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County, federal officials warn of sharp rise in fatal opiate overdoses

Local health officials and law enforcers say the year 2016 is showing no signs of relief from opiate addiction. They're reporting a sharp rise in fatal overdoses in a short span of time, possibly about two dozen cases in a 10-day span.
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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Local health officials and law enforcers say the year 2016 is showing no signs of relief from opiate addiction. They're reporting a sharp rise in fatal overdoses in a short span of time, possibly about two dozen cases in a 10-day span.

Photo from Joanna Pasceri's Facebook post.

For the first time in its history, the Erie County Acting District Attorney has appointed a veteran broadcast journalist to serve as Public Information Officer. Joanna Pasceri, former anchor at WKBW-TV has been named by Michael Flaherty.

from WRVO

While New York's primary is still months away, today's results from New Hampshire may play a part in who remains in the Presidential race in April. Catherine Loper of Oswego public radio station WRVO shared some perspective on her reporting from Concord, New Hampshire.


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An important Black history lesson was delivered to some Buffalo Public school students. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the author of The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills visited three city schools Monday.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

World-renowned composer and music educator is assisting two local school bands with a performance to be held Tuesday evening.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley attended a rehearsal at the Charter School for Applied Technologies in north Buffalo.

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It's not the final step, but the city Planning Board yesterday approved the site plan for the new Workforce Training Center on Northland Avenue.


Karen DeWitt

The US Attorney who convicted both of the leaders of the legislature came to Albany Monday to speak to a conference of the state’s mayors. But Preet Bharara was not invited to the State Capitol itself.


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A local state assemblyman says First Niagara Bank should give back $28 million it has received to create jobs. If the financial institution is taken over by Key Bank, the move cost 1,800 jobs.


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The Buffalo Teachers Federation and New York State United Teachers didn't file court papers against Receivership as planned last week.  But union leaders say they are expecting to file sometime this week.  In our Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss the objections to the receivership law for struggling city schools that by-passes the union's collective bargaining. 

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Along with this year's spring planting, the Massachusetts Avenue Project will be breaking ground on a new farmhouse. Thanks to a grant from the Rich Family Foundation, MAP has met its $2 million fundraising goal.


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Library of Congress; c. 1838 lithograph, based on a c. 1828 painting by Charles King Bird

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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Dan Telvock

Press Pass: Pollution plagues Scajaquada Creek

Attention is now focused on the level of pollution in the Buffalo's Scajaquada Creek. "It's the only one (waterway) in the entire Niagara River Watershed where it's unfit for aquatic life," said Investigative Post's Dan Telvock during WBFO's Press Pass.
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