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WBFO Brief July 9, 2021

Spirits and fools abound, abound. In today’s WBFO Brief, It’s Theater Talk Friday. Today, Peter Hall and Anthony Chase chat with Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s Kyle Conti, who’s directing a collection of scenes from "A Midsummer's Night Dream," scattered in various locations around the Rumsey Woods area of Delaware Park.

Also today, Correspondent Karen DeWitt goes deep on Perdue Pharma’s settlement with New York State over their role in the nationwide opioid crisis. And a look at how extra child care credit money from the feds will help with foster care in greater Buffalo.

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