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With innovative redesign, Community Music School aims to bring performance closer to the public

Plans for a large-scale renovation and expansion of Buffalo’s Community Music School got the Buffalo Planning Board’s stamp of approval on Monday night. With the help of a generous donor, the nearly century-old school aims to put itself on display to the community through a new and innovative redesign.
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Buffalo Public Schools are awaiting completion of test results for about two thirds of its schools and their water sources. But on Tuesday, officials confirmed that a few sources within 18 schools showed signs of lead contamination at or above levels that, under state regulations, require action.

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La Divina cook Antonio Robles said it was a typical day at work last Tuesday. He was doing prep work when officers raided the restaurant and ordered him to get on the floor. Now, he wears a 24-hour ankle bracelet to monitor his whereabouts.

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St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute hosted its annual candidates' debate this morning. This year, the participants were the contender for Erie County District Attorney.

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Plans for a large-scale renovation and expansion of Buffalo’s Community Music School got the Buffalo Planning Board’s stamp of approval on Monday night. With the help of a generous donor, the nearly century-old school aims to put itself on display to the community through a new and innovative redesign.

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The public will get more opportunities to weigh in on the five-story mixed-use development proposed for the corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues in Buffalo. The City Planning Board Monday decided the 57-unit project must have a full environmental impact review and public hearings before moving forward.

According to an analysis from Business First, there are 1,032 development projects worth $1 million or more underway throughout the eight counties of Western New York. Jim Fink of Business First offers some highlights on WBFO's Press Pass.

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For the first time in more than two years, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline this week is higher than it was a year ago. According to a survey by GasBuddy, a company that compiles data on gas prices, national prices are up a penny from last year at this time.

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Environmental groups are calling on big oil companies to "come clean"about climate change.

A survey just released by the AARP and Siena College Research Institute suggests most Erie County residents from the Generation X and Baby Boomer generations are not financially prepared for retirement. Nor are they confident in the future of their Social Security benefits.

The cost of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is expected to rise an average of 22 percent in 2017, according to information released by the Obama administration Monday afternoon.

Still, federal subsidies will also rise, meaning that few people are likely to have to pay the full cost after the rate increases to get insurance coverage.


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AT&T has announced it's buying Time-Warner in a cash-and-stock deal worth more than $85 billion, uniting one of the country's largest communications companies with a major content provider.

The deal was formally approved by the boards of both companies on Saturday.

The final presidential debate was fast-moving with candidates clashing. Trump made waves early with a racially loaded sentence on immigration. "We have some bad hombres here," he said. "And we're going to get them out." Trump defended Russia's Putin and Syria's Assad and suggested he may not accept the results of the election. Much like the first debate, Clinton was on the offense, attacking Trump on his treatment of women and his temperament. She contrasted their records: While she was in the Situation Room getting bin Laden, Trump, she said, was on Celebrity Apprentice.

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The final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. It's the last chance either candidate will have to make a closing argument before tens of millions of voters.

It follows yet another unprecedented week in the campaign, in which Trump has repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the election, predicting that it will be stolen from him through media bias and massive voter fraud.

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Just two days before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are set to meet for their second presidential debate, more damaging audio of the GOP nominee using crude language about women and how he would hit on them has surfaced.

Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence and Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine met Tuesday evening for the only vice presidential debate of 2016. Many expected the 90-minute face-off at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., to be a cordial affair, and it largely was, but each came armed with plenty of barbs to throw at the other.

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Tonto is one of the most famous and enduring characters ever to come out of American television. He is the Lone Ranger’s faithful sidekick, brave, loyal and just, variously described as Potawatomi or Comanche. And the actor who made Tonto come alive during the entire TV run of The Lone Ranger (1949-57) was a handsome, dark-haired, sometimes-Buffalonian named Jay Silverheels.
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Neighborhoods on the city’s East and Lower West Sides are “ground zero” for the worst lead poisoning problems in all of Upstate New York. Lead paint is considered the culprit, but the crisis in Flint, Michigan, has raised questions about the safety of the drinking water in cities like Buffalo.
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