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Investigative Post: Decades later, state says Love Canal landfill poses risk to the public

State environmental officials insisted for decades that residents living on the North Tonawanda-Wheatfield border had nothing to fear from the Love Canal waste buried in a neighboring landfill. Then, last year, they declared the landfill a Superfund site, even after 80 truckloads of contaminated soil originally removed from Love Canal were hauled away. Residents, many of whom report serious illnesses, are understandably upset. Dan Telvock, with our partner Investigative Post, dug through documents and filed this report.
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The Buffalo Teachers Federation and New York State United Teachers field a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Albany Tuesday against the receivership law. In November, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued a ruling that Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash has the power to impose changes at five persistently struggling schools without union approval. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with both unions about the legal battle.

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There is a major effort under way to help English Language Learners achieve better outcomes at Lafayette High School.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with the new phase-in principal John Starkey who will lead the future Lafayette International High School.

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Local governments and schools say they are struggling over a property tax cap that will allow what amounts to a zero percent increase in tax levies in the coming year. But Governor Cuomo, says they’ll  likely have to stick with those rules.


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While state officials will be releasing its proposals for the future of the Scajaquada Expressway Wednesday night, the Partnership for the Public Good has come out with its plans for the roadway.


White House budget boosts Niagara Falls air base

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Another good sign for the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station has emerged from the White House. President Barack Obama is funding a new mission for the air base in his proposed 2017 budget.


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Downtown development continues to spread out into areas of the city which haven't seen much in a long time.


WNED/WBFO Making a Difference

Throughout February, WNED|WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourages others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is making a difference.


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State environmental officials insisted for decades that residents living on the North Tonawanda-Wheatfield border had nothing to fear from the Love Canal waste buried in a neighboring landfill. Then, last year, they declared the landfill a Superfund site, even after 80 truckloads of contaminated soil originally removed from Love Canal were hauled away. Residents, many of whom report serious illnesses, are understandably upset. Dan Telvock, with our partner Investigative Post, dug through documents and filed this report.


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As Erie County copes with an opioid addiction crisis that shows no signs of easing, the county's acting district attorney says he is exploring how he and other law enforcers can get tougher against dealers.


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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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Flint Residents' Broken Faith: 'The People We Trusted Failed Us'

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In Flint, Mich., government officials allowed water from the Flint River to corrode the city's pipes, leaching lead and other toxins into the tap water. The damaged pipes continue to contaminate the water, and it could take months — or years — to repair and rebuild the water system.

It could take even longer to rebuild something more abstract: trust, between citizens and their government.

Roxanne Adair, a vendor at the local farmers' market, says this goes deeper than just the water.

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Comedian Samantha Bee made her name on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and now her name is on her own show. Full Frontal with Samantha Bee is a weekly, half-hour show that riffs on the news. It premiered Monday on TBS.

Bee is currently the only late night TV host who's a woman, something the show took on from the very beginning:

A few years ago, mysterious green bottles started washing up on the New England coast.

Each one contained a message from Ken Baker, a crane operator who lives in the Scituate, Mass. So far, Baker has thrown 223 of these bottles into the Atlantic Ocean.

The journey of Baker's bottles starts in his basement. They originally started in 2012 when his wife bought some bottles of San Pellegrino water.

"I used to clean 'em and wash 'em, and put 'em on my fence posts outside. I think my neighbors thought I was a raging alcoholic for a while," he says.

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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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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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