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Push to replace bust in MLK Park underway, but some say keep it

Local community activists have formally launched their petition drive to remove and replace a large bronze bust that has stood in Buffalo's Martin Luther King Park since 1983. They demand it be replaced by a sculpture that more accurately portrays the civil rights leader's likeness. But not everyone in the local African-American community wants to see the existing bust removed.

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Trouble is brewing for iconic Canadian coffee and donut chain Tim Horton’s. It’s over Ontario’s increase to the minimum wage. The chain has become the target of a public and labor backlash in the fight against the wage increase.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking at the annual Martin Luther King Day event at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, mocked Republican senators who said they can’t recall President Donald Trump uttering a vulgarity during a meeting at the White House on immigration.


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An Orchard Park woman is responding to the recent expletive President Trump used to describe African nations. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says eight years ago she adopted her son from Haiti.  

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Leaders at Oracle Charter School in Buffalo will making their plea before SUNY Trustees next week, asking to keep the school open. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey discuss why the renewal is being denied and also take a look at teacher-duty conflict at City Honors.  

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Local community activists have formally launched their petition drive to remove and replace a large bronze bust that has stood in Buffalo's Martin Luther King Park since 1983. They demand it be replaced by a sculpture that more accurately portrays the civil rights leader's likeness. But not everyone in the local African-American community wants to see the existing bust removed.


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With increasing numbers of higher-risk older pregnant women, there's a new test available for those concerned about Down syndrome.

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Siena College Research Institute released a race relations poll on this Martin Luther King Day. The poll finds 39 percent of New York voters say race relations in the state are excellent or good. However, it indicates two-thirds of the people polled believe minorities experience racial or ethnic discrimination.

St. Paul's Episocpal Church

There wasn't a large crowd at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Sunday for the church's contemporary mass, with a band and traditional services. This is a time when it's hard to get younger people into churches and St. Paul's is reaching out to them.

Heritage Moments: From a cubicle on Swan Street to the presidency of Somalia

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Three world leaders have called Western New York their home. The first two, the American presidents Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, are well known to people living in the region. The third is less celebrated here.


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose popularity soared during his first term but then fell from grace, leaves office Tuesday.

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Dolores O'Riordan of the Irish rock band The Cranberries died on Monday at 46. The vocalist became internationally known in '90s with her band's hits such as "Linger," "Dreams" and "Zombie." Jim Sullivan a former, longtime music critic for The Boston Globe, remembers her life, music and legacy.

In and around the coastal community of Montecito, the death toll from mudslides has climbed to 20 people, as search and rescue operations continue. Cleaning up and re-opening the 101 freeway, a vital corridor for the state, cannot move forward until the lifesaving mission has ended. The new tragedy adds new layers of uncertainty to families and businesses that were already facing long recovery from last month’s wildfires.

States are crafting new Medicaid policies, now that the feds have said they can require people to work in order to qualify for coverage.  That will likely mean more customer churn, people moving in and out of Medicaid programs as their employment status changes, or they learn to comply with new mandatory premiums. That means patients’ treatment could be interrupted, leading to more costs as they catch up on care when they qualify again. And that insurers could have a harder time predicting their costs or measuring their success.

The Childrens Health Insurance Program is healthcare for kids whose parents make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private healthcare. If Congress doesn't reauthorize it, the program starts to run out of funding on Friday, leaving up to nine million children without coverage. Doctors are urging parents to fill all prescriptions, and to plan their budgets for new, additional costs.

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The lead singer of the Irish rock band The Cranberries died today. Dolores O'Riordan's smooth but powerful voice became known around the world after her band's success with songs like "Linger" and "Zombie."

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Heritage Moments: From a cubicle on Swan Street to the presidency of Somalia

Three world leaders have called Western New York their home. The first two, the American presidents Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, are well known to people living in the region. The third is less celebrated here.

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