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With pleasant weather in the forecast organizers are expecting another solid crowd of cyclists tonight for the third Slow Roll Buffalo of the season. Co-founder Seamus Gallivan sees the effort as "a way to come together. We need that in Buffalo and we really feel like the bike is the best vehicle to do it."  Tonight's event begins at 6:30 at West Side Community Services on Vermont Street. Forest Avenue and Connecticut, West Ferry and Grant Streets make up part of the ten-mile course.


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The Most Reverend Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church captured millions with the focus of his sermon during this weekend's Royal Wedding. Curry's connection with Buffalo is now gaining attention.

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With Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns speaking out against undocumented immigrants receiving driver's licenses, the issue has taken center stage. One advocate believes Kearns will "find himself on the wrong side of history."


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Since the enactment of New York's property tax cap, school budgets are being approved on an almost routine basis. Earlier this week, 97.6 percent of school budgets passed acrossed the state, according to Tim Kremer of the New York State School Boards Association. The focus on holding down taxes, Kremer says, has had unintended consequences.  "I hate to say it, but I think people (have) become apathetic."


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All 76 Buffalo school nurses have to find new assignments this summer. As employees of Kaleida Health, their assignments in Buffalo Public Schools is ending. The Buffalo School Board Wednesday night voted to replace them with cheaper, non-union nurses from two staffing agencies.


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On Saturday, city homeowners and businesses will open their porches to local bands for Buffalo Porchfest. While the event offers music lovers a wide variety of options, it also serves as a celebration of the symbolic value of the porch. "Porches offer a sense of community," said Newell Nussbaumer of Buffalo Rising during WBFO's Press Pass. The event and the sense of community it inspires, Nussbaumer says, have prompted many homeowners to rebuild their porches and, in a greater sense, restore their city.


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The news of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's resignation was only a few hours old when names of his possible replacement began to emerge. So it goes in Albany, where politically-laced scandals have become commonplace. Jimmy Vielkind, who covers the state capital for Politico, shared some perspective in an interview with WBFO's Morning Edition.


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Since his purchase of Buffalo's tallest building, Washington-based developer Douglas Jemal has promised to bring new life to One Seneca Tower. That rebirth appears to be ahead of schedule. Appearing outside Monday's meeting of the city Planning Board, attorney Adam Walters says the project is moving forward at a "breakneck pace."

While reporting from 90 different countries, Ami Vitale has come to realize some dire realities. "We're witnessing extinction on our watch." Vitale shares her insights and experiences during "Rhinos, Rickshaws and Revolutions," a multi-media presentation showing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall.


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When he read Lucas Hnath's "The Christians," Scott Behrend, executive director of Road Less Traveled Productions, knew his company needed to tackle the play. "What drew me to this play was, of course, the central argument, which is, Is there a hell?" With a cast of Dave Hayes, Lisa Vitrano, Aaron Moss, Steve Jakiel and Victoria Perez, "The Christians" runs through May 20.


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Western New York political consultant Michael Caputo spent three hours Wednesday in Washington answering questions from a team of investigators from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller. In an interview with WBFO, Caputo  declined to get into specifics regarding his testimony. He did indicate, however, that investigators showed little interest in President Trump; their focus was on the consultant's "friends" who were associated with the campaign.


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Starting later Monday, only two of the four lanes of the Buffalo Skyway will be open to traffic through November. Inbound traffic will use the lanes during the morning commute; outbound traffic will use the span during the evening commute.  Susan Surdej of the state Department of Transportation says detours have been well-planned, but admits the work is sure to be disruptive to the 40,000 commuters who use the bridge each day. 


The Buffalo Bills selection of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has sparked widespread reaction--a loud portion of which has been negative. Analyst Matt Sabuda offers a more measured response on a special edition of WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.  While factoring in the many negatives found on Allen's resume', Sabuda sees the selection as "a high risk for a team that needs a high reward."


It's been four years since state economic development officials announced an agreement to bring IBM to Buffalo. Using $50 million of Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion economic initiative, IBM agreed to locate in the city while promising to create 500 new jobs. On WBFO's Press Pass, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post reviews the project which is not living up to the promise of creating high-tech, high-paying positions.

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Nearly 100 people hopped aboard two buses early this morning on Buffalo's West Side. They're heading to an Albany rally called, Cuomo: Walk the Talk on Climate!

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A chaotic scene emerged in North Buffalo Thursday night after a house exploded into flames on Covington Road.

As a gateway to the city, Niagara Street for many years served as a sign of Buffalo's decline.  Much has changed in recent years. On WBFO's Press Pass,  Jim Fink of Business First says Niagara Street has been boosted by $120 million in private investment developments. Now, a Rochester-area developer is taking part in a project near Busti Avenue. "When you see out-of-town dollars coming in and investing in your city, that's a pretty significant milestone."

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It's a list expected to generate heated debate. The "Delicious Dozen" are the 12 Erie County eateries selected by local tourism officials for the debut of the Buffalo Wing Trail. The concept looks to tap into the growing food tourism industry.


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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's testimony today in Washington is drawing widespread interest. UB Law professor Mark Bartholomew will be among those following the proceedings "to hear about concrete plans to change." Bartholomew, who specializes in the areas of intellectual property and law and technology with an emphasis on online privacy, believes social media sites need to be regulated.

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Founded in 1962, Young Audiences of Western New York's mission is to make the arts a part of young people's lives, primarily through work with the schools located throughout the region's eight counties. "If we had to take art out of our schools, I think they would lose an energy and a life that brings kids alive," said Michael Weidrich, the agency's recently-named Executive Director.


Around 8:30 this morning a wind gust of 60 miles per hour was recorded at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock expects the strong winds to continue with the possibility of gusts reaching 70 miles per hour before the day is done.


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As Marc Molinaro brings his campaign for governor to Western New York for the first time Wednesday, he's being greeted with criticism from a local leader. Former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, a Reform Party gubernatorial candidate, labeled Molinaro as  "the right-wing Conservative-Republican candidate who's supported by the NRA."


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The Grand Island Town Board has voted unanimously to change town zoning law in order to prevent the development of a truck stop. "To put something like that (the truck stop) in the middle of it would define Grand Island in a way we don't want to be defined," said Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray. 


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The Ignite Awards serve two purposes. They honor local women-owned businesses that are enjoying notable success. The awards ceremony hosted by the Women's Business Center also works to bring together female entrepreneurs with the services and connections needed to move their firms forward. During her monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising profiled the award winners and discussed the promising trends for women in the business world.


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While spring officially arrives in the month of March, the continued presence of snow will make the region feel like it is winter in the coming weeks.  Snow accumulations ranging from four to 10 inches will pile around the area in the next 24 hours. To add to it, Tony Ansuni of the National Weather Service says another Nor'easter could bring more snow next week.


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Investigations are underway into the death of Buffalo Police officer Craig Lehner, who lost his life during a training exercise with the Underwater Recovery Team. Using Freedom of Information requests to gain access to department records, Daniela Porat of Investigative Post has raised concerns about the officer's death in the Niagara River. Porat discussed the story during her appearance on WBFO's Press Pass.


In reporting the recent good news about the Buffalo economy, Jim Fink says he feels like a "broken record, but it's a good broken record." During his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Fink notes the $75 million investment by Ellicott Development into its 500 Pearl project. "Wasn't all that long ago that collectively ALL of the development in downtown Buffalo might have equaled $75 million."

A veteran of five marathons and several triathlons, Buffalo News sportswriter Amy Moritz  is now training for her first ultramarathon. In order to reach this level of athletic achievement, she first had to stop doubting herself. Moritz recounts her journey in her first book, "I Thought You'd Be Faster: The Quest to Be An Athlete."


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Tennis champion and cultural icon Billie Jean King appeared at Kleinhans Music Hall Monday night. Prior to the private event, King took time to reflect on her Buffalo memories, her role in the fight for equal rights and what she sees as a hopeful future.

Though it doesn't open until August, the reputation of  Jamestown's National Comedy Center is spreading throughout the entertainment industry. With the recent donation of the archive of the late Shelley Berman, and the previously-acquired George Carlin archive, the facility is generating interest among fans, comics and scholars.


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