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A small group of protestors staged a rally outside an Allentown bar Monday night over the ejection of a transgendered customer.

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Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic often found in personal care products. They pass through most sewer treatment plants, polluting waterways.

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After nearly 15 years of recruiting, actress Loretta Swit appeared in Cheektowaga as the grand marshal of the Pulaski Parade.


Ontario's Niagara Region is joining an array of governments on both sides of the border trying to ease overloaded sewer systems from overflowing into waterways and into the Great Lakes.


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The term might be a little outdated but county legislators decided Thursday that meetings needed a dress code, at least for public employees.


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A new walk kicks off Saturday morning in Niagara Falls, the inaugural African American Male Wellness Walk.


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Erie County took another step in its push into broadband yesterday, with the County Legislature agreeing to spend $63,000 toward a study on how to make sure all of the county has web access available.


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New federal legislation may bring longer tractor-trailers to area roads. Senator Charles Schumer is warning the longer trucks could be traveling along any road that receives federal funding.


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The Scajaquada Expressway will have crosswalks by the end of the summer. That's from State Assemblyman Sean Ryan last night to a meeting of the Scajaquada Corridor Coalition filling the auditorium of the Buffalo History Museum.


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Suspended Buffalo Police Officer Robert Eloff is due before Federal Magistrate Hugh Scott this morning on civil rights charges growing out of his involvement in the death of William Sager in the Molly's Pub incident last year.


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Getting gun control legislation through Congress isn't impossible but it isn't easy. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand believes there is bipartisan backing for legislation to criminalize interstate shipments of illegal guns.


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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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