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New York is one of several states now suing the federal government and the founder of a Texas company that offers blueprints to produce 3D printed guns. While the long-running dispute over gun rights takes a new twist, a Buffalo institution that provides access to 3D printers makes clear you'll not be allowed to try it in their space.

The "treatment gap" remains one of the biggest obstacles for health officials trying to curb the opioid crisis. With only one in ten with substance use disorders seeking help, the reasons in avoiding treatment are many.  Some say stereotypes can get in the way.

New law enforcement app detects fake IDs

Aug 5, 2018

Law enforcement officers in New York are employing new, state-of-the-art technology aimed at catching underage people who try to purchase alcohol.

Gun violence in Buffalo has claimed another life. Buffalo police report the latest shooting happened Saturday night on the 100 block of Hagen Street.


New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is reporting strong growth in local state sales tax collections through the first half of the year.


A seven year old victim was injured by gunfire last night in the city's Ferry-Fillmore District.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Through Sunday, visitors to Canalside Buffalo have an opportunity to visit the GlassBarge, a traveling exhibit by the Corning Museum of Glass which is on tour to mark 150 years of glassblowing and glass production in that town. The visit also coincides with an ongoing celebration of the Erie Canal's bicentennial.

Accusations of the use of corporal punishment are among the troubling issues connected with some day care  center closures in the region. Amanda Kelkenberg, CEO of the Child Care Resource Network, says parents need to scrutinize day care providers before entrusting them with the care of their child. An open door policy, Kelkenberg asserts, should be the first item parents seek when researching day care providers.


In 2011, 18-year-old Alix Rice was struck and killed by a drunk driver while riding her longboard home from work in Getzville. In the years since, her mother has been working to open a public skate park in her memory.

He was appointed in late July to sit on a board for an organization harshly criticized in a state report earlier this year. E. Thomas Jones attended his first Erie County Water Authority board meeting Thursday. He and his colleagues say they're taking steps to improve transparency. Jones would like that to include moving meeting out where customers have an easier time attending them.

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The video on social media of a black man being arrested in a Buffalo coffee shop - while the white man he was fighting with remained free - may not be the end of the story.

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The Pierce-Arrow complex in North Buffalo is a familiar site to area residents, a symbol of a luxury car company that went away in the Great Depression. Now, remnants of the plant are being re-purposed by developers for housing and the Elmwood Avenue landmark is getting what may be the area's largest geothermal energy system.

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More beds are being built for children living in poverty.  The Service Collaborative of Western New York has kicked off a second year of Beds for Buffalo. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says community volunteers are building 150 new beds.

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An unidentified man was killed Wednesday afternoon in the Metro Rail tunnel between the Summer-Best Station and Utica Station.

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Check photos from the National Comedy Center's opening on Wednesday in Jamestown.

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The National Comedy Center opened Wednesday in Jamestown with big fanfare and lots of laughs.

The National Comedy Center holds its opening celebration in Jamestown, New York, Wednesday through Aug. 5. Once called the “furniture capital of the world,” Jamestown is the hometown of comedian and actress Lucille Ball.

Board member and comedian Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) has been in the museum, and joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young for a preview.

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The Buffalo Common Council will be investigating the arrest of a black man seen in a video scuffling with a white security guard.

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Sixty-seven years after his death, a Buffalo native has received a half-dozen medals - including the Purple Heart - for his service in the Korean War.

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After years of fighting over more affordable housing, one local developer has voluntarily set aside 15 percent of his new project for below-market-rate apartments - but are they really?

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The Buffalo Fire Department is bidding farewell to its longtime chaplain, Father Joe Bayne, who served in the role for over 13 years.

Jay Moran

The Olmsted Parks Conservancy is holding a series of meetings seeking the public's input as it develops plans for the next five years. Brian Dold, Director of Planning and Advocacy, says tonight's session will focus on the South District.

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As there is a growing response to better handle mental health, we spoke with a prominent philosopher from New York University, who explains some of what causes 'mental breakdowns'.  Professor Jerome Wakefield is in Buffalo where he attend UB's philosophy event called the Romanell Conference.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Wakefield offers his views on the mental health crisis and addiction.

Authorities say a man hiking in Zoar Valley over the weekend slipped and fell 70 feet to his death.

Total Wrecking and Environment

It is a name you have probably heard, but may not know much about. Henry Wells is the Wells of of Wells Fargo. In 1852, he and William Fargo co-founded what is now a multinational financial services company. Wells may have a home on a former industrial complex Rich Products wants to knock down - and because of that, a demolition request has stalled before the city Preservation Board.

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Many Buffalo neighborhoods are quieter Monday and their gardeners relaxing, after thousands of people toured yards during this weekend's 24th Annual GardenWalk Buffalo.

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The three-day Lebanese Festival at an Amherst church continues. Hours Sunday are noon to 8pm at St. John Maron Church on Wherle Drive near Youngs Road.


The New York State Comptroller's Office is giving ECMC a favorable review regarding problems found during a previous audit.

Man dies of injuries in ATV mishap

Jul 28, 2018
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A Niagara County man has died of the injuries he sustained Friday night when his A-T-V crashed in the Town of Porter.

Erie County District Attorney

The Erie County District Attorney and New York State Inspector General announced Friday the arrests of three people accused of participating in a fraudulent scheme to circumvent minority- and women-owned business requirements at a state-funded work site in Buffalo.