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Elected, labor leaders protest New Era's decision to close Derby plant

Angry trade unionists and politicians were outside New Era Cap's headquarters on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo Monday, protesting the company plan to close its plant in Derby and move most production to China.

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Time has chosen a group of four journalists and a news organization as its Person of the Year for 2018, hailing them for "taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths" in what the magazine called a "war on truth."

Its upcoming edition highlights slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and staff members of the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md.; along with journalists punished for attempting to report facts: Maria Ressa of the Rappler news site in the Philippines and Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

David Corbett

It's the holiday season and Buffalo Rising has a present for its readers0—images from cartoonist David Corbett, who is expected to be a regular contributor.


Five people were hospitalized in an evening crash Monday on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

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One man is dead in what is being described as a confrontation between a Fredonia police officer and a man said to have been covered with blood and waving a knife.

Mark Poloncarz

Angry trade unionists and politicians were outside New Era Cap's headquarters on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo Monday, protesting the company plan to close its plant in Derby and move most production to China.


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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials say a vehicle tried to cross from Canada to the United States without inspection Monday afternoon, leading officers on a chase that ended in a crash.

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Democrats have nominated Cheektowaga Town Councilman Timothy Meyers to succeed Patrick Burke in the Erie County Legislature’s 7th District.

The state Board of Regents has recommended that an additional $2.1 billion be spent on schools next year, and that a 12-year-old court order to fully fund schools be phased in over the next three years.

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Black students at Buffalo Public Schools are twice as likely to be suspended as white students. That is according to results of a new report issued Monday by The New York Equity Coalition.  Niagara Falls City School rates also have high rates. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has reaction from both districts.


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Two newly opened charter schools in Buffalo received a funding boost Monday. Evans Bank delivered a total of $250,000 as the bank’s ‘signature community education’ investment in supporting the schools “Building Excellent School’s” program’s.   

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Time has chosen a group of four journalists and a news organization as its Person of the Year for 2018, hailing them for "taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths" in what the magazine called a "war on truth."

Its upcoming edition highlights slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and staff members of the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md.; along with journalists punished for attempting to report facts: Maria Ressa of the Rappler news site in the Philippines and Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

It may seem like a simple question, but what water is surface water? Today, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to release a plan that will replace an Obama-era definition. It’s important because it decides what waterways are federally-protected. Marketplace’s Ben Bradford reports on how this question has bedeviled multiple administrations.

More states are considering free college programs as the cost of tuition rises. Tennessee has offered its own free community college initiative since 2015. But now many in the state are realizing even if tuition is paid for, many low-income students are often still left behind and struggle to pay their living expenses. 

 

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Main Street doesn't seem to know Wall Street is having a rough December. A state program in Tennessee is giving students free tuition to get into college, but with the remaining costs of books, rent and food, administrators are trying to figure how to keep them enrolled... and fed. Plus, Anu Anand breaks down the drama in India's economy following the resignation of the head of their reserve bank.

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In a testy Oval Office exchange with the two top congressional Democrats, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, President Trump made clear he would be "proud" to shut down the government in less than two weeks if he doesn't get funding for his border wall.

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Lithograph by George Tattersall c. 1837-40; Royal Collection Trust / © HM Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Heritage Moments: The firebrand in Buffalo, the rebellion in Canada

Buffalo used to be a mustering ground for invading armies, both official and unofficial. The target was always Canada: several times during the War of 1812; ahead of the Fenian Invasion in 1866; and – least remembered by Americans but no less important – during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837 and its aftermath.

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