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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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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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The art design of a freshman at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts was selected to promote the Buffalo Public Schools STEM Experience events.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced new economic development that will bring a combined 1,400 jobs to Buffalo and Dunkirk over the next decade.

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Bundy, who inspired the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was arrested at the airport in Portland, Ore., last night, apparently on his way to Malheur.

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