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Karen DeWitt

Ethics reform hopes fade in Albany

It’s just over three weeks until the legislative session is scheduled to end, and hopes for reform are fading, during an unprecedented level of corruption in state government.
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A well-known national artist will be visiting a Buffalo Public high school today.  Abstract artist Mark Bradford will be speaking to students at Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says students created art work in preparation for his visit. 

Town of Fort Erie

The roar of race car engines is still a couple years away. However, Fort Erie's mayor says some major announcements are expected very soon on the $300 million Canadian Motor Speedway project being developed.


FarmRich.com

The Rich Family Foundation has donated $250,000 to a new partnership with Cornell University. The goal is to further the development of a safe and sustainable global food supply, through research and education.

The New York State Senate has passed four bills that sponsors say are part of its ongoing commitment to address the  ongoing heroin and opioid crisis.

An injured hiker rescued from the Niagara Glen is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries today.

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Nearly 200 Shoreline Apartment tenants have been told they must be out by November. That's after years of Norstar Development telling them a new construction plan would allow them to move around and into new units.


Karen DeWitt

It’s just over three weeks until the legislative session is scheduled to end, and hopes for reform are fading,  during an unprecedented level of corruption in state government.


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Many are anticipating a brand new direction on the Buffalo School Board when teacher-union backed candidates begin this July.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss how a past reform agenda could end up 'off' the table. 

Berzerwolf.com

After helping create Open Government Boards in Amherst and in Williamsville - a local attorney is looking to form a larger regional group. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - Paul Wolf's resume includes working for Erie County and the City of Buffalo. 


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Niagara Falls mayor Paul Dyster announced the first ten projects of the 2016 road paving season on Monday, and revealed three projects that will soon seek bids from contractors.


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Many of the department stores that once anchored bustling shopping malls continue to close. Macy's will shutter 36 additional stores this year; 78 Kmart and Sears locations will also close. What to do with that vast, vacant space?

There is no traffic, and no problem finding parking at Owings Mills Mall in Maryland. The 5,000 or so parking spaces are all vacant. A J.C. Penney closed last month and a Macy's closed last year.

When it opened in 1986, it was anchored by a Saks Fifth Avenue and catered to well-to-do Baltimore suburbanites.

Khaled Ali Hassanin opens his silver minivan and pulls into Cairo's busy traffic. He is a freelance driver. He used to ferry foreign tourists all around Egypt as a staff member of a tour company. It was a great job.

"There was so much work. I never worried about money. If I spent one [Egyptian] pound, I'd get two back. We had more work than we could handle," he says.

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Heritage Moments

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Heritage Moments: Buffalo, the Fenian Invasion and the Making of Canada

Depending on what side of the border you’re on, the story of the Fenian Invasion of June 1, 1866, is told differently. In Western New York it’s remembered as a brave fight for Irish independence against British oppression. On the Niagara Peninsula it’s a brave fight for self-defense against a surprise attack from a warlike America.
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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

Charles E. Burchfield, 1941. Photograph by Sally Burchfield (1925-2002). Burchfield Penney Art Center. Courtesy of Charlie Ferris.

Heritage Moments: Northeastern Ohio, Western New York, Paradise—The World of Charles Burchfield

Investigative Post

Press Pass: Exposing Buffalo's lead paint problem

Though lead-based paint has not been sold for decades, the substance continues to plague many older cities, including Buffalo. According to Dan Telvock of Investigative Post, 85,500 housing units in Buffalo are considered "at risk."
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Making A Difference

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Making a Difference: Pilot eases burden for families with ill loved ones

Throughout February WNED|WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourages others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is making a difference.
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