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Bills release veteran running back, fan favorite Fred Jackson

The Buffalo Bills have released veteran running back Fred Jackson. The shocking news comes as the team prepares to cut its roster down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon.
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The Buffalo Bills have released veteran running back Fred Jackson. The shocking news comes as the team prepares to cut its roster down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon.

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An alarming piece of data was presented last week by the new Buffalo Schools Superintendent. Dr. Kriner Cash told the school board that in Buffalo  for every 100 ninth graders only 50-end up graduating. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked to two school board members about the data.

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Students return to the Medaille College campus in Buffalo Monday under brand new leadership.  Dr. Kenneth Macur will serve as the 7th president of the school, replacing Dr. Richard Jurasek, who retired at the end of last semester. Macur is the former Provost and Dean of Bethany College in Kansas.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with the new leader in his college office.

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Tickets go on sale today to see Paul McCartney at First Niagara Center. They aren't expected to last long. Buffalo audiences are proving to be eager ticket buyers, a trend that has national promoters taking a closer look at the region's potential.


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The biggest single source of cash for Erie County appears to be having a hiccup and Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says it's probably because of the declining Canadian dollar.


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More signs calling out banks that are being bad neighbors will be going up this week. State Assemblyman Michael Kearns says he started the "shame campaign" to expose lenders that foreclose on homes and let them rot for years.


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The Elmwood Festival of the Arts says it has never lost a day to rain in 16 years and yesterday didn't threaten that record, with heat and blue sky for the party in the Elmwood Village.


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Governor Cuomo’s labor commissioner is likely in the next few days to finalize a phased in hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast food workers. That action  dismays some business groups, who say it will have some unintended consequences.


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Neurologists and best-selling author Oliver Sacks has died .

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The Board of Trustees for the Chautauqua Institution voted to take bids on the reconstruction of the historic amphitheater.

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State laws aim to curb opioid overprescription and abuse

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s the equivalent of one bottle of prescription painkillers for every adult American. Meanwhile, 46 people a day die from an overdose of those same painkillers. That’s why New York State is trying to curb the problem of overprescribing.
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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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