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WBFO Brief July 7, 2021

Today on the WBFO Brief, Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a “border war” state of emergency to curb gun violence statewide. Also, the Williamsville school board discusses mask mandates as COVID eases. Correspondent Dan Karpenchuk reports on the new Governor-General in Canada — an indigenous woman who is now the Queen’s representative as Head of State. And hear from prominent WBFO alumni Eileen Buckley on her selection into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

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