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Lawmakers disagree on minimum wage, review of Child Protective Services

Thursday's session of the Erie County Legislature went long, as legislators wrangled over a state plan to raise the minimum wage in some fast food restaurants and over a demand that County Executive Poloncarz meet with legislators about the problems in Child Protective Services.
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What appears to be a large mound of dirt outside Buffalo's Central Terminal is actually an icy pile of old snow left behind from last season's winter storm. WBFO's Eileen Buckley found some curious citizens checking it out.

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The Buffalo Bills open training camp today at Saint John Fisher College in Pittsford with a 10am practice session.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Cross dressing newbies Jordan Louis Fisher as Viola and Tim Newell as Olivia in Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT and BUA experienced drag actors Christopher Standart and Jimmy Janowski (who, by the way, has great legs) as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in BETTE AND JOAN: THE FINAL CURTAIN spice up new productions and keep summer audiences engaged.

A woman drowned last night at Wendt Beach while trying to reach her daughter and another young girl struggling in the waters of Lake Erie. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The families who own Buffalo's professional sports teams, another local businessman who owns an out-of-town hockey club and a major league's commissioner were all at the same table in Buffalo on Thursday. Among the topics they discussed: the intangibles of owning a sports franchise, and whether success can be measured in the same way as it is measured in other industries.

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The company that operates Rural Metro Ambulance here in Buffalo and across the country is being acquired by a subsidiary of Colorado-based Envision Healthcare. 

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Thursday's session of the Erie County Legislature went long, as legislators wrangled over a state plan to raise the minimum wage in some fast food restaurants and over a demand that County Executive Poloncarz meet with legislators about the problems in Child Protective Services.


The Buffalo Fire Department has 109 new fire fighters this morning after they received their badges last night in a ceremony in Bennett High School, completing the long process of exams, processing and the fire academy in Cheektowaga.


Schools across the state are bracing for a potential zero percent growth in their tax levy next year. While the latest provisions of an ongoing tax cap won’t take effect until the 2016 school year, the state schools boards association says schools are starting to worry now.

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Samuel Herbert is on the ballot in the Democratic primary for the Fillmore District Council seat held by David Franczyk.

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State moves closer to equal treatment for mental and physical health care

You may have recently started to hear the term “mental health parity.” It refers to federal and state requirements for insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment as they would any other medical condition. Insurers haven’t always complied. As Michelle Faust reports, state lawmakers' recent actions intend to take hurdles from insurance out of the long path to recovery from addiction.
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West side gardeners find hellstrips heavenly

Local gardeners have embraced the use of small plots of land that have a devilish name. Hellstrips are green spaces found in front of houses that lie between the sidewalk and the street. WBFO contributor Elizabeth Licata says the mini-gardens have become especially popular on Buffalo's West side.
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WBFO wins top radio awards from PRNDI, AP

WBFO has won first place honors in a national competition for its coverage of the Snowvember Storm. Public Radio News Directors Inc.
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