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Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash told the School Board Wednesday night that BUILD Academy is not the worst school in the state, no matter what test scores show. However, the school is in rough shape and its future is uncertain.

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It was a good night for Democrats in some of the nation's largest cities.

New York's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, a forceful critic of President Trump, easily won a second term. And Democrats also won several major cities and closely watched races, including those in Boston, Charlotte, N.C., and Seattle.

With all of the precincts counted, de Blasio had 66 percent of the vote to 28 percent for his main rival, Republican Nicole Malliotakis.

In odd-numbered years, Election Day consists of a hodgepodge of state, local and special elections.

But in an era when, to flip an old phrase, all politics is national, these low-profile, low-turnout elections might have a lot more to say about the direction of the country than may have been the case just a few years ago.

Two governors races and one president in the background

Did you know the Farm Bill covers more than farms?

Nov 3, 2017
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The New York Agriculture Commissioner is touring the state asking for input on how the Farm Bill affects New Yorkers.

New York State Department of Health

A new State Health Department study is looking to determine why Western New York is one of the worst regions in New York for cancer and what can be done about it.

Governor's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out a plan to solve a grim mystery in New York State. Cuomo says scientists and health researchers will spend the next year trying to find out why cancer rates are so much higher in some areas.

There is some misinformation on social media regarding a key ballot item in next month’s elections on whether to hold a constitutional convention.

President Trump's plan to eliminate the subsidies that help insurance companies absorb the cost of covering people with lower incomes is now before a federal judge. In the meantime, the clock is ticking down to the next open enrollment period under the existing health law - known as Obamacare.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that bans electronic cigarettes from places in New York State where smoking tobacco is already prohibited.

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New York volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers will be eligible for health care benefits under a new state law.

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New York State is working through its Parks 2020 plan, a $900 million shopping list of renovations and improvements for the state's vast network of parks. Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey says it is working and why parks attendance has risen from 57 million to 69 million this year.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

We walk up the trail to the summit of Hadley Mountain in the southern Adirondacks, fallen leaves crunching underfoot. The wind picks up a bit as we climb up the fire tower for the panoramic view.

National Public Radio

No more elephants under the big top in New York State.

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A proposal in the Senate to help stabilize Affordable Care Act marketplaces would ensure that subsidies paid to insurance companies benefit consumers rather than padding the companies' profits.

New York state is taking steps to make it easier to sign up as an organ donor.

NY sends crew to help fight CA wildfires

Oct 15, 2017
National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation left Sunday for California to help crews there deal with the devastating wildfires.

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New York State United Teachers and its largest local affiliate, the United Federation of Teachers, are taking newly approved rules for charter school teachers to court.

Karen Dewitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

The State Comptroller announced New York has joined 28 other states in offering a program that will help people with disabled children save money for their future.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A lot of New York residents want to take advantage of the Excelsior scholarship for public colleges and universities in the state. However, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo talking about a $4 billion budget deficit, there might be a fight over money for the next three years.

The New York State Department of Health has confirmed that an Erie County resident has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

National Public Radio

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he may have to call a special session in December to deal with potential funding cuts from Washington that he calls part of a “federal assault” on New York.

Students at seven school districts in New York State will have access to free eye exams and glasses this month.

When he announced the Excelsior Scholarship, billed as the biggest-in-the-nation free college program, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo promised dreams could come true for all.

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Homeowners along the Lake Ontario shoreline whose property was damaged by floods this year have until Friday to apply for state-funded relief.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is blasting the Trump Administration's federal tax proposal, saying it will cost New Yorkers more than $17 billion.

New York State Governor's Office

New York State, home to more than 1 million people of Puerto Rican background, is sending a lot more than thoughts and prayers to the hurricane-ravaged island.

Brian Mann / NCPR

Drones are more popular than ever before. The small remote-controlled aircraft can take photographs and shoot video and they are getting easier and easier to use.

However, drones are also more and more controversial. Critics say their buzzing propellers are an unwelcome intrusion in wild lands that are meant to feel remote and natural.

New York State is now trying to figure out when and where these tiny aircraft should be allowed on public lands.

Elizabeth Miller

New York has allotted $50 million in grant funding for water quality projects on livestock farms in the state.

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New York State taxpayers could find themselves paying $700,000 in legal fees for a convicted Albany lawmaker.

New York City Department of Transportation

The New York State Department of Transportation has installed new traffic signals at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Kenmore Avenue on the Buffalo-Kenmore border. New traffic signals are not normally big news, but these are - as they are the only ones of their kind in Western New York.

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