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Colored Musicians Club, Richardson Olmsted Campus receive historic accolades

Buffalo's Colored Musicians Club became a national landmark Monday, while the Richardson Olmsted Campus won a prestigious award for preservation.

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This week the annual Project Homeless Connect took place at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The event is produced and hosted every year by the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless to provide a wide variety of services for those in need, all in one place.

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Visitors to Buffalo’s History Museum and Delaware Park will notice some upgrades to the Museum’s long since sealed portico entrance.

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Oishei Children’s Hospital says it’s probable a 3-year old child named Kameron has acute flaccid myelitis. Known as ALF, it causes muscles and reflexes to become weak after affecting the body’s nervous system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, less than one in a million people get AFM each year—but cases have been on the rise since 2014.

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Tonawanda Coke Corporation, which was found guilty several years ago of violating the federal Clean Air Act and was appealing state effort to revoke its air permits, has submitted a plan to close its operations according to court papers made public Friday.

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The University at Buffalo community and elected leaders gathered at the Slee Concert Hall on the north campus in Amherst Friday as UB President Satish Tripathi delivered his 7th State of the University Address. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there for the speech. 

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz released his proposed 2019 county budget Friday. It increases spending while providing the largest property tax rate cut in more than a decade. While Poloncarz calls it a "common sense" plan, critics were quick to question the increased spending.

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At least 11 people have died from Hurricane Michael, which slammed into Florida's Panhandle with 155-mph winds on Wednesday. The storm hacked a trail of catastrophic destruction in Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia before finally heading back out over water.

Five deaths were reported in Virginia, in addition to four in Florida, one in Georgia and one in North Carolina.

Five games into the season, the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans each have two wins and three losses. The records, however, don't highlight some of the glaring differences between the teams. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Texans have lost by close margins while the Bills have been blown out in their games. The Houston passing game has been far more prolific with quarterback Deshaun Watson tossing for at least 300 yards in the last four games. By comparison, Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen has yet to have a 300-yard passing game.

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All kindergarteners in Buffalo Public Schools and across parts of New York State are receiving a free school supply kit.  National Grid is providing the supplies for distribution through The Teacher's Desk in Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the items were handed out to the first round of city school students Thursday.  

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Several African-American women will be appearing Friday evening in a special performance on stage at the University at Buffalo's Lippes Concert Hall on the north campus in Amherst.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the author and producer Latricia Davis who created this original play called "This Is My Story".   


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In 1823 along the Genesee River there lived an old woman who was quite famous in the region. She was Seneca, yet her features were European and her complexion was fair, and she spoke both the Seneca language and English fluently. Her children, grandchildren and other Senecas called her Dehgewanus. The settlers called her Mary Jemison, the White Woman of the Genesee.

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