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Louise Slaughter, longtime WNY congresswoman, dies at 88

Rep. Louise Slaughter, who has represented parts of Western New York in Congress for more than three decades, has died at the age of 88.

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With numerous elected officials from the City of Buffalo and New York State present, developers cut a ceremonial ribbon Friday afternoon inside a long-neglected downtown building that is now home to a dozen single- and double-bedroom apartments. 

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It's not only St. Patrick's Day weekend, it's also Maple Weekend, across Western New York. Along with lots of tasty treats, the event gives producers an opportunity to recoup some of their investment.

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As Toys R Us prepares to close its doors for good, many customers are scrambling to return unused gift cards.

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An investigation was underway Friday into an early morning crash of a tanker truck that led to a large fuel spill on the grounds of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

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Rep. Louise Slaughter, who has represented parts of Western New York in Congress for more than three decades, has died at the age of 88.

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As the nation celebrates AmeriCorps Week, local officials are thanking participants for their contributions to the region.

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The New York State Public Service Commission has approved National Grid rate hikes.

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Emergency crews are at work early Friday morning at Prior Aviation.

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It is one of the most iconic traditions in Buffalo – the annual trip to the Broadway Market to buy Easter goods. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was at the Market Thursday as the city of Buffalo kicked-off the Easter Season.  

Local theaters large and small are hitting their stride this March, with exquisite productions of dramatic works, including some one acts that begin innocently and then augur down into deep despair, such as DISGRACED at Road Less Traveled and 'NIGHT MOTHER (Brazen-Faced Varlets). Even the musicals have endings that, while we know what's coming, are still tragic, including the wait-listed JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at American Repertory and SPRING AWAKENING at Shea's 710. But no matter where you go, you will be impressed with the productions.


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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

After Hurricane Maria, some good news for Puerto Rico

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Six months ago, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. According to the official death toll, 64 people lost their lives, but other counts put the total closer to 1,000. The storm also knocked out power and destroyed homes. Thousands of people left the island but others stayed. Michelle Rodriguez is one of them. She's the executive director of Niños De Nueva Esperanza in the neighborhood of Sabana Seca, 15 miles outside San Juan. Marketplace Weekend's Lizzie O'Leary met with Rodriguez during a reporting trip to the island in November.

The CEO of the last company in the U.S. making beer kegs out of American steel says new steel tariffs may come with unintended consequences for his business.

Health care in the United States costs a lot of money. In fact, we, as a country, spend twice as much as other wealthy nations. And we're collectively less healthy than many others. But why is it like this? Conventional wisdom says that Americans use more health care — more tests, scans, screenings and prescriptions. But a group of researchers has some new information that doesn't fit into the old theories. Dr.

Ten years ago, Bear Stearns went under as the financial crisis was breaking. Ana Swanson of The New York Times and Sheelah Kolhatkar from The New Yorker share their most vivid memories of that time with us. We also get a taste of Kai Ryssdal's interview with Tim Geithner, Henry Paulson and Ben Bernanke, airing on the show starting Monday. "We were using duct tape and string to try to hold the thing together," Geithner said of the economy. It's part of our Divided Decade project.

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Heritage Moments: A boy leaves home and crosses the ocean, with no idea he’ll become a hockey star

As a little boy growing up in Sokolče, a small village in postwar Czechoslovakia, Stanislav Gvoth didn’t know anything about hockey. He didn’t even know how to skate, and he didn’t particularly care. He was just a kid, with an older brother and recent wartime memories of German soldiers bivouacking in the small family house. Young Stanislav had no inkling he would grow up to be Stan Mikita, one of the greatest hockey players of all time .

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