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The National Football League officially begins its 2015 season Tuesday, and with it the start of free agent signings.

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Catherine Fisher Collins is slated to be elected to the Board of Regents Tuesday, meaning one of the bosses of all education in New York State is someone who started out as a school nurse before going back to school for many degrees and moving up to her SUNY Empire State College teaching position.

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The Lancaster School Board once again found itself dealing with arguments surrounding its controversial "Redskins" mascot at the board's regular meeting last night.

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You may have seen a recent video of students from the University at Buffalo trying to buy junk food from a vending machine on campus.  Before getting that bag of chips though, the vending machine would say something like, "I'm going to need 20 good jumping jacks."  Yes, a talking vending machine. 

Deadly house fires in West Seneca & South Buffalo

Mar 9, 2015
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Two separate house fires claimed the lives of two western New Yorkers Monday morning.   There's word an elderly woman has perished in a house fire in West Seneca. Reports indicate the blaze broke out at a 67 Dirkson Avenue home and spread to a neighboring house.

Bennett withdrawing from Regents election

Mar 9, 2015
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Robert Bennett is stepping down the New York State Board of Regents member.  Bennett confirmed to WBFO News Sunday that he would be withdrawing his name for re-election. The New York State Legislature is expected to vote Tuesday on members.

National Fuel: Smell Gas - Act Fast

Mar 9, 2015
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As the weather warms up in the coming weeks, National Fuel Gas is reminding customers if they smell gas to act fast. 

Bills secure deals with Hughes, McCoy

Mar 9, 2015
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The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement with Defensive End Jerry Hughes and worked out a deal with new Running Back LeSean McCoy. 

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Monday marks the start of Western New York’s spring-time Local Restaurant Week, and this season’s theme is ‘Think Social. Eat Local.’

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An overnight fire at a Transit Road business has caused heavy damage.

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Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama that came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.” When the marches were happening, NAACP Buffalo Branch President, Frank Mesiah, was active in civil rights in Buffalo.

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Buffalo’s Old First Ward welcomed the spring season with the sound of a starting gun, on Saturday.

Cheektowaga house fire proves fatal

Mar 7, 2015
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A morning blaze at a home in Cheektowaga took the life of an elderly man, Saturday.

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A deadly shooting took place early this morning in Niagara Falls.

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Erie County Sheriff's deputies arrested two adults Friday afternoon after a pair of toddlers were spotted in a locked vehicle with no heat.

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A program is underway this morning to teach young female drivers the safe way to take to the roads and how to handle emergencies that might arise while driving.

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An extension has been granted for applications to the HEAP program.

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Two schools have canceled lacrosse games against the Lancaster High School as the Lancaster District debates whether to change the Redskins sports name.

Veterans awarded medals after lengthy delay

Mar 6, 2015
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Long overdue service medals were presented to the family of two veterans of World War II Friday.

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Western New Yorkers are once again dealing with record breaking weather. 

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The Los Angeles Production Company filming a movie locally is wrapping up work this weekend here in Western New York. 

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The state budget might end up in court under some scenarios, as state lawmakers are discussing possible legal action against Governor Cuomo’s budget, and his proposal to link a number of unrelated items, like ethics reform and education changes, to the spending plan. 

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With New York sitting on on a $5 billion budget surplus, local officials are calling for a major investment into Upstate's deteriorating roads and bridges.

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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul brought the state's new campaign against campus sex assaults to Daemen College in Amherst Thursday.

Women's history explored throughout March

Mar 5, 2015
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Women's History Month places the spotlight on those whose contributions may have previously gone unnoticed. Sawrie Becker, commissioner of Office of Public Advocacy with the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, says women's history offers valuable lessons. "Courage is probably the most important thing. To be willing to take a stand when it may not be the popular thing to do."

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A small plane crash in Virginia has taken the lives of three Western New York natives.  The four-seat Mooney aircraft clipped treetops, flipped over and crashed as the pilot attempted to land at an airport near Norfolk, Virginia, early Wednesday morning killing the pilot and his two passengers. 

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Shea’s Performing Arts Center has once again teamed up with Broadway Partner Albert Nocciolino in  releasing it's lineup for the coming 2015-2016 season.  

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County music legend Garth Brooks is appearing at First Niagara Center this weekend. The first of six concerts is set for Thursday night.  Traffic in the area of FNC is expected to be snarled, especially on Friday and Saturday when back to back concerts will mean people coming and going about the same time. 

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What has turned out to be a long and arduous winter has meant extra time on the road for municipal highway crews, and extra demand for one of the season’s most precious commodities.

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With tournaments involving bowling, swimming and diving, and lots of hockey, sports tourism is expected to pump $3 million into the region's economy this weekend.