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State Senator Marc Panepinto returned to his roots in the Ken-Ton school district Monday to push for opting out of today's ELA tests.

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UB's new men's basketball coach, Nate Oats, admits he's a no-name coach but he believes he's inheriting a strong program that is poised to be build upon one of the best seasons in school history.

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The day after the Sabres finished last in the National Hockey League for a second straight year, head coach Ted Nolan paid the price by being fired from the rebuilding hockey team.

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To no one's surprise, Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president and Erie County Democrats are rushing to push her candidacy.

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Eden Valley farmers like the Zittels were hammered by the November 2014 storm, a storm which hit the agricultural heartland of Erie County so rapidly that several greenhouses were left in ruins. They still sit there as farmers focus on preparing this year's crops.

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It was 800-years ago that King John signed the Magna Carta under pressure from nobles.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is out with a nearly $30 million road and bridge plan for the 2015 construction season, that's more than $8 million over what is included in the county budget.

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The Common Council chamber Thursday night was full supporters of participatory budgeting as they offered thoughts on how to give the public a voice in how the city spends its capital money.

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The push for FIOS is on again in Buffalo, with activists pushing the Public Service Commission to order Verizon to install the high-speed internet cabling in the city.

State legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are on vacation after the state budget was approved in the early hours of the new fiscal year, but that doesn't mean everything is settled.

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According to documents obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Erie County Sheriff's Department used its high-tech Stingray device to track cell phones 47 times in the last four years.  However,  there is some dispute over what the documents say.

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There is much interest in Buffalo having a charter boarding school and the idea drew a crowd Tuesday night to review the proposal at the Merriweather Library.

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History buffs, rejoice. A traveling Magna Carta exhibit in the atrium of Buffalo's federal courthouse opens on Tuesday. 

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After years of effort, the long fight over conditions at the Towne Gardens housing complex in Buffalo is in court.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board would like some of the $200 million in the new state budget for grants to aging water systems across New York.

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Another top Erie County Republican official has decided not to run against Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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The Dyngus Day Parade may kick off today but the party kicked off Sunday night in the heartland of modern Polonia, Cheektowaga, where hundreds celebrated at the VFW Leonard Post on Walden Avenue. 

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Buffalo's Common Council is going electronic, replacing vast piles of paper.

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On Tuesday, a Magna Carta exhibit is coming to Buffalo for a two-week visit to the Robert H. Jackson Federal Courthouse. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Eric Bloom talks about how the 800-year-old document affects us today.

Work is underway on another project to eliminate sewer line overflows going into area rivers and streams.  Erie County is in the early stages of a $17 million dollar project to end overflows into Rush Creek through Blasdell and the Town of Hamburg.

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Every worker in the country would be able to get paid medical or family leave under a proposal from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to establish an insurance system.

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The dispute between the two factions of the Buffalo Board of Education is heating up over whether to move up someone inside the school system to be superintendent or go through a long process in search of an outside candidate.

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Commuters should begin seeing crews out there fixing potholes but the work will appear different because there will be steam coming off the patch. With area asphalt plants starting to open, permanent road repairs can begin.

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Common Council members are looking at changing some of the ways city government works, potentially taking some administrative duties away from the mayor and making that more of a policy position.

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American higher education suffers from two main problems: getting kids in and keeping them there to get their degrees. That was the message delivered Monday at UB by University of Pennsylvania Higher Education Professor Laura Perna.

The rising number of local craft brewers and craft distillers have one thing in common: a need for malted barley. It's hard to get because of rapidly rising demand and because New York farmers are reluctant to grow it since there is no federal crop insurance.

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The Buffalo Sewer Authority's long-term plan to end overflows from the sewer system when there is heavy precipitation is moving ahead.

Go back two years and Ohio Street in Buffalo's First Ward was a crumbling road in a dying neighborhood, flanked by buildings which were either falling down or looking in danger of falling. Today, the community's prospects are considerably brighter.

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Erie County Executive Poloncarz on Thursday kicked off his re-election campaign with his State of the County address while two potential challengers stood just a a few feet away.

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Across Upstate New York and much of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, this is Maple Week.

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