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After another long year of planning, organizers are ready to unveil the 2015 Lucy Comedy Festival, a packed weekend of events starting Thursday in Jamestown.

Residential space in downtown Buffalo remains a hot commodity. Will that trend transfer into demand for a downtown grocery store? On WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First says city officials will get an indication Wednesday, the deadline for proposals to develop the property at 201 Ellicott Street.

Rochester has been chosen as the national headquarters for a photonics hub that will be launched with more than $600 million in federal, state, university and industry investment. 

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The numbers are still being added up but officials in Chautauqua County say damage is in the millions from flooding that hit some two weeks ago.

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Rich Products is celebrating its 70th birthday by hosting a conference with leaders from around the world.

A new study finds HEALTHeLINK may be helping to streamline diagnostic testing in emergency cases.

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Buffalo Municipal Housing Commissioner Joseph Mascia has apologized for racial slurs he made about Mayor Byron Brown, Council President Darius Pridgen and other African-American officials.  Mascia comments follow the circulation of a tape in which he was caught making the remarks. 

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Students at the University at Buffalo will be helping NASA and the U.S. Air Force track debris in space.

In August of 2010,  a gunman opened fire outside downtown's City Grill restaurant, leaving four people dead in one of the most shocking episodes in recent Buffalo history. A victim's widow recalls the tragedy in a new book, My Testimony.

photo from Maria Whyte's Twitter account

A group of local leaders will collaborate with officials  from six other regions in the national Communities that Work Partnership.

For over a century, the Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers identify unscrupulous business entities. Now, they are offering an online service that aims to share that information at a quicker pace.

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A Flash Flood watch remains in effect for later Tuesday as a portion of Chautauqua County deals with flash flooding that has closed roads and left some basements underwater.

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"What a rush!"  That's how Alex Benestelli describes the experience of his Williamsville church choir appearing with the Rolling Stones Saturday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

With dry, warm weather predicted for the weekend, large crowds are predicted for the annual Taste of Buffalo along Delaware Avenue. Though good weather boosts attendance, the festival's main attraction remains the food offerings.

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While weekends are always busy for church choirs, the choir from Calvary Episcopal Church in Williamsville has extra duties this weekend. They will be performing on stage with the Rolling Stones Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

A hotel project planned for Batavia Downs is receiving $628,000 in tax abatements, an allowance that has sparked criticism in Genesee County. On WBFO's Press Pass, Howard Owens, publisher of the The Batavian.com, makes sense of a dollars-and-cents issue for local taxpayers.

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The controversy surrounding Lancaster's former mascot is not going away anytime soon.  The Lancaster School Board swore in two new members Monday night who supported the old Redskins name.  The meeting was filled with bickering between those who were in favor of retiring the name and others attempting to restore the previous mascot.

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Though the DEC is finally planning to clear the contaminated soil at the former waterfront site of Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon believes a better plan should be developed.

As the fireworks-fueled holiday weekend sparks patriotic emotions, a new book may provide appropriate companionship. In Poetry Night at the Ballpark and Other Scenes from an Alternative America, Genesee County author Bill Kauffman may add to patriotic thoughts while challenging some accepted notions of national pride.

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The long holiday weekend will mean travel for many Americans.  While many of us will likely be celebrating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is reminding folks to use caution on the roads.

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Residents in three Western New York counties will be able to legally purchase some fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July this year. Niagara, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties have each legalized some small fireworks after a new state law left the decision  up to county governments. 

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The debate over the Affordable Care Act intensified following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling reaffirming the legality of the controversial law. UB health policy expert Nancy Nielsen says if the law had been overturned, "premiums would have gone up."

With a deadline of midnight tonight for applications, officials with 43North believe their business competition is spreading the word about Buffalo. "We're seeing them (applications) come in from all around the world, all across North America," said Peter Burakowski, 43North's marketing director.

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One local state senator says the end of session agreement between leaders in Albany includes some major accomplishments for Western New York. 

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Though it's been days since meeting President Obama in the Oval Office, UB Professor of Chemistry Dr. Luis Colon is still wondering, "Did this really happen?" Colon's work has earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

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Lawmakers from the New York State Senate will resume work next Tuesday as they try to bring the legislative session to a close.


A century-old wooden carousel carved by artisans in North Tonawanda could make its way to the downtown waterfront.

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After recently being named president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Buffalo Niagara, Sabina Ramsey says the group is looking to "to create a movement, a new movement for women business owners here regionally."

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In making a million dollar investment, officials at Holland Central believe they will be the first area school district to equip all students and teachers with iPads and keyboards. "I firmly believe that our kids have to be at the top of their game," said Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos.

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More folks are visiting Niagara Falls and other parts of Niagara County.