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Attendance up at state fair following renovations

Sep 4, 2016
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The New York State Fair in Syracuse is in its final weekend. Already this year, attendance is up.

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A young man is in the hospital after a motorcycle accident in East Concord, NY on Friday night.

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This holiday weekend is expected to be another busy one on Buffalo's downtown waterfront.

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A two-car crash in Chautauqua County has taken a life.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced his endorsement of Democratic candidate Monica Wallace for the 143rd District Assembly seat.

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Tentative contract agreements have been reached at three Catholic hospitals in the Buffalo area.

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As the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment gets closer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for the creation of a national panel that would provide support to local interests seeking to educate people about the drive for women's voting rights.

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It’s sometimes called “the forgotten war,” and this weekend, local residents will have a chance to learn more about the War of 1812 in a unique way.

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Her work with the poor and dying of Calcutta, India gained the world's attention. This Sunday, Mother Teresa will officially become a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The leader of the Diocese of Buffalo reflected on her life's work and its impact.

With more than 150 emergency cases in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway in August, Buffalo's U.S. Coast Guard is urging safety to those planning to enjoy the water over Labor Day weekend.

The Erie County Legislature is trying again to get it right on concussion training for youth sports coaches.

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Scajaquada Creek may flow downhill from Buffalo's eastern suburbs, through the city and eventually to the Niagara River. However, the head of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper says its condition is moving uphill.

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The days of routing Peace Bridge traffic through Front Park in Buffalo are coming to an end. It's the latest step in the state's $56 million Gateway Connections Improvement project.

The Niagara Parks Police High Angle River Team had to be called in to rescue a man from the Niagara Gorge about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Parent Network of WNY receives $500,000 federal grant

Sep 1, 2016
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A local agency that assists families of young people with disabilities is receiving a grant from the U.S. Education Department to further its work to increase support and outcomes for eligible students within Buffalo Public Schools.

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With Broderick Park's role in the Underground Railroad often overlooked, Lillion Batchelor made it her mission to highlight the location's historical importance. City officials are recognizing her efforts with the installation of the Lillion Batchelor Contemplative Garden.

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The NFTA is rolling out major changes in the operation of Metro Bus and Rail as it prepares to go to a new fare collection system and to put in a turnstile system for the subway.

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Could foreign hackers disrupt the upcoming election? The FBI issued an alert after recent attacks on voter databases in two states, but Erie County's system appears safe.

There's been a big shakeup in Albany's management of major local economic development projects. Empire State Development has been given control of the construction of the Athenex plants, projects that have been stalled because the state hasn't been paying its bills.

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The Erie County Board of Elections is closed today in the wake of a smoky fire in the 134 West Eagle headquarters.

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State Senate candidate Chris Jacobs is proposing a reform agenda that he says, will "bring Democracy back" to Albany. The plan includes ending Albany's three men in a room culture. Jacobs, a Buffalo Republican says, to get it done he will push for creating a bipartisan "Reform Caucus" of like minded legislators from both the Senate and Assembly.

Gas prices trending lower as summer winds down

Aug 31, 2016
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It's been a summer of savings for motorists. A new study indicates motorists have spent $18.9 billion less at the pump this summer compared to  2015.

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When Niagara Falls goes to borrow $5 million later this year, the city will do so with an improved credit rating. The Wall Street ratings agency Fitch has improved the city's credit rating from triple-B to Triple-B plus.

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If last weekend's large crowds and traffic gridlock in downtown Buffalo have some questioning whether it fuels an argument against a proposed downtown football stadium, the Erie County Executive has this suggestion: don't bother, because there's no stadium discussion even happening.

Erie County residents may get a chance after all to vote on updating the County Charter. That update may include extending the terms for county lawmakers.

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A new coalition has been formed to "preserve and protect" Buffalo's waterfront. Nicole Matteson, Executive Director of 21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor says, the goal is to ensure that the land off Furhmann Boulevard stays in the public trust. Matteson says, the best way to protect it for future generations is dedicate it as parkland.

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It's an approach that is expanding across the state. A driver who faces a second felony DWI conviction, faces the loss of the car.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan had a successful fund-raiser last night, sponsored by Congressman Chris Collins. While he did not speak publicly during the brief visit, he reportedly raised $250,000.

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August usually marks the time for vacations, and cutting back on work in general, but that's not the case for the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission and out of town film producers who’ve come to like what Western New York has to offer.  Film Commissioner Tim Clark discusses ongoing film production in the Buffalo area with WBFO’s Pat Feldballe on this week's edition of Press Pass.  

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Some changes are on the way to help avoid a repeat of last weekend's massive traffic jam in downtown Buffalo.