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Irish immigrants have played an important role in Buffalo's history since its earliest days. They were hard laborers, scooping grain on Buffalo's waterfront. Others became policemen and civic leaders. The October issue of Buffalo Spree explores Western New York's Irish heritage. In this week's Press Pass conversation with WBFO's Mark Scott, editor Elizabeth Licata says it's a heritage many celebrate.

Buffalo Repertory Awards Theater

A new outdoor theater series is in the works for Western New York, and it’s aimed at building on the success of Buffalo’s already popular Canalside location.

Buffalo State, like many other institutions and offices and factories is filled with surveillance cameras, either outside or in areas of dorms or offices or even some stairwells around the campus.

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For many of the local building trades unions, this is recruiting season as the locals open the application system for people interested in becoming apprentices in the trades.

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With little progress on an international climate change agreement, state and municipal governments worldwide are coming together to address the issue.

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It has been a little over a year and a half since Erie County Medical Center appointed Richard Cleland as its Chief Executive Officer. He joined WBFO at the end of August to reflect on his role and talk about what lies ahead for the hospital, the healthcare industry, and the city of Buffalo.

No injuries were reported as an Alaskan Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Buffalo Niagara International Airport this morning.

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Though he's been on the job for just a few months, Dr. Kriner Cash believes he's coming to grips with some of the most-pressing issues inside the troubled Buffalo school system. Attendance and student safety are emerging as two of the biggest problems.

Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937, but some want to see that changed.  Four states don't recognize Columbus Day and a growing number of cities have followed suit.

More business expansion planned for Riverbend area

Oct 12, 2015
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While SolarCity is getting the most attention in Buffalo's developing Riverbend section, a British couple who opened up their food businesses on South Park Avenue nearly four years ago are moving forward with an expansion.

M&T merger passes another regulatory hurdle

Oct 12, 2015

The next expansion of Buffalo's M&T Bank has taken another step toward reality. New York state regulators have approved M&T's application to acquire Hudson City Bancorp Inc. 

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Allen Street may be a legendary local drinking and partying street in the neighborhood but the Allentown Association is tiring of some alcohol-fueled behavior. The group is backing the push to move last call from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Tyrod Taylor set a team record for quarterbacks by rushing for 77 yards in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 14-13 road win against the Tennessee Titans. Analyst Matt Sabuda says Taylor was able to shake off a slow start as the Bills overcame a 10-0 deficit.

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This may sound odd, but a successful career and a happy life is not something you should start thinking about after you graduate college. The Director of Career Services at the University of Buffalo says you should focus on those things when you begin college.

In the City of Lockport, police have  arrested two men responsible for a number of residential burglaries that took place while residents were asleep.

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On Sunday morning a number of people gathered in North Buffalo to race for equality.

A movement to recognize Native Americans on Columbus Day is attracting more cities around the nation.

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In general, Western New Yorkers get to enjoy a wonderful fall season, but everyone knows that this is the precursor to winter.

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Olean Police are seeking the public's help in solving a brazen bank robbery that occurred Friday afternoon.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have ended their funding feud regarding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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If you are traveling to Canada this holiday weekend be prepared for busy border crossings. Both Americans and Canadians will celebrate a holiday on Monday.

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Its been 10 days since the tragic campus shooting that left nine people dead at Oregon's Umpqua Community College and SUNY campuses are rethinking if their planned emergency tactics are sustainable.

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Thursday's horrific crash along Route 16 in Sardinia has turned deadly.

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Buffalo Fire officials are reporting that two people are dead after an overnight blaze destroyed a building on the city's East Side.

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A local family is filing a lawsuit against West Virginia University in the death of an 18-year-old student.

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Halloween will be celebrated at the Buffalo Zoo this weekend.

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High tech is becoming a key part of legal fights over auto accidents in a very high-tech world.

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With a great deal of focus on improving graduation rates in the city of Buffalo, a program is underway at the Erie County Holding Center in Buffalo that is allowing teenage inmates to reach high school graduation. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley takes us inside.

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Squaw Island is no more. Along Niagara Street Friday, members of the Seneca Nation of Indians joined Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in unveiling a new entry sign for what is now "Unity Island."

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While leaders earlier this week announced that minority and women hiring goals have been met or exceeded at the SolarCity construction site, protestors on Friday complained that the numbers should have been higher.