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Mike Baggerman
March 22, 2017 - 6:37 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Roughly 30 people gathered in Niagara Falls on Wednesday evening for a public forum to discuss removal of the toll booths at the Grand Island Bridge. Concerns for residents are over the cost of using the toll booths. Though it only costs $1, a check presented said Western New...
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March 22, 2017 - 4:12 pm
FALCONER, N.Y. (WBEN) - Fire crews battled a large blaze on West Main Street in Falconer for most of the day on Wednesday. Channel 7 reports the fire is currently under control but a portion of West Main Street will remain closed Wednesday night and even for the next few days because the building...
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Photo: Erie County Sheriff's Office
March 22, 2017 - 3:33 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - An investigation into an overdose death led to the arrest of two dealers on Tuesday in a drug raid. Lamel Williams, 38, and his sister Latisha Williams, 37, were arrested after the Buffalo Police Department executive a search warrant at a Potomac Avenue residence in Buffalo...
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March 22, 2017 - 1:58 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Assemblyman Sean Ryan is asking for a thorough investigation from the New York State Department of Corrections after the January arrest of Thomas Moore for sexually abusing a resident at the Waterfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Buffalo. Moore is a disabled man...
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AP Photo/Andrew Selsky
March 22, 2017 - 1:07 pm
NEW YORK, N.Y. (WBEN) - Chronic pain was officially added as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana on Wednesday. New York State's Department of Health announced enhancements to the Medical Marijuana Program on March 16 which is supposed to improve patient access. Chronic pain is defined by...
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Tom Puckett
March 22, 2017 - 12:13 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Buffalo fire marshals and Buffalo police are investigating a number of tote fires in the Allentown and West side area. Officials responded to the call just after 6:45am Wednesday morning. Authorities say 4 totes were started on fire. One in the 300 block of Hudson Street. Two in...
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Buffalo's Central Terminal
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Susan Rose
March 22, 2017 - 12:08 pm
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - A consultant's report on a new Buffalo train station came as sticker shock to many, including Central Terminal Restoration Corporation. "The numbers are quite eye-opening to say the least" said Mark Lewandowski, Central Terminal President. The cost to re-purpose the East Side...
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Tom Puckett
March 22, 2017 - 11:37 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Gabrielle Ballowe, who admitted to fatally hitting a man and driving off in 2013, has been denied early release. Erie County DA John Flynn says the Erie County Department of Probation’s Conditional Release Commission has denied the 51 year old's request. Ballowe is currently...
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Brian Mazurowski
March 22, 2017 - 9:55 am
Grand Island, NY (WBEN) - The call to remove the tolls on the Grand Island bridge is growing louder. A public forum hosted by WNY for Grand Island Toll Barrier Removal will be held Wednesday night. At the event, a presentation will be followed by an opportunity for any Western New Yorker to voice...
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March 22, 2017 - 6:55 am
WASHINGTON (WBEN/AP) -- Desperate to lock down votes for their health care overhaul, House Republican leaders are seeking to shift more than $2 billion in Medicaid costs from upstate New York counties to the state government - a proposal Democrats quickly labeled the "Buffalo Bribe" and the "...
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