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Key Buffalo Billion investment SolarCity loses more than 25% of stock value

Its manufacturing center, still under construction, represents one of the most significant investments under New York State's "Buffalo Billion." But renewable energy company SolarCity's stock value plummeted more than 29 percent Wednesday, and has lost nearly half its value since the start of 2016.
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Leaders at the Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo want to purchase a former city school building for expansion.  An informational session was held Wednesday evening where the proposal was presented to parents and the board of trustees.  But as WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley learned, some parents are in opposition.

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Details and budgets are still being worked out but the rough outlines of the futures of Lafayette and East High Schools were approved by the school board Wednesday night.


Women making small steps into gaming industry

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The tech world continues to be dominated by men. However, more women are adding terms like "coder" and "game developer" to their resumes.


Governor Cuomo’s Administration has released a report that it says shows the benefits of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years.  Business groups charge the study is biased.


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KeyCorp is running into more opposition over its proposed purchase of Buffalo based First Niagara Financial Group.


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Think Scajaquada Boulevard not Expressway. The state Department  of Transportation is prepared to spend $100 million to turn the road into what it calls an urban boulevard in harmony with the surrounding community.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about an ugly loss to the Florida Panthers, the continued development of young forward Sam Reinhart and the chances the near cellar-dwelling Sabres again find themselves with a high draft pick.


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Its manufacturing center, still under construction, represents one of the most significant investments under New York State's "Buffalo Billion." But renewable energy company SolarCity's stock value plummeted more than 29 percent Wednesday, and has lost nearly half its value since the start of 2016.

WBFO file photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Teachers Federation and New York State United Teachers field a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in Albany Tuesday against the receivership law. In November, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued a ruling that Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash has the power to impose changes at five persistently struggling schools without union approval. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with both unions about the legal battle.

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There is a major effort under way to help English Language Learners achieve better outcomes at Lafayette High School.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with the new phase-in principal John Starkey who will lead the future Lafayette International High School.

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“Environmental racism is real,” says professor Robert Bullard, considered the father of environmental justice. “It’s so real that even having the facts, having the documentation and having the information has never been enough to provide equal protection for people of color and poor people.”

Bullard is dean of the School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University and the author of the 1990 book "Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality."

Blocking U.S. emissions rule won't save coal industry

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Not even the Supreme Court's temporary stay of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan limiting carbon emissions could produce a pop for shares of Peabody Energy, the big coal company, which is trading 97 percent below its 52-week high. The outlook for the coal industry isn't much brighter.

The Supreme Court's decision means utilities won't have to cut back on burning coal from Peabody or any other company any time soon. Luke Popovich is with the American Mining Association, a plaintiff in a lawsuit to stop the Clean Power Plan. He said the industry is now hopeful.

Who pays when a Pope visits?

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Pope Francis is scheduled to begin a five-day visit to Mexico on Friday. The pontiff plans to criss-cross the country, going from the southernmost state of Chiapas all the way up to Ciudad Juarez on the border with Texas.

Who picks up the tab for the trip?

As it turns out, the Pope's trips are heavily subsidized, starting with the first plane ride.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Airing on Thursday, February 11, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Twitter earnings; and we'll take a look at modern encryption.

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Airing on Thursday, February 11, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Fed chair Janet Yellen's appearance on Capitol Hill yesterday; who pays for a visit from the Pope; and we'll talk with famed climber Conrad Anker about a new documentary about national parks.

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Heritage Moments: Red Jacket vows ‘While I live, you will get no more lands of the Indians’

During the American Revolution, the Seneca Nation’s lands covered practically the entire Niagara Frontier. But by 1819, their territory had dwindled to five tracts covering only about 130 square miles. All along, the Seneca clan chief Red Jacket opposed the sales, as well as what he saw as other encroachments on Indian self-determination.
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Investigative Post: Decades later, state says Love Canal landfill poses risk to the public

State environmental officials insisted for decades that residents living on the North Tonawanda-Wheatfield border had nothing to fear from the Love Canal waste buried in a neighboring landfill. Then, last year, they declared the landfill a Superfund site, even after 80 truckloads of contaminated soil originally removed from Love Canal were hauled away. Residents, many of whom report serious illnesses, are understandably upset. Dan Telvock, with our partner Investigative Post, dug through documents and filed this report.
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