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On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's, and goalie Robin Lehner's, struggles in shootouts this season. Also, a look at the standings, the return of a name from the past, and has Rasmus Ristolainen become one of the NHL's elite defenseman?


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From now through New Year's Day, Women and Children's Hospital is asking for donations of new blankets and socks for their young patients.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has not dropped any hints as to whether he'll sign or veto a bill legalizing daily fantasy sports gaming in New York. He has until the end of next week to make a decision, but local legislators who voted in favor of letting DraftKings and FanDuel do business in this state aren't worried.


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Hillary Clinton struggled to win the local vote, but the former New York senator ended up winning big across most of the state in Tuesday's primary.  After some tense moments, when the vote tallies appeared decided, Democratic headquarters was filled with excitement from party leaders who strongly supported Clinton.


Walmart may get on board with Metro Bus after all. Company executives were in town Tuesday to discuss public safety concerns over Walmart's plan for its new Cheektowaga store. 


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The Department of Public Works facility needs quite the touch up. But instead of spending dollars for repairs at each location, Mayor Byron Brown is pushing for funds to consolidate them into one new facility.

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Taxing the top one percent has been a hot topic for the Democratic Party recently. Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to address that and more during today's State of the State and Executive Budget Address.

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New York's "blue laws" would be repealed under a legislative package proposed Tuesday by state Senator Timothy Kennedy.

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Legislation proposed by Sen. Tim Kennedy would help keep a toxic chemical out of New York's fresh water supply. Kennedy is proposing a ban on the sale of products containing the anti-microbial chemical.

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Buffalo's primary airport is constructing a lactation room for traveling, nursing mothers. The announcement comes after legislation was recently introduced in the state legislature by Buffalo senator Tim Kennedy that would require large New York airports to offer such rooms.


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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?”


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Major airports across New York, including Buffalo Niagara International, would have to provide space for breastfeeding moms under a proposed law that was unveiled Tuesday. A study shows only eight percent of airports across the nation have lactation rooms.

Governor Cuomo signs 'palcohol' ban into state law

Aug 14, 2015
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Powdered alcohol, which allows users to mix into water or other liquids at varying concentrations, is now illegal to sell in New York State. 


Tax cap may complicate local budgets

Jul 21, 2015
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The tax cap adopted by New York State nearly three years ago will likely put a crimp on local governments in 2016.

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The deaths of two young residents in less than a year has elected officials calling for greater safety at Walden Avenue and Harlem Road in Cheektowaga.

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One local state senator says the end of session agreement between leaders in Albany includes some major accomplishments for Western New York. 

Kennedy makes his case for mayoral control of schools

May 22, 2015

Legislation that would bring mayoral control to Buffalo schools is creating controversy. While acknowledging the plan's many criticisms, State Senator Tim Kennedy argues the move would bring greater accountability to the city's struggling education system.

Child abuse rally urges victims, witnesses to speak up

Apr 24, 2015
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Relatives of victims in several local abuse cases gathered in Niagara Square Friday to rally as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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Concerns over teenagers abusing powdered alcohol has some state lawmakers pushing to ban its sale in New York.

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To keep police officers on duty during snow emergencies, elected officials want gates used for closing the Skyway.

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Local Child and Protective Services agencies are now better informed when investigating reports of abuse and neglect. A new law requires the state to track repeat cases and notify local authorities.

While the gubernatorial struggle between Andrew Cuomo and Zephyr Teachout has been the most high profile, there are many Primary Day battles that could spark big voter turnouts today.

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Democrats are fighting over State Legislature seats in Buffalo. The candidates debated Tuesday night in the Burchfield Penney Art Center during an event sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

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A local member of the state delegation is calling for an investigation into the practices of big auto insurers. A recent study shows some companies hike their rates as much as $400 a year for drivers without  a college degree.

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Following news of its intention to purchase Time Warner Cable, Comcast says it will preserve all roughly 1,000 jobs in Western New York and move forward with a planned call center in the City of Buffalo.

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More money is on its way from Albany to help combat violence on the streets of Buffalo.

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This year's local elections will feature at least a pair of hotly contested races.

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Democratic Buffalo Senator Tim Kennedy is proposing new legislation that would create greater protections for witnesses in criminal cases.

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The deaths of two children in Buffalo has led to a package of reforms that will be proposed in Albany Monday at the start of the legislative session.

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More outdoor activity space is now open to the public at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. Officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the East Canal at Main and Scott streets. 

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