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And what of Officer Lehner's dog? Police discuss future of fallen comrade's K-9 partner

Before he joined the Buffalo Police Department's Underwater Recovery Unit last year, Officer Craig Lehner worked within its K-9 Unit. Following his death in the Niagara River, questions are now being raised about the fate of his four-legged partner, Shield.

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Graphic displaying oil transport through out the Great Lakes Region

Matthew Child, a scientist with the International Joint Commission, talks with Great Lakes Today's Angelica Morrison about the transporting oil throughout the Great Lakes region.

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When it comes to identity theft and fraud, New York has the dubious distinction of ranking as the ninth most vulnerable state in the nation.

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Buffalo officially has a state park, with Wednesday's ribbon cutting for Buffalo Harbor State Park, a multi-million-dollar rebuilding of the decrepit relics of the city's industrial past into a major recreation area.

U.S. Navy

It has been a long time coming and the tentative date has moved a few times, but we now have confirmation that the new U.S.S. Little Rock will be commissioned alongside its namesake at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park on December 16.

Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station

Another contingent of National Guard members from the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station is preparing to depart for Puerto Rico to help the U.S. territory recover from Hurricane Maria.

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The Buffalo Public School system is constantly negotiating union contracts with some organization, with the recent contract with the Buffalo Teachers Federation establishing a framework. Wednesday night, the School Board heard protests from the substitutes union and a separate dispute over the parent facilitators, a relatively new position in the school system.

The Buffalo Sabres are back home after having completed a four-game western road trip. The team got its first win of the season, but bring a disappointing 1-4-2 record into their next home game, Friday against the Vancouver Canucks. On this week's Behind The Bench, Bill Hoppe talks about what Sabres fans who weren't able to stay up for the late night games may have missed. He also discusses two players who badly needed to get on the score sheet, Ryan O'Reilly and Sam Reinhart.


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The legendary frontman for a Canadian band that had a passionate following in Western New York has died. Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie, whom Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called “our buddy” in an an emotional statement Wednesday, was 53. As WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk reports, his passing is being mourned across the country.


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A three-day conference, "Reclaiming Our Ancestors II," begins tonight in Buffalo.  With artists, filmmakers, descendants of slaves and slaveholders, and scholars from around the country taking part, the event looks to counteract "an amnesiac culture," so says Kari Winter, professor of translational studies at UB. While most of the conference is free and open to the public, registration is required.


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She's a Buffalo native and Pulitzer Prize winner. Sarah Cohen, whose work includes leading a team of investigative reporters at the New York Times, will appear in Buffalo Thursday night to discuss the importance of data journalism.


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