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Seven female Republican state senators say some good could come out of the fall of former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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An animal rights group has lost another legal bid to have two chimpanzees declared persons so they can be transferred to a sanctuary. The case has attracted international attention and support. Some of that support has come from two Canadian university professors.


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University at Buffalo undergraduate students have been participating in a literacy training program at a Buffalo Public School. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says they are teaching students from around the globe how to read in English.

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The Buffalo Bills plan to continue holding training camp at St. John Fisher College. That according to Senator Chuck Schumer, who released this statement on Friday:

I’ve spoken to the Bills and they have assured me that they love hosting training camp at St. John Fisher and with four more years left on the current agreement they have no plans to make a change.”

The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit Friday against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's financial regulatory agency for what it says is a blacklisting campaign aimed at preventing firms from doing business with the gun owners' group.

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A jury has convicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of public corruption charges, dashing the 74-year-old Democrat's second attempt to avoid prison after a decades-long career as one of the most powerful politicians in state government. 

Budgeting practices from previous years have left Buffalo’s reserves running low. That’s one of the reasons Comptroller Mark Schroeder has issued a warning about the Mayor’s 2018-2019 recommended budget.

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A retailer that was once well-respected in the Buffalo area has turned to ripping off its customers. But state lawmakers say there's not much they can do.


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In its 53 years of existence, the Aquarium of Niagara has never included jellyfish among its collection of aquatic creatures. That will change in early 2019. Leaders gathered Friday morning to announce that work has officially begun on a new jellyfish display at the Niagara Falls attraction.


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New legislation is advancing through Albany to help victims of domestic violence escape unhealthy relationships.


Students from Holland High School, Nardin Academy and Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart journey to Washington Friday to take part in this year's National Rocketry Challenge, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association.

And not only are area schools sending a record number of competitors this year, but this year all  the participants from the Buffalo-area are young women.

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Wil Wheaton, an actor whose credits include "Stand By Me," "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Big Bang Theory," gave a powerful speech recently about living with mental illness.

"My life is, by every objective measurement, very, very good," he said at a National Alliance on Mental Illness conference in Ohio.

"And in spite of all of that, I struggle every day with my self-esteem, my self-worth, and my value not only as an actor and writer, but as a human being.

Erie County Department of Public Works

Erie County government's continuing political war over worn roads and bridges is heating up again.

NYS Canal System turns 100

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"Fifteen years on the Erie Canal," the song goes. Try 100. The New York State Canal System officially turned 100 years old Thursday with a ceremony that included a Theodore Roosevelt impersonator unveiling the plaque listing the canals as a national landmark and opening one of the locks. 

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New York has commitments for $670 million on extending broadband service to every part of the state to meet a promise by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sen. Rob Ortt says that is well and good, but he wants to know where money has been spent and where it will be spent.

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Hamburg residents are being advised to bring their pic-i-nic baskets indoors.

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"Well, Yogi Berra said, ' Its not over 'til it's over.'"

Carl Paladino has filed a complaint with the state court system regarding his removal from the Buffalo School Board last year. It targets a judge who heard his case and her husband.

A Lockport man is facing 5-40 years in prison for selling fentanyl-laced heroin, while a Buffalo is also facing up to 40 years in prison for beating a witness in a public housing drug-related case.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that he’s appointed Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas as a special prosecutor to look into the domestic violence accusations against disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.


Road Less Traveled Productions

If you think that theological discussions are a bore, wait until you see THE CHRISTIANS where the debate on the question - "Is there a hell?"  - will keep you in your seat. WBFO reporter Jay Moran had a conversation with director Scott Behrend. And actors Dave Hayes as the pastor, Lisa Vitrano as his long suffering wife, Aaron Moss as the young minister, Steve Jakiel as the elder, and Victoria Perez as the congregant with big concerns will get you thinking. For something a little more soap opera/melodramatic try BLACKBERRY DAZE at the Robeson, for zany comedy try the Kavinoky's THE FOREIGNER, and for a swirl of graceful aerial charm, try STELLALUNA at Theatre of Youth.

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Last year’s Canalside Live concert series brought us the musical acts of Gary Clark Jr. and Ghostface Killah with Slick Rick. The 2018 lineup brings more notable names including Vanilla Ice, Method Man and Redman, and Father John Misty.


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A Genesee County grand jury has cleared a sheriff's deputy of any charges in connection with a shooting death of a suspect.

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A truck carrying hazardous materials became stuck beneath a rail bridge near the intersection of Clinton Street and Fillmore Avenue. Buffalo Fire crews say the contents are not leaking but they were facing the challenge of safely removing the vehicle and its dangerous contents.

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The Hamburg Central School District has unveiled the first in a series of promotional videos designed to allow the schools to ‘tell their story’.  WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says this project is to create a ‘Culture of Kindness’ in the Hamburg schools. 

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The winners of Buffalo’s first annual Civic Innovation Challenge was revealed Wednesday. The competition asked local tech-savvy minds to create an app that would benefit city residents using information from the city’s Open Data Portal.

Niagara Falls State Park

A city that relied heavily on dollars from payments by a Native-run casino within its borders is now living without that money and making some tough decisions to address a budget gap. Among the casualties this year is an Independence Day fireworks display that was to be held at Hyde Park.

 

Issues surrounding housing inequities in Buffalo were brought to light during a panel discussion at the WNED|WBFO Studios Wednesday night, as part of WBFO's Racial Equity Project.

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The pressure is growing on Siemens to keep its former Dresser-Rand plant in Wellsville open. Joining the fight Wednesday to protect 250 layoffs are House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Brian Higgins and other Democrats who say the company is violating its promise to create jobs while benefiting from GOP tax breaks.

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Police officers, public works and other Niagara Falls personnel were out in one of the city's neighborhoods Wednesday as the city announced the return of an annual community beautification effort known as the ZOOM Team.


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It is increasingly likely that 70 Kaleida Health registered nurses and LPNs will not be in Buffalo Public Schools after this school year. The school district praises their work, but cannot ignore that Kaleida filed its bid to keep the nurses in the schools minutes after the deadline.

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