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Enrollment is rising in South Buffalo Charter School, as the school hires teachers and sets up new sections for students across the kindergarten through eighth-grade school.


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District Attorneys across New York are pushing back against Governor Cuomo's appointment of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to act as a special prosecutor in cases of police killing unarmed civilians.


It's described as a win-win, as Saint Bonaventure rents rooms to the Olean campus of Jamestown Community College, allowing that school to offer a dorm experience to its students and Bona may wind up with some of those students for their third and fourth-years of college.

The two schools are about three miles apart in the Southern Tier community and some JCC students already take some classes at Bona. The main JCC campus in Jamestown has 340-dorm beds, so the school is familiar with the topic. The university has blocked 38 beds in Doyle Hall for potential use by JCC.

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For years, Buffalo has had high school students scattered through the district who are unlikely to graduate because they are much older than their fellow students. The district is now setting up the Pathways program to offer help.

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This year, Taste of Buffalo had two solid days of sun and heat; visitors reacted by eating and drinking. They also took in almost anything that was cold.


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A New Jersey teen left her family house and sued her parents to force them to pay her high school tuition and future college tuition. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Ken Olena talks about when the courts can declare a child independent and still be supported, or not supported, by parents.

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Planners for the reuse of the historic and decrepit Trico plant on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will come back to the Preservation Board with more details on demolition and construction. The board tabled the plan Thursday, saying there were just too many unsettled details.


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A small and vocal group turned out in front of City Hall Thursday to oppose a possible variable speed limit on the Scajaquada Expressway. The protesters say the speed limit from end to end on the the roadway should remain 30 miles per hour.


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Buffalo schools students are spending more time in class and less time on suspension, according to a report prepared in the wake of major changes in the system's disciplinary process.


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A backroom meeting during the Buffalo school board session Wednesday night may have cleared the way for Albany to ship in $36 million already anticipated in the budget. The money has been delayed as part of a long-running fight over parental involvement in district decisions.


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Plays can be funny, entertaining or thought provoking. Sometimes, all of the above. At the Stratford Festival this season, Miles Potter is directing Friederich Durrenmatt's "The Physicists," a look at atomic scientists and ethics. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with Potter.

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There was little support at a packed house Tuesday night for Buffalo's latest plan for rehabbing part of LaSalle Park.


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With the 11th Buffalo Infringement Festival two weeks away, performers, managers and supporters were in Asbury Hall Tuesday night to talk about the event.


New York's history is filled with great events, going back centuries to the Dutch and even earlier. Author and college professor Bruce Dearstyne writes about some specific events in his new book The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State's History.

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Traffic across the Peace Bridge into the U.S. should be moving a lot faster in the wake of the experimental system of checking trucks before they start across.


Albany is ramping up the pressure to raise the quality of teachers in public schools -- not just current teachers with a rating system, but also new teachers by improving training programs.

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You might believe you were hurt in an auto accident and can sue. It's not that simple since there are legal rules defining injuries. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Dennis Bischof talks about the ground rules.

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With the future of the Scajaquada Expressway studied for years, State Senator Mark Panepinto says it's time for the State Department of Transportation to make a decision.


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The Buffalo school board showed up Wednesday for the annual reorganization meeting to elect its officers for the new school year and adjourned without electing anyone.


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The money raising for restarting the old Broadway Theater continued Tuesday night with a fundraiser in the lobby of the Ellicott Square Building.

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It was 8:58 p.m. Tuesday when the Arabic prayer rang out at sunset and the Iftar dinner celebrating the end of another day of Ramadan commenced in the City Hall lobby.


A pioneering gay activist is suggesting the Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriages across the country may be the easiest part of the struggle for gay civil rights.

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Niagara Falls streets are improving, using a little money and some new machines.

The Town of Tonawanda sewer system overflowed into Ellicott Creek over the weekend.

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Convicted killer David Sweat is back in the custody of law enforcement, and will likely never see the outside world again. After spending three weeks on the run in the Adirondack region of northern New York, a State Police Sergeant shot Sweat not far from the Canadian Border.

There are always people who want to start their own business and there have been many in the wake of the Great Recession. On this week's previously aired edition of You & The Law, attorney Diane Tiveron talks about the legal issues of starting your own company and some of the related issues.

Do you have a bank account outside the United States? On this week's previously aired edition of You & The Law, attorney James Bandoblu talks about foreign bank accounts and foreign income and why you might want to look at the account you use to pay bills for your summer place in Crystal Beach.

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The push for reliable high-speed broadband internet across the community continues, with a town hall meeting Thursday night in Cheektowaga.

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For Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace, there is a sense of deja vu in the North Country hunt for two Clinton Correctional Facility inmates who escaped nearly two weeks ago. The sheriff was deeply involved in the five-month hunt  in 2006 for escaped prisoner Bucky Phillips.


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Two significant drug busts were announced Thursday, one in Dunkirk and one in Buffalo. Police say the busts show the aggressiveness of the area drug trade.

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