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You may notice that “new car smell” if you’re driving through downtown Buffalo this weekend. The 2016 Buffalo Auto Show is now underway at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, where more than 250 new vehicles are on display through Sunday.

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SUNY has announced a round of funding for 16-campuses to establish or expand an Educational Opportunity Program. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter says SUNY Buffalo State and the University at Buffalo will both receiving funding for their programs.

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Many schools are closed today in anticipation of the severe weather.

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Erie County legislators are pondering the future of the county's ban on plastic microbeads used in personal care products that are considered an environmental threat to the Great Lakes. The ban takes effect on Sunday.


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Black history on the Niagara Frontier is long, rich and varied, a story that stretches from Joe Hodge, the trapper and trader who lived on Cattaraugus Creek and Buffalo Creek in the 1790s, to the Coloured Corps, the company of black soldiers who defended Upper Canada against the American invaders in the War of 1812, to William Wells Brown and the black Buffalonians who fought off So

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Race relations in America have improved, but they aren't always good. This assessment was provided by Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree, who spoke Thursday at the University at Buffalo.


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Cheap gas prices are making consumers happy at the pump, but not everyone is benefiting from the lower prices. New York’s counties, who impose a sales tax on gasoline, have lost over $200 million in revenues.


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The days of the old Chautauqua Amphitheater are now numbered. A state Supreme Court Judge Thursday rejected a preservation group's legal moves to block demolition.


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With SolarCity's stock price plummeting, some have voiced concerns over the future of the company's massive manufacturing plant that is under construction in South Buffalo. During his visit to Buffalo Thursday, Governor Cuomo looked to ease those concerns.

Two plays, both running through Sunday, February 28, deal with the emotions that cultural identity stirs up, as well as culture versus stereotypes. BAD JEWS presented by Jewish Repertory Theatre, directed by Steve Vaughan, asks questions about Jewish identity while FETCH CLAY, MAKE MAN presented by Paul Robeson Theatre, directed by Laverne Clay, presents a late-in-life friendship between boxer Muhammad Ali and Hollywood actor Steppin' Fetchit.

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The art design of a freshman at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts was selected to promote the Buffalo Public Schools STEM Experience events.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced new economic development that will bring a combined 1,400 jobs to Buffalo and Dunkirk over the next decade.

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Buffalo Police have located a missing mother and her three young children who went missing Wednesday.

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It’s not your average emergency vehicle. It can float on water and glide over huge snow mounds, helping emergency responders get to places that are difficult or impossible to access by foot.

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Leaders at the Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo want to purchase a former city school building for expansion.  An informational session was held Wednesday evening where the proposal was presented to parents and the board of trustees.  But as WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley learned, some parents are in opposition.

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Details and budgets are still being worked out but the rough outlines of the futures of Lafayette and East High Schools were approved by the school board Wednesday night.


Women making small steps into gaming industry

Feb 11, 2016

The tech world continues to be dominated by men. However, more women are adding terms like "coder" and "game developer" to their resumes.


Governor Cuomo’s Administration has released a report that it says shows the benefits of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years.  Business groups charge the study is biased.


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KeyCorp is running into more opposition over its proposed purchase of Buffalo based First Niagara Financial Group.


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Think Scajaquada Boulevard not Expressway. The state Department  of Transportation is prepared to spend $100 million to turn the road into what it calls an urban boulevard in harmony with the surrounding community.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an ugly loss to the Florida Panthers, the continued development of young forward Sam Reinhart and the chances the near cellar-dwelling Sabres again find themselves with a high draft pick.


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Its manufacturing center, still under construction, represents one of the most significant investments under New York State's "Buffalo Billion." But renewable energy company SolarCity's stock value plummeted more than 29 percent Wednesday, and has lost nearly half its value since the start of 2016.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation and New York State United Teachers field a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Albany Tuesday against the receivership law. In November, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued a ruling that Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash has the power to impose changes at five persistently struggling schools without union approval. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with both unions about the legal battle.

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There is a major effort under way to help English Language Learners achieve better outcomes at Lafayette High School.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with the new phase-in principal John Starkey who will lead the future Lafayette International High School.

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Local governments and schools say they are struggling over a property tax cap that will allow what amounts to a zero percent increase in tax levies in the coming year. But Governor Cuomo, says they’ll  likely have to stick with those rules.


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While state officials will be releasing its proposals for the future of the Scajaquada Expressway Wednesday night, the Partnership for the Public Good has come out with its plans for the roadway.


White House budget boosts Niagara Falls air base

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Another good sign for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station has emerged from the White House. President Barack Obama is funding a new mission for the air base in his proposed 2017 budget.


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Downtown development continues to spread out into areas of the city which haven't seen much in a long time.


WNED/WBFO Making a Difference

Throughout February, WNED|WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourages others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is making a difference.


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State environmental officials insisted for decades that residents living on the North Tonawanda-Wheatfield border had nothing to fear from the Love Canal waste buried in a neighboring landfill. Then, last year, they declared the landfill a Superfund site, even after 80 truckloads of contaminated soil originally removed from Love Canal were hauled away. Residents, many of whom report serious illnesses, are understandably upset. Dan Telvock, with our partner Investigative Post, dug through documents and filed this report.


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