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Some Legislators are planning to take another shot at revising Erie County's Charter following the county executive's veto of a local law that contained 53 changes.

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This weekend the village of Celoron, located just outside of Jamestown, will host the formal unveiling of a new statue paying tribute to its most famous native, actress and comedienne Lucille Ball. Fans of the late star have been eagerly awaiting this statue, which replaces a Lucy hardly anyone loved upon its introduction.

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He grew up in Apartheid-era South Africa as the child of mixed-race parents. He later became best known as the comedian who replaced longtime Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Trevor Noah is performing in Jamestown Friday evening as part of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown.

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A jail cell attendant accused of roughing up a prisoner in Buffalo Police custody entered a plea of not guilty Thursday to charges he violated that suspect's civil rights.


Civic activist Kevin Gaughan on Wednesday formally presented his proposal to return Delaware Park and South Park to Frederick Law Olmsted's original vision. Gaughan says he and Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy had a very constructive meeting and he is planning several public meetings beginning in September to gather input on the proposal.

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There was a lot of finger pointing in the Erie County Legislature on Wednesday over a recent boil water notice. Erie County Water Authority officials said the notice was not needed. But Emergency Services Commissioner, Dan Neaverth said, the County erred on the side of caution because ECWA officials were unavailable to discuss the outage that was effecting 250,000 customers.

ECWA Chairman Earl Jann told the legislature that he has been working on improving the Authority's internal and external communications since being appointed a year ago.

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A routine oversight hearing by the state Assembly turned testy when Howard Zemsky, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s economic development czar, endured over two hours of questions about Cuomo’s economic development programs, which are currently under federal investigation.

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Governor Cuomo has outlined a bold initiative that he says will provide New York State with the fastest internet speed anywhere. During a Wednesday visit to Buffalo, he promised that the expanded broadband service will be available in all corners of the state, many of which currently have limited or no access.

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A fire ripped through the home of a North Tonawanda volunteer firefighter who received a racist note earlier this week.  

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The Buffalo Zoo's four new lion cubs will make their highly-anticipated public debuts on Saturday.

A Buffalo man has been killed at FedEx Freight in the Town of Tonawanda after a 1,300-pound pallet fell on top of him.

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Buffalo Police officers are still waiting for city lawmakers to make a decision on their request for AR-15-Rifles. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley recently sat down with the first vice president of the Buffalo Police Union about the recent wave of national violence.

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Delaware Park is well known for its running in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. However, for more than a century, people have rowed boats across the lake in the heart of the Olmsted-designed park. That tradition is continuing today, with perhaps a different mix of residents taking advantage of the amenity.

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Authorities steered swimmers away from a Southtowns beach more than 30 days last summer year because of unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water. But adjacent beaches owned by two popular waterfront bars remained open to patrons because the businesses lack permits that require testing of the water and closure when fecal matter and other bacteria are detected at dangerous levels.

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Hundreds of Mercy Hospital workers picketed the South Buffalo facility on Tuesday. The action comes as  bargaining continues to replace a contract that expired nearly two months ago.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has not dropped any hints as to whether he'll sign or veto a bill legalizing daily fantasy sports gaming in New York. He has until the end of next week to make a decision, but local legislators who voted in favor of letting DraftKings and FanDuel do business in this state aren't worried.

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The commissioner of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) came to Buffalo Tuesday to announce new funding for addiction treatment services in Western New York.

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It will be a beautiful day across the region Tuesday, with low humidity, but the muggy weather will return by mid-week. Temperatures will climb into the 90's with hot and humid conditions by Thursday and Friday. There is no relief in sight from the very dry weather.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has appointed former County Legislator Timothy Hogues as Commissioner of Senior Services. Hogues replaces Randy Hoak, who is now Associate State Director for AARP, which provides benefits to its over-50 members.

Poloncarz said Hogues will be an asset to Senior Services "because he has already been working extensively with community partners to expand the department's programs."

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It has been almost 40 years since Love Canal seeped into the public consciousness and as local residents know, neither the chemicals nor the story have gone away. In his new book, "Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present," Richard Newman looks back to the days when the canal was dug.

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After months of preparation, Erie County's Opioid Epidemic Task Force formally rolled out a three-part campaign Monday designed to provide easier connections between addicts and the treatment programs that can help them. It didn't take long for some of those services to get busy.

UB professor says polarization is here to stay

Aug 1, 2016

Americans have become increasingly politically polarized in recent decades, after years of two major political parties that were both traditionally moderate. A political scientist at the University at Buffalo suggests polarization is here to stay and the real challenge is achieving a mutual respect.

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Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of harassment, disorderly conduct and trespassing in relation to a confrontation in a Chippewa Street bar in late June.

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With the help of a Buffalo bike group, there may be fewer unlit bicycles being pedaled across the city, a familiar traffic hazard for nighttime drivers who have little advance notice they are there.

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Jamestown's National Comedy Center is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival August 4-7. The festival will feature more than 50 events around town, including a roundtable discussion with the daughters of comedy legends Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Richard Pryor at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Friday at 6 p.m.

August 3 also is the 50th anniversary of Lenny Bruce's death at the age of 40. It was his counter-culture stand-ups in the 1950s and 1960s that blazed a 1st Amendment trail for Carlin, Pryor and others. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with Bruce's daughter, Kitty, about her father.

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The symbol this year for Buffalo's annual Garden Walk could have been a hose, as exhibitors talked of what they did to keep their plants flourishing during the summer drought.


On Sunday morning a number of people gathered in downtown Buffalo for a run to benefit a local Alzheimer's research organization.


The City of Niagara Falls is getting a new Amtrak train station.

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US Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to expedite its food recall process.

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Buffalo Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in the Kensington-Bailey neighborhood.