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Schumer seeks $50 million for "overdue" upgrades at Niagara Falls air base

Joined by members of the Niagara Military Affairs Council, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer stood outside the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Monday, urging fellow federal lawmakers to approve $50 million for several capital and security upgrades he says are critical to the base and its employees.

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This time, the public meeting was at Maryvale High School, but the topic was the long, slow slog against the social damage and deaths of the continuing opioids crisis.

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Politics isn't always red or blue. Lately, it's all about green.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America.

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The House Agriculture Committee approved the long-awaited 2018 Farm Bill Wednesday. It includes a controversial change to food stamps that could push thousands of people off the program. That's not sitting well with Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), who sits on the Senate Agriculture committee.

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A chaotic scene emerged in North Buffalo Thursday night after a house exploded into flames on Covington Road.

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Among the challenges veterans face upon ending active duty and entering civilian life is being able to communicate one's thoughts and emotions to spouses, other loved ones and other peers. The Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center in East Aurora played host this week to a group of veterans and spouses who were participating in Project Odyssey, a retreat facilitated by the Wounded Warrior Project.


by ANGELICA A. MORRISON /University at Buffalo dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Liesl Folks, leads the NAVIGATE Project at UB

The STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – have traditionally been dominated by men. And that can make it tough for women to break in – or gain respect. The Me Too movement is highlighting those issues. And some female professionals in the Great Lakes Region have their own stories about the culture of gender bias.


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Polish-American playwright Martyna Majok just won the  2018 Pulitzer for Drama with her COST OF LIVING. She's in excellent company. The past four winners have been: SWEAT, by Lynn Nottage; HAMILTON, by Lin-Manuel Miranda; BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY, by Stephen Adly Guirgis; and DISGRACED, by Ayad Akhtar. Gratulacje Martyna!

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The financially troubled CCS Oncology health care organization will be closing down its operations next week.

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Prosecutors in Wyoming County say a town board member and retired sheriff's sergeant was living a double life and killed to bury allegations he was a sexual predator of young men.

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In this National Donate Life Month of April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced "historic levels" of New Yorkers are now registered as organ donors. Getting the credit for the recent growth spurt is an executive order signed in 2017 that allows New Yorkers to register when applying for government benefits, licenses and other services.

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Nine people have been killed and another 16 injured after a white van struck pedestrians in the North York area of Toronto. The driver was located and arrested, said police.

"This is going to be a long investigation," said Toronto Police Service Deputy Chief Peter Yuen at an afternoon news briefing.

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Heritage Moments: Frank Grant, the Buffalo Bisons and the drawing of baseball’s color line

The chronicle of baseball’s color line usually focuses on the triumphant story of its breaking by Jackie Robinson in the 1940s. Rarely told is the bitter story of how the color line was established, way back in the 1880s — in places like Buffalo, at the expense of black men like Frank Grant , the star second baseman of the Buffalo Bisons.

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