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Almost 400,000 children estimated to benefit from updated tax credit

An expansion of the American Rescue Plan's child tax credit will bring annual payments up to $3,000 for each child between the ages of six and seventeen and $3,600 for children under six. The unique part of this tax expansion will also allow families to get half the money as monthly payments now and half at tax time, rather than waiting to get all of it when filing taxes. It is estimated that 91 percent of children in New York's 26 th congressional district qualify for the tax credit, which...

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Chautauqua Institution announces summer concert lineup

The Chautauqua Institution has announced its 2021 Amphitheater concert line up with someone for everyone.

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One of the biggest races to follow in Tuesday's primary is the Buffalo’s Mayoral campaign. Incumbent Byron Brown, who chose not to debate his challengers as he seeks a fifth term, had run a fairly quiet campaign until this last week. In the final days leading up to in-person voting at the polls on Election Day, wealthy donors contributed nearly 120-thousand dollars to Brown’s campaign. Challenger India Walton has generated a lot of attention herself over the past month, including a grassroots campaign that raised $50,000 in June.

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An expansion of the American Rescue Plan's child tax credit will bring annual payments up to $3,000 for each child between the ages of six and seventeen and $3,600 for children under six.

The unique part of this tax expansion will also allow families to get half the money as monthly payments now and half at tax time, rather than waiting to get all of it when filing taxes.

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Erie Community College has received twice as many job notices posted as it did a year ago in the depths of the pandemic. As the workforce opens up, so are the job opportunities.

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It's certainly one of the more unique local theater productions ever. Thursday evening, the Alleyway Theatre opened its annual "Buffalo Quickies" show. This time, the audience sat outside and the performers inside a series of store windows and theatre entrances along Main Street.

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Canada is set to announce loosening some border restrictions Monday and provide a solid timetabel when other restrictions will be lifted.

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Saturday's Thunder Air Show over Buffalo's waterfront was cut short due to "low cloud cover," but it was a picture-perfect performance Sunday.

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When the Kensington Expressway was built starting in 1958, many residents and community leaders say it divided a community once connected through a parkway. Now influential state legislators are jumping behind plans to redesign Route 33. 

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The next New York gubernatorial election is still nearly a year and a half away, but state Republicans are already trying to get behind a single candidate who they hope has a chance of winning in an increasingly blue state.

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Erie County has reversed a major decision in regards to COVID-related attendance restrictions for this upcoming Bills season. 

The Chautauqua Institution has announced its 2021 Amphitheater concert line up with someone for everyone.

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New York City Democrats select their candidates for mayor on Tuesday, in a primary race that's being seen as an indicator of how voters balance priorities such as crime and police reform. The diverse field also suggests New York could be on the verge of sending its second Black candidate – or perhaps its first woman – into the mayor's office.

Democrats' massive election overhaul bill aimed at protecting and expanding voting rights and reforming campaign finance laws is all but guaranteed to stall in the Senate on Tuesday. It doesn't have the support to advance over a procedural hurdle that would allow the legislation to come up for a debate.

The dangerous Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading so quickly in the United States that it's likely the mutant strain will become predominant in the U.S. within weeks, according to a new analysis.

An important election takes place Tuesday in New York City.

But beyond who wins the mayoral primaries there, what happens could have consequences for how millions of Americans vote in the future.

That's because the city, for the first time, is using ranked-choice voting. The method, which allows voters to rank candidates by preference rather than selecting just their top choice, has gained some traction throughout the country, pushed by reformers who say it's a better election system.

JERUSALEM — Palestinians and Jewish settlers hurled stones, chairs and fireworks at each other overnight in a tense Jerusalem neighborhood where settler groups are trying to evict several Palestinian families, officials said Tuesday.

The threatened evictions fueled protests and clashes in the runup to last month's 11-day Gaza war and pose a test for Israel's new governing coalition, which includes three pro-settler parties but is hoping to sideline the Palestinian issue to avoid internal divisions.

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Invisible Army: Caregivers on the Front Lines

A new media initiative aims to shed light on caregivers for older adults and investigate potential solutions to their challenges.

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Heritage Moments: Buffalo, the Fenian Invasion and the Making of Canada

Depending on what side of the border you’re on, the story of the Fenian Invasion of June 1, 1866, is told differently. In Western New York it’s remembered as a brave fight for Irish independence against British oppression. On the Niagara Peninsula it’s a brave fight for self-defense against a surprise attack from a warlike America.

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