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IJC meeting draws hundreds

The International Joint Commission, the bi-national group that helps to oversee the Great Lakes,held two public meetings in Buffalo on Tuesday – and more than 200 people showed up to share their concerns. Veronica Volk Reports

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The International Joint Commission, the bi-national group that helps to oversee the Great Lakes, held two public meetings in Buffalo on Tuesday – and more than 200 people showed up to share their concerns.

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Wednesday evening, the Buffalo History Museum is celebrating the launch of an updated book that celebrates some of the Queen City's vintage mansions.


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Erie and Niagara counties rank near the bottom of an organization's annual county health rankings for New York State.

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Understanding cultural diversity in classrooms, especially in urban schools is the focus of a new Center for Urban Education at Canisius College in Buffalo.  WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says the center will provide future teacher training for urban classrooms. 

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If you’re planning to embark on a road trip this summer, be prepared to pay more at the pump.

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With a heavily local election this year and a congressional election next year, local progressives are organizing.

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A vacant building in a struggling area will be getting a makeover, after approval from the city Planning Board. The $5 million project at Jewett Avenue and Halbert looks to build upon the successful development of the nearby Tri-Main Center.


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The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living room hit "Wii Sports" that made gamers out of grandparents.

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State University of New York Trustees are moving forward with a proposal to provide all students with access to telecounseling and online mental health services. SUNY Trustees passed a directive for University administration to consider the use of the remote counseling services across the state.

A former auto dealership employee has admitted to stealing more than $4.1 million from the business over several years. 

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One day in 1956, Wilson Greatbatch, a 37-year-old assistant professor of electrical engineering at UB, was working on an oscilloscope at a chronic disease research center on Main Street. He reached to get a brown-black-orange resistor out of a box of tiny components but accidentally pulled out a brown-black-green one instead. Not noticing that he had a 1,000-kiloohm resistor rather than a 10-kiloohm, he installed it. The oscilloscope started pulsing to an astonishingly specific rhythm.

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President Trump is expected to sign into law a decision by Congress to overturn new privacy rules for Internet service providers.

Passed by the Federal Communications Commission in October, the rules never went into effect. If they had, it would have given consumers more control over how ISPs use the data they collect. Most notably, the rules would have required explicit consent from consumers if sensitive data — like financial or health information, or browsing history — were to be shared or sold.

The final word on last year's economy is almost here

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Thursday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release final revisions to economic growth numbers, aka the gross domestic product, for 2016. In other words, we'll find out if economic growth last year really was as lousy as it seemed. But why look back? With the end of first quarter of 2017 almost here, there’s plenty of handicapping to be done on what GDP will look like this year. 

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Alethea Sims is a longtime resident of East Liberty, a Pittsburgh neighborhood. A few years ago, Google opened an office not far from there. Luxury apartment buildings started cropping up. She hung signs that read "Black Homes Matter."

As rents here have risen, Sims has watched some of her mostly black neighbors move to cheaper areas.

“When you're talking, like, $1,000, $2,000 and up for a one bedroom, who's that affordable for? Definitely not the people who lived there. And not too many people that I know of,” she said.

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President Trump’s advisers are still at the draft stages of a national infrastructure plan. Trump is hoping to inspire a trillion dollars of infrastructure spending, much of it privately funded. But 80 years ago, during the Great Depression, the federal government fueled a public works revolution. Virtually every county in America got a project under Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Some got icons, like Hoover, Shasta, Grand Coulee and other massive dams. Those kind of monuments just don’t happen today.

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A new resolution plans to scale back a set of privacy rules put in place by the Federal Communications Commission under President Obama. We'll discuss how the measure could affect what you see online as a user, and how much data telecommunications companies already collect. Also on the topic of data that's collected and shared: Uber has released a transparency report about its workforce. We'll take a look at the report's statistics, which show that men hold 85 percent of the company's tech jobs.

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