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by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

The STEM field is historically an area were African Americans and minorities have been under-represented.

But several have broken through the barriers like...  astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  And nuclear scientist J. Ernest Wilkins Jr., -- he attended the University of Chicago at the age of 13. And now, many local African American STEM professionals are encouraging others to carry the torch.


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An East Side church is planning a $3 million expansion, saying new space will help the congregation deal with social problems in the neighborhood. First Calvary Missionary Baptist will build a new church and transform the current church into space for vital community programs.


ADA advocates worried about new Republican bill

Feb 20, 2018
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A recently passed House bill has many in the disability community speaking out. Advocates say the ADA Education and Reform Act would gut many provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The historic U.S. Customs House by the Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls will soon be home to the city's newest cultural attraction. The facility is going to highlight the critical role residents played in helping African Americans on their journey from slavery to freedom.

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At least a dozen Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies have been testing out body cameras while on patrol. If the county decides to support broader use, it wouldn’t be mandatory.


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The long-awaited national veterans cemetery planned for Genesee County has taken another step closer to reality.

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A fifth generation Buffalonian with strong community ties and long-time involvement in the region’s healthcare arena will become president and CEO of Catholic Health early next month.

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A  Buffalo-area couple and their two dogs were pulled to safety from Letchworth Gorge Sunday evening.

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Temperatures will move into the fifties later today, continuing a remarkable trend of unseasonably warm weather coming to the area. Heather Kenyon of the National Weather Service tells WBFO that Tuesday's high temperature away from the Lake Erie shore could be in the upper sixties. Though mid-week temperatures will move back toward freezing, Kenyon expects mostly mild weather over the next two weeks.

Scam alert in Orchard Park

Feb 18, 2018
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Police in Orchard Park are warning residents of a scam involving entry into homes.

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Town of Tonawanda Police are investigating a hit and run accident that involved a person in a motorized wheelchair.

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Democratic leaders are endorsing Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray to challenge incumbent Chris Collins this November.

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Along with remembering their loved ones, the Families of Continental Flight 3407 marked the 9th anniversary of the fatal crash by continuing their push for airline safety.

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Well-known Buffalo chef and restaurant owner Mike Andrzejewski  defeated celebrity chef Bobby Flay on national television Thursday night.

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Erie County legislators Thursday banned a controversial technique called gay conversion therapy. The widely discredited program claims it can "cure" a gay child and turn them straight.

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Around 4 p.m. Thursday, something went terribly wrong on a Norfolk Southern freight train heading east through Attica, on its way from Bison Yard in Cheektowaga to Mechanicville, near Albany. The train's two engines flew off a high embankment, dragging train cars along with them.

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A new report on "problematic" jails names the Erie County Holding Center and the County Correctional Facility among the "worst" in the state.

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New York dairy farmers paid millions in premiums for an insurance program that didn’t help. Now Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for more federal aid.

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Common Council members were provided a disturbing story Tuesday of why so many people in the BMHA's Frederick Douglass town houses have been losing heat and hot water this freezing winter.


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Many residents are taking advantage of a local bike-sharing program and pedaling more miles than in the previous season.

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Catholic Charities hosted representatives of more than a dozen local businesses Tuesday. It was the not-for-profit agency's opportunity to say "thank you" for the willingness of those companies to provide jobs for some of Buffalo's resettled refugee population.


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A new leader has been named for 43North, the state funded startup competition, headquartered in the former Trico Building, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Coming soon to Aquarium of Niagara... jellyfish!

Feb 13, 2018
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By the end of this year, the Aquarium of Niagara will add jellyfish to its collection of sea creatures.

Veterans One-Stop Center receives $150,000 grant

Feb 13, 2018
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The First Niagara Foundation will provide the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York three installments of $50,000 over the next three years to grow its outreach efforts, it was announced Tuesday.


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The flu epidemic is hitting the corruption trial of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide, Joe Percoco, with proceedings delayed for a day and a half because a key defense attorney has come down with the virus.


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A new federal program quietly launched in December's tax reform provides investors with tax incentives for development in poorer neighborhoods. It's up to states to determine what zones qualify as Federal Opportunity Zones and in Buffalo, one local congressman is urging Albany to ensure no less than 32 qualified tracts are included in a nomination due next month.


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An interim police commissioner, technology and two separate probes of deaths in confrontations with Buffalo police officers are leading to significant changes in the way officers and the public meet.

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A man who fled Turkey last September is sharing his story of the human rights violations in his country. WBFO's senior reporter says he now lives in Rochester, but does not want to reveal his name. This man told us he did not want to be identified.  However, he wants you to hear his voice and comments to understand why there is so much unrest in Turkey.  

Plans unveiled for downtown sports complex

Feb 12, 2018
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It could be seen as another sign of the revitalized economy in Buffalo. Medaille College is teaming M/ilesports and Development LLC in building the Downtown Sports Complex, a $2.3 million project that is expected to see heavy use in all weather conditions. 

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A new tracking system will help the city of Buffalo monitor contractors and their hiring practices.

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