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SUNY Buffalo State welcomed another large class of freshman for 'move-in-day' Tuesday.  It is the third largest class in 25-years. 1,700 freshman are enrolled. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports the campus was buzzing as everyone moved into the dorms, but not all of the students were from out-of-town. 

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Several new offerings will be available at this year's National Buffalo Wing Festival.

The 15th annual event includes a new and improved KidZone. Covered on-field seating. And the inaugural Chicken Wing 5k. Race organizer Anne Horan, with Eclipse Multi-Sport says, over 200 people have already signed up.

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The Buffalo Bisons are still in the final weeks of their 2016 baseball season, but already making plans for the off-season and next season. This includes capital improvements at Coca Cola Field, most notably the replacement of more original red seats with new, wider green units like the ones installed last year.


Depending on perspective, some of the programs funded by Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion are either ambitious or fanciful. During WBFO's Press Pass, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post provided details of one initiative that is falling short on its promise of job creation.


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If you find a present on your doorstep, it may be from the University at Buffalo. “Doorhanger” kits containing safety reminders, tips on how to be a good neighbor and other useful information will be distributed to about 1,900 homes surrounding the UB South Campus from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday.

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra musicians are responding to what it says is a "highly crafted email" from the Chautauqua Institution that implies musicians are "overreaching" and "greedy" in their request for a pay raise.

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While a nationwide injunction imposed Monday blocks the Obama Administration's directive regarding transgenders and school bathroom rights, Western New York school districts are being advised to continue considering the rights of transgender students because a New York State law protecting them remains in effect.


Drought produces smaller, sweeter NY apples

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The final verdict will not be in until after the harvest, but New York apple growers are expecting a below-average crop yield this fall. The months-long drought will not result in the bumper crop of apples we saw last year.  And the fruit will look and taste different, too.

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Supporters point out that geothermal reduces greenhouse gases by using the earth to heat and cool buildings. They are questioning Governor Cuomo's commitment to the environment as he continues to delay approval of a package of tax credits.


Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced the kick-off of New York State Women's Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commemoration Commission, which will be responsible for a series of statewide programs that celebrate women's suffrage in New York State.

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After an eight-year run, Jack Quinn, the President of Erie Community College, has announced his retirement.

DraftKings, FanDuel and other daily fantasy sports companies have been cleared to resume business in New York state.

Blame the heat: EC Fair wraps up with 15% attendance drop

Aug 22, 2016

Erie County Fair officials are hailing a successful finish to the "best 12 days of summer." Festivities wrapped up in Hamburg on Sunday, but for the first time in several years the overall attendance is less than one million people. The reason? For some, it was just too darn hot this year.


The New York Attorney General and HealthNow New York have come to a settlement after an investigation uncovered the wrongful denial of thousands of claims for outpatient psychotherapy and and nutritional counseling for eating disorders. AG Eric Schneiderman said the wrongful denials totaled more than $1.6 million in patient claims.

While child protective services workers spend a lot of time working with troubled families, a new study from the University at Buffalo finds those workers need new tools to spot families in which there is chronic child neglect.


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Community, public, labor and religious leaders are uniting to launch a pre-apprenticeship program that seeks to increase diversity in the Niagara Falls and Niagara County workforce.


Buffalo shootings claim two lives

Aug 22, 2016

Buffalo Police are investigating two shootings that left two people dead and another wounded over the weekend. 

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There is more evidence that the Presidential race may be effecting which party controls the New York State Senate.

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Last year, the state spent $2 million to cover the funeral costs for over 500 homicide victims. The passage of a new law will allow for more help to mourning families.


The Stratford Festival

Actor Nicholas Nesbitt is taking on the role of "Bobby" in the Stratford Festival's production of "A Chorus Line." The character often delights audiences with joking references about his hometown, Buffalo.


Team USA

As the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero came to a close Sunday, Western New York athletes could be proud of the impact they made.

Maj. Kat Andrews / U.S. Air Force

A retired Western New York police officer who served as the top enlisted leader for the New York Air National Guard now has a new role.

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The Rotary Club of Buffalo held its second annual Duck Derby Sunday afternoon at Canalside. Over 500 people adopted ducks, raising over $5,000 for the community.

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Despite SolarCity's corporate restructuring and layoffs, Mayor Byron Brown and other leaders say so far they see no negative impact on the company's new factory in Buffalo.


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It’s been decades since Lake Erie was considered dead due to years of industrial pollution. President Lyndon B. Johnson was a powerful force in bringing Lake Erie back to life and changing the fate of the Great Lakes for the better.


State officials say an effort to address a rash of abandoned, vacant homes across New York has successfully rehabilitated 1,600 properties. The homes were repaired by local community agencies known as "land banks."

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For the second week in a row, a Buffalo Bills pre-season game was overshadowed by off-the-field developments.

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Two persons were killed and a third was seriously injured when they were struck by a car while walking on Shawnee Road in the town of Wheatfield early this morning.

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The Tragically Hip will perform the final concert in their 15-stop summer tour tonight at 8:00 in their home town of Kingston, Ontario. The concert will be televised by the CBC, and viewing parties are planned across Canada, but Hip fans on this side of the border will also have a chance to see it.

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Two hours before the kickoff of today's preseason game against the New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills announced they have released running back Karlos Williams. An hour later, they announced that defensive tackle Marcel Dareus is entering a rehabilitation facility.

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