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WBFO Brief Aug. 18, 2021

In today’s WBFO Brief, StarTrek tech in the expansion of a Buffalo manufacturer. Also, Ontario correspondent Dan Karpenchuk report on “a difficult fall and winter” with new rules that slow down re-opening and impose some new mask mandates there for certain unvaccinated workers. And hear about a racial justice protest in front of Republican Sheriff candidate John Garcia’s home, a push for a remote learning option for students in Buffalo Schools.

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