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Buffalo is not alone in its new vitality. Other cities are experiencing their own rebirth and that is heating up competition for tourist dollars.

Distracted drivers in New York would be held accountable under a bipartisan bill proposed in Albany. It would allow police to use a so-called "Textalyzer" to examine mobile devices at a crash site.

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The AAA of Western and Central New York, law enforcement, AT&T, and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs are teaming up to raise awareness about distracted driving.

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A service "Celebrating the Life" of 8-year-old Treasure Brighon was held at True Bethel Baptist Church on Monday.

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Once again, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is proposing a budget that holds the line on property taxes. WBFO's Chris Caya reports on some highlights of the $494 million spending plan unveiled Friday.

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The Erie County Fair announced Friday that its midway will remain in familiar hands. After 91 years of operation, Strates Shows has agreed to a ten-year contract extension.

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Western New Yorkers may end up paying more to heat and cook with natural gas. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports National Fuel Gas has filed a rate increase request with state regulators.

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A backroom fight over the budget for Erie Community College is turning into a major public fight between two of the area's most visible public figures, County Executive Mark Poloncarz and college president Jack Quinn.

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The winds off of Lake Erie are going to help move the Seneca Nation of Indians towards energy independence. Tribal leaders kicked off construction of a new wind turbine on Wednesday.

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An historic event is in the works for the USS. Little Rock at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park.

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A county lunch program is now available for seniors in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

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The FBI has recognized a local judge for her work with Buffalo's growing and diverse immigrant community. WBFO's Chris Caya reports on the one-of-a-kind program that helps new arrivals navigate the legal system.

Niagara County has its first known case of Zika virus. According to the county Health Department, the person was infected while traveling outside the country.

Rendering: Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area

Along with being honored on the redesigned $20 bill, Harriet Tubman is going to be featured at a new interpretive center in Niagara Falls.

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A local political party leader is getting into the ring against two-term Assemblyman Ray Walter.

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A controversial Outer Harbor project could be considered as early as next week by Buffalo's Preservation Board. Local developer Gerry Bucheit wants to replace the old Freezer Queen plant off Fuhrmann Boulevard with a 23-story apartment building.

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An Erie County Sheriff's Deputy is behind bars for allegedly smuggling drugs into the Holding Center in downtown Buffalo.

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Ahead of New York's presidential primary on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton returned to Buffalo to stump for his wife, Hillary Clinton.  A recent poll released by her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, shows Clinton just six points ahead of Sanders in New York state. 

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Rules that restrict New York residents from voting in Tuesday's primary "defy logic," according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan. He is co-sponsoring a bill with Senator Tim Kennedy that would streamline the state's nearly 90-year-old law.

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz held a town hall meeting in Amherst Thursday. He immediately took on a question about his comment about "New York values" and then drew cheers from the audience of about 300 invited guests when he declared, "we will beat Donald Trump in Cleveland."

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Residents should know later today if Erie County will try to address the countywide epidemic of fatal drug overdoses. A new opioid addiction hotline is in the proposed budget that county lawmakers are scheduled to vote on this afternoon.

The Erie County Legislature is scheduled to vote Thursday on the proposed 2016 budget. But some lawmakers may reject plans for the $18 million surplus.

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Sunday marks the return of Free Admission Week at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Director Janne Siren says the first free week in 2015 "was a huge success."

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Orange Work Zone signs should start going up soon on roads owned by Erie County. The Legislature's Economic Development Committee signed off on a $26.8 million highway improvement plan on Tuesday.

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In an effort to clear its name, the Buffalo Urban League is taking the Office of Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw to court. The Urban League contends that Mychajliw's December 9th report is "filled with factual errors - and does not follow accounting standards."

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Cory Booker, a U.S. Senator from New Jersey, talked to a small group of seniors in Buffalo on Monday about the upcoming election.

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Hillary Clinton expressed her faith in Buffalo's future and took some credit for helping spur the city's economic rebound while serving as a U.S. Senator while making a campaign push in downtown Buffalo Friday.

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Hillary Clinton is scheduled to bring her campaign for president to Buffalo Friday. Despite Clinton's sizable lead in delegates, the stakes are high for her in New York.

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An effort to save lives sparked a lengthy and heated discussion in Old Erie County Hall on Thursday.

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The new state budget includes several projects designed to transform Buffalo's transportation infrastructure. Gov. Andrew Cuomo provided highlights Wednesday before a packed house at the Buffalo Museum of Science. 

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is gearing up for what's being called a "monumental" public art installation this summer, one that's going to alter several structures across the City of Buffalo.