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Encouraging students to be future vehicle technicians is the goal of a new program by the Western New York Ford Dealers. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the dealers donated four cars to area auto tech schools as part of the Ford Future Techs Initiative.

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Erie County has a new Ranger Program aimed at improving safety and educational opportunities in county parks. While the program has been in the works for a while, it follows a number of accidents on the Eternal Flame Trail at Chestnut Ridge Park earlier this year, including one that took the life of a 14-year-old boy. 

Bustling farmers markets attracting droves of locavores

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Christa Glennie Seychew

Summer may be winding down, but Western New York farmers markets are still in full swing. WBFO contributor Christa Glennie Seychew, a writer for Buffalo Spree magazine, visited some local markets to find out why they've become so popular in recent years.


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With a lot of financial help from the state and State Power Authority treasury, Tulip Molded Plastics in Niagara Falls is apparently going to get a new plant. The move is expected to save more than 80 jobs.


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A message from Pope Francis regarding forgiveness for repentant women who had abortions has raised eyebrows on both sides of the often-contentious issue.


The state’s education commissioner says she’s open to granting waivers to delay new teacher evaluation for an additional year, saying the new systems should not be hastily pushed through because of an arbitrary date.


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Child Protective Services workers will be spending two days a week in Erie County's 28 suburban school districts, working with district social workers.


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To meet growing demand, a new compressed natural gas fueling station is open to the public in the Town of Tonawanda. Nexus Natural Gas cut the ribbon on its new self-serve station on Grand Island Boulevard near Kenmore Avenue Tuesday.


Feroleto approved, sworn in to Buffalo Common Council

17 hours ago
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

An attorney who previously served in roles under two former Buffalo Common Council members, including the one he is replacing, has been sworn in as the Council's new Delaware District representative.

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Days after students moved into campus dorms at SUNY Buffalo State an attempted sexual assault occurred in one of the buildings. 

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A West side Buffalo barbershop is now a murder scene. 

Museum of Science president to resign

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After eight impactful years, the president of the Buffalo Museum of Science is stepping down.

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You may soon see former Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson wearing new colors - Seahawks blue and green. 

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After working years without a raise or a contract, some of the NFTA's 1,100 unionized employees are turning to the public for support.

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This week on WBFO's Press Pass, Pat Feldballe speaks with Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark about how the fall season attracts movie producers looking to add a little color to their films. Also, some heavyweights from the head office of the New York State Film Commission have come to Buffalo to get a firsthand look at the resources that are getting producers from around the world excited about making a movie in Western New York.


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State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia says she won’t prevent parents who want their children to skip the state’s standardized tests from doing so.


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Employees at local 7-Eleven convenience stores say there isn’t enough being done to protect them on the job - particularly during overnight shifts. After multiple robberies and the sexual assault of a worker in February, workers are urging the company to make changes to staffing and security.


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There may have been more school district administrators and support staff agency workers than parents in Bennett High School Monday for a parent orientation.


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Albany is still pushing to close the Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca while supporters of the center are still pushing back.


Disappointed McCartney fans fail to snare tickets

Aug 31, 2015
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Fans converged on First Niagara Center hoping that with a little luck, they would snare some of the hottest tickets in town.

Tyrod Taylor named Bills' starting QB

Aug 31, 2015

The Buffalo Bills are turning their offense over to Tyrod Taylor, who has won the starting job after a three-way quarterback competition during the offseason. Coach Rex Ryan announced his decision following practice on Monday.

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The move to greener mass transit is underway across metro Buffalo. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority broke ground on a new compressed natural gas fueling station at its bus garage on Military Road in the Town of Tonawanda on Monday.

State urged to complete further changes to Scajaquada

Aug 31, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While welcoming a lowered speed limit along Route 198, members of the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition say they're awaiting additional changes to the roadway announced earlier this summer, including pedestrian crossings.

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The Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament’s debut on Grand Island was a success.

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The Buffalo Bills have released veteran running back Fred Jackson. The somewhat shocking news comes as the team prepares to cut its roster down to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon.

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An alarming piece of data was presented last week by the new Buffalo Schools superintendent. Dr. Kriner Cash told the school board that in Buffalo for every 100 ninth graders, only 50 end up graduating. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked to two school board members about the data.

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Students return to the Medaille College campus in Buffalo Monday under brand new leadership.  Dr. Kenneth Macur will serve as the 7th president of the school, replacing Dr. Richard Jurasek, who retired at the end of last semester. Macur is the former Provost and Dean of Bethany College in Kansas.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with the new leader in his college office.

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Tickets go on sale today to see Paul McCartney at First Niagara Center. They aren't expected to last long. Buffalo audiences are proving to be eager ticket buyers, a trend that has national promoters taking a closer look at the region's potential.


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The biggest single source of cash for Erie County appears to be having a hiccup and Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says it's probably because of the declining Canadian dollar.


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More signs calling out banks that are being bad neighbors will be going up this week. State Assemblyman Michael Kearns says he started the "shame campaign" to expose lenders that foreclose on homes and let them rot for years.


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