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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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Tops Markets has put an end to the speculation, confirming Wednesday morning that it is filing for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising is effusive in her praise of Torn Space Theater. "If you haven't been there, you should go." On WBFO's Press Pass, Marinelli highlights Torn Space's recent production of  "Far Away," and the theater company's home, the historic Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle. "It's a gem on the East Side."


Tops Friendly Markets, a Western New York staple for decades, may be heading for bankruptcy. Bloomberg.com is reporting the supermarket chain could file papers this month seeking court protection from creditors. Following the story is  Jim Fink of Business First who believes the news may be premature. 

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Temperatures will move into the fifties later today, continuing a remarkable trend of unseasonably warm weather coming to the area. Heather Kenyon of the National Weather Service tells WBFO that Tuesday's high temperature away from the Lake Erie shore could be in the upper sixties. Though mid-week temperatures will move back toward freezing, Kenyon expects mostly mild weather over the next two weeks.

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A widespread weather system is bringing snow to Western New York today. The heaviest of the snow is hitting Allegany County where several schools canceled classes. A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday for Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties while the rest of the region is under a winter weather advisory. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service expects another bout of snow to arrive Friday.


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This spring, when you head into your favorite licensed establishment and look at the taps, you will see a new beer with an old name. Buffalo's Community Beer Works is reviving Iroquois Beer.

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Leaders of the Buffalo Fire Department were joined Wednesday by high-level city officials in welcoming the newest class of firefighter recruits. By adding 66 firefighter recruits, the number of sworn personnel in the department stands at 680.

Nearly four inches of snowfall was recorded at the Buffalo National Weather Service office overnight. With another inch or two of snow on the way, meteorologist Tony Ansuini says a winter weather advisory will continue until 1 p.m. today. Cold weather--wind will be in the single digits-- has accompanied today's precipitation. Ansuini says temperatures will move above freezing over the next two days before they plummet again. The cold spell could last to the middle of February.


State officials and residents don't agree on how to proceed with a town of Wheatfield landfill. The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently tested nearby soil and determined that toxic waste from the landfill was not leaking into adjacent residential properties. On WBFO's Press Pass, Dan Telvock of Investigative Post outlines how homeowners are grouping together to file a lawsuit to challenge the state's findings.


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Kendrick Lamar's rise through the music industry could reach another level during Sunday's 60th annual Grammy Awards. A nominee for Record of the Year and Album of the Year,  Lamar is in line for two of the most prestigious awards. "He is really what the Grammys should be all about," said Jeff Miers, music critic for the Buffalo News.  "He became immensely popular, but he's also doing something that's really bold and new and forward-looking."


For decades, Women and Children's Hospital was central to life in the Elmwood Village.  Though the massive structure currently sits vacant, the property still stands as a key part of the neighborhood's future. During his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First outlined developers' plans to transform the site into hundreds of residences.


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