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The United States Postal Service is preparing for the busy holiday season by extending Saturday hours today and next weekend.

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Snow will continue to accumulate in areas across Western New York over the weekend.

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Congress is expected to vote Friday on extending a program that provides a pathway to citizenship for wealthy foreigners. The program is important because it's helping fuel some of the new growth in Buffalo and across the nation.

Southern Tier lake effect most welcome at Holiday Valley

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Lake effect snow has arrived in abundance in the Southern Tier. And as far as some folks see it, especially those preparing for Holiday Valley's formal season opening this weekend, the heavy snow is most welcome.

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New York's powerful teachers union passed a resolution to combat federal education policy under President-Elect Donald Trump. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) is gearing up to mobilize 'in defense of public education'.

Winners of three consecutive games, the Pittsburgh Steelers will meet the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at New Era Field. Both teams remain in contention for the post-season, but, as analyst Matt Sabuda points out, a loss on Sunday would end the the Bills' hopes for the playoffs.

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Buffalo State College has received a $4 million gift from the Richard and Patricia Garman family of East Aurora to support the college’s Art Conservation Department. The family’s gift marks the largest one-time gift to the college and will result in continuous support for students who enter this competitive graduate program, one of only four such art conservation programs in the country.

Holocaust Center joins alarm about hate crimes

Dec 9, 2016

In recent months, there has been a surge in reported hate speech - on Jews, Hispanics, Muslims, African Americans, women and members of the LGBTQ community. Now an international group of 90 organizations, including the Holocaust Center of Buffalo, plus 71 Holocaust scholars and educators have signed on to a statement condemning such intolerance.

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The FBI hosted an employment workshop on Buffalo's East Side Thursday, as it looks to further diversify its workforce.

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Western New York is getting $62 million for approved projects in the latest round of state spending from the regional economic development councils. The projects benefiting range from rebuilding a section of Niagara Street to a culinary arts training program in Cattaraugus County.

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A vintage telescope housed inside Buffalo's Kellogg Observatory since 1930, but closed to the public since 1999, has been removed from the dome. It's on its way to Pennsylvania, where it will be refurbished and then returned in 2017 as the Buffalo Museum of Science gives its popular space exhibit a full makeover.

New York state is making more changes to its medical marijuana program.

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A historic golf course in Fort Erie may soon be replaced by a massive mixed-use housing development with nearly 800 housing units, from single homes to apartment buildings.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he has spoken to federal prosecutors regarding the prosecution of his former top aide and eight others involved in an economic development scandal.

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act — also known as Obamacare — and replace it with something else. While no one really knows what that means, one health care analyst with a prominent Albany think tank said New York could be billions of dollars in the hole as a result.

Moving from the East Side (the African American Cultural Center) to the West Side of Main Street (at Shea's 710 Main Theatre) the Paul Robeson Theatre opened CHRISTMAS IS COMIN' UPTOWN, a musical based on "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. Scrooge is now a Harlem slumlord about to foreclose an apartment house, a recreation center and a church when his late partner and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future take him on their rounds. There's one addition to the classic tale-- a rousing gospel number in a baptist church.

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Erie County's top prosecutor is appealing an appellate court decision that reversed the murder conviction of a man found guilty of killing his then-girlfriend's 5-year-old son.

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New York State Senator Marc Panepinto of Buffalo held his last district-wide roundtable discussion with several schools superintendents Thursday in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District. But it served as a first roundtable session for Senator-elect Chris Jacobs, who will take over in the 60th Senate District next month.

Convicted killer Lewis sentenced to 131 years in prison

Dec 8, 2016
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For multiple shootings he committed since 2014, two of which were fatal, a 19-year-old Buffalo man will spend the rest of his life in prison. Judge Kenneth Case sentenced Diamond Lewis on Thursday to 131 years in prison.

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A number of University at Buffalo faculty members recently issued a letter to UB president Satish Tripathi to establish a 'sanctuary' campus' for students, faculty, staff and families. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says many are voicing concern with President-elect Donald Trump's proposals to deport or jail millions of undocumented immigrants.

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It’s not every day that a hospital relocates to a new spot, but that’s what is happening at Women & Children’s Hospital. The hospital will move from its current location on Bryant Street to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in several stages beginning on January 3.

Kenmore Mercy earns Top Hospital award

Dec 8, 2016
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Kenmore Mercy Hospital has earned the Leapfrog Group's Top Hospital Award and was the only hospital in New York State to make this year's list of 115.

The region's residents know very well the possibilities of lake effect snow, which can pile up quickly in some areas while other locales receive very little precipitation. Dave Thomas of the National Weather Service says that will be the case in the coming days. As three feet of snow hits areas to the south, Buffalo and its northern suburbs should see only a dusting of snow.

An Akron man has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Prosecutors say he was part of an online community dedicated to the discussion and exchange of child porn.

Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers are still trying to put together a special session before the end of the year that could include a pay raise.

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Buffalo Public Schools are rushing to extend the Kaleida Health contract that provides nurses for all regular public, private, parochial and charter schools. WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

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Those responsible for clearing the City of Buffalo's streets say they are ready for winter. Mayor Byron Brown joined members of the city's Public Works, Parks and Streets Department to reveal new equipment which will join the existing snow-clearing inventory.

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When the cell phone you hold in your hand and press against your face is at least six times dirtier than the average toilet seat, it begs the question: Is it safe to use in a hospital? The answer: Not so much. A winner of New York’s 43North competition is out to change that, and they’re finding more uses for their product than originally planned.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the latest "McEichel" game, the continuing impact of Jack Eichel's return on his teammates and the state of the team's blue line, which is missing three regulars.

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A long-term energy plan by the Cuomo administration that includes a nearly $8 billion subsidy to two upstate nuclear power plants is being challenged from both ends of the political spectrum, and a lawsuit has been filed to try to stop the deal.

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