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ELA & Math scores show gains in student proficiency

State-wide students are showing some increases in proficiency in Common Core testing. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued results late Friday afternoon from this spring's ELA and Math Standardized testing students in 3rd through 8th grade.
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State-wide students are showing some increases in proficiency in Common Core testing. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued results late Friday afternoon from this spring's ELA and Math Standardized testing students in 3rd through 8th grade. 

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The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation and Outer Harbor Management unveiled unique wooden benches at Wilkeson Pointe Friday.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the handcrafted benches were created by students at The Foundry in Buffalo.  

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Residents of South Buffalo are taking action after learning that a "White Lives Matter" rally has been planned for Cazenovia Park on Saturday. 

The conventions are over. The political stage has been set for what's expected to be a historic contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  The candidates will spend the next 101 days on the campaign trail.

WBFO was the only radio station in the Buffalo region that assigned a reporter to cover both the Democratic and Republican conventions. Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt interviewed dozens of political operatives. She talked with WBFO News Director Brian Meyer.


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Hillary Clinton made history Thursday night, becoming the first woman to accept a major political party's nomination for the presidential election. As one might expect, the local leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties offered mixed reviews of her speech, including whether she solidified her party's support.


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The National Lacrosse League has announced the five finalists for its Class of 2016 ballot. Two new nominees, including retired Buffalo Bandit John Tavares, have been selected by the league's Hall of Fame Committee.

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There is no easy fix to the delays heading in to Canada on the region's international bridges, according to a member of Ontario's Provincial Parliament.


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Some area high school students set aside their summer break this week to attend a three-day leadership program. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports nearly 50-students attended the Steve Tasker Self-Leadership Experience at Canisius College.

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Either a lot of people are suing Erie County or it's going to cost a lot of money to settle the outstanding lawsuits. That's one conclusion you could draw from Thurday's action by the County Legislature to add $1 million to the county's Risk Retention Fund.


Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy is getting ready to head home after four days of covering the Democratic National Convention. In a conversation with WBFO Friday morning, he talked about his overall impressions of the convention, Governor Andrew Cuomo's primetime address and Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech.


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Hillary Clinton addressed supporters at the Democratic National Convention last night as the country’s first female presidential nominee of a major political party.

Here & Now political analysts Jamal Simmons and Paris Dennard join hosts Robin Young and Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss whether Clinton succeeded in laying out the reasons for electing another Clinton to the White House.

Hillary Clinton wrapped up the Democratic National Convention this week with her big speech to delegates last night. Donald Trump made headlines for his comments about Russia this week.

Here & Now 2016 roundtable guests Greg Moore and Ron Elving join hosts Robin Young and Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the week in campaign news.

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Greg Moore, former editor of the Denver Post. He tweets @gregorymoore.

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Russia is indignant about allegations that it was involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee and releasing thousands of embarrassing emails through WikiLeaks.

Democrats have charged that the exploit was designed to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign and favor Donald Trump's. Russia denies any involvement, but the incident helps shed light on how Russia's political establishment perceives the two major-party presidential nominees.

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Heritage Moments

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Heritage Moments: America’s first spymaster and what Buffalo taught him about secrecy

Wild Bill Donovan he was called, the most famous son of Buffalo’s Old First Ward. He was the man who basically invented America’s intelligence apparatus, having founded and directed the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, the spy agency that eventually became the CIA.
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Lithograph c. 1850 by Francis D’Avignon, after a daguerreotype by Matthew Brady. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Heritage Moments: The Shunning of Millard Fillmore

Portrait by Carl Van Vechten. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection.

Heritage Moments: Harold Arlen, from Pine Street to Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Investigative Post: Buffalo Billion-funded visual effects program falls short of expectations

When it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, SolarCity isn’t the only project experiencing problems. State officials had high hopes for a much smaller initiative—a visual effects training program at Daemen College, in partnership with a company promising to create new jobs in the fledgling industry in Buffalo.
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