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Penguins: you might know them as a sweet little animal with a cute waddle. But did you know they’re threatened? It’s not for a reason you’d expect. The good news is, this weekend you have a chance to meet and help some penguins, right here in Western New York. 

Two occupants of a dump truck were injured, one seriously, after their vehicle tipped onto its side late Wednesday afternoon in Niagara Falls.


The pace of development at the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna is picking up, with a major new project to be finished this summer and the latest proposal to connect a bike path to Woodlawn Beach State Park in Hamburg.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein are hosting their regular COVID-19 update briefing in Buffalo. Watch it live here at 2 p.m.


New state money may help people with some disabilities stay in their East Side homes.

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The historic bridge in Eden's hamlet of Clarksburg has been blocked off since Oct. 15, since the driver of a loaded propane truck lost control on the steep hill leading down to the bridge. The truck hit the bridge, then fell into the gulch below. That left the bridge damaged and two fire departments struggling to provide protection.

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New York State plans to open 24-hour mental health urgent care facilities. Spectrum Health, who currently operates as Erie County’s only "Urgent Mental Health and Addiction Care Clinic," has seen the need for services rise since opening.

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A group of volunteers has soldiered on to keep Buffalo's historic Central Terminal complex from falling apart completely, gradually assembling the political support to put significant cash into planning its future.

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The Niagara Town Board is giving opponents of a proposed asphalt plant another opportunity to end the construction plan.

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Public transit advocates spoke out about the need for the Erie County Legislature to put money being considered for road and bridge work this year, towards a public transit system they say is crumbling.

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A single-engine plane crash Wednesday afternoon in Cattaraugus County has killed one man and seriously injured another.

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Each day in Erie County, the math doesn't add up for its foster care system. There are some 900 children in foster care, but only about 150 certified foster parents and 140 adoptions each year. Now add a pandemic, and the answer to finding forever homes for these kids becomes even more difficult.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will give his regular COVID-19 briefing at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Watch it live here.

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The spirit was willing, but COVID regulations took much of the rowdy fun and crowds out of Buffalo's annual Dyngus Day parade.

The Intellectual Property Rights Center and numerous federal agencies have issued a warning about a post COVID-19 vaccine survey scam.

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Recreational use of marijuana has been passed by the New York State Legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Local hemp farmer and Singer Farm Naturals co-owner Tom Zulist, who operates in Niagara County on the Ontario shoreline, spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about what he’s excited to see come next.

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Friday marks the 200th anniversary of the legal incorporation of Erie County. It also is the day the county will begin a year-long observation of the bicentennial, to be called EC200.

The City of Buffalo is offering rewards to residents who provide information on illegal use of ATVs and dirt bikes on city streets.

County officials say that they've identified five specimens collected from Erie County residents have been identified as containing a more transmissable variant of the coronavirus.

One of the largest issues individuals with mental illness face is the availability and accessibility of housing.

The lack of safe and affordable place to live is a tremendous barrier to recovery and to the prevention of homelessness, hospitalization, and movement through the criminal justice system.

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The public comments phase of the months-long City of Buffalo’s state-mandated Commission on Police Reform ended today.  

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Mayor Byron Brown may see Buffalo as a city on the move, but local activists presented quite a different view in their virtual "State of Our City" address Thursday.

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FeedMore WNY is holding its annual Champions for Meals this week,  where government officials and community leaders help deliver meals to homebound older adults to raise awareness for FeedMore’s Meals on Wheels program. It also marks 12 months since the COVID-19 pandemic began. WBFO’s Older Adults Reporter Tom Dinki provides a look at how Meals on Wheels has more than doubled its client base in that time.


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Tuesday morning in front of Elim Christian Fellowship in Buffalo, prison reform advocates called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the recently passed HALT Solitary Confinement Act into law.

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The City of Buffalo has torn down thousands of condemned houses during Mayor Byron Brown's administration. But a new pilot program announced Tuesday sets a goal of not only demolishing dilapidated properties, but replacing them within months through a community collaboration.

At 2:30 p.m. Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding a live update on the current status of coronavirus in New York State. Listen to it here.

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The New York State Attorney General announced Friday that her office's Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit found insufficient evidence to determine a crime was committed by Lockport Police offices and Niagara County Sheriff's Deputies involved in a call which led to the death of Troy Hodge two years ago. But Attorney General Letitia James says the response to the call raises concerns.


Another one-day pop-up vaccination clinic is open in Buffalo today for residents of the 14207 zip code. The Northwest Buffalo Community Center is distributing vaccines until 4 p.m. this afternoon.

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Erie County legislators hoping to pull back County Executive Mark Poloncarz’s COVID emergency powers will need to wait longer to vote on the matter.

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James' office announced Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit against Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, to address what James describes as "failing to address rampant sexual misconduct in correctional facilities."