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The town of Amherst is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Many view Amherst as a generic suburb, filled with big box stores, office parks and jammed four-lane roadways. But in this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says that characterization is unfair. She says Amherst has a storied history, dating back to the earliest days of our region.

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Tonawanda Coke's request for a delay in the company's probation violation hearing was rejected in federal court in Buffalo on Monday.

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The Buffalo Police Department has started moving out of its longtime home at Church and Franklin streets. Crews began moving furniture and equipment in large trucks Monday morning.

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It is estimated that 300-million people suffer from depression across the world.  Experts say it's important to take action to deal with it.  As part of our Mental Health Initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says a local attorney found a way to help others as a way of enhancing his own mood. 

Tropical storm's remnants to bring heavy rains

Sep 9, 2018

Heavy rains are on their way to Western New York. The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon are forecast to move through the region.

Bishop admits mistakes, vows to stay on

Sep 9, 2018
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Bishop Richard Malone is again apologizing to parishioners of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. A letter from the Bishop is being read at Masses this weekend in the wake Attorney General Barbara Underwood's decision to begin an investigation into clergy abuse statewide.


State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is warning New Yorkers that proposed federal funding cuts could affect the health care for millions of state residents.

Music is Art hits the stage

Sep 8, 2018
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Artists of many stripes will be gathering today to celebrate their creativity at the 16th annual Music is Art festival.

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An Erie County Legislator, surrounded by dozens of community activists Friday morning, urged New York State Attorney General Barbara Underwood to take up the investigation of India Cummings' 2016 death after spending more than two weeks in the Erie County Holding Center.

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The Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative will soon have another mural to add to its list of completed projects. This one, however, will be the largest mural in Western New York.


Victims of sexual abuse by clergy and those with information about such cases are being encouraged to contact a hotline or file an online complaint form. Those options were announced Thursday by the New York State Attorney General, who has also reportedly issued subpoenas to every diocese within the state, including the Diocese of Buffalo, seeking more information on abuse.

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Stress levels for farmers in America have skyrocketed in recent years. With dairy prices low, many farmers are looking not just for financial support, but emotional support as well. Programs like New York State FarmNet have become integral for agricultural professionals in rural communities who may be suffering from depression.

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Fundraising for the nation’s first monument to honor African American veterans across all U.S. conflicts is getting a boost from Catholic Health, and the company’s employees are being recognized the process.

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As the Buffalo Common Council reconvened after summer break Tuesday, a coalition of community activists, organized labor and city residents took to the steps of City Hall to unveil their vision for a more equitable and inclusive Queen City.

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Students across Western New York are returning to the classroom this week. That means a return to bus pick-ups and drop-offs, an increase in young pedestrians, and an annual message urging motorists to drive carefully.

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The heartache of suicide for surviving family members was highlighted as Erie County leaders kicked of Suicide Prevention Week Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the prevention message is of hope.

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What happens to the butter sculpture at the New York State Fair once the event is over? Well, for the third year, it will be recycled and used for electricity.

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The Welcome Plaza Project at Niagara Falls State Park Prospect Point's entrance is on schedule to be completed by next summer.

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It is a difficult time for the Catholic Church in the wake of the priest sexual abuse scandal.  But a church in Amherst is holding a special service this Friday to pray for abuse victims, as well as priests and the faithful.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with the pastor of St. Leo the Great Church on Sweet Home Road about dealing with the devastating scandal.

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2018 was another record-breaking year for the New York State Fair near Syracuse. 1,279,010 people visited the Fair this year, smashing last year’s record by 10 percent.


Last Wednesday a group of cyclists left New York City with a plan to ride to Niagara Falls in just five days. Their goal? Raising awareness and money for the non-profit group Sanctuary for Families, who provide support for victims of domestic and gender violence.

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The toxic material that was found in soil at Niagara Falls State Park during construction of the Welcome Plaza project has been removed according to park officials.

A new $20 million facility that offers interactive information on a widespread variety of regional tourist destinations, as well as a market offering locally-produced foods and beverages, has opened in Grand Island. Numerous elected officials and residents gathered for the grand opening of the Western New York Welcome Center.


Tawana Wyatt remembers her daughter India Cummings

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The sounds of Aretha Franklin filled Niagara Square during Food Truck Thursday. It was one way for the city of Buffalo to pay tribute of the Queen of Soul. As the lunch hour went on, people showed up to eat, listen, and reminisce. 


New data shows Buffalo Airbnb hosts have handled 29,000 guest arrivals since Memorial Day this year, leading to $2.5 million in total earnings according to Airbnb.

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For years, Buffalo has been the number one city in the US for Labatt. With a new office and brew pub opening up soon downtown, local Labatt officials were able to convince their parent company North American Breweries to hold its National Sales Meeting in Buffalo this October.

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The airline OneJet, which earlier this year began operating flights between Buffalo and Albany, is temporarily suspending all of its routes.

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Bishop Richard Malone and the Diocese of Buffalo are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed Thursday morning. The plaintiff is a sexual abuse survivor who alleges the bishop and diocese pose a "public nuisance" by continuing to withhold information on dozens of past child sexual abuse claims.

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More and more young children are experiencing 'complex trauma'.  That has created a need for added mental health services.  As part of our on-going Mental Health Initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley toured Gatway Longview's new Northtown Behavioral Health Clinic in Williamsville to reach more youth.