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For freshmen, adjusting to college life brings challenges

Parking lots this week are full of eager freshmen, bored siblings and nostalgic parents. Dorm room keys are being distributed and with them come the beginning of the college experience. WBFO's Lian Bunny checked in with local students and administrators for some perspective on adjusting to college life.
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The Cuomo Administration announced Thursday that from the $50 million in grants being awarded for emergency communication system upgrades, Erie County will get $2.1 million.

It's being called one of the biggest online data breaches in the world. The infidelity website Ashley Madison was hacked in July, but in the last week, email addresses for some 30 million users of the site was made public online by the hackers. Toronto police say the fallout from the hack is enormous and is being felt worldwide.


A state Board of Elections investigator appointed by Governor Cuomo may have found a back door way into breaking some of the secrecy surrounding a major campaign contribution loophole in New York.


If some lawmakers had their way 45-years ago, the home of the Buffalo Bills would have been in Lancaster.


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Tim Carroll's candidacy for the Shaw Festival's Artistic Directorship was kept under wraps, but his tenure which begins in about 16 months (he'll be shadowing Jackie Maxwell for the 2016 season) holds great promise to return the Shaw to its former glory.  Meanwhile, at the other great Canadian festival, Stratford, the Greek tragedy by Sophocles, OEDIPUS REX,  builds relentlessly to its conclusion, leaving sold-out audiences breathless.

HarborCenter Marriott opens for business

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The final major component in downtown Buffalo's highly-touted mixed-use facility is completed and welcoming its first guests.

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Area Catholic school teachers learned how to bring STEM into their classrooms.  The Diocese of Buffalo held its STREAM Academy for its elementary teachers.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this allows teachers to incorporate religion and art in STEM Learning.

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It used to be a rail line. When work on a $2.6 million project is done by late November, it will be the latest link in a longer network of pathway that can allow bicyclists and pedestrians a clear route to Buffalo.


from Kaleida Health website

The 2017 opening of the Oshei Children's Hospital on the medical campus will leave a huge hole on Bryant Street when operations cease at the current location of Women and Children's Hospital. Officials are confident the site will eventually take on a new role inside one of the city's most dynamic neighborhood.


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Senator Chuck Schumer is being urged to reverse his opposition of the Iran Nuclear Deal. 

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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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