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Region could break record for latest snowfall

Western New York could shatter a weather record this week -- just not the kind we're used to seeing as we move into December.
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The South Park High School football team will be recognized by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown at Wednesday night's Board of Education meeting. The South Park Sparks won the state championship last Friday and made history as the first Buffalo Public School to win the title. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this is a major accomplishment for one of the district's persistently struggling schools under receivership.

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One local state lawmaker says during a time when downtown Buffalo has enjoyed an economic renaissance, the announced forthcoming acquisition of First Niagara by KeyCorp could deal a devastating blow to the local economy.

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Monday night’s meeting of the Planning Board offered an opportunity for presentation and public comment on developments that could influence new hotspots for living in the City of Buffalo, as well as parking that will be much needed in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. As far as the latest development on the Canterbury Woods senior citizens residence project goes, a public update is still in the works.


A homicide investigation is reportedly underway in Genesee County following an early morning incident in Le Roy.

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More than 50 cats are in the care of the SPCA Serving Erie County, following a raid on a West Seneca shelter late Monday afternoon.

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Western New York could shatter a weather record this week -- just not the kind we're used to seeing as we move into December.

Testing is still underway on dead birds found along the shore of Lake Ontario. Jim Farquhar with New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says all signs indicate the cause of death is type E botulism.

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Buffalo Public School teachers recently received a letter directly from the city school board outlining the latest contract offer from the District. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes review the contents of that letter and the battle 'receivership' is creating between the teacher's union and district. 

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State Assemblyman Sean Ryan said he he's not surprised Sheldon Silver has been found guilty of using the power of his office to earn nearly $5 million illegally. Ryan, an attorney, told WBFO he read the criminal complaint lodged against the former Assembly speaker before the trial began.

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A lawmaker who was one of New York's most powerful politicians has been convicted by a federal jury of charges that he used the power of his office to earn $5 million illegally. 


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Investigative Post: African-Americans underrepresented in hiring for SolarCity project

Diversity hiring goals at the SolarCity plant under construction in South Buffalo have not resulted in a lot of jobs for African Americans, even though they account for nearly 40 percent of the city’s population. Charlotte Keith from our partner Investigative Post analyzed the employment data.
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Heritage Moments: Fugitive slave fights for a family's freedom

In his 1847 memoir, “Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave,” the abolitionist William Wells Brown recalled the years he spent in Buffalo as a worker on lake boats. He remembered one dramatic episode from his Buffalo years in gripping detail.
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