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The Buffalo area is bracing for some mixed precipitation in the coming days.

In Niagara County, 34 cats died in a fire this morning in a wooden shed in front of a house at 2253 Braley Road in the Town of Porter.

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Technical failures forced the emergency landing of a commuter flight at the Greater Rochester International Airport on Christmas afternoon.

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Strong winds that swept across the Ontario Province Thursday morning knocked out power to a number of residences throughout the region.

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One of the first issues that lawmakers will contend with when they return to Albany next month will be the expansion of app-based transportation services.

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Officials with the New York Army National Guard and the New York Air National Guard are reporting that military funerals for state veterans will total nearly 11,000 this year.

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Veterans' advocates are hopeful that 2016 brings more opportunities for those who have served in the nation's military, and are looking to transition into civilian society. New York's Lieutenant Governor recently paid a visit to a downtown Buffalo center that offers numerous services under one roof.

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A local pastor who spends his holiday season each year reaching out to the homeless and families in need wrapped up his month-long mission on Christmas Eve by serving hundreds of lasagna dinners.

When Congress is divided up in 2022, New York is probably going to lose another congressional seat. It's another reminder that the Empire State may be growing, but it isn't growing as fast as some other states.

Albany says its online registration system for medical marijuana is ready. However, many have questions about how the system will actually work.

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Local postal carriers are working hard to get cards and packages to your door in time for Christmas. If you still need to send stuff out, there are some things you'll need to know.

Wegmans plans to stop carrying health and beauty products containing microbeads. 

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A majority of New Yorkers predict that the first woman will be elected President of United States in the coming year.

Amidst the warmth, does it feel like Christmas?

Dec 23, 2015
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As record-setting warmth continues in Buffalo, we asked people walking along Canalside: given the weather, does it still feel like Christmas?

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Authorities say a volunteer firefighter has died in a one-car crash in Western New York. 

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One of more than 700 foster children in Erie County received a special gift in Family Court on Tuesday, just in time for the holidays.

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Governor Cuomo this week announced plans for mass pardons of young people who commit non-violent crimes. It’s the latest in a string of actions Cuomo has taken in the past year in an attempt to get around opposition from some factions in the state legislature.

A private deal between the Seneca Nation and Ellicott Development has cleared the way for sale of two city streets and a city agency building while maintaining access to a Seneca casino building.

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Families had a chance Tuesday night to remember relatives and friends who have been victims of violence in the 12th annual Tree of Life event at True Bethel Baptist Church.

New York State rolls out tow plows for selected highways

Dec 23, 2015
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While there's no threat of snow on Western New York roads this Christmas, state plow operators will have additional equipment available when the flakes finally start falling. New York State has purchased new "tow plows" that, when attached to plow trucks, will double the vehicle's ability to clean snow off highways.

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Solar City CEO and co-founder Lyndon Rive met with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer at the company's new RiverBend plant in South Buffalo on Tuesday.

Hoskins says 29 horses are sold, as ordered

Dec 22, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The Western New York woman who has been in a legal saga since her conviction on dozens of counts of animal cruelty was back in State Supreme Court on Tuesday. While Beth Lynne Hoskins says she has sold 29 horses, as ordered, local SPCA officials are concerned about the deal.

A recent audit revealed how the Buffalo Urban League overbilled Erie County's Department of Social Services. Charlotte Keith, who reported on the story for Investigative Post.org, discussed the findings on WBFO's Press Pass.

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Governor Cuomo continues to say that he will propose major reforms in the New Year, in the wake of the conviction of the two top legislative leaders on multiple corruption charges. But the governor, in a radio interview, says there’s only so far that he can go to reign in campaign donations.

Through his work on the House Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Tom Reed is able to take credit for work on tax policy to help farmers and small business. Now, he'd like to see wider tax policy changes in the coming year.

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Solar panel installations will get another five-years of tax credit under the massive tax and spending bill approved in Congress last week. Proponents say the move will benefit the region's economy.

Buffalo officials prepare for New Year's Eve ball drop

Dec 21, 2015
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Buffalo officials are anticipating a strong turnout to this year's New Year's Eve ball drop at the Electric Tower, aided by unusually mild weather as well as other events happening downtown earlier in the evening.

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There's apparently no end in sight to the pay differential between men and women. The ranking of new U.S. Census Bureau data, by Business First, shows men in the Buffalo area, on average, earn 39.1 percent more than women.

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As the Catholic world continues to celebrate the upcoming canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, her inspiration continues to be felt in the Buffalo community.

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The story of a powerful Western New Yorker is now being told in a documentary.  Liberty Under Law: The Robert H. Jackson Story will air Tuesday, December 22nd at 10 p.m. on WNED-Television.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with the co-founder of The Robert H. Jackson Center to discuss the man who remains the only one in United States history to serve in three federal legal positions.