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Study: Low birth weights linked to fracking sites

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National Public Radio

Infants born to mothers who live very close to natural gas fracking sites have a higher risk of low birth weight, according to a new peer-reviewed study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances.

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9,000 tickets have been distributed for the new USS Little Rock’s commissioning ceremony on Saturday. That will mean long lines, wait times, and tight security in cold temperatures. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning to attend.


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Several months after Empire State Development announced plans by a New York City-based company to create hundreds of jobs in the Buffalo area, the ribbon was cut on its new offices. Strategic Financial Solutions, with the help of incentives from New York State, aims to create 1,500 jobs over the next five years.


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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said she will not be silenced by President Donald Trump. Gillibrand made her comments during an appearance in Cheektowaga late Friday morning. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley was there as Gillibrand met with reporters. 

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A new study argues that New York state leaders needs to substantially ramp up their green investments to protect the climate.

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A special delivery arrived at the Matt Urban Hope Center Thursday in Buffalo that will provide beds for children in need. WBFO’s senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it is part of a new program called 'Beds for Buffalo' provided by The Service Collaborative of Western New York.

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While the history of the Buffalo Bills is well-documented, the complex story of the driving force behind the team is less known. The producers of "Ralph," which airs tonight at 8 on WNED-TV,  explore the unique background and understated business savvy of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the man who purchased the franchise in 1959 for $25,000. His leadership not only kept the team alive in an economically-depressed area, it also successfully built a franchise that would eventually sell for $1.4 billion.


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A Chautauqua County man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a motorcyclist and injuring three others in a crash last summer.

Rural poverty in Erie County “invisible” to many, advocate asserts

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People often associate poverty with urban areas. But data shows that many rural communities have higher poverty rates and far more challenges when it comes to linking people to services.

A Poverty Forum was held Friday where housing specialists, public health experts, living wage advocates and others will explore a number of issues. Rural poverty was scheduled to be one of the discussion topics.

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The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to end rules making the internet open to all - what is called net neutrality - and by the end of the day, New York State Attorney General Erie Schneiderman said, "See you in court."

For many Bills fans, the team's rivalry with the Miami Dolphins exists only in ancient history. While the teams battled four times in the playoffs in 1990's, their collective postseason fortunes have faded in recent years. The fire could return this Sunday at New Era Field. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Bills need to beat the Dolphins in order to stay in the playoff race.


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The Hebrew prayer from Chabad House Rabbi Moshe Gurary echoed across Canalside Thursday night, as a delegation prepared to light three flames on the menorah towering over the ice rink.

As Buffalo continues to welcome immigrant communities, it needs more theater diversity, but right now we do have two established organizations: the younger Raices Theatre for Puerto Rican and other Latino cultures (currently showing DESDE EL PUENTE: CHRISTMAS EDITION) and the more established Paul Robeson Theatre, Buffalo's oldest continuing theater, part of Buffalo's African American Cultural Center, currently offering MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM through Christmas Eve.


A Buffalo man has been  sentenced to up to 35 years in prison for the rape of a child under age 15.

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Albany is helping the Town of Cheektowaga in its ongoing effort to reduce sewer overflows into Scajaquada Creek.

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The future USS Little Rock LCS 9 ship has been a special guest of honor along Buffalo's waterfront since arriving Dec. 4. The highly-anticipated and historic commissioning ceremony will be held on Saturday morning. On Thursday, the crew of the future Little Rock put in a busy day, both on and off the ship.

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Basic life skills that many take for granted can often be challenging for people with developmental disabilities.

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A nationally recognized expert on livable transportation says the Scajaquada Expressway is a small part of a larger need for land-use planning in this area. Ian Lockwood visited at the invitation of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy to look at the park road, as the state Department of Transportation deadline for comment approaches.

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A couple from East Aurora, both of whom served in the U.S Marines, will be featured on a special program hosted by popular cooking show host Lidia Bastianich. Mark and Denise Beyers will be among those spotlighted on the PBS program "Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes," which pays tribute to veterans who, in their next phase of life, are working the land to produce food.


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An investigation into the death of a Buffalo man who died while in police custody has resulted in no criminal charges against the two city police officers involved. The decision brought out protesters to Buffalo Police headquarters, who said they were marching for justice.

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what he calls the team's "best week this season, by far," with the Sabres going 2-0-2 in their last four games. Who and what are responsible for the recent success? Bill shares his thoughts on his weekly chat about the team.


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A ceremony to award economic development grants to regions of the state was overshadowed by developments on the federal tax overhaul plan in Washington, as the House and Senate announced agreement on a final plan to be voted on as early as next week.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a female journalist did "a disservice to women" for asking what his administration was doing to confront sexual harassment in state government. Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer says he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment.

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After seeing his grandmother burn herself on a toaster, Andrew Young had an idea. It led to an invention: the "Toaster Shooter." It's now a $250,000 winner.

A Buffalo man has been sentenced to one-and-two-thirds to five years in prison for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian dead.

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The New York State Board of Regents adopted a new regulation this week that will make it easier for students with disabilities to earn a local diploma.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with a state senator who is pleased with the amendment.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders on Wednesday gathered in Albany to announce an estimated $800 million in awards for the state's Regional Economic Development Councils. Western New York will receive $68.8 million for more than 100 projects.


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Not feeling well? Maybe with a fever and a tummy that doesn't feel good? You may have joined this year's early flu season.

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Once a failing city school, Buffalo's former Riverside High School has been transformed into a new Innovative High School.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Riverside Academy is providing an education about the 'Blue Economy'. 

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Where do you go if you've got a great idea for a new product or business but need advice on how to get started? And how to fund your dream? A local organization is giving entrepreneurs across the region a leg up.

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