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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is urging city residents to recognize Earth Day today.

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More than two months after the Parkland, Florida school shootings, students in Buffalo and across the nation continue to demand action from their elected leaders.

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Students across the nation protested against gun violence marking National Walk Out Day.  Medaille College students walked out of class at 10 a.m. Friday to a demonstration on the campus.   

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Buffalo Sabres season ticket holders learned Thursday they will not have to pay more to watch the team play next season.

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A name from Buffalo's past is in the planning for a Greenway project in downtown Buffalo aimed at improving access to the waterfront.

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Storytelling is being used to help break through the stigma of discussing mental health troubles. As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Just Tell One campaign is designed to give youth and young adults a chance to start a conversation. 


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This time, the public meeting was at Maryvale High School, but the topic was the long, slow slog against the social damage and deaths of the continuing opioids crisis.

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Politics isn't always red or blue. Lately, it's all about green.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America.

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The House Agriculture Committee approved the long-awaited 2018 Farm Bill Wednesday. It includes a controversial change to food stamps that could push thousands of people off the program. That's not sitting well with Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), who sits on the Senate Agriculture committee.

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A chaotic scene emerged in North Buffalo Thursday night after a house exploded into flames on Covington Road.

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Among the challenges veterans face upon ending active duty and entering civilian life is being able to communicate one's thoughts and emotions to spouses, other loved ones and other peers. The Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora played host this week to a group of veterans and spouses who were participating in Project Odyssey, a retreat facilitated by the Wounded Warrior Project.


by ANGELICA A. MORRISON /University at Buffalo dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Liesl Folks, leads the NAVIGATE Project at UB

The STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – have traditionally been dominated by men. And that can make it tough for women to break in – or gain respect. The Me Too movement is highlighting those issues. And some female professionals in the Great Lakes Region have their own stories about the culture of gender bias.


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Polish-American playwright Martyna Majok just won the  2018 Pulitzer for Drama with her COST OF LIVING. She's in excellent company. The past four winners have been: SWEAT, by Lynn Nottage; HAMILTON, by Lin-Manuel Miranda; BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, by Stephen Adly Guirgis; and DISGRACED, by Ayad Akhtar. Gratulacje Martyna!

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The financially troubled CCS Oncology health care organization will be closing down its operations next week.

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Prosecutors in Wyoming County say a town board member and retired sheriff's sergeant was living a double life and killed to bury allegations he was a sexual predator of young men.

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In this National Donate Life Month of April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced "historic levels" of New Yorkers are now registered as organ donors. Getting the credit for the recent growth spurt is an executive order signed in 2017 that allows New Yorkers to register when applying for government benefits, licenses and other services.

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Buffalo Public Schools' fiscal picture has brightened a little due to some cost-cutting, as final versions of the district's four-year plan and budget for next year are prepared.

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A national motivational speaker visited students at Kenmore West High School Wednesday for an anti-bullying event. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students learned about how to 'build emotional resilience'. 

Sinatra Co. and Ellicott Development

Developers shaved one floor off their plan for a mixed-use building at Elmwood Avenue and Bryant Street in Buffalo and received key variances from the city Zoning Board of Appeals for the project Wednesday. A final go-ahead is probable at Monday's city Planning Board meeting.

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The developer looking to reopen the Market Arcade Cinemas is scheduled to meet the Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday, with the hope of gaining approval to install exterior signage and move the project closer to a planned summer completion and opening.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the annual meeting of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he offered remedies to fix the nation’s Democratic Party.


CREDIT: ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Canopy Growth Corporation and Niagara College Canada make announcement of partnership

Niagara College Canada signed off on a deal  this week with a marijuana company. The college known for its horticulture curriculum is joining forces with Canopy Growth Corporation to offer Canada's first fully accredited post-secondary program that specializes in showing students how to grow marijuana.

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Erie County Legislature Minority Leader Joseph Lorigo is urging the county executive to temporarily remove Marie Cannon's nomination for Commissioner of Social Services, until an investigation into circumstances surrounding her former boss is complete.

Bisons, with only five games played, wait out the weather

Apr 18, 2018
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Mother nature has been especially cruel to the Buffalo Bisons, who saw most of their first regular season homestand wiped out by weather. They paid a visit Wednesday to a facility other than Coca Cola Field in order to keep the players conditioned as they continue through a forced layoff. 

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Bon-Ton has announced it will closed its doors on Aug. 31. The going-out-of-business sales will start as early as Thursday at Bon-Ton stores.

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Things are moving fast for Bank on Buffalo. Less than two years ago they began as a start-up division of CNB Bank with a loan origination office. Today they announced their regional headquarters will be located at the Electric Tower in downtown Buffalo to accommodate their growing customer base.

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New York is making free food pantries a standard fixture on all its public college campuses.

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Count two local government leaders among the many who are eager for prolonged cold, wet weather to end. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz both say the longer it stays, the longer it holds up the start of critical public works projects, beginning with road repairs.

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Construction will begin at the end of this month on the $29 million rehabilitation of Buffalo's Route 5 Skyway, leaving the question of how much impact there will be to commuters and those who rely on them.

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Since the Parkland, Florida school shooting there has been a high demand for Mental Health First Aid training in our community.  As part of our Mental Health reporting initiative, WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley attended a Mental Health First Aid session at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.

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