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On your mark, get set, go! The Buffalo Marathon will be run this year.

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Western New York utilities are reporting some 15,000 customers without power Monday morning, after strong winds and heavy rain swept through the area Sunday. West Seneca Central Schools are also closed Monday because of the widespread outages.

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The 2020 Census is still going on, but not for much longer. The once-a-decade count of all residents of the United States was supposed to go through Oct. 31, but federal officials are ending the process at the end of September. This concerns Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who says undercounting in the city in 2010 cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars over the last decade.

In late 2018, a group of four Erie County residents won a successful ruling in State Supreme Court requiring Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard to accurately report suicide attempts in Erie County jails to the state Commission of Correction.

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Thanksgiving night, the Rev. Eric Johns and his two sons - Alexander, 16, and Nathaniel, 15, - slept under the viaduct that carries the I-190 over Exchange Street, across from the downtown Amtrak station.

Bob McCarthy has been with The Buffalo News since 1982 and a political reporter for the paper since 1992. Election Day means little sleep for him, but he still found time to talk to WBFO's Howard Riedel about his Election Day 2019 takeaways.

On the eve of Election Day, Buffalo News politics reporter Bob McCarthy says voters are seeing "really nasty ads" from both sides in the race for Erie County Executive between incumbent Mark Poloncarz and Lynne Dixon. McCarthy also weighs in on the bigger picture in the City of Buffalo and how a lack of competitive races could affect turnout. And which are the county legislature races to watch on Tuesday?


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On Friday, an Orchard Park jury found Erie County sheriff's deputy Kenneth Achtyl guilty of reckless assault and other charges related to his use of force when arresting Nicolas Belsito at a Buffalo Bills game in December 2017. A conviction of a law enforcement officer is unusual and it brought harsh criticism of the District Attorney's Office from the deputy union. WBFO's Howard Riedel talked about it with Matthew Spina, who covered the trial every day for The Buffalo News.


After falling behind 16-0, the Buffalo Bills rallied in the second half of their season opener against the New York Jets on Sunday, winning 17-16. After a first half that included four turnovers, Bills analyst Matt Sabuda says the team got a boost once coaches decided to start using rookie running back Devin Singletary, who ignited the offense in the comeback effort.


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"A Quiet Place," a thriller directed by John Krasinski, was a surprise hit last year and production on the sequel is underway here in Western New York. WBFO's Howard Riedel spoke with Executive Producer JoAnn Perritano, who said that while much of the first film was shot farther downstate, a lot of the sequel will be filmed in Western New York. "A Quiet Place 2" is tentatively scheduled for a March 2020 release.


The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 has been signed into law by President Trump. It extends benefts to veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving on ships off the coast of Vietnam. The co-sponsor of the bill, Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo), talked with WBFO's Howard Riedel about the measure, Wednesday's Democratic Presidential debate and other issues top of mind this week.

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North Tonawanda Police have arrested a North Carolina man after receiving an alert about a possible armed man at City Hall.

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One hundred immigrants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo are here to seek asylum in the United States.


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Wet spring weather has pushed Lake Erie's water level to its highest point ever recorded.

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It's Maple Weekend across New York State. This weekend and next weekend, you can take your family to the country to learn about and sample one of New York's most important agricultural products. WBFO's Howard Riedel spoke with Greg Zimpfer, one of the co-founders of Maple Weekend.


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The emergency declaration by President Trump to reallocate billions of dollars budgeted for other purposes to fund a border wall with Mexico could have an effect on Western New York. The U.S. Department of Defense has issued a document identifying hundreds of military construction projects subject to cancellation to free up resources to help pay for the wall. WBFO's Howard Riedel talked about the matter with Rep.

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The drums rolled out, the Irish dancers danced and there were even a couple St. Patricks. What was different was that every uniformed Buffalo Police officer providing security for the parade wore a body camera, a first for a department gradually converting to all patrol officers wearing the cameras.

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Andy Kowalczyk, is a former Clarence student who now attends UB who organized student anti-gun violence rallies after the Parkland shooting. WBFO morning host Howard Riedel talks with Kowalczyk about the efforts to sustain protests a year later.


The 116th U.S. Congress will be sworn in Thursday, including Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo), who spoke with WBFO's Howard Reidel about the first time in eight years Democrats will be in control of the House of Representatives. Among the topics discussed were picking a Speaker, the government shutdown and H.R. 1 on redistricting and automatic voter registration.


The Buffalo Bills suffered a 22-0 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, dropping them to 1-3 on the season. WBFO's Howard Riedel and analyst Matt Sabuda summarize what went wrong on this morning's Beyond The Playbook.


The Buffalo Bills shocked the football world with Sunday's dominant 27-6 victory over the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings. WBFO Bills analyst Matt Sabuda came away impressed by the performance of rookie quarterback Josh Allen.


The Buffalo Bills started their regular season with a 47-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Here to make us relive those horrible memories is Bills Analyst Matt Sabuba.

The Buffalo Bills ended their 17-season playoff drought with a 22-16 win over the Miami Dolphins. A lot of moving parts had to come together for it to happen. WBFO's Howard Riedel and analyst Matt Sabuda take a look at what the game means to fans and Western New York.

The Buffalo Bills take an 8-7 record on the road to meet the 6-9 Miami Dolphins, with a potential playoff berth as the prize. WBFO's Howard Riedel and analyst Matt Sabuda go Beyond the Playbook to focus their eyes on that lofty prize.

The Buffalo Bills traveled to New England Sunday with high expectations for a playoff spot, even against the formidable Patriots. However, there was no Christmas miracle, as the Pats beat the Bills 37-16. WBFO Host Howard Riedel and football analyst Matt Sabuda talk about what the game means as the Bills prepare for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins 24-16 at New Era Field on Sunday, to improve their record to 8-6 and keep their playoff hopes alive. WBFO's Howard Riedel and analyst Matt Sabuda look at the last home game of the year.


The Buffalo Bills beat the Denver Broncos 26-16 Sunday, improving to 2-1 and a share of the lead in the AFC East. The Bills were three-point underdogs going into the game, but analyst Matt Sabuda called the victory on Friday. He talks about defying the odds, the protests and much more.

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A familiar face is planning to throw his hat into the ring for the Park District seat on the Buffalo School Board now vacant because of a New York State Education Department decision.

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Seneca Nation President Todd Gates and North Collins Town Supervisor John Tobia on Monday signed an agreement that will provide safe drinking water for the hamlet of Lawtons in North Collins. It is one of three areas in Western New York cited for having tap water that was a health threat in a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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