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A vote will be held this afternoon to determine the course of action regarding the historic Chautauqua Amphitheater.

Buff City Hoops to hold championship in Masten Park

Aug 28, 2015
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While the long-awaited return of the Gus Macker basketball tournament to the Buffalo area takes place this weekend, another hoops competition will also be happening within the city of Buffalo.

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Parking around the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is the cause of serious contention for residents of Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood. On campus, only 70 percent of the current parking spaces are used by campus employees. With 30 percent of space available, the question remains, “Why are people still parking in the Fruit Belt?”

Buffalo witnessing "brain gain"

Aug 28, 2015
The Manhattan Institute

Buffalo’s got brain.  The number of people in the region with a college degree is up by more than 50,000 since 2000, according to a new study by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a conservative think tank.

For two decades, thousands hit the downtown Buffalo streets in three-on-three basketball tournaments. That opportunity almost disappeared this summer before two tournaments quickly organized and scheduled events for this weekend.

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Visitors to The Buffalo Zoo will be paying a bit more from now on. The zoo has announced it is raising its admission prices by $1.50 for patrons over the age of two. 

A Buffalo Police officer charged with civil rights violations is now facing even more charges.

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The Cuomo Administration announced Thursday that from the $50 million in grants being awarded for emergency communication system upgrades, Erie County will get $2.1 million.

A state Board of Elections investigator appointed by Governor Cuomo may have found a back door way into breaking some of the secrecy surrounding a major campaign contribution loophole in New York.

Robert Matthews

If some lawmakers had their way 45 years ago, the home of the Buffalo Bills would have been in Lancaster.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It used to be a rail line. When work on a $2.6 million project is done by late November, it will be the latest link in a longer network of pathway that can allow bicyclists and pedestrians a clear route to Buffalo.

from Kaleida Health website

The 2017 opening of the Oshei Children's Hospital on the medical campus will leave a huge hole on Bryant Street when operations cease at the current location of Women and Children's Hospital. Officials are confident the site will eventually take on a new role inside one of the city's most dynamic neighborhood.

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Senator Chuck Schumer is being urged to reverse his opposition of the Iran Nuclear Deal. 

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Several hundred job seekers packed an informational session in Buffalo about opportunities at Solar City.

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A longtime coal-burning energy plant in the Town of Tonawanda faces closure under a plan submitted by its owner to the New York State Public Service Commission. Seventy-nine jobs are slated to be cut by next March.

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Plans for the 14th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival were announced Wednesday. Wing Fest founder Drew Cerza says more than 30 local, regional, national and international eateries will be serving up more than 120 styles of wings.

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They provide a place for veterans to gather and bond, for members of the community to host social events and for private groups to celebrate special occasions such as wedding receptions. A bill introduced by a local Congressman aims to provide federal grants that would help veterans' posts and halls keep up with maintenance and needed repairs.

Market for skilled trade jobs booming locally

Aug 26, 2015
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We’re living in one of the best times in decades when it comes to getting a job in Western New York. That’s the opinion of one of the region’s leading authorities on employment. But as WBFO contributor Rich Kellman reports, where the jobs are might surprise you.

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Rock icon Paul McCartney will come to town for the first time in October. WBFO's Michael Mroziak talked with Buffalo News music critic Jeff  Miers about the McCartney announcement and how it impacts Buffalo as a music destination.

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The controversial state ethics commission is in the midst of a review by a panel appointed by Governor Cuomo and the legislature. Government reform groups say they’ve already been asked to give their opinions on how to fix some of the commission’s problems.

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A proposed new law would protect some veterans from housing discrimination.

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History is being made in Buffalo, as demolition of six old drug houses gets underway, paid for by criminals.

Rock legend Paul McCartney coming to First Niagara Center

Aug 25, 2015
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With great fanfare Tuesday morning, officials announced that legendary musician Paul McCartney will be playing a concert at First Niagara Center on October 22. It will be the first performance in Buffalo for the former Beatle.

Today may be a better day on Wall Street, according to Steve Elwell, Vice President of Schroeder, Braxton and Vogt, an Amherst financial planning and investment firm.   Elwell believes the U-S stock market may rebound today, despite declines overnight in China and Japan.

If the speculation proves correct and a portion of the One Seneca Tower is used as a hotel, it will add to the trend of new hotels in the region. According to Jim Fink of Business First, as many as five new hotels could be coming to Amherst in the near future.

Federal grant to fund UB's police stress study

Aug 25, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The life of a police officer is often a highly stressful one. How much that stress affects long-term health is the focus of a four-year study being conducted by the University at Buffalo, funded by a grant from the federal government.

from Deborah Glick.com

New York’s first openly gay state legislator says it’s time to appoint an LGBT person to the state’s highest court.

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Buffalo's tallest building could have a new lease on life soon. A court-ordered foreclosure auction is set for October 1 for One Seneca Tower.

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The people of Nepal are still recovering from the April earthquake which claimed thousands of lives and left hundreds of thousands homeless. Other harsh realities were unearthed. "There were a lot of bad construction practices," said UB's Andreas Stavridis, who toured Nepal in June.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is investing millions of dollars on improving the state's response to natural disasters, whether it's a hurricane sweeping through eastern New York or a lake effect snow storm battering Buffalo. His second-in-command, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, says it will be money well spent.