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Just as one of the two killers who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York is laid to rest, the other leaves questions unanswered for law enforcers.

Funeral Director Winthrop Allen of the John O. Roth Funeral Home in Tonawanda, New York says the final disposition of Richard Matt’s body has taken place. According to Allen, no services are planned for Matt, who was shot to death after three weeks on the run. Allen would not say if Matt was buried or cremated, and gave no further details.

Sabres pay the most for O'Reilly and sign Colaiacovo

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Ryan O'Reilly, one of the newest Buffalo Sabres, has signed the richest contract in team history. The forward will make $52.5 million over the next 7 years. The previous high was a 7-year $50 million deal offered to Thomas Vanek.

The Sabres announced the signing on Friday, but the dollar figure came from a source familiar with the discussions, according to the Associated Press. That person spoke anonymously because the team did not disclose the contract value.

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The Buffalo Police Department is taking a two-pronged approach to solving its cold cases.

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The Police Chief of a Chautauqua County town has been arrested after a domestic situation.

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A local firm will be helping nearly 10,000 American overseas troops celebrate Independence Day.

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A head-on collision near Batavia has sent three people to area hospitals.

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The international ride sharing company Uber has won a legal judgement in Toronto.

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A made-in-America summer treat is jumping in with the Western New York food truck boom. Get your straws ready, and forget the lunch counter, the diner, and the drugstore soda fountains of yesterday. That milkshake you crave is now on wheels.

As the fireworks-fueled holiday weekend sparks patriotic emotions, a new book may provide appropriate companionship. In Poetry Night at the Ballpark and Other Scenes from an Alternative America, Genesee County author Bill Kauffman may add to patriotic thoughts while challenging some accepted notions of national pride.


Peter is heading south this weekend to see a diverse cast in OUR TOWN, the classic play by Thornton Wilder, presented by the Chautauqua Theater Company through July 12th at the Bratton Theater (your theater ticket is also your gate pass for the Chautauqua Institution). Anthony says that if you did OUR TOWN in high school, forgive that experience, and see the play anew.

New Sabre Eichel visits young Roswell Park patients

Jul 3, 2015
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Just one day after he signed his first-ever professional hockey contract, highly-touted Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel was out in the local community, visiting some special guests.

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As Western New Yorkers head into the Independence Day holiday weekend, law enforcers and medical experts are both reminding the public about the dangers of fireworks when misused. The public is also being reminded that while some counties have legalized small fireworks and sparklers, they remain illegal in others including Erie County.

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The 91st Annual Appeal for Catholic Charities has exceeded its goal. As of Tuesday, the final day of the Appeal, just over $11.15 million had been received.

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Motorists could see another change in the speed limit on Buffalo's Scajaquada Expressway.

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Rural Metro Ambulance is making a $1.5-million investment in new ambulances for the Buffalo area.  The vehicles are part of a pilot project which the ambulance service is conducting in Buffalo and a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.

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The long holiday weekend will mean travel for many Americans.  While many of us will likely be celebrating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is reminding folks to use caution on the roads.

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In the past, when a motorist was pulled over for a moving violation in the City of Buffalo, all money from fines incurred would head straight to Albany. That came to an end on Wednesday.

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As children enjoy their summer break from school, experts warn of the so-called "summer slide." Studies indicate most students will lose about two months of a grade level in math skills and low-income students lose more than two months in reading.

The commissioner of the state’s environmental agency is leaving his post, just two days after Joe Martens issued the final environmental impact statement banning hydrofracking in New York. Supporters say the ban is having an effect in other areas of the country.

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With the future of the Scajaquada Expressway studied for years, State Senator Mark Panepinto says it's time for the State Department of Transportation to make a decision.


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The Buffalo school board showed up Wednesday for the annual reorganization meeting to elect its officers for the new school year and adjourned without electing anyone.


Eichel goes pro, signs contract with Sabres

Jul 1, 2015
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Jack Eichel, the highly-hyped #2 overall pick in last week's NHL Draft, has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

City of Buffalo opens public pools for summer season

Jul 1, 2015
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The City of Buffalo has officially opened its pools for the summer season, inviting the public to use them from now through Labor Day.

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The state’s chief fiscal watchdog is hoping Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign a bill that increases the monitoring of industrial development agencies, ensuring that companies receiving tax breaks live up to job-creation promises.

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New incubator space will soon be available for entrepreneurs. Renovations underway at The Foundry will include 12 new studios for startup companies.

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Two people, a husband and wife were found stabbed, one fatally, overnight in Lackawanna.

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Residents in three Western New York counties will be able to legally purchase some fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July this year. Niagara, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties have each legalized some small fireworks after a new state law left the decision  up to county governments. 

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Two New York State lawmakers, from both houses and from both parties, joined in Buffalo Tuesday urging Governor Cuomo to sign legislation that provides a tax credit for property owners converting to a geothermal heating and cooling system.

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The money raising for restarting the old Broadway Theater continued Tuesday night with a fundraiser in the lobby of the Ellicott Square Building.

When Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a new rebate check for property taxpayers, they touted it as a significant “real” benefit to average homeowners. But fiscal watchdog groups say the program is severely flawed, and the money could be better used on something else.

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