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With more than $9 million at risk, Buffalo's Board of Education is appealing to the teachers union for help. 

At a special meeting today, the School Board unanimously approved a resolution asking the Buffalo Teachers Federation Council of Delegates to reconsider removing the student attendance clause from its teacher evaluation plan.  Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon says state education officials won't accept a plan that excludes students with excessive absences. 

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The Buffalo Bills' top receiver is staying put. At Ralph Wilson Stadium this morning, the Bills announced that wide receiver Stevie Johnson has signed a long-term contract extension. 

Johnson led the team in receiving for the second straight year in 2011 with 76 receptions.  He became the first player in franchise history to record 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. 

Johnson told reporters he got his start with the Bills and he wanted to remain loyal to the team because the team has been loyal to him.  

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Poverty continues to be a big problem in the City of Buffalo - and Friday morning local scholars, advocates and government leaders will be learning about the latest strategies for fighting it.

The third annual Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop at the Olmsted Center is sponsored by the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, the University at Buffalo, the Service Learning Coalition and the Partnership for the Public Good. 

The state agency in charge of redeveloping Buffalo's waterfront is in the market for a new leader. 

Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board Chairman Jordan Levy says he resigned his post to avoid any potential conflict of interest.  A company Levy controls is going to be applying for a state grant to help entreprenuers.

Levy said  he would have been happy to stay on, but he couldn't risk his private sector business negatively impacting all the progress being made at Canalside.  

Governor Andrew Cuomo must name a new chair for the Harbor Corporation. 

Push for NEXUS cards

Mar 1, 2012
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The 'push is on' to get NEXUS cards in the hands of more U.S and Canadian travelers.  Nearly three dozen community groups, business organizations and local attractions in Western New York and Southern Ontario are joining forces to promote and encourage enrollment in the NEXUS Program. 

Peace Bridge Authority Communications Director Matt Davison points out it's the fastest way to cross the border.

Reducing congestion on the region's international bridges is another benefit of NEXUS.  The wallet-size cards cost $50.00 and are good for five-years. 

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