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As nation marks MLK Jr. Day, poll finds fewer New Yorkers see positive race relations

As the nation marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a Siena College Research Institute poll suggests fewer New Yorkers have a positive outlook on race relations than just a few years ago.

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Albany, NY – All of New York's 543 local police departments will eventually be tied into a new $2 million computer system designed to simultaneously alert officers of federal terrorism warnings.

The first 30 terminals should be on line by the end of February, with at least one in each of the state's 16 "counter-terrorism zones."

Sheriff Patrick Gallivan says one of the zones is in Erie County. He says if the need arises, information will be sent over a secure network to each of the 16 zones.

Buffalo, NY – Mental health workers and people with a mental illness traveled to Albany Tuesday to lobby state legislators on issues important to them.

About 50 local people left on a bus around 5:00 in the morning, heading for Albany to meet with their state representatives. Advocates say the state has failed to act on a number of issues important to those suffering from mental illness and the people who treat them.

Buffalo, NY – When I stand in Delaware Park on the crest of the hill just behind the rose garden and look out across Hoyt Lake at the little hills on the other side, each gracefully outlined in trees and shrubs, I am glad I live in Buffalo. In the summer its shades of green are beautiful. In the winter the bare brown sticks against the white background are magnificent.

Syracuse, NY – Just how well is Erie County government performing?

According to a Syracuse University study performed in conjunction with Governing magazine, Erie County earned a C-plus grade, ranking 23rd out of 40 counties surveyed nationally.

But compared to four other New York counties, Erie tied with Westchester for top spot in the state.

Buffalo, NY – One of the Democratic candidates for New York governor says keeping the Buffalo school district in good financial shape is important to improving the local economy.

Albany, NY – The New York State Police report that troopers wrote almost 90,000 fewer speeding tickets in the months following the September 11th attacks.

Between last September and December, motorists throughout New York State got a bit of a break. Those all too familiar state police car lights weren't flashing quite as frequently in the rear window. There were far fewer speeding tickets issued during the four month time period - upwards of nearly 100,000 less.

It's a busy week for classical music on WBFO.

Buffalo, NY – Several new compositions will be heard throughout Western New York this week.

Buffalo, NY – Adelphia has kept its promise to the city of Buffalo.

Adelphia officials announced Friday afternoon that it will surpass its goal of creating 1,000 new jobs in Buffalo. So far, 850 employees have been added to Adelphia's local workforce. Over the next 14 months, they say Adelphia will create 400 more Buffalo-based jobs. That would bring the new job total to 1,250. All but 100 will be located at the company's new waterfront complex.

Buffalo, NY – University at Buffalo President William Greiner says it's time to put to rest the more than three decade old criticism of UB for its decision to build the Amherst campus.

None of today's UB administrators were part of the decision to build the new campus in Amherst. But they continue to hear from critics who to this day lament the fact UB didn't expand downtown.

Amherst, NY – Amherst Town Supervisor Susan Grelick delivered her "State of the Town" address Friday.

Grelick says, like other municipalities in the state, 2001 did create some very serious budget challenges, but the town managed to hold the line on taxes without cutting services.

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Atlanta's Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park has reopened for the first time since the partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22, thanks to a grant from Delta Air Lines. The deal allows the park to avoid the awkward possibility that it would be closed on the federal holiday honoring King.

"Without the assistance provided by The Delta Air Lines Foundation, it would have remained closed during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend," a National Park Service spokesman told NPR.

As the story goes, nearly 80 years ago on the Faroe Islands - a stark North Atlantic archipelago 200 miles off the coast of Scotland — a neurologic epidemic may have washed, or rather convoyed, ashore.

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California Sen. Kamala Harris is running for president in 2020. The first-term Democratic senator made the announcement on ABC's Good Morning America Monday morning.

"I love my country, and this is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to fight for the best of who we are," Harris said.

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Shivering and blue-lipped but smiling, Niraj Shukla emerged from the Ganges River this week, flanked by his parents and millions of other people, feeling renewed.

"The water is very cold, but once you have a bath – it's sort of a miracle, you know?" said Shukla, a 32-year-old engineer who lives in India's capital New Delhi.

The new year has barely begun but it's already been deadly for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

On Friday, a raft reportedly carrying 120 migrants, many from West Africa, sank in the rough, wintry sea.

The Italian Navy spotted bodies floating near three survivors, two Sudanese and a Gambian, who are being treated for severe hypothermia and trauma at a hospital on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

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Heritage Moments: ‘Time, to think of it all’ — Robert Creeley in Buffalo

Robert Creeley (1926-2005), one of the most important American postmodern poets of his era, belongs to the world. But he also was ­— and continues to be ­— a Buffalo treasure.

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