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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.

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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.

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Silo City serves as center stage again for what's being called a presentation of new experimental music and sound art. Following Thursday night's preview, "Decay/Reverberate: Site Specific Sound at Silo City" will run through Sunday.

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City Honors is number one on the Business First high school rankings list for the second year in a row.  The Buffalo Public School nudged out Nardin Academy by less than a point to capture the top spot.

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Millard Fillmore Suburban is the first hospital in the area to partner with the Erie County Department of Health to provide a two-hour training on how to recognize a possible opioid drug overdose and administer the life-saving drug naloxone (trade name Narcan).

While hockey legend Wayne Gretzky is set to lend his name to Niagara-on-the-Lake's growing wine industry, the BPO has secured a long-term commitment to keep the growing star power JoAnn Falletta in Buffalo.  Jim Fink of Business First discusses those developments and more on WBFO's "Press Pass."


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A new study from the University of Houston finds news media may influence racial bias.

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Hundreds of law enforcement officers are expect to take part in Torch Run ceremonies across Western New York this week for the upcoming Special Olympics.

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Last week, as UB's Center for 21st Century Music was about to embark on the 40th June in Buffalo music festival, an odd development occurred. Reports emerged that David Felder, the festival's director, had retired."I'm a very, very long way from retiring," Felder told WBFO.


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As the NCAA baseball tournament begins today, 11 teams will have at least one Canadian-born player on their rosters. With 12 players born north of the border, Canisius features more Canadians than any other team still in the hunt for the championship.


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The Buffalo Sabres got a solid consolation prize after losing out in the Mike Babcock sweepstakes last week. The team, on Thursday, hired Stanley Cup-winning head coach Dan Bylsma to succeed Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

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Former New York Governor George Pataki is the latest Republican to enter the race for president. Pataki is  already in New Hampshire this week campaigning for votes.

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How will Charter Communications purchase agreement of Time Warner Cable this week impact customers? One business expert believes consumers may see some improvements regarding their technology, but not with their bills.

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Erin Kelly's new book "Kelly Tough" takes readers behind the scenes for a look at her father's battle with cancer.

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The National Women's Hockey League opens this fall with four franchises, including the Buffalo Beauts who will play home games at HARBORCENTER. League commissioner Dani Rylan says fans can expect an entertaining, fast-paced game.

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