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New York State has added to its tourism strategy. On Saturday, Governor Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of the new National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York.

New York State continues to make strides towards authorizing cannabis for medical treatment. Many are jumping on the medical marijuana industry band wagon.

Some New York State fast-food employees may receive increased wages sooner than they think.

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Former Buffalo Bills running back Curtis Brown had died.

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A two-car accident in Niagara Falls has caused significant injuries to three people.

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American industries and health care fields are constantly looking for engineers and scientists and there probably aren't enough who live here to fill all the openings.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says the money the city spends to clean up graffiti could instead go towards other projects to beautify the city. Each year, Buffalo spends more than $100,000 to clean up the markings left behind by vandals.

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The flap over selecting a new Buffalo School leader is intensifying. The minority group of Buffalo School Board members sent a letter to the State Education Commissioner dated July 31 calling for the ouster of majority Board Member Carl Paladino. 

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Among the individuals and families strolling through Delaware Park in Buffalo today were some who were there to raise awareness of breastfeeding and its benefits for both baby and mother.

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Is Buffalo becoming a hotspot for entrepreneurs? Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul thinks so. During a visit to Buffalo on Friday, Hochul visited with the winners of last year’s business competition sponsored by 43North.

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A federal judge in Buffalo has ordered Arafat Nagi be held without bail until trial. Nagi was arrested at his Lackawanna home Wednesday morning and charged with supporting and attempting to join the terror group ISIL.


Efforts underway to control parasitic sea lampreys

Jul 31, 2015
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Lake Erie is a popular fishing destination for many Western New York anglers in the summer. But one type of fish can ruin all the fun – sea lampreys. That's why a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew will conduct a survey on an area of Cattaraugus Creek in mid-August to help control the invasive species.

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A Prairie Home Companion is on stage at the Chautauqua Institution tonight. Garrison Keillor is on the road with his American the Beautiful Tour.  WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Keillor after he announced last week that he will be retiring.

As terrorism-related charges move forward against a Lackawanna man, both prosecutors and defense attorneys will be focusing on the evidence and circumstances  in an effort to prove their case. Arafat Nagi , 44, is facing charges of providing material support and resources, namely personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization, ISIL.


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What appears to be a large mound of dirt outside Buffalo's Central Terminal is actually an icy pile of old snow left behind from last season's winter storm. WBFO's Eileen Buckley found some curious citizens checking it out.

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The Buffalo Bills open training camp Friday at Saint John Fisher College in Pittsford with a 10 a.m. practice session. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with football analyst Matt Sabuda for a summer edition of "Beyond the Playbook."


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Crossdressing newbies Jordan Louis Fisher as Viola and Tim Newell as Olivia in Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT and BUA experienced drag actors Christopher Standart and Jimmy Janowski (who, by the way, has great legs) as Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in BETTE AND JOAN: THE FINAL CURTAIN spice up new productions and keep summer audiences engaged.

A woman drowned Thursday night at Wendt Beach while trying to reach her daughter and another young girl struggling in the waters of Lake Erie. 

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The families who own Buffalo's professional sports teams, another local businessman who owns an out-of-town hockey club and a major league's commissioner were all at the same table in Buffalo on Thursday. Among the topics they discussed: the intangibles of owning a sports franchise, and whether success can be measured in the same way as it is measured in other industries.

Rural Metro Ambulance sold to Colorado-based company

Jul 31, 2015
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The company that operates Rural Metro Ambulance in Buffalo and across the country is being acquired by a subsidiary of Colorado-based Envision Healthcare. 

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The Erie County Legislature approved a ban on plastic microbeads Thursday. Legislators also wrangled over a state plan to raise the minimum wage in some fast food restaurants and over a demand that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz meet with legislators about the problems in Child Protective Services.


The Buffalo Fire Department has 109 new firefighters after they received their badges Thursday night in a ceremony in Bennett High School, completing the long process of exams, processing and the fire academy in Cheektowaga.


Schools across the state are bracing for a potential zero percent growth in their tax levy next year. While the latest provisions of an ongoing tax cap won’t take effect until the 2016 school year, the state schools boards association says schools are starting to worry now.

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Samuel Herbert is on the ballot in the Democratic primary for the Fillmore District Council seat held by David Franczyk.

Bills say they're in no hurry for new football stadium

Jul 30, 2015
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Speaking at a roundtable discussion on sports ownership, Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula said the team has no sense of urgency to leave its current Orchard Park facility for a new venue.

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A Buffalo dance studio is holding a summer day camp program to provide children lessons and history of hip hop. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley attended the camp, called The Elements, to find out how students are learning about hip hop culture.  


Planned West side power outage delayed until Friday

Jul 30, 2015
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After having planned to shut off power to around 400 customers on Buffalo’s West Side Thursday, National Grid last Wednesday postponed that outage a day.

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Dozens of students, faculty and staff at the University at Buffalo are gearing up for a unique competition. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, it involves building a small, ultra-efficient home, putting it on flatbed trucks and shipping it across the county.  


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The New York State Education Commissioner is being asked to prevent the closing of four Buffalo schools.  State Assembly members Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Sean Ryan were joined by Western New York Regents representative Catherine Collins outside Lafayette High School in Buffalo on Wednesday.

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The Erie County Legislature is scheduled to vote Thursday on legislation banning the sale of products containing microbeads in Erie County. The proposed measure is believed to be the strongest ban on microbeads in the nation.

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