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State revoking permits at Tonawanda Coke

The State Department of Environmental Conservation says it is revoking permits from Tonawanda Coke because the company has repeatedly violated air pollution regulations. The state sent the company a cease and desist letter Friday telling it to stop any operations that release materials into the air, and ordering that permits to do so be revoked next month.

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An Erie County Central Police Services forensic lab worker is back on the job, after investigators say the individual received two doses of Narcan following an feared accidental drug exposure. The incident has sparked a dispute between the Erie County Comptroller and County Executive, who offered conflicting claims about whether CPS had its own Narcan available.


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A “suicidal man” in his mid 30s was shot by a Buffalo Police officer in the 600 block of McKinley Parkway Friday afternoon.

Health disparities put deaf community at risk

Jul 20, 2018

Deaf individuals are up to seven times as likely as their hearing peers to have heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes. That's according to research from the RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the University of Michigan.

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The State Department of Environmental Conservation says it is revoking permits from Tonawanda Coke because the company has repeatedly violated air pollution regulations.

The state sent the company a cease and desist letter Friday telling it to stop any operations that release materials into the air, and ordering that permits to do so be revoked next month.

Stonewall Democrats

He's currently the Erie County Comptroller but has dropped hints of an interest in running for Erie County Executive next year. County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, in the meantime, has offered numerous critical comments about County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Remarks published earlier this week have upset leaders in the LGBTQ community.

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The mother of a Buffalo toddler who died this week from blunt force injuries is now the second suspect to be charged in the boy's death.

Unions have been sounding the alarm since the June 27 U.S. Supreme Court Janus ruling that public employees can stop paying union dues while retaining many of the benefits from collective bargaining. An anti-union group is sounding its own alarm among New York's public employees.

A simple phone call can reduce suicide risk

Jul 20, 2018

The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show suicide rates continuing to climb nationwide. In New York, the CDC found that the rate has risen almost 30 percent since 1999.

People who have gone to the emergency room once for an attempted suicide are at high risk for attempting it again after their release.

Now, a study has shown a straightforward way of reducing that risk: calling those patients.

FACEBOOK / India Cummings of Rochester in a graduation photo at Wilson High School in Rochester NY. The NYS Commission of Correction declared her death a homicide due to medical neglect.

It’s a been a few days since the explosive report was released by the state Commission of Correction Medical Review Board, regarding the death of India Cummings.


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After state officials closed the Willard Psychiatric Center near Ithaca, they made an unusual discovery. In the attic were 400 suitcases left behind from patients who lived there. For more than 20 years those suitcases have been in the hands of the state, but now they may finally be reunited with families of the patients.

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