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Some local entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses picked up some free tips from billionaire investor Kevin O'Leary from the ABC television show "Shark Tank." O'Leary headlined the kickoff of Facebook's Community Boost event being held in Buffalo this week.

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A new Digital Marketing Certificate will soon be available at SUNY Erie Community College. Its President, Dan Hocoy says, the college is partnering with Facebook to offer the program which will be a part of SUNY Erie's Workforce Development offerings. Hocoy says, it will include in-demand digital skills in social media marketing.

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The transformation of Niagara Street, where it overlooks the Black Rock Canal, on Buffalo's West Side, is continuing.

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After leading the effort to replace thousands of trees killed during the October Surprise snowstorm of 2006, Paul Maurer is now working to save some newly planted trees from the ongoing heat wave.

Local utilities are also encouraging customers to conserve power during the heat wave because it puts additional strain on the power grid.

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It's been one year since a change in state law allowed ride-hailing companies to begin operating in the Buffalo area and across all of Upstate New York. But has the service delivered the benefits that were promised?

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This week marks the return of the Miss New York competition to downtown Buffalo, with two dozen contestants from across the state taking part.


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Just four days before its deadline, the 2018 Catholic Charities Appeal has surpassed its goal.

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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says warm weather is bringing out shady contractors. Mychajliw says con artists often approach seniors by offering deals on home improvements paid in cash.

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A new community policing initiative was rolled out in Buffalo Wednesday as part of the city's first Clean Sweep of 2018. Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood says the Buffalo Police Department Neighborhood Engagement Team, or BPD NET, will provide high visibility foot and mobile patrols in city neighnorhoods.

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Many people have childhood memories of buying gum from a gumball machine. But they're not as common in stores as they used to be. So will gumballs be sticking around much longer? There's only one company in the United States still making them. It's right here in Western New York - and they've been expanding their lineup to keep up with changing tastes.    


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Talk of a trade war, between the U.S. and Canada, is raising concerns among government and business leaders on both sides of the border and organized labor. According to a new study released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, more than 470,000 American jobs are at risk.

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A push is underway in Niagara County to get more people involved in sharing their technology to fight crime.

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A judge, in Buffalo, has sentenced a local man to prison for supporting a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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The current head of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority says he's not sure what Congressman Brian Higgins is calling for at the Perry Homes.

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An incident inside the downtown Auto Bureau, late last week, could lead to tighter security at all of the Erie County Bureaus.

Buffalo Public Schools

The Hutch Tech High School student facing a felony count of Making a Terroristic Threat was scheduled to appear, Wednesday, in Buffalo City Court. But Judge Amy Martoche granted a request for Youthful Offender Status for the 17-year-old male and decided to hold a pretrial conference in private to protect the student's identity. He was arraigned Saturday, after allegedly creating a fake Facebook account and posting a threat toward Hutch Tech which led to a lockdown at the school, Friday. According to Buffalo Police, the student confessed to making the threats.

Rep. Brian Higgins

Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to investigate the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. Higgins says the authority is grossly mismanaged.


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A fatal fall from a third story nursing home window is being investigated by Buffalo Police. Captain Jeff Rinaldo says, 87-year-old William Strasner was found lying in the parking lot of the Emerald South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, on Delaware Avenue, just before 6 a.m., Monday morning.

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If you're looking for a cup of coffee to help keep you going after a long holiday weekend, you can forget about going to Starbucks. More than 8,000 company-owned stores are closing Tuesday for anti-bias training. It follows the recent arrests of two African-American men who asked to use the restroom in a Philadelphia Starbucks last month. But will the training work?


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The list of activities at Canalside this summer includes a birthday bash for the popular waterfront destination this Memorial Day weekend.

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Buffalo's renaissance may attract new companies and jobs to the area. But employers will likely have a hard time finding local residents to fill those jobs. A new report shows city schools are failing to provide students with some key courses.

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New York state's current system for handing out Historic Tax Credits excludes more than 1,300 otherwise eligible homes in Buffalo. Assemblyman Sean Ryan says, it's an error that needs to be fixed.


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People who have had their car towed for illegal parking or other issues in the City of Buffalo are finding that getting their car back is difficult, at best. The Common Council is now looking at updating the old law.


Erie County Sheriff's Office

The getaway driver who was an accomplice in a deadly shooting at Anchor Bar in 2016 has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

BuffaloNiagara.org

Doug Ford, a candidate in the race to become the leader of the Province of Ontario, is claiming that Canada has lost thousands of jobs to Western New York. But that's not how the leader of the region's economic development organization sees it.


Robert Indiana

A large work of public art, by a world-famous artist, is heading to Buffalo's Outer Harbor.

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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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During a quick stop in Buffalo, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand pushed legislation to help small businesses.

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Posting notices is costing local taxpayers a lot of money. Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says, on average, it costs about $160,000 a year to publish public and legal notices in local newspapers.

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Feeling sleepy? You're not alone. A new poll finds New Yorkers aren't getting much shut-eye.

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