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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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While much has been made recently over the lack of American manufacturing, one local retail business is finding success selling goods entirely made in the United States. Elma's Made in America Store is responding to demand by moving to a store that is three times larger than its original location.

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Many Erie County Republicans are enthusiastically embracing Donald Trump's push for the Presidency. A national author with regional connections compares Trump's popularity and politics with another local GOP stalwart, the late Jack Kemp. 


The ambitious plans for Queen City Landing call for a 23-story complex to be located at the former Freezer Queen site along the Outer Harbor. The scope of the proposal has grabbed the attention of community members who are raising concerns over the city's approval process.


According to Dan Telvock of Investigative Post, Buffalo has a major problem with lead poisoning, the worst among Upstate cities. Now that the situation has been brought into the spotlight, local officials are working toward solutions.


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As the spotlight continues to reveal the size of the problem, opiate addiction is generating more conversation. The topic drew the community together at a forum Wednesday night at Kenmore West High School.

The Buffalo area's lead paint problem is the worst in Upstate New York. In fact, it's so acute that Dan Telvock of Investigative Post believes Buffalo sits at "ground zero " in dealing with the issue. Telvock has reported extensively on the topic and offered perspective on the city's new Lead Hazard Control Program Thursday on WBFO.


It has sat vacant along Niagara Square in recent years, but Jim Fink of Business First expects the Dillon Courthouse to play a key role in a changing downtown landscape.


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Investigative Post.org has been reporting on the Cuomo administration's handling of the Buffalo Billion for nearly a year. According to Jim Heaney, reports that the U.S. Attorney is now issuing subpoenas in the case should come as "no surprise" to those who have been following the story. Heaney spoke with WBFO Monday on Morning Edition.


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With the 19th pick in the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Shaq Lawson, All-American defensive end out of Clemson University. While the team will likely look for more defensive help, Dan Lavoie of Buffalo Rumblings.com expects the team to select a quarterback before the draft is finished.


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In recent weeks, the Peace Bridge, the Electric Tower and Niagara Falls have bathed in blue light, a reminder that April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.


The tussle continues over revenue retention between New York State and its local governments. That fight includes the millions of fees gathered by auto bureaus.

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While Donald Trump's message connects with many, his ability to take the White House in November remains in doubt. "I don't think he's a viable general election candidate," said Jacob Neiheisel, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University at Buffalo.


While the state's political winds seem to be behind Donald Trump, former Governor George Pataki reversed course with his endorsement of Ohio's John Kasich. It was one of many developments observed by Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy at Thursday night's Republican Gala in New York City.


While Western New York Local Restaurant Week has been organized to promote the region's independent eateries, it may also serve up a boost to area agriculture, according to event coordinator Christa Hobart. "The local, organic farm-to-table movement is very strong."


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Winner of a Peabody Award and downloaded by the millions, the podcast "Serial" has emerged as a cultural sensation. "We were so shocked that this happened," said host and co-producer Sarah Koenig, who will appear at the UB Center for the Arts on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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