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Probes into alleged corruption by former members and associates of the Cuomo Administration deepened Thursday afternoon, as the Attorney General’s office conducted a raid at SUNY Polytechnic offices in Albany.


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A traveling exhibit that tells the tale of Nazi atrocities against homosexuals is now on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's downtown central branch.

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While Buffalo School Board meetings often devolve into rants, targeting blame for the many troubles inside the city's educational system, Wednesday night's session took a moment to highlight success. Two students have won college scholarships though the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

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New York State Senator Tim Kennedy of Buffalo was visibly emotional about it, talking with reporters. By a vote of 30-29, the state Senate this week rejected an attempt to force a vote on legislation aimed at eliminating the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse charges. However, the Buffalo Democrat vowed "this is not the end of the conversation."

In the flurry of activity before the end of the legislative session, the New York State Assembly has passed two bills aimed at improving patient access to medical marijuana.

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With a series of high-profile incidents sparking controversy around the country, the use of force by police has become a hot topic. The issue was addressed during a Wednesday panel discussion in the Central Library sponsored by the Erie County Bar Association.


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The Buffalo School Board still hasn't decided what to do about major problems in the admissions process for the city's criteria schools, most visibly City Honors.


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A board controlled by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislative leaders voted Wednesday to approve more than $485 million for the Buffalo Billion project. But there were some questions from board members about details of a program that is now under federal investigation.


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Neglia Ballet Artists holds a special gala Thursday evening called "Dancing to Live" featuring national and international dancers. Proceeds will benefit the TargetCancer Foundation and Neglia's CityDance program in Buffalo Public Schools. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal.  

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Next week marks the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Invasion of Canada, when hundreds of people of Irish descent crossed the Niagara River in a plot for Irish independence. In advance of the anniversary, a special guest paid a visit to the Fenian Invasion monument in Buffalo's Tow Path Park.


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One of the nation's top labor leaders visited the West Seneca School District and walked the picket lines with local Verizon workers Wednesday.  Randi Weingarten is president of the American Federation of Teachers, a union that represents 1.6-million members. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was invited by the local NYSUT representatives and the West Seneca Teachers Association for an exclusive sit-down interview  with Weingarten.  

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Buffalo's 710 Main Theatre, which wrapped up its 2015-16 season last weekend, is already announcing plans for 2016-17. Beginning next season, their schedule will include a production by the prestigious Shaw Festival.


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Some big changes in local community gardens, from buying land to merging Buffalo and Niagara Falls organizations, are blossoming at the new Grassroots Gardens Western New York.

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The Buffalo Public School District is beginning to launch new community schools that revive former failing schools. As WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley tell us these new innovative high schools are expected to create more equity in providing quality education to more students.

Governor Cuomo has released a bill on closing a loophole that allows for unlimited big money donations to candidates. The LLC loophole has played a key role in the federal corruption trials of both former leaders of the legislature, and may be a factor in the ongoing federal probe of the governor’s economic development projects.


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Many reporters and analysts are expressing their displeasure with the Buffalo Bills' strict new media policy. Among other things, the policy limits what information the media can report during training camp and practices, including plays, strategies and formations. WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook" commentator Matt Sabuda talked with Morning Edition host Howard Riedel about the policy, which has gained national attention.


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A key vote on Governor Andrew Cuomo's economic development program, known as the Buffalo Billion, is scheduled for today. The vote comes after it was postponed for a week amid controversy and questions over a federal probe of the projects.


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For years, the knock on doing something about the Central Terminal was that fixing it up would take a lot of money. Now, an Ontario-based developer is willing to spend $100 million on redeveloping the terminal -- and another $100 million to  build a residential complex on a mostly-vacant parcel next door.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said sexual misconduct remains a destructive force in the armed forces and military communities. With a bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday, she called on the Senate to pass a measure that she says targets the inherent conflicts of interest that exist in the military justice system and the way it prosecutes sexual assault cases.

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A little over a year ago, the City of Niagara Falls got serious about its curbside recycling program that, for years, was among the worst in Western New York. Although the city hasn’t quite reached the national average, it has improved enough to outpace the City of Buffalo. Investigative Post reporter Dan Telvock reviewed the two programs and found that sometimes, one clever idea and a simple change in the law can make a big difference.


Mayor assuages Shoreline Apartments residents' worries

May 25, 2016
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Residents of an apartment complex in downtown Buffalo are upset by a new plan to raze and rebuild the housing on the grounds which requires their departure by the end of October. The mayor was asked Tuesday whether the city can do anything to ensure they're given an adequate alternative.


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Ciminelli Real Estate has agreed to be the City of Buffalo's "designated developer" for the 201 Ellicott Street project. The site, across from the Hotel Lafayette, has been a city-owned parking lot for decades.

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The Buffalo Public School District has created an all new Bennett High School. A ribbon cutting was held Tuesday to open the first Computing Academy of Technological Sciences at Bennett on Main Street.

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Buffalo police officials would only say Tuesday that the investigation into the Anchor Bar shooting case continues. But city leaders are also assuring the public that the iconic eatery, best known as the birthplace of hot chicken wings, remains a safe place to visit.

Seven alleged heroin dealers arrested in Buffalo

May 24, 2016
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Law enforcers representing several agencies report they've taken down more than a half dozen street-level heroin dealers, but say there are more arrests to come, and at other levels.


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His name is...Tobias. The Buffalo Zoo announced the  official name of its nearly three-month-old male African lion cub.

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A well-known national artist will be visiting a Buffalo Public high school today.  Abstract artist Mark Bradford will be speaking to students at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says students created art work in preparation for his visit. 

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The roar of race car engines is still a couple years away. However, Fort Erie's mayor says some major announcements are expected very soon on the $300 million Canadian Motor Speedway project being developed.


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The Rich Family Foundation has donated $250,000 to a new partnership with Cornell University. The goal is to further the development of a safe and sustainable global food supply, through research and education.

The New York State Senate has passed four bills that sponsors say are part of its ongoing commitment to address the  ongoing heroin and opioid crisis.

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