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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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A major infrastructure upgrade is taking place under the Buffalo River.

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Following the recent arrest of 225 people across New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is warning that the state will take legal action to stop the raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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When new tariffs were imposed on Chinese steel and aluminum imports, President Trump said they would help rebuild American industry and create jobs. But what impact are they having on local businesses?


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Plans for a new Amtrak station, in downtown Buffalo, are moving forward. The state is planning to start work on the $25 million project this fall. But, Congressman Brian Higgins is not giving up on locating the new station in the historic Central Terminal.   

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Applications are now being accepted for the 5th annual 43North START-UP Competition. It includes a top prize of $1 million and six runner-up prizes of $500,000. All winners also receive free space in 43North's business incubator.

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Business is picking up at Erie County Auto Bureaus. And it's only going to get busier, according to County Clerk Michael Kearns.

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Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is blasting County Executive Mark Poloncarz for proposing a cost saving move for local school districts.

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Supporters of ride hailing say the low-cost way of getting around will reduce drunk driving. But in Erie County, the number of recent DWI arrests has gone up. 

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A new partner in New York City is joining the local effort to combat zombie properties in Erie County.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says thousands of local jobs are at risk unless the owner of the Huntley Power Station allows nearby industry to keep pumping water from its property along the Niagara River.

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Upgrades for the Metro Rail system are being funded in the new state budget that was approved Saturday.

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A local man is going public with claims of being sexually abused as a teenager by a Catholic priest employed by the Diocese of Buffalo.    

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Change is hours away at the Grand Island Tolls. After years of complaints about lengthy traffic tie ups and pollution from idling vehicles, the old toll booths will soon be a thing of the past.

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Erie County has one of the highest blood lead testing rates in New York state. And most children with Elevated Lead Levels live in the city of Buffalo. That's according to a new report released by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and several partners including the city and the county.

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The inbound Skyway will be closed to traffic, starting in just under four weeks. It's part of a major deck rehabilitation project that's expected to take two construction seasons to complete. But plans are in place to keep traffic moving.

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With rehabilitation work getting underway on the Skyway, Rep. Brian Higgins is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to ease delays on Route 5.

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The Buffalo Zoo's Reptile House is now closed for renovations.

The list of updates includes a new roof, heating and ventilation system, new and renovated exhibits and interactive educational elements. Zoo President and CEO, Norah Fletchall says, the building is in desperate need of improvements. Fletchall says it was built in 1942 under the leadership of the great Marlin Perkins.

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The drive to build ECMC's new Trauma Center/Emergency Department has taken another step forward. Key Bank Foundation is partnering with the First Niagara Foundation to donate $600,000 to the Trauma Center's capital campaign.

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A plan to discharge treated fracking water into the Allegheny River continues raising concerns. The Seneca Nation of Indians hosted a day-long conference on the controversial project Wednesday.

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Nearly six months after filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us is planning to sell or close all of its 800 stores across the country. So how will the changing retail landscape impact locally-owned independent toy stores?


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It's not only St. Patrick's Day weekend, it's also Maple Weekend, across Western New York. Along with lots of tasty treats, the event gives producers an opportunity to recoup some of their investment.

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Rep. Louise Slaughter, who has represented parts of Western New York in Congress for more than three decades, has died at the age of 88.

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A repeat felon is facing criminal charges and a civil lawsuit over allegedly ripping off more than 30 local churches and community groups.

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The Aquarium of Niagara in Niagara Falls is celebrating the grand opening of its new Penguin Coast exhibit.

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If Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way the state will take control of approving new cell phone tower locations, but local officials across New York are opposed.

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Congressman Chris Collins is backing President Trump's decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports. The levies will take effect in about two weeks.  

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The high price of sugar in the United States is hurting local food manufacturers, including an Akron based company.

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Brick and mortar merchants, across New York, are backing Governor Andrew Cuomo's sales tax fairness plan. If approved, it would not only generate revenue for Albany, it could help small businesses compete.

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