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NiagaraCounty.com

The Niagara County Legislature voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize a lawsuit against New York's controversial Green Light Law.

National Comedy Center

Based on advance ticket sales, visitors from 45 different states will make their way to Jamestown this week for  the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. For Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the National Comedy Center, the numbers add to the Center's reputation as a driver of economic development. The festival, which begins today, features a number of events and several nationally-known comedians, including John Mulaney, Sebastian Maniscalco and Lewis Black.  


Jay Moran

It's become a rite of summer along the Buffalo Riverfront: Torn Space Theater using Silo City for one of its massive, site-specific productions. This weekend they'll debut FEAST on the grounds which are home to the rusty and crumbling remains of a once-bustling grain storage operation. Unlike past productions at Silo City, FEAST will focus less on the industrial relics and more on the new ecology that has emerged.


"McMurray for U.S. Congress" website

Grand Island's Nate McMurray is positioning himself for another possible run for Congress.

When the city of Buffalo recently found itself with a cash flow deficit, officials were able to cover the gap by using funds from the Buffalo Public School District. Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post adds this to a growing list of questionable budget practices, notably the use of cash reserves to cover previous budget deficits.

Cat declawing now banned in New York State

Jul 22, 2019
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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday banning the practice of cat declawing.

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Millions in private investment dollars are on the way to Niagara Falls, NY. As Jim Fink of Business First points out during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Niagara Falls, ON has enjoyed years of growth while its American counterpart has decayed and declined. The  recent change, Fink maintains, can be traced to a new attitude among city leaders.


BuffaloRising.com

From sensory deprivation tanks to working out on trapeze equipment, the alternatives are expanding in Buffalo for those seeking new paths toward fitness. During her appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Holly Metz Doyle of Buffalo Rising discussed her exploratory work for a new series called "Budding New York." Doyle has been writing about the options, starting with her visit to The Flo on Allen Street.


A downtown developer has filed suit to stop a nearby parking lot from being used as a site for new apartments and a grocery store.

MusicIsArt.org

Now heading into 17th year, Music Is Art is preparing to put on, perhaps, its most ambitious festival to date. "I think the most thrilling part about the festival to me is the amount of different stimuli that happens," said Robby Takac, founder of Music Is Art. The festival, which takes place on Saturday, September 7th at Riverworks and River Fest Park, plans to host over 800 musicians and dozens of performance artists appearing on 21 stages throughout the one-day event.  


Center for Inquiry

A new lawsuit accuses Walmart of misleading customers seeking treatments for a variety of ailments from colds to asthma. The Amherst- headquartered Center for Inquiry is suing the retail giant over how it markets homeopathic products. "There's no scientific evidence whatsoever that homeopathic products work for any disease," said Nick Little, Center for Inquiry's Vice President and General Counsel.


The Toronto Raptors may have fallen one point shy of their first NBA championship Monday night, but the setback is not cooling off the team's passionate, expanding fan base. Jack Armstrong, the former Niagara University basketball coach who now serves as the Raptors' broadcast analyst, says the team's run to the NBA Finals is connecting throughout Canada. "I've been with the Raptors now 21 years, to see where it was and where it is now is absolutely remarkable," Armstrong told WBFO. He says the fan parties outside Raptors' games in "Jurassic Park" are being emulated elsewhere, including in Mississauga where 20,000 people gathered to watch Game Five.  


The economic news continues to be promising for Buffalo. According to Jim Fink of Business First, three ventures will bring 1,300 jobs to downtown. The job surge can be credited to M&T Bank's development of a high-tech hub, the new office of London Stock Exchange and the downtown relocation of Canon Design. "Plus, there's been a smattering of (other) companies hiring," Fink said during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass.

Buffalo Rising

Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. It could also be one the most misunderstood. As Buffalo Rising contributor Bradley Bethel points out during WBFO's Press Pass, residents are coalescing around a shared narrative, one which may offer a promising future.


Thomas O'Neil-White

University at Buffalo officials are moving aggressively in ending SBI's role in campus affairs after 49 years. The student-run corporation has served as the fiscal agent for millions of dollars in mandatory student activity fees. Last week, the university demanded SBI relinquish all student government accounts and transfer the funds directly to the university.


Joe Cascio

Though the units at Willert Park Courts have been vacant for a decade, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is taking steps which could restore the 1938 housing project. It's been placed among  the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the United States." According to Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the Trust has placed over 300 sites on the list in 32 years. Only five percent of the sites have been lost.

Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says its clergy abuse compensation program rejected more than half the claims filed by alleged victims while awarding 127 people an average of $160,000.

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The fan group Bills Mafia is leading the charge on another impressive philanthropic effort. In honor of fellow fan "Pancho Billa," who died this week after a battle with cancer, fans have been encouraged to donate to the Teacher's Desk. As of Friday morning, the Buffalo-based charity has received over $70,000 in donations.


When Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the city's budget for the approaching fiscal year, much of the discussion centered on a lower property tax rate and the ambitious set of goals outlined in the $508 million spending plan. After reviewing the proposal, Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post has raised several questions about some projected revenues. At the top of the list:  $11 million in casino revenue from the Seneca Nation of Indians, a funding line that is unlikely to be realized anytime soon.


Reaction continues to President Trump's decision to raise tariffs on thousands of Chinese imports.


The closing of Women and Children's Hospital on Bryant Street had a negative effect on many of the  nearby retail businesses along Elmwood Avenue. That trend appears to be reversing. During his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First discusses the hopeful signs emerging throughout the neighborhood.


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A variety of experts from the private and public sectors will appear over the next six weeks in the series "Imagining a More Livable Niagara Falls--Exploring Solutions for the Future of the City." One of the organizers, Tom Lowe, Director of IMPACT/ReNU at Niagara University, says the public is encouraged to attend the discussions. Starting tonight, the sessions will be held on six consecutive Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the new Niagara Falls Train Station at 825 Depot Avenue.


BuffaloRising.com

Following a long winter of ice and wind, an array of detritus can be found along the region's beaches. Cleaning those beaches has become a passion for artist Alexis Oltmer. On WBFO's Press Pass, Jessica Marinelli and Newell Nussbaumer discuss how Oltmer is recruiting volunteers to help with the cleanup and her plans to transform beach debris into a work of art.


With the ninth pick in Thursday night's NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills selected Ed Oliver, a defensive tackle from the University of Houston. The move received favorable reviews from analyst Matt Sabuda who expects Oliver to be a contributor in the 2019 season.  As for the team's remaining nine picks, Sabuda would like to see the Bills add to the offensive line, a unit which struggled throughout the 2018 season.

Joe Biden.com

With his announcement today, former Vice President Joe Biden enters a crowded field of Democrats running for President in 2020. Bruce Fisher, Buffalo State Professor of Economics and Finance, acknowledges the difficulty ahead for Biden in separating himself from the many challengers. Still, Fisher, who worked as press secretary during Biden's 1988 Presidential bid, sees his former boss as a force in the campaign. "Biden is a very formidable candidate because he is going to be able to connect to Trump's base."

Racism, says author Cecil Foster, "can easily leave you hopeless." It's a theme the former Canadian journalist explores in his 13th book, "They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada." In narrowing his narrative to the trials and efforts of Canada's Black porters, Foster shows how the land which once served as the final destination for former slaves on the Underground Railroad went through many ugly decades of barring Black immigrants before becoming a modern, multicultural country.


Many thoughts moved through the mind of Father Paul Seil Monday as he followed news of the fire which engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He's familiar with the iconic structure, having visited five times over two decades, most recently in January. "I concelebrated mass there once," Seil told WBFO.


As more consumers shop online, brick-and-mortar retail outlets are struggling. That impact is being felt at the Boulevard Mall, which has been looking for a new owner to help it move forward. As Jim Fink of Business First points out during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, the receivers controlling the mall are now searching online for that new owner.


OurCityBuffalo.org

From gentrification to the city's underfunded schools, the second annual "State of OUR CITY" event addressed a number of issues impacting Buffalo. According to Harper Bishop, the 200 people attending  Wednesday's session at Asbury Hall shared a similar message: they "no longer want developers and power elites to run their city."


Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

It was 100 years ago when George Rand, then the President of Buffalo's Marine Midland Bank, got the ball rolling in creating a foundation to help fund efforts to improve the lives of those living in the region. The result today is the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Its current President and CEO is Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, who visited our WBFO studios to outline the Change Maker Awards.

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