Local activists are calling on state and federal agencies to help reduce the amount of toxic chemicals pumped into the air in Tonawanda. EPA data shows DuPont's Yerkes Plant, near the intersection of River Road and Sheridan Drive, is a major polluter.
Fred Saia, president of Oneida Concrete and founder of Applied Charter School of Technology & Frank Herstek, consultant with Western New York Education Service Council want to create the Smart Academy, a new charter school.
A new charter school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade is being proposed for Buffalo's West Side. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learned exclusively about plans to open the SMART Academy.
Democrats are fighting over State Legislature seats in Buffalo. The candidates debated Tuesday night in the Burchfield Penney Art Center during an event sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and State Comptroller candidate Robert Antonacci were at the Erie County Conservative Party summer picnic yesterday, looking to ignite enthusiasm among local political activists.
An upstate pro business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans.
A round of state funding is allowing the Buffalo Public School District to expand its pre-kindergarten program. The governor is providing $340 million to 81 school districts and community groups statewide for pre-kindergarten programs.
A Buffalo landmark re-opened yesterday with a street party and a lot of beer. It may not have been the beer Ulrich's Tavern sold when it opened 146 years ago, but much of it was local, fitting for a neighborhood that was once known for its breweries.
Over recent years, there have been a series of fights about development along Elmwood Avenue in the Elmwood Village. Some of the standard issues surfaced again last night as details of a major project at Elmwood and Delavan were explained at a public meeting at the Buffalo History Museum sponsored by the Elmwood Village Association.
SUNY has agreed to make improvements to obeying Title IX when dealing with sexual assaults. That agreement was reached last November according to an Albany report. Last week, in WBFO's Focus on Education report, we reviewed the University at Buffalo's policy that already follows many federal recommendations.
A group of local West-African immigrants have created a new organization that will help raise money to assist poor countries battling the Ebola outbreak. The Save Africa/End Ebola organization is collecting funds to purchase much needed medical supplies.
Some area school students participated in a summer-time literacy project. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students created the History of Buffalo Graphic Novel to promote reading while learning about the city's waterfront history.
A new public art piece is being constructed outside the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. The mural is one of several that will be put up as part of an Albright-Knox Art Gallery initiative across Erie County. A public art project is expected to be installed at Canalside over the next few weeks.
Assemblyman Michael Kearns is calling for an emergency meeting of the New Stadium Working Group be held in public. The advisory group, formed to explore whether a new stadium or a retrofit to Ralph Wilson Stadium is appropriate, last met April 1.
Say Yes Buffalo scholarship students are still required to navigate through the financial aid process. In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Public School students heading to college this fall are still filling out federal and state financial aid applications.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen proposed regulations of electronic cigarettes. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel spoke with the owner of several e-cigarette stores in the state about how the proposals would affect his business.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz bucked prevailing opinion recently when he challenged the NFL's assertion that the Buffalo Bills need a new stadium. In this week's Press Pass on WBFO, Jim Fink of Business First discussed the delicate politics connected with the issue.
The Chautauqua Institution is in the midst of a three-year series that is exploring health care issues. This week, Chautauqua examines health care from the "bench to bedside." And as WBFO's Mark Scott reports in our last Chautauqua Preview of the year, this week will also feature a wide variety of music from classical and folk to rock and jazz.