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Regent Collins offers her 'wish list' for city schools

New York State Regent Catherine Fisher Collins is working to promote her ideas that she believes could help struggling Buffalo Public Schools. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley caught up at with Collins to discuss her efforts.
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Some Lackawanna residents and elected officials are crying foul over plans to rebury toxic waste at the former Bethlehem Steel plant along Route 5.

Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon said a petition with over a thousand signatures was delivered to New York's Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday. Dixon said, the DEC's plan doesn't go far enough to clean up the former steel plant site. She says the redevelopment underway on Buffalo's waterfront shouldn't stop at the city line.

Explosive device found on Hoyt Street, no one hurt

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A Buffalo man who recently acquired some items from a local estate sale found an additional item in the box, an item which led fire, police and bomb squad officials to his home on the 200 block of Hoyt Street Monday morning.

YouTube: Dog Biscuit Challenge: SPCA serving Erie County

The SPCA serving Erie County is urging you to consider being part of the Dog Biscuit Challenge.

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New York State Regent Catherine Fisher Collins is working to promote her ideas that she believes could help struggling Buffalo Public Schools. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley caught up at with Collins to discuss her efforts. 

A new report from the Census Bureau outlines average per pupil spending by state. The research ranks New York as having the highest on average spending per pupil spending in the nation. At least one group claims the report is misleading.

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The Buffalo Bill have suspended Offensive Line  Coach Aaron Kromer without pay for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there’s the equivalent of one bottle of prescription painkillers for every adult American. Meanwhile, 46 people a day die from an overdose of those same painkillers. That’s why New York State is trying to curb the problem of overprescribing.

A five-year mission to bring wireless broadband internet service to Allegany County is moving forward. Portions of a new system should be operational by early fall, Legislator Dave Pullen told WBFO News.

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Day care centers across Erie County are suggesting they should be paid through direct deposit into bank accounts instead of checks mailed out which then have to be taken to the bank to be deposited.


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Some city neighborhoods are benefiting from the surge in development in downtown Buffalo. That energy has spun off into University Heights where Tucker Curtin is rebuilding the facade and entrance of The Steer restaurant.


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State moves closer to equal treatment for mental and physical health care

You may have recently started to hear the term “mental health parity.” It refers to federal and state requirements for insurers to cover mental health and addiction treatment as they would any other medical condition. Insurers haven’t always complied. As Michelle Faust reports, state lawmakers' recent actions intend to take hurdles from insurance out of the long path to recovery from addiction.
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West side gardeners find hellstrips heavenly

Local gardeners have embraced the use of small plots of land that have a devilish name. Hellstrips are green spaces found in front of houses that lie between the sidewalk and the street. WBFO contributor Elizabeth Licata says the mini-gardens have become especially popular on Buffalo's West side.
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WBFO wins top radio awards from PRNDI, AP

WBFO has won first place honors in a national competition for its coverage of the Snowvember Storm. Public Radio News Directors Inc.
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