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Oishei Children’s Hospital says it’s probable a 3-year old child named Kameron has acute flaccid myelitis. Known as ALF, it causes muscles and reflexes to become weak after affecting the body’s nervous system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, less than one in a million people get AFM each year—but cases have been on the rise since 2014.

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Tonawanda Coke Corporation, which was found guilty several years ago of violating the federal Clean Air Act and was appealing state effort to revoke its air permits, has submitted a plan to close its operations according to court papers made public Friday.

 

Community leaders on Buffalo’s East Side are looking to turn a vacant building on 238 Carlton Street back into a grocery store. It hasn’t been used for decades, but in order to restore it under community control, it first has to be purchased from its current owner, Borderland Advantage LLC. WBFO’s Nick Lippa sat down with African Heritage Food Co-Op Founder Alexander Wright and Dennice Barr from the Fruit Belt Advisory Council to discuss why this building is so important to the community.

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There’s a new mural on Buffalo’s East Side at 1131 Broadway. It was unveiled to the public Tuesday as part of the Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative. While several of the artists brought in for the initiative have been from outside the region, this mural was painted by someone who grew up in the same neighborhood.

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OSHA has issued 21 citations against the Buffalo Zoo during construction of its new Amphibian and Reptile Center.

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The families of Flight 3407 are calling on Congress to reauthorize the flight safety standards passed in 2010. The “One Level of Safety” standards were put into effect a year after Continental Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center killing a total of 50 people.

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Buffalo immigrants and refugees gathered in front of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library this weekend to share their stories of arrivals and departures at an event titled “Points of Departure”. It’s part of a collaboration between Just Buffalo Literary Center and Journey’s End Refugee Services.

Borderland Music and Art Festival

Knox Farm State Park is hosting the first ever Borderland Music and Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday. It’s something organizers hope becomes an every year staple in Western New York.

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A new annual region-wide jazz initiative is starting next month. Buffalo area musicians and writers are coming together to put on a series of concerts celebrating and reflecting on the music of 1968.

Olmsted Parks Conservancy

A long unused house at one of Delaware Parks’ entrances is getting restored. Bank of America and the Greenway Fund are providing grants to back the project.

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It’s been 33 years since Mayor Jimmy Griffin helped raise over $2 million to build a new facility for the Buffalo City Mission. Now, it’s getting a big upgrade.

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A Buffalo man who spent 27 years in prison on a wrongful conviction has been exonerated. Valentino Dixon was released Wednesday.

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Every year many judges, attorneys and public officials gather for the Red Mass of the St. Thomas More Guild—a celebration to bless the legal community. This year was a little different. Protesters lined up outside of St. Joseph Cathedral late Tuesday morning asking those who entered to call for Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation.

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Earlier this year, Say Yes Buffalo announced their plan to raise $100 million by 2023 to ensure eligible students in the Buffalo Public Schools would have a chance to pursue postsecondary scholarships. They’re $2 million closer to meeting that mark after receiving a donation from the First Niagara Foundation/Keybank Tuesday.

A heated political landscape may lead to a higher voter turnout overall, but it hasn’t in some areas of Buffalo this afternoon.

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Eleven Red Cross volunteers from Western and Central New York have already headed south to provide aid for Hurricane Florence victims. 

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The University at Buffalo says many minorities have trouble establishing trust with their doctors. In an attempt to better understand why, UB medical students and faculty talked health care over dinner with some East Side residents.

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As the world mourns the loss of Burt Reynolds, Buffalo residents can look back knowing the city played a small part in his long acting career.

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The Albright-Knox’s Public Art Initiative will soon have another mural to add to its list of completed projects. This one, however, will be the largest mural in Western New York.

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A new study from the University at Buffalo shows that walking more can significantly lower the risk of heart failure in older women. UB Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology and lead author of the study Michael LaMonte said they now have scientific evidence physical activity benefits two heart failure subtypes.

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Stress levels for farmers in America have skyrocketed in recent years. With dairy prices low, many farmers are looking not just for financial support, but emotional support as well. Programs like New York State FarmNet have become integral for agricultural professionals in rural communities who may be suffering from depression.

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The Welcome Plaza Project at Niagara Falls State Park Prospect Point's entrance is on schedule to be completed by next summer.

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Seeing a loved one battle dementia can be a devastating experience. 92-year old veteran and former musician Richard Blas currently participates in a program called Music and Memory at the GreenFields Continuing Care Community in Buffalo. Listening to some of his musical favorites helps him connect with his family.

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Last Wednesday a group of cyclists left New York City with a plan to ride to Niagara Falls in just five days. Their goal? Raising awareness and money for the non-profit group Sanctuary for Families, who provide support for victims of domestic and gender violence.

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The toxic material that was found in soil at Niagara Falls State Park during construction of the Welcome Plaza project has been removed according to park officials.

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The sounds of Aretha Franklin filled Niagara Square during Food Truck Thursday. It was one way for the city of Buffalo to pay tribute of the Queen of Soul. As the lunch hour went on, people showed up to eat, listen, and reminisce. 


Airbnb

New data shows Buffalo Airbnb hosts have handled 29,000 guest arrivals since Memorial Day this year, leading to $2.5 million in total earnings according to Airbnb.

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For years, Buffalo has been the number one city in the US for Labatt. With a new office and brew pub opening up soon downtown, local Labatt officials were able to convince their parent company North American Breweries to hold its National Sales Meeting in Buffalo this October.


Oath

The Oath data center in Lockport, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon Communications, is planning on adding a third facility to its already 250-member workforce.

Active Solar

Renewable energy supporters from across the state spoke out Tuesday asking Governor Cuomo to give solar projects back the option net metering.

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