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Child abuse rally urges victims, witnesses to speak up

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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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A bill unveiled Tuesday by a local state senator would help veterans earn academic credit for coursework they completed as part of their military training.

State to hold CPS hearing in wake of child deaths

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A state hearing on Child Protective Services, prompted by the deaths of two boys who suffered abuse in their homes, will be held in Buffalo next week.

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The name of fallen New York State Trooper Kevin Dobson, who lost his life when he was struck by a motorist while conducting a traffic stop on the I-290 in March 2011, will soon grace a portion of the busy highway.

When former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi was serving his jail time for public corruption, he was receiving $166,000 a year in pension checks. A local State Senator wants to put a stop to the practice. 

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A state lawmaker is calling for a full investigation into the events leading up to beating death of a 5-year-old Buffalo boy.

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Some of the areas elected leaders, including Congressman Brian Higgins, are calling on the community to join them in supporting President Obama's plan to fight climate change.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed Jay-J's Law, legislation that allows for tougher penalties against repeat child abusers.

New law cracks down on child abusers

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A law that significantly strengthens prosecution of repeat child abusers has been passed by both houses of the legislature.

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Officials cut the ribbon Friday on a dock extension along the Buffalo waterfront.

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Ahead of a roundtable discussion on the future of the Skyway being held in Buffalo next week, a local member of the state delegation is trying to increase support for removing the span.

New York taxpayers have spent millions of dollars over the past dozen or so years on pensions for corrupt politicians no longer in office. A local member of the state delegation is now trying to change the law.

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A pair of state lawmakers is pushing legislation to stop banks from abandoning property and ruining communities.

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State Senator Timothy Kennedy joined about a dozen community activists in downtown Buffalo Monday morning to call on Albany to raise the state's minimum wage.

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Buffalo Police officer Patricia Parete was honored by the state senators in Albany today, who rose in a moment of silence for the late law enforcer.

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It appears that Albany is listening to local calls for the removal of the Skyway.

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Around 100 people turned out for a rally Friday morning at the Gloria Parks Community Center in North Buffalo to support higher wages for the working poor.

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State Senator Tim Kennedy is proposing legislation that limits the annual fees municipalities across New York can charge mobile food vendors.

Kennedy says the food truck industry is booming, but inflated fees charged by municipalities are putting the brakes on mobile food vendors. The South Buffalo Democrat says his proposal will protect local control over regulating where and when food trucks do business.  

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