining up to shoot scenes in the Buffalo-Niagara area over the next few weeks.

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The term might be a little outdated but county legislators decided Thursday that meetings needed a dress code, at least for public employees.

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A new walk kicks off Saturday morning in Niagara Falls, the inaugural African American Male Wellness Walk.

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In the legislative session that recently ended, Governor Cuomo saw the state legislature reject a number of agenda items he’d been pushing. The governor, perhaps taking a cue from President Obama, has used his executive powers  to  advance some of the proposals anyway.

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Erie County took another step in its push into broadband yesterday, with the County Legislature agreeing to spend $63,000 toward a study on how to make sure all of the county has web access available.

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The Erie County Health Department is anticipating a significant increase in the number of deaths this year from heroin and other opiate overdoses.

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New federal legislation may bring longer tractor-trailers to area roads. Senator Charles Schumer is warning the longer trucks could be traveling along any road that receives federal funding.

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Governor Cuomo for the first time as governor, has an approval rating below 50 percent in a new Siena College poll that also finds only 39 percent of New Yorkers think he’s doing a good job in office.

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The Scajaquada Expressway will have crosswalks by the end of the summer. That's from State Assemblyman Sean Ryan last night to a meeting of the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition filling the auditorium of the Buffalo History Museum.

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Suspended Buffalo Police Officer Robert Eloff is due before Federal Magistrate Hugh Scott this morning on civil rights charges growing out of his involvement in the death of William Sager in the Molly's Pub incident last year.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Buffalo Wednesday to announce plans for a new Western New York Workforce Development Center.

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Mayor Byron Brown is gaining support for his Buffalo Opportunity Pledge initiative. About 40 Leadership Buffalo members met at City Hall Wednesday to witness signing ceremonies involving Brown and Althea Leuhrsen, Leadership Buffalo’s CEO.

For over a century, the Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers identify unscrupulous business entities. Now, they are offering an online service that aims to share that information at a quicker pace.

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Several Southern Tier communities continued cleanup Wednesday following heavy rains and flooding that left a path of destruction.

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Getting gun control legislation through Congress isn't impossible but it isn't easy. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand believes there is bipartisan backing for legislation to criminalize interstate shipments of illegal guns.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the winner of a logo contest for his Buffalo Opportunity Pledge initiative.

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A tragedy nearly resulted in Chautauqua County Tuesday where creeks are overflowing due to heavy rains. WBFO's Chris Caya was there to witness a dramatic scene as first responders made a heroic rescue.

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District Attorneys across New York are pushing back against Governor Cuomo's appointment of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to act as a special prosecutor in cases of police killing unarmed civilians.

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U.S. flag makers agreed last month to stop the production of the Confederate flag. The decision was made following the horrific murders of several African American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. But there still some consumers in search of the controversial symbol.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with the General Manager of Ace Flag on Transit Road in Depew, Peter Roe. 

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A Flash Flood watch remains in effect for later Tuesday as a portion of Chautauqua County deals with flash flooding that has closed roads and left some basements underwater.

It's described as a win-win, as Saint Bonaventure rents rooms to the Olean campus of Jamestown Community College, allowing that school to offer a dorm experience to its students and Bona may wind up with some of those students for their third and fourth-years of college.

The two schools are about three miles apart in the Southern Tier community and some JCC students already take some classes at Bona. The main JCC campus in Jamestown has 340-dorm beds, so the school is familiar with the topic. The university has blocked 38 beds in Doyle Hall for potential use by JCC.

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Over recent days there have been conflicting reports about a deal reached in Albany over New York's gun control law. However, one top state official maintains there have been no changes to the SAFE Act. 

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Improvements are coming to the banks of the Buffalo River. The $4.7 million project follows the ten year  remediation of toxic sediment from the riverbed.

Your favorite summer event?

Jul 13, 2015
Buffalo National Chicken Wing Festival

With memories of a harsh winter in the rearview mirror and festival season in full swing, Western New Yorkers are enjoying the sights, sounds, tastes and activities that these events offer.