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WBFO News recently sat down with Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins before he heads back to Washington under the new Trump administration. We asked Higgins about his concerns for the future of education, especially for children living in poverty that attend Buffalo Public Schools.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded $3.5 million for the final design of the Niagara Gorge Project. 

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What might a Congressman want in the New Year? Two local elected representatives, one from each party, recently offered WBFO some of what they'd put on a wish list for the coming year.

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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama is expected to sign the 21st Century Cures Act into law. Two local congressmen, one from each major political party, stood together with representatives of numerous health and patient interests to celebrate the act's passage.


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The federal government is creating some new jobs downtown. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - the Buffalo Passport Agency is among 29 such centers across the country that will be hiring new workers over the next few months.


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New York State agencies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to get rid of the toll booths on roads, bridges and tunnels around New York City, while increasing security. Local leaders say, if they can do it there, why not here?


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After a successful summer at Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, Congressman Brian Higgins is pushing for expanded access to one of the area’s hidden gems – often overlooked or avoided by visitors.


As downtown Buffalo's Amtrak station remains closed for repairs following recent heavy rains, Congressman Brian Higgins is clear on his opinion of the facility - it is time to look for alternative locations.


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Along with being one of the poorest cities in the nation, Buffalo has an 11.4 percent pre-term birth rate, the highest in New York State.  A program that works to help high-risk pregnancies, Go Buffalo Mom, has received a $468,000 federal grant to fund that effort.


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Community, public, labor and religious leaders are uniting to launch a pre-apprenticeship program that seeks to increase diversity in the Niagara Falls and Niagara County workforce.


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There is no easy fix to the delays heading in to Canada on the region's international bridges, according to a member of Ontario's Provincial Parliament.


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Two lawmakers are praising the State Transportation Department for a planned study that will examine alternatives to Buffalo's Skyway. 

Congressman Brian Higgins is raising doubts about a Washington plan to start asking visitors to this country about their social media accounts.


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Despite failing to ignite action from the Senate, Congressman Brian Higgins says the Democratic sit-in at the House chambers “effective in galvanizing public opinion” on what he calls “common sense gun safety measures.”

The worst mass shooting in American history has re-ignited the debate over gun control. Senate Democrats plan to force a vote on legislation this week. WBFO's Chris Caya has reaction from some of the region's Congressional delegation. 


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A new online prepay option for commercial vehicles is now available at the Peace Bridge as part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's latest effort to support a more efficient flow of traffic across the Canadian border.

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The future of one of Buffalo’s most commonly used highways may be getting some serious scrutiny. Congressman Brian Higgins is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to immediately begin an environmental review of downtown Buffalo’s Skyway.

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The Great Lakes could become a spawning ground for invasive species under a bill recently passed by the House. It would eliminate federal oversight of ballast water that some ships carry around the world.


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Electric bills might come with a shock soon. Rep. Brian Higgins says wholesale prices have been spiking since the Huntley plant in Tonawanda was shut down in February.

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Saying that it has too many bases, the Pentagon is suggesting that some should be closed. However, there is pressure in Congress against closing any bases, like the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.


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Plans are being made for the shipment of highly enriched uranium waste across the Canadian border and into the US.

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Dancers, dignitaries and shoppers gathered inside The Broadway Market Friday to mark the official launch of the Easter shopping season at the Buffalo landmark.


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By early 2017, the City of Buffalo's rental stock will include nearly 100 apartments in two new buildings overlooking the Buffalo River.


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Congressman Brian Higgins reported no update on potential plans for the re-use of Buffalo’s DL&W Terminal as a multi-modal transit hub.

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After more than two years of construction, finishing touches are under way on the new lodge at River Fest Park in Buffalo’s First Ward. It’s another of the milestone achievements for one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

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Key Bank's proposed takeover of First Niagara is running into opposition from elected officials.

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Almost seven years after 50 people died in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, the victims' families are still fighting to protect the flying public. They were joined Tuesday by every member of Western New York's congressional delegation in Washington.  


Buffalo’s renaissance has seen success, in part, because the city has learned to embrace its unique characteristics and remake them to meet current and future demands. So far, it’s been done well on the downtown waterfront, with one exception – the DL&W Terminal.

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Solar panel installations will get another five-years of tax credit under the massive tax and spending bill approved in Congress last week. Proponents say the move will benefit the region's economy.


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A campaign is underway to change the Food and Drug Administration's 35-year-old ban on gay blood donors.

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