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With its prime location on the convention floor, the New York delegation appeared to enjoy the spotlight during this week's Republican Convention in Cleveland. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says some politicians also used the event to position themselves for runs at key statewide offices. 


Ted Cruz may have been looking to build his future prospects when he avoided endorsing Donald Trump during last night's speech at the Republican Convention. However, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy tells WBFO, the Texas Senator likely alienated his biggest supporter in Western New York.


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With expectations building in advance of Donald Trump's address tonight at the Republican National Convention, WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt has been mining opinions from the New York delegation. While some hope for more of the of the showmanship that has carried Trump to this stage others want the Republican nominee to appear more Presidential.


As the enthusiasm builds behind Donald Trump during this week's Republican Convention in Cleveland, party faithful from the Empire State may be enjoying the moment more than most. "It's a very special place for the New York delegation," said Buffalo News Political reporter Bob McCarthy, who shared his observations earlier on WBFO's Morning Edition.


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Chris Collins enjoyed his "three minutes in the spotlight," said WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt regarding the local congressman's speech Tuesday night at the Republican Convention in Cleveland. Collins used the time to "bring Western New York to national attention."


While accusations of plagiarism in Melania Trump's speech dominated the analysis of day one of the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says it was just one of many noteworthy events.


Since HSBC Bank abandoned One Seneca Tower, prospects have been dim for the city's tallest structure. "By Halloween, you're going to be looking at a 38-story, almost one million-square foot, empty office building in downtown Buffalo," said Jim Fink. The Business First reporter offered his perspective during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass.


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Melania Trump's speech at the Republican Convention sparked twin responses. As WBFO Correspondent Karen DeWitt sees it, the former model exceeded expectations with her poise and passion. That faded when allegations of plagiarism emerged.


Local businessman Carl Paladino offered his support early for Donald Trump's unconventional Presidential campaign. Now, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy sees it, Paladino has an insider's role as Trump earns the nomination at the Republican Convention in Cleveland.


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A veteran journalist who has covered previous conventions, WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt brings an experienced perspective to the coverage of the Republican Convention in Cleveland. While many are expecting a raucous event, DeWitt has been surprised by the calm pre-convention environment.


The Erie County Legislature has voted its approval of the lowest-bid contractor to begin construction on a new STEM Building at ECC's North Campus. Despite lawsuits and some loud opposition over its location, the STEM Building is expected to be open for class in January 2018.

Pockets of radioactive waste have been identified at mostly- residential locations in Niagara County and on Grand Island. Dan Telvock, who recently reported on the story for Investigative Post.org, shared details during WBFO's Press Pass.
 


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National media outlets are taking an interest in this weekend's Taste of Buffalo. Drawing attention is a contest where a group of competitive eaters will gather on the steps of City Hall to devour vast quantities of kale. 


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Construction will be ramping up at the Northtowns Plaza on Western New York's first Whole Foods Market. If all goes according to plan, the 50,000 square-foot store should be open in 2017.

A new collaboration from the Buffalo News looks to hold political leaders accountable. PolitiFact New York  examines public assertions made by officials throughout the state to determine if they are true.


A soccer complex, retail and public spaces could emerge along Bryant Street in the coming years. The features are part of a $122-million plan for the site of Women & Children's Hospital once its vacated in 2017. Kaleida Health's board of directors favored the proposal in naming Ciminelli Real Estate as the site's designated developer.

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Local author Tom Mullen was among those who covered the recent Libertarian National Convention in Orlando where he found delegates feeling upbeat about the November election. "Everyone sensed...an opportunity here to make a big leap forward because of the unpopularity of these other candidates."

With the podcast becoming a popular listening option, the students of Just Buffalo Writing Center have added their production to the thousands of podcasts currently available. Using music, interviews and personal reflections,  "This Buffalonian Life" explores the regional experience through the eyes of a group of creative, aspiring authors.


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When "The Winter's Tale" opens tonight in Delaware Park, spectators will get a glimpse at a new addition for the landmark institution. Managing director Lisa Ludwig says they've replaced the stage which had stood at the bottom of Shakespeare Hill for over two decades.

With the state supplying much of the capital, local construction projects have brought much-needed jobs to the region. That boom, however, has not impacted the minority community. Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post has been chronicling the lack of workforce diversity at some of these job sites.


"It's a different Niagara Street, in a good way," said Jim Fink of Business First during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass. He cites a number of projects that are changing the prospects for a part of the city that has shown the signs of neglect for too many years.


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Niagara University is investing $8 million into improving one of the central structures of its campus life: Clet Dining Commons. The renovation, according to President Father James Maher, should provide several benefits for student life and the surrounding community.


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The Buffalo Lighthouse has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years as supporters look to transform the structure into a key waterfront attraction. Last night, a local expert explored the connections communities share with the navigational landmarks.

The Buffalo Planning Board has voted its approval on the controversial Queen City Landing project which would erect a 23-story residential complex along the Outer Harbor.

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While the difficulties of foster care remain evident, University at Buffalo researchers believe they are uncovering trends that could help the lives of the nearly 400,000 children living in foster homes.


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Though no charges have been filed, it appears the main suspect in last Friday's fatal shooting at the Anchor Bar may be in custody.

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While Buffalo School Board meetings often devolve into rants, targeting blame for the many troubles inside the city's educational system, Wednesday night's session took a moment to highlight success. Two students have won college scholarships through the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

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As the weather warms, more are shoving off for adventures on the Great Lakes. "Unfortunately, people are just running out there to have fun without thinking first and that's the problem," said Lauren Laughlin, Petty Officer Second Class of the U.S. Coast Guard. Boating fatalities increased in 2015, many of which could have been avoided by employing basic safety measures.


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The toll bridges connecting Grand Island with the rest of Western New York are as common to commuters as pot holes in April. However, Nathan McMurray is taking a fresh look in his first year as Grand Island Supervisor. "Does this make sense in this day and age to have people out there collecting dollar bills?"

Despite his claims of support for agriculture, many New York farmers believe Governor Cuomo is supporting policies that will hurt their industry.

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