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The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach. Babcock chose Toronto over the Buffalo Sabres, among other teams.

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A shifting population and healthcare's push for greater efficiency have left some regions with little access to important services. A coalition of community groups in Eastern Niagara County has addressed a gap in mental health services by opening the Peer Recovery Respite Center at 344 Walnut Avenue in Lockport.

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School budgets across Erie and Niagara counties were approved Tuesday night as well as propositions in several districts. Voters also elected new School Board members in a few districts plagued by recent controversies.

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Residents in school districts throughout the region will decide on new school budgets, board members and propositions Tuesday.

In preparing the 2015-2016 schedule for 710 Main Theatre,  it's apparent that Shea's President Anthony Conte considered a wide array of possibilities.

Could a system of gondola lifts successfully carry visitors along the city's waterfront? The group Citizens for Regional Transit wants to explore the concept during a public meeting this afternoon at Hallwalls.

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A large turnout is expected for funeral services this weekend for a soldier from Eden who died following a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. 

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Authorities are once again trying to solve the case of a 2-year-old boy who went missing from his Niagara County home more than 30 years ago.

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The Buffalo Public School District is teaming up with Say Yes Buffalo to provide summer programs for elementary school students.

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Americans who have no religious affiliation now make up the second-largest group in the nation, only behind Evangelical Protestants. A new survey by the Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life found that people who do not identify with any religion make up 22.8% of the population, up from 16.1% in 2007.

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Wegmans is slated to expand into new territory downstate.

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The North Buffalo Organization is hosting a Community Conversation Wednesday night on reinventing the historic Hertel Avenue district.

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Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has left Buffalo after spending Sunday afternoon meeting with Sabres owner Terry Pegula regarding the team's coaching vacancy.

Two teens are recovering from stabbing injuries following a dispute in Cazenovia Park on Friday night.

Buffalo police are seeking the public's help with the investigation of a Friday night shooting.

The Erie County Legislature is scheduled to hold public hearings today on plans involving term limits for elected county officials.

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A soldier from Eden, severely injured in a crash last week, has died. 25-year-old Army First Lieutenant John Levulis was riding in a Humvee when it was hit by another vehicle and forced off the road along the New Jersey Turnpike. 

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State Senator Robert Ortt says he will support efforts to replace Majority GOP Leader Dean Skelos when lawmakers return to Albany.

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A Buffalo area charter school is getting assistance in dealing with attendance and behavioral issues.  The Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) recently received a $575,700 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant program.

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A Buffalo attorney is shedding some light on the federal corruption case against New York's top Republican.  Prosecutors claim Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos used his office for financial gains. 

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Niagara Falls, New York, will soon be home to a new Rainforest Cafe restaurant.

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Shooting gets underway in Buffalo Monday night for the film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2." 

Team USA wins gold

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Members of the U-S sled hockey team are world champions. 

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There's word the leading candidate for Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools may no longer want the job.  Meanwhile, Mayor Byron Brown says he is not pushing for control of the district, but is ready to take charge if necessary.


An overnight curfew in Baltimore appears to have helped calm hostilities following riots the night before. 

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Buffalo police officer Robert Eloff Jr. has been arrested and charged with three counts of civil rights violations. Eloff was one of the off-duty officers present at Molly's Pub last May on the night airman William Sager Jr. was pushed down a flight of stairs, leading to a fatal head injury.

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Six years after the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 in Clarence claimed 50 lives, the subject of air safety has once again become a political hot topic in Washington. Congressional hearings are taking place this week to review the aspects of a new FAA Reauthorization Bill.

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Team U-S-A is now 2-0 in the preliminary rounds of the IPC World Sled Hockey Championships at HarborCenter in Buffalo. 

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Team USA jumped to an early lead as they easily handled Team Russia 6-1 in Sunday's preliminary round of the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship.

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Majority members of the Buffalo School Board are reportedly moving to fill the position of superintendent with Emerson School of Hospitality Principal James Weimer Jr.