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Transgender students in NYS still have rights, officials say

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing legislation to help seniors who have been financially exploited by phone and online scams. Scammers hack personal information and trick seniors into giving them money.

New Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era memo that directed the Justice Department to reduce the use of private prisons, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports

Sessions writes in the order that returning to the Bureau of Prisons' earlier approach would provide flexibility.

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The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.


Two excellent offerings this week include AFTER THE REVOLUTION, the second of the three Amy Herzog plays presented this season at by the Jewish Repertory Theatre at the JCC in Getzville and THE COLLECTION by Harold Pinter at Torn Space Theater on Fillmore near Paderewski. Both feature strong emotions, deal with secrets and felt betrayals, although the threats in the Herzog play are not as palpable as they are in the Pinter, where they hang like a miasma, affecting everyone.

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A borrowing agreement involving Erie County and the Erie County Medical Center Corporation, one that would help the latter fund construction of a major capital project, fell short of approval in the Erie County Legislature. The County Executive says with no deal in place, the county faces a deficit that will result in cuts to other services.


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While most Americans will celebrate Fat Tuesday next week as the traditional final indulgence until the start of Lent, some are already beginning festivities with Fat Thursday. Yes, it's real.

A training program for parents and family of children with special needs is accepting enrollment. The Parent Leadership Program is being put on for its seventh year by the Parent Network of Western New York.

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As federal elected officials face noisy constituents at town hall meetings nationwide, New York's senior U.S. Senator and that body's minority leader took questions Wednesday about his own ability to be reached.


WWII veteran finally receives military honors

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For one local veteran, the effects of racism were allowed to linger for seven decades. George Watts, who served in a segregated unit in World War II, received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1946. He didn't receive his military service medals until yesterday.

NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

A Batavia man has been arrested for harassing and endangering three children in his care at the New York State School for the Blind.

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Heritage Moments: Why do people in the Midwest sound like Buffalonians? Blame it on the Erie Canal

The 19 th century engineering marvel called the Erie Canal is celebrated for many things: carrying settlers out to populate the Upper Midwest and rich harvests back to nourish the East; transforming Buffalo, Rochester and other tiny villages into thriving cities; and making New York the biggest, wealthiest, mightiest city of them all.

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New Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era memo that directed the Justice Department to reduce the use of private prisons, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports

Sessions writes in the order that returning to the Bureau of Prisons' earlier approach would provide flexibility.

Pawl Machcewicz is a man on the wrong side of history.

He is the director of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk, Poland. After eight years and millions of dollars invested, Machcewicz rushed to open the museum temporarily last month before it was fully completed. Why? Because he feared that his museum, in its current form, was in danger of never being allowed to open.  

The Polish government has threatened to fire Machcewicz and merge this new, multimillion-dollar investment with another, yet-to-be-built museum.

The Trump administration is rescinding protections for transgender students in public schools.

The move by the Justice and Education departments reverses guidance the Obama administration publicized in May 2016, which said a federal law known as Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, health care under the Affordable Care Act is going to change in the next few years. The Republican-led Congress has vowed to "repeal and replace" the health law known as Obamacare.

That has left many people anxious and confused about what will happen and when. So NPR's Morning Edition asked listeners to post questions on Twitter and Facebook, and we will be answering some of them here and on the radio in the weeks ahead.

No group is more affected by Trump’s immigration ban than Iranians. Over 35,000 Iranians come to the US each year with temporary visas — more than any other nationality on the seven-country list.

Meanwhile, in Europe, many are struggling for recognition alongside unprecedented numbers of refugees.

Most of the asylum-seekers in Europe now are fleeing violence in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but in 2015 more than 25,000 Iranians also sought asylum in Europe.

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