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New York will become the first state to make tuition at public colleges and universities free for middle-class students. The tuition initiative is part of a new state budget approved Sunday by the state Senate, a day after the Assembly approved it.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says there is a possible compromise to resolve the ongoing state budget stalemate - but the leader of the Senate says there is no final agreement.

A West Seneca woman has admitted to illegally collecting monthly pension payments for more than 30 years after the death of her mother. 

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A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to the Associated Press that Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is in intensive care undergoing a battery of tests to determine an undisclosed illness that has sidelined him for more than a week.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt

New York State budget talks collapsed Wednesday night after members of the Senate left the Capitol, with lawmakers from both parties blaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo for scuttling negotiations over the spending plan, now several days late.

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Five local Payless stores will be closing, as the shoe chain is the latest to chafe financially because of the continuing consumer shift from in-store shopping to online retailing.

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State lawmakers are slowly moving forward toward passage of a spending plan for the fiscal year that began April 1. But several bills subject to further negotiation were making it unlikely that the budget would be passed on Wednesday.

Upstate Uber, increased tuition assistance and more money for schools are just a few of the items in the new state budget poised for passage in the New York Legislature. The State Senate began debate over the $152 billion spending plan late Tuesday night after lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo resolved a stalemate that forced them to blow past a Saturday budget deadline.

A driver is accused of intentionally ramming his SUV through the security gates outside the Buffalo FBI office.

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Police say an Orchard Park roller rink was filled beyond capacity while hosting a weekend dance party that ended when gunfire wounded a New York City woman.

Ontario is setting up a new service for people seeking medically assisted death that will allow them to reach out for help directly, bypassing health-care providers who object to assisted suicide on conscience grounds.

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she hopes New York State legislators will vote against Buy American provisions in their budget and warns that if they do not, she will consider "all options" in response.

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The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports" that made gamers out of grandparents.

A former auto dealership employee has admitted to stealing more than $4.1 million from the business over several years. 

A Western New York couple has pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving more than $1 million in federal government benefits.

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Two Ontario cabinet ministers are heading to New York Tuesday to urge legislators to exempt Canada from a Buy American policy it plans to introduce.

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Appeals court judges in New York seem receptive to arguments that a recent Supreme Court ruling tosses ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's public corruption conviction into doubt. 

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The Internal Revenue Service is extending deadlines to file business income tax returns for small businesses affected by wind and snow storms in the state.

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The New York State Senate and Assembly are in agreement on a plan to increase funding for the care of the developmentally disabled.

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A drug suspect is back in custody after bolting from authorities after a court appearance last week.

A New York lawmaker is calling for a legislative oversight hearing on a relatively new state agency that investigates the mistreatment of disabled people.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the agency that investigates mistreatment of disabled people in state care refused to hand over thousands of records needed to complete a state audit.

Victims of child sex abuse in New York say the political power of the Roman Catholic Church and other institutions is preventing lawmakers from passing a law that would relax one of the nation's tightest statutes of limitations on filing criminal charges and lawsuits.

Hundreds of health care providers are asking state authorities for increased support for community-based services to help uninsured patients.

New York State Governor's Office

The state of New York is celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage with the launch of a website and events throughout the state.

New York State is launching a $1.5 million pilot program that will allow residents to have their drinking water tested for lead for free.

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Buffalo was warm in February. How warm was it? The National Weather Service says the region set a record for the warmest February on record.

A former Niagara University and minor league hockey player has been found guilty in a murder-for-hire killing of his wife nearly two years ago in the Southern Tier.

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A boost is in store for the New York economy. Empire State Development says 43 businesses are expanding or coming to New York state to partner with colleges and universities.

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J.C. Penney says it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores, as well as two distribution centers, over the next several months, as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping.

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