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County, federal officials warn of sharp rise in fatal opiate overdoses

Local health officials and law enforcers say the year 2016 is showing no signs of relief from opiate addiction. They're reporting a sharp rise in fatal overdoses in a short span of time, possibly about two dozen cases in a 10-day span.
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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Local health officials and law enforcers say the year 2016 is showing no signs of relief from opiate addiction. They're reporting a sharp rise in fatal overdoses in a short span of time, possibly about two dozen cases in a 10-day span.

Photo from Joanna Pasceri's Facebook post.

For the first time in its history, the Erie County Acting District Attorney has appointed a veteran broadcast journalist to serve as Public Information Officer. Joanna Pasceri, former anchor at WKBW-TV has been named by Michael Flaherty.

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While New York's primary is still months away, today's results from New Hampshire may play a part in who remains in the Presidential race in April. Catherine Loper of Oswego public radio station WRVO shared some perspective on her reporting from Concord, New Hampshire.


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An important Black history lesson was delivered to some Buffalo Public school students. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the author of The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills visited three city schools Monday.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

World-renowned composer and music educator is assisting two local school bands with a performance to be held Tuesday evening.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal at the Charter School for Applied Technologies in north Buffalo.

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It's not the final step, but the city Planning Board yesterday approved the site plan for the new Workforce Training Center on Northland Avenue.


Karen DeWitt

The US Attorney who convicted both of the leaders of the legislature came to Albany Monday to speak to a conference of the state’s mayors. But Preet Bharara was not invited to the State Capitol itself.


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A local state assemblyman says First Niagara Bank should give back $28 million it has received to create jobs. If the financial institution is taken over by Key Bank, the move cost 1,800 jobs.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Teachers Federation and New York State United Teachers didn't file court papers against Receivership as planned last week.  But union leaders say they are expecting to file sometime this week.  In our Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the objections to the receivership law for struggling city schools that by-passes the union's collective bargaining. 

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Along with this year's spring planting, the Massachusetts Avenue Project will be breaking ground on a new farmhouse. Thanks to a grant from the Rich Family Foundation, MAP has met its $2 million fundraising goal.


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In New Hampshire, the polls have now closed in much of the state, and we are awaiting the results. Officials have been predicting record voter turnout in the state's primary. And here are the voices of just a few of those voters.

Japan is venturing further into the terra incognito of negative interest rates, selling a 10-year government bond that actually costs its purchasers money over time.

In doing so, Japan joins a handful of European countries that have also lowered rates below zero.

The yield on the 10-year note sold by the Bank of Japan dipped to an unprecedented level of negative .05 percent, meaning that anyone who buys it will lose money.

U.S. churches are again defying federal immigration authorities. Across the country, a handful of congregations are opening their doors to offer safe haven to Central American immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally and are under deportation orders.

The new sanctuary movement echoes an earlier civil disobedience campaign by churches in the 1980s.

The newest church in America to openly challenge federal immigration laws is St. Andrew's Presbyterian in Austin, Texas. Ten days ago, the congregation took in Hilda and Ivan Ramirez, a Guatemalan mother and her 9-year-old son.

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Library of Congress; c. 1838 lithograph, based on a c. 1828 painting by Charles King Bird

Heritage Moments: Red Jacket vows ‘While I live, you will get no more lands of the Indians’

During the American Revolution, the Seneca Nation’s lands covered practically the entire Niagara Frontier. But by 1819, their territory had dwindled to five tracts covering only about 130 square miles. All along, the Seneca clan chief Red Jacket opposed the sales, as well as what he saw as other encroachments on Indian self-determination.
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Dan Telvock

Press Pass: Pollution plagues Scajaquada Creek

Attention is now focused on the level of pollution in the Buffalo's Scajaquada Creek. "It's the only one (waterway) in the entire Niagara River Watershed where it's unfit for aquatic life," said Investigative Post's Dan Telvock during WBFO's Press Pass.
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