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You may notice that “new car smell” if you’re driving through downtown Buffalo this weekend. The 2016 Buffalo Auto Show is now underway at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, where more than 250 new vehicles are on display through Sunday.

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SUNY has announced a round of funding for 16-campuses to establish or expand an Educational Opportunity Program. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter says SUNY Buffalo State and the University at Buffalo will both receiving funding for their programs.

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Many schools are closed today in anticipation of the severe weather.

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Erie County legislators are pondering the future of the county's ban on plastic microbeads used in personal care products that are considered an environmental threat to the Great Lakes. The ban takes effect on Sunday.


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Black history on the Niagara Frontier is long, rich and varied, a story that stretches from Joe Hodge, the trapper and trader who lived on Cattaraugus Creek and Buffalo Creek in the 1790s, to the Coloured Corps, the company of black soldiers who defended Upper Canada against the American invaders in the War of 1812, to William Wells Brown and the black Buffalonians who fought off So

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Race relations in America have improved, but they aren't always good. This assessment was provided by Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree, who spoke Thursday at the University at Buffalo.


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Cheap gas prices are making consumers happy at the pump, but not everyone is benefiting from the lower prices. New York’s counties, who impose a sales tax on gasoline, have lost over $200 million in revenues.


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The days of the old Chautauqua Amphitheater are now numbered. A state Supreme Court Judge Thursday rejected a preservation group's legal moves to block demolition.


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With SolarCity's stock price plummeting, some have voiced concerns over the future of the company's massive manufacturing plant that is under construction in South Buffalo. During his visit to Buffalo Thursday, Governor Cuomo looked to ease those concerns.

Two plays, both running through Sunday, February 28, deal with the emotions that cultural identity stirs up, as well as culture versus stereotypes. BAD JEWS presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Steve Vaughan, asks questions about Jewish identity while FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN presented by Paul Robeson Theatre, directed by Laverne Clay, presents a late-in-life friendship between boxer Muhammad Ali and Hollywood actor Steppin' Fetchit.

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Want to find a meteorite? Antarctica might be the best place to look.

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Nina Lanza knows space rocks. In her day job as a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she operates the Curiosity Rover’s ChemCam, using a rock-vaporizing laser to analyze the Martian surface.

But recently, Lanza was having a very different kind of encounter with space rocks: She was picking them up off of the Antarctic ice.

Why movie tickets aren't priced like airline tickets

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Box office revenue set a record last year, thanks in part to higher ticket prices. But the relatively low number of people actually going to theaters has the industry wringing its hands.

Earlier this week, for instance, I paid $14 for a ticket to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," and pretty much had the theater to myself.  

What if there were a way for theaters to play with ticket prices to fill some of those empty seats, by making them cheaper? Kind of like the airlines do? 

The hardest jobs to fill

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The number of jobs openings climbed to the second-highest it’s ever been in December — That’s according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, out this week. 

Tech jobs can be among those that stay open the longest…and the job search site Indeed.com took a look at which ones stay open more than 60 days. They found that IT specialists are at the top of the list, followed by software engineers.  

NBA goes to Toronto seeking international fans

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In San Francisco, fans watching the Golden State Warriors at a local bar have a lot to cheer for. A recent championship. The league's best record.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, February 12, 2016

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Airing on Friday, February 12, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Google expanding the “right to be forgotten”; why certain tech jobs stay open for months; and my Webb, futurist and the founder of Webbmedia Group joins us for this week's Silicon Tally.

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