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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.

Low-income people of color who want to buy a house face serious problems in Buffalo. That's the view of the Buffalo Community Reinvestment Coalition, which is pressuring banks to issue mortgages in certain part of the city where they say redlining is occurring, which is barred by law.

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This year at the Shaw Festival, Harveen Sandhu plays Eliza Doolittle. Not the singing Eliza, but the Eliza of the source material, George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with Sandhu about the role.

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Residents of the Marine Drive Apartments face massive rent increases under new rates for units in the Waterfront facility.


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With only days or hours left in the State Legislature session, Buffalo is pushing for special legislation to allow parking permit zones.

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While state officials work through the time table for the legalization of medical marijuana, Buffalo Common Council members are reviewing local laws on the issue.


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The Buffalo school district is making some basic, yet far-reaching changes to its long-troubled Central Registration operation on Ash Street, including the implementation of some of the recommendations of a UCLA professor who studied the district.

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The Gus Macker Basketball Tournament is on for August 29 and 30 on Grand Island, maybe.

The Allentown Art Festival is famous for steamy hot days as people walk and shop and eat along its route on Delaware Avenue and some side streets. It was steamy at times on Sunday, but it was mostly wet.

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The Buffalo branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrated 100 years of activism, along with the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth on Sunday night.

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The Shaw Festival is featuring a splashy song-and-dance musical this season. "Sweet Charity" is the story of a dancer seeking love and Julie Martell is on stage almost constantly in the role. She spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

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Local foodies are getting an unexpected addition to their shopping lists: broccoli grown in Western New York.

In most years, Buffalo school officials have talked more about layoffs than hiring. But this year, the district has started its search for new teachers for the next school year even before this year's classes end for the summer.

Many lawyers and law firms donate legal help, what's called pro bono legal work to help people and groups and causes.

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It's summer and as some drivers have noticed, that is when area roads and bridges and repaired or replaced and traffic is slowed.

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On Thursday, a room in UB's Allen Hall was filled with maps, renderings, designs and more information on how Metro Rail might be extended beyond the UB South Campus.

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Buffalo's school board is setting the ground rules for what it wants from negotiations with the union representing city teachers.


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Buffalo's finances are improving to the point it can loan money to other governments. The  Common Council yesterday approved a $15.5 million loan to the West Seneca school district.


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A city planner is reviewing options for 1,800 acres of vacant, contaminated land in Niagara Falls. The Buffalo Avenue Corridor was once the heart of the city's industry.


With a major fight in Washington over providing meals to school kids and the standards for those meals, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took the fight to a  Buffalo classroom Monday.


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The Lancaster school board may have voted last night to replace Redskins as the teams nickname with Legends, but supporters of the old name aren't going away.


On the long calendar of legislation pending in Albany as the session winds down, one of the most-discussed is a proposal to allow professional Mixed Martial Arts fighting. The proposal has been blocked in recent years by former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.


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The summer festival season kicked off with souvlaki and moussaka as the Greek Festival began the run of must-see events during the area's summer season.


When a business goes bad, the owners may need a lawyer.

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With the deadline midnight tonight, 14 people have applied so far to be Buffalo schools superintendent.


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A growing suburban drug problem has grabbed the attention of Cheektowaga's many neighborhood and taxpayer groups.


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With less than two weeks remaining in the state legislative session, State Assemblyman Ray Walter says the proposal for mayoral appointment of the Buffalo school board should be pushed to the side. He's more focused on measures like extending the property tax cap.


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Now that traffic on the Scajaquada has been slowed in the wake of the death of three-year-old Maksym Sugorovskiy, Parkside area residents want to know: How about slowing down Parkside traffic off the expressway?


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