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Artists from near and far continue to be drawn to the possibilities of Silo City, the collection of grain elevators along Buffalo's waterfront. That trend continues this weekend with a staged reading of The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen.

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It's called "glamping," or glamour camping, and its growing popularity has prompted one local businessman to make a major investment in a Cattaraugus County property.

WBFO's Press Pass went on the road this week to Genesee County for a conversation with Howard Owens of The Batavian.com, a six-year-old community news site whose success has drawn national attention.

Steve Casey's resignation on Tuesday as Buffalo Deputy Mayor comes just days after George Maziarz announced he would not seek re-election to the state Senate this fall. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy says the moves will bring major changes to the local political landscape.

With hundreds of thousands of people attending each year, The Taste of Buffalo remains the area's largest summer festival.

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Governor Cuomo made news on several fronts during his visit to Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo last week. Sparking the most speculation were his thoughts regarding the possibility of a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. "I think he's being very realistic," said Jim Fink of Business First during WBFO's Press Pass.

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Before last week's announcement that it was being purchased by SolarCity, Silevo had planned on setting up a manufacturing facility at the former site of Republic Steel in South Buffalo. In this week's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First shares some thoughts on the promise that the SolarCity takeover will bring even more jobs to Buffalo.

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When Joe Allen leads his classes of UB students through Yellowstone National Park, the iconic grizzly bear is not one of his top worries. "More than likely we will have closer encounters with bison. When we're there, the bison are in the rut. The males are very amorous and very competitive. They walk wherever they want."

In a massive technical undertaking, a Buffalo radio production captured the recollections of five Western New York natives who took part in the D-Day invasion. The production, "D-Day: A Look Back," was heard for the first time on then-Buffalo radio station WEBR in 1964 on the 20th anniversary of the invasion. The piece airs again Friday at 9 p.m. on WBFO.

Another bear sighting was reported in the town of Lancaster on Monday. The sighting along Genesee Street added to what is a growing list of bear encounters over recent days.

May is Bike Month, a proclamation that prompted GO Bike Buffalo to organize an ambitious series of events aimed at promoting cycling. Executive Director Justin Booth says they saved the biggest event for the last day of the month. "We're going to be doing a bicycle ride over the Skyway, the Buffalo Skyride."

Erie County legislators are responding to new information regarding the May 14 death of 8-year-old Jacob Noe, the child whose mother has been charged in connection with his death. The legislature's majority leader is now calling for Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer to resign.

Several roads are closed in Chautauqua County this morning after a band of thunderstorms poured heavy rains onto the region overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through 8pm for Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.

If Our Water Could Talk Part V: The Future

May 16, 2014
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After decades of missteps, Buffalo is finally experiencing a renaissance along the waterfront. All this week, WBFO has explored life along the Buffalo River. In our final installment of If Our Water Could Talk, WBFO's Jay Moran and Eileen Buckley explore how the city waterfront is now the catalyst inspiring future economic development being called 'Rust to Blue.'

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With a non-stop news cycle spotlighting the occasionally bizarre behavior of public officials, a political satirist like Buffalo-born Mark Russell is never lacking for material. Russell appears this Sunday in a fundraiser for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

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With its origins in the hills of Wales and Java, the Buffalo River, like most streams, begins in the highlands before flowing downhill into another body of water. Lake Erie serves as the mouth of the Buffalo River, providing the waterway with its unique character.

On a recent, less-than-ideal, Saturday afternoon, some hearty kayakers and fishermen were making full use of the Harlem Road/Buffalo River boat launch site. The scene would not have been imaginable a half-century ago.

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It's rare we get the chance to interview stars in person, but WBFO'S Jay Moran had the privilege to sit down in our studio with Tovah Feldshuh.  She is a four-time Tony Award nominee. Tovah Feldshuh is in Buffalo to perform her one-woman show, GOLDA'S BALCONY at 710 Main Theatre.  It's four-show run began Thursday  night and continues Friday night at 8 and runs through this Sunday.  The play's central character is Golda Meir, the former Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 through 1973.

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Buffalo voters made a fundamental change Tuesday in the Buffalo Board of Education by tossing out the current majority and putting in place a new one which will take office July 1. In unofficial returns, voters elected three at-large members, retaining school board President Barbara Seals Nevergold and electing former Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn and Patricia Bowers Pierce.

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A North Buffalo educational institution will find new life as the Charter School of Applied Technologies takes over the building that once housed the former Holy Angels Academy.

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"This is the election of the year," said Jim Fink of Business First, referring to the May 6 Buffalo School Board elections. During WBFO's Press Pass, Fink called the elections "a defining moment for Buffalo."

An impressive gathering of local and world-renowned speakers have made their way to the University at Buffalo's North Campus today for an international symposium, "The Rwandan Genocide: Twenty Years Later." The event was organized by the Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee.

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Buffalo's evolving love affair with Dyngus Day is a story in itself, with more celebrations emerging each year at bars, halls and restaurants throughout the area. This year, a Dyngus Day celebration that dates back over 50 years will be moving to a downtown location for the first time.

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The Buffalo Bisons begin another season of baseball at Coca-Cola Field. At the ballpark early this morning,  team announcer Ben Wagner told WBFO News, "Everything is getting a thumbs up  and we are ready for baseball!"

In the days since the death of Ralph Wilson, speculation has mounted regarding the future of the Buffalo Bills. "Everybody take a step back," says Jim Fink of Business First. On WBFO's Press Pass, Fink shares his views on what to expect for the Buffalo Bills.


Environmental activist Annie Leonard, who created the popular animated documentary "The Story of Stuff," brings her message of sustainability to Buffalo Tuesday night. 

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The National Geographic Live series comes to the stage at Buffalo's Kleinhans Music Hall Tuesday evening at 7:30. with wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen sharing the images he has gathered through years of close natural encounters in some of the most extreme habitats around the globe.

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Former Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn announced last week that he will run for the Buffalo School Board, adding to the expanding list of candidates for three at-large seats. "It's a snapshot of the growing frustration" with Buffalo schools, says Jim Fink of Business First.

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 invited Western New Yorkers to join them in Clarence Center Wednesday  night as they mark the fifth anniversary of the 2009 crash that claimed 51 lives.


Business First is out with its list of the most influential people in Western New York. Rep. Brian Higgins tops this year's Power 250 list.