Highlights

National Public Radio

Transgender students in NYS still have rights, officials say

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.

Read More
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New York State Board of Regent Catherine Collins served as the keynote speaker at a Black History Month Celebration Thursday.  Collins delivered an address at The Eighth Judicial District Diversity Steering Committee event held in Erie County's Ceremonial Courtroom.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Collins discussed “The Crisis in Black Education". 

WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a directive to the state education department to tell all school districts to protect transgender students. This is in response to the removal of a federal transgender bathroom guideline by the Trump administration.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley gathered reaction. 

Niagara Aquarium

Work has started on a new exhibit for rare Humboldt Penguins at the Niagara Aquarium,  a $3.3 million project that represents the largest capital investment at the attraction in a half-century.

Raven Hillyard

Members of Allentown's LGBTQ community met behind closed doors Thursday night to talk about solutions to the apparent gay-bashing incident early Saturday morning in Allentown that left several people hurt outside a popular pizza business.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

A small number of citizens turned out to ask real questions of real cops about how policing works in Buffalo, during a meeting sponsored by Masten District Common Councilmember Ulysees Wingo.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing legislation to help seniors who have been financially exploited by phone and online scams. Scammers hack personal information and trick seniors into giving them money.

Ne York State

A boost is in store for the New York economy. Empire State Development says 43 businesses are expanding or coming to New York state to partner with colleges and universities.

New Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era memo that directed the Justice Department to reduce the use of private prisons, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports

Sessions writes in the order that returning to the Bureau of Prisons' earlier approach would provide flexibility.

National Public Radio

The Trump administration’s decision to rescind protections for transgender students will not affect New York state, according to the state’s education commissioner and legal experts. But they say the action nevertheless sends a “terrible message” to transgender teens.


Two excellent offerings this week include AFTER THE REVOLUTION, the second of the three Amy Herzog plays presented this season at by the Jewish Repertory Theatre at the JCC in Getzville and THE COLLECTION by Harold Pinter at Torn Space Theater on Fillmore near Paderewski. Both feature strong emotions, deal with secrets and felt betrayals, although the threats in the Herzog play are not as palpable as they are in the Pinter, where they hang like a miasma, affecting everyone.

Pages

Now Playing

President Trump's Tweets, Annotated by NPR

Follow Us On Social Media

Great Lakes Today

Major funding for Great Lakes Today on WBFO is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people

Cafeteria Chats

Students face a lot of challenges in today’s schools. What better place to find out about them than in the cafeteria? Join WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Western New York students for Cafeteria Chats.

Heritage Moments

W. Roberts, from Marco Paul's Voyages & Travels, Erie Canal by Jacob Abbott, 1852

Heritage Moments: Why do people in the Midwest sound like Buffalonians? Blame it on the Erie Canal

The 19 th century engineering marvel called the Erie Canal is celebrated for many things: carrying settlers out to populate the Upper Midwest and rich harvests back to nourish the East; transforming Buffalo, Rochester and other tiny villages into thriving cities; and making New York the biggest, wealthiest, mightiest city of them all.

Read More

NPR News

New Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era memo that directed the Justice Department to reduce the use of private prisons, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports

Sessions writes in the order that returning to the Bureau of Prisons' earlier approach would provide flexibility.

The Trump administration is rescinding protections for transgender students in public schools.

The move by the Justice and Education departments reverses guidance the Obama administration publicized in May 2016, which said a federal law known as Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, health care under the Affordable Care Act is going to change in the next few years. The Republican-led Congress has vowed to "repeal and replace" the health law known as Obamacare.

That has left many people anxious and confused about what will happen and when. So NPR's Morning Edition asked listeners to post questions on Twitter and Facebook, and we will be answering some of them here and on the radio in the weeks ahead.

More News