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Once, most people simply had their lawyer write a will and that was it.

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Faith leaders from both the Christian and Jewish communities of Western New York have teamed up with labor advocates in the fight for paid family leave.

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In the months between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, "Operation Evaluation" will take place in Erie County. State Assemblyman Michael Kearns says it's a survey that will help determine what upgrades outdated VFW and American Legion posts need to better serve veterans.

Canalside kicks off summer activities

9 hours ago
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

With Memorial Day weekend bringing with it the unofficial start to the summer season, summertime activities are getting underway at one of Buffalo's hottest visitor destinations.

Kennedy makes his case for mayoral control of schools

14 hours ago

Legislation that would bring mayoral control to Buffalo schools is creating controversy. While acknowledging the plan's many criticisms, State Senator Tim Kennedy argues the move would bring greater accountability to the city's struggling education system.

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The National Women's Hockey League opens this fall with four franchises, including the Buffalo Beauts who will play home games at HARBORCENTER. League commissioner Dani Rylan says fans can expect an entertaining, fast-paced game.

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Governor Cuomo has been steering clear of public events at the State Capitol recently, after a second major party legislative leader, the head of the Senate was forced to resign over corruption charges. 

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Just in time for the start of the summer travel season some detour signs are coming down in Niagara Falls. The new roundabout at the intersection of the Robert Moses Parkway and John Daly Boulevard is opening to traffic today.

'Natural Conditions' opens at Botanical Gardens

May 22, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

There will be more than flowers pleasing the eyes of visitors this summer at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. A newly introduced art series will also be there to greet guests.

The 25th Annual Artie Awards, Buffalo's celebration of local theater, will be held on Monday, June 1 at 710 Main for the first time. The event will be hosted by actors Charmagne Chi, recently seen in "Carousel," and Amy Jakiel, recently in "She Loves Me," with Artvoice theater editor and Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase.  Doors (and bar) at 710 Main will open at 7 p.m.; the Artie Awards show begins at 8 p.m.  The modest admission fee helps support the Immunodeficiency Clinic at ECMC.

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The Cuomo Administration is making a final push as it calls on the state legislature to approve the Enough is Enough bill before the end of the session on June 17th.  This bill calls to combat sexual assault on all college campuses in New York.  It would implement measures already adopted by SUNY schools last year.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul for an in-depth discussion on the legislation.

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Leaders from state, education, and the healthcare industry announced the addition of $1.3 million to funding for the Buffalo Public Schools’ health related programs, Thursday morning.

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The first of several new hotels planned for downtown Niagara Falls celebrated its grand opening Thursday.

Erie County Sheriff to increase boat patrols

May 21, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

As this year's boating season gets underway, the Erie County Sheriff's Department says it will be increasing its patrols along the shoreline.

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Medaille College in Buffalo has a new leader. Dr. Kenneth Macur has been selected to serve as the college's seventh president.

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With the long holiday weekend and warmer weather ahead, the Interim Chair of Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Department of Dermatology is warning of the dangers of the sun.

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Sabres fans were on "Babwatch" Wednesday, awaiting word on whether celebrated Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would be coming to Buffalo to coach the blue and gold. Ultimately it wasn't meant to be, as Babcock instead took a job north of the border with Buffalo's biggest rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

A near record number of school budgets were approved around the state in Tuesday’s vote. Many are attributing the relative lack of controversy to the three year old property tax cap that limits tax levy increases, as well as an increase in state aid.

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Bishop of Buffalo Richard Malone and Temple Beth Zion Senior Rabbi Gary Pokras took part in the grand opening of a food pantry Wednesday. The partnership is aimed at helping some of the less fortunate residents of Amherst.


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Toys, chocolate and clothing are coming to the HARBORCENTER in downtown Buffalo. Clayton's Toys, Fowler's Chocolates and Modern Nostalgia are the latest retailers to sign three-year leases at the mized-use facility.

Sabres fans express disappointment over Babcock

May 21, 2015
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Not surprisingly, many Buffalo Sabres fans are feeling disappointed by the news that highly-sought hockey coach Mike Babcock will not be their hometown team's next bench boss.

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Fast-food workers rallied in several cities across New York, including Buffalo, Wednesday morning. The events coincided with state Wage Board hearings on increasing the minimum wage.

Babcock passes on Sabres coaching job

May 20, 2015
Mike Babcock
The Hockey News

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach. Babcock chose Toronto over the Buffalo Sabres, among other teams.

Buffalo parks rank 40th in national survey

May 20, 2015
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Buffalo ranks among the middle of the pack in a newly released survey of park systems in the nation's largest cities.

Jacobs: DMV needs to stop selling personal info

May 20, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs has written to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, urging them to stop the sale of customers' personal information for profit.

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A shifting population and healthcare's push for greater efficiency have left some regions with little access to important services. A coalition of community groups in Eastern Niagara County has addressed a gap in mental health services by opening the Peer Recovery Respite Center at 344 Walnut Avenue in Lockport.


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Some area high school students will participate in an education program that promotes leadership. The Captains Leadership Seminar was created by the head of the Buffalo FBI office. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Buffalo's FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Boetig. 

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Sabres fans are hoping Stanley Cup-winning coach Mike Babcock will choose Buffalo for his next coaching gig. A reporter familiar with Babcock's time in Detroit weighed in on Wednesday's Morning Edition on WBFO.

School budgets approved in Erie and Niagara counties

May 20, 2015
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School budgets across Erie and Niagara counties were approved Tuesday night as well as propositions in several districts. Voters also elected new School Board members in a few districts plagued by recent controversies.

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More people would be able to adopt a child under a bill proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.


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