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As we bear down on the last long weekend of the summer, many American retailers near the Canadian border may be getting a bit anxious about their bottom lines. The Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest of the year, but this year could be more than just a disappointment.  

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Motorists in the U.S. planning to take a road trip this Labor Day weekend will save a total of $1.4 billion at the pump.

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Fairly soon, dispatchers for the Erie County Sheriff's Department will look at computer screens and see where every patrol car is in the county.

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The Buffalo River was a summer recreation hotspot Thursday, as a cruise boat carried a crowd celebrating 25 years of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a key agency in turning a one-time industrial sewer into a waterway with kayaks, canoes, motorboats and sailboats.

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The Seneca Nation of Indians has decided it needs a bigger museum. So on Thursday, nation leaders broke ground on a new Cultural Center to be located near their Allegany Territory casino.

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Walk into Waiting Room on any given night and you’ll see a flourishing music scene that cultivates local artists while playing an integral role in keeping Buffalo on the national map. That wasn’t always the case.

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The Shaw Festival presents a thinking person's play with possibly too much to think about at once, and many in Buffalo are thinking about Curtain Up, the annual celebration of the start of the theater season.

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He has the task of lifting many underperforming centers within Buffalo Public Schools. But new superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash sees a potential model for success within one of the district's most unique schools.

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Summer vacation is over for thousands of children across the region and the AAA and local law enforcement are reminding motorists that "School's Open, Drive Carefully."

Cuomo says New York's Common Core program 'must be fixed'

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Common Core program in New York is not working and must be fixed. 


Hundreds of people from the US and Canada are expected in Cheektowaga this weekend for a convention celebrating a musical genre its enthusiasts say gets an unfair rap.

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Roswell Park's Dr. Rodney Haring was recently named to the Health Research Advisory Council, a federal panel that works with tribal leaders to make recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding Native health programs and policies.

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Albany has toughened the requirements for vaccinating school students, starting with those attending kindergarten.

Buffalo is closer to meeting state requirements for gym classes, with 40 new teachers hired to teach physical education and health. More gym teachers are about to be hired.

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Buffalo public school children return for a new school year Thursday. Some parents are optimistic for change as a new district leader kicks off the return to the classrooms. Superintendent Kriner Cash is starting off the new school year at Burgard Vocational High School.

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The Niagara Falls City Council is holding a special meeting Thursday to vote on replacing a water pipe that's been causing plenty of headaches for the city and dozens of residents.

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More Niagara Falls police officers will soon be wearing a body camera.

Bandits' Tavares retires after playing 24 seasons

Sep 2, 2015
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While names like Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Gilbert Perreault and Dominik Hasek may be better known among Buffalo sports fans, none of those superstars put in as many years with a Buffalo pro sports team as John Tavares.


Cheektowaga landlord sentenced for killing tenant

Sep 2, 2015

A Cheektowaga man convicted of second-degree manslaughter will serve five to 15 years in prison for the shooting death of his tenant.

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Buffalo's brand new city schools superintendent says poverty should not impede a children's attendance at school.  Dr. Kriner Cash is conducting a media tour and kicked off his electronic media appearances starting with WBFO. WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley interviewed Cash live on the air Wednesday morning. 

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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

Sep 2, 2015
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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

Sep 1, 2015
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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.