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Disagreement over a preferred proposed site to build a new Emerson School of Hospitality erupted at a Buffalo Board of Education special session last week. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes tell us the board tabled the item.  

The New York State legislative session is drawing to a close and Democrats and Republicans are digging in on the remaining issues of 2017. Among them is a measure to extend the New York City mayor’s control of the public schools, which has now been linked to a number of diverse issues affecting people in the rest of the state.

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A year to the day after 49 lives were lost in an act of terrorism in Orlando's Pulse nightclub, their lives were recognized in a church memorial service Monday night.

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It stands in the center of Niagara Square as a memorial for a United States President who was shot and died in Buffalo more than a century before. This summer, the McKinley Monument will undergo a full restoration.


Higgins proposes renovating, not razing Perry Projects

Jun 12, 2017
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Congressman Brian Higgins says it's time to act in Buffalo's Commodore Perry public housing neighborhood. He recommends renovating a dozen long-vacant buildings and reopening them as affordable housing. But neighbors are skeptical and made that known during Higgins' Monday morning news conference.


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The future of public transportation could be on its way to Buffalo. The Sierra Club Niagara Group is asking the NFTA to purchase 10 Zero Emission Buses.

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You might not expect a group of math majors to also be fierce physical competitors. But a team of four University at Buffalo students are among the qualifiers for NBC’s Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge, which begins Monday night.

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Local governments will have more money to spend on paving and other road repairs. The state budget boosts spending on road, bridge and other infrastructure needs, as State Senator Chris Jacobs recently announced.


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Lyft says it has already recruited thousands of potential drivers ahead of its upstate New York launch later this month.

With little more than a week left in the legislative session, some state lawmakers and community advocates are renewing the push for legalized recreational marijuana in New York State.

The state budget has been in place for just less than two months and already there are signs that tax revenues may be significantly lower than expected. Anticipated federal tax reductions later this year may be one of the reasons.

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This month marks the halfway point in New York State's plan to end the AIDS epidemic by the year 2020. Although local health care officials say progress has been made, a new epidemic is threatening the effort.

The Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport has been awarded a $423,000 state grant to help with ongoing renovations. But the Palace is more than a theater—it also plays an important role in the city's economy.


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Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing back against President Trump's plan to privatize the United States Air Traffic Control system, saying it would give airlines more control and leverage to increase airfare.

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Erie County's economy continues to grow. Just last week, a financial services firm announced plans to locate in Amherst, bringing 1,500 jobs to the region. County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he wants to continue that momentum with a plan he's calling "Initiatives for a Smart Economy 2.0."

Erie County Sheriff's deputies responded to a wooded area in North Collins Saturday after human remains were discovered.

A warm but windy Sunday

Jun 11, 2017
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Summer-like weather has finally arrived in Western New York. High temperatures are expected to hit 80 or higher over the course of the next seven days.

A Buffalo woman is remembering her artist husband with a special coloring event this weekend.

The fight against multiple sclerosis can be a tough and long one, but several bicyclists are doing their part this weekend in Buffalo, including local rider Brian Joseph.

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The ongoing lake shore erosion in Youngstown is now threatening one of the buildings at Old Fort Niagara.

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The USDA has issued a food recall with what they deem to be a high health risk.

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A North Tonawanda business plans to boost its workforce in order to produce a new line of materials. New York State is offering some financial help to make it happen.


One of the summer’s biggest festivals is celebrating its 60th year this weekend.

WBFO Albany Correspondent Karen Dewitt

With less than two weeks left in the legislative session, some New York lawmakers are pressing for reform of the state’s economic development contracting process. The push comes in light of a scandal that has led to federal corruption charges against several former associates of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Summer in Western New York is a time when many leave their cars behind and instead choose to walk, rollerblade, and ride their bikes and skateboards. The local skateboarding scene has carved out a niche that distinguishes itself from other parts of the country.


A local law designed to better protect nursing home residents passed unanimously in the Erie County Legislature on Thursday.

IJC to maintain Lake Ontario levels

Jun 9, 2017

The bi-national organization that regulates shared water between the United States and Canada has decided to maintain outflows from Lake Ontario, which are already near a record high, for at least another week.

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The New York Legislature has overturned a state law that allows 14-year-olds to legally wed.

Walking the red carpet at the 27th annual Artie Awards

Jun 9, 2017

It was a brand new red carpet when WNED|WBFO became the new presenter of the Artie Awards for 2016-2017. Ok, the carpet wasn’t actually new but the interviewers were. Marc Sacco, Dudney Joseph and I had the honor of taking over the reins this year from Jimmy Janowski, without whom there would have never been a red carpet at the Artie awards in the first place. In fact, we had the privilege of giving out the first-ever “Golden Hanger Jimmy Award” for Outstanding Statement Ensemble of the evening, which went to Sarah Blewett.

Eileen Elibol, WNED|WBFO

The ARTIE AWARDS, produced by WNED|WBFO were a huge success in terms of fun, for honoring excellence in theater, and to raise money (over $14,000 and counting) for the ECMC Immunodeficiently Clinic. Some recent Shaw outings have been less than hoped for, but that's not the case for Shaw's SAINT JOAN which is powerful theater and for a tragedy, surprisingly funny. It's at the large Festival Theatre in Niagara on the Lake and makes full use of the stage to astound the audience. Opening tonight: FREE FRED BROWN! with Ujima Company at Paul Robeson Theatre on Masten Avenue.

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