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Slight gain for Buffalo Public school students in state assessments

There are some slight gains for public school students on this year's New York State Assessments. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says that includes small gains for Buffalo Public School students in English and Math.

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For the second time in about a week offensive and racist graffiti was written on a school playground. The words "sit here if gay" and the “N” word were discovered Sunday evening outside the Maple East Elementary School Williamsville. 

Invasive or not? A Great Lakes puzzle

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Around the Great Lakes, millions of dollars are spent to fight invasive species like Asian carp. They cause a lot of damage. But when scientists discover a new animal or plant in the region, it’s not always clear if it’s harmful - or helpful.


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A familiar face is planning to throw his hat into the ring for the Park District seat on the Buffalo School Board now vacant because of a New York State Education Department decision.

The Green Family

The Green family is thanking the community for the support being shown to them, as they grieve the loss of William and Amanda Green, who fell to their deaths while hiking in the Zoar Valley Gorge over the weekend.

Ontario Drug Policy Research Network

Provincial pushback on opioid overdoses and deaths has apparently led to a major drop in prescribing the potentially deadly drugs in Ontario. A new study may include lessons for the United States.

Less than one week into the renegotiation of NAFTA and Donald Trump has already threatened to blow up the agreement.

It may sound like a Broadway musical, but New York State voters this November get to decide whether to stage a "Con Con" that could have a much greater impact.

A Jamestown man has been sentenced to prison for stabbing his wife and stepson to death in their home.

New York State Education Department

The results of this year’s Common Core-related standardized tests show scores for New York’s schoolchildren inching up. About one-fifth of the children boycotted the tests altogether because of continued controversy over the Common Core learning standards.

Following the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Silicon Valley tech firms removed far-right groups from search results, cut off their websites and choked their ability to raise money online.

The moves have leaders on the far-right calling for the government to step in and regulate these companies. They have some strange bedfellows in this too — many liberals also are calling for more regulation of the same companies.

On the far-right is Richard Spencer. Most people in the U.S. would find Spencer's political views reprehensible: He is a white supremacist.

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WBFO has been named Outstanding News Operation in radio by the New York State Associated Press, snaring three first place awards, eight second place awards and four third place awards in the annual AP awards competition.

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Heritage Moments: America’s first spymaster and what Buffalo taught him about secrecy

Wild Bill Donovan he was called, the most famous son of Buffalo’s Old First Ward. He was the man who basically invented America’s intelligence apparatus, having founded and directed the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, the spy agency that eventually became the CIA.

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