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Grand Island native introduces plan for 'first true Hollywood movie lot in Buffalo'

A Western New York native who worked two decades writing and producing numerous Hollywood-based television shows is leading an effort to construct a production facility on a 27-acre plot in Buffalo's Riverbend area.

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Election 2020: A historic moment for the Latina vote

There is little question that Hispanic voters will be key to winning elections this year, especially in New York. For the first time in history, Hispanic voters are the second-largest demographic group in the United States and New York ranks #4 in the nation with 2 million. In fact, females may be even more critical, as they traditionally vote at a higher rate than males. So WBFO reached out to several local Latinas to ask what issues are most important right now. (Interviews were conducted in early October.)

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Several food collection drives are underway to benefit Feedmore WNY, with more in the works for November. The Buffalo-based not for-for-profit agency reports regional food insecurity has risen sharply over the past two years, and is only expected to increase as the nation continues through a pandemic.

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Will Jack Nicklaus be designing a golf course in Buffalo? "It's always a challenge to raise funds for something like this but the good news is we're getting close," attorney Kevin Gaughan told WBFO News.  Close, in this case, equals $500,000 that is needed to reach the region's 20 percent share of the project "that will trigger 80 percent of our budget from outside of Western New York in order to ease the strain on other worthy causes."  Gaughan has been encouraged by the enthusiasm of local civic leaders and philanthropists toward the project.

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Discrimination issues haven't gone away, even in these COVID-19 days of remote work and school. That is why the New York State Division of Human Rights held an information session virtually Thursday evening.

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It's Groundhog Day for political junkies in New York's 23rd Congressional District, as Southern Tier Republican Rep. Tom Reed again battles Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano, whom he beat with 54% of the vote two years ago.

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With the U.S. presidential election only days away, the entire world is watching the campaign closely. Canada is no exception. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being tight-lipped about his preference for the White House, but said he is preparing for any outcome.

The Justice Department is vastly expanding an inquiry that could determine whether New York is undercounting coronavirus deaths among nursing home residents.

There have been a lot of questions heading into Election Day 2020 about how much information will and will not be available on election night, as everyone waits to see who has won the presidential contest and other races.

NPR provides live coverage of the results on the radio and online, and we rely on The Associated Press for all vote counting and race calls.

That means we explicitly cite the AP when reporting results — there are no "NPR calls." We will display AP results of the presidential election and other contests on our website.

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Chris Handley, the Alleyway Theatre's new Executive Artistic Director, along with Robyn Lee Horn, the new Managing Director, decided to drop the entrance fee to enter the annual Maxim Mazumdar new play competition and that expanded the pool with so much good material, they decided to offer a Digital Theatre Festival from November 6 through the 22nd. Visit the website for details.


Election 2020: A historic moment for the Latina vote

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Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York

There is little question that Hispanic voters will be key to winning elections this year, especially in New York. For the first time in history, Hispanic voters are the second-largest demographic group in the United States and New York ranks #4 in the nation with 2 million. In fact, females may be even more critical, as they traditionally vote at a higher rate than males. So WBFO reached out to several local Latinas to ask what issues are most important right now. (Interviews were conducted in early October.)

Chautauqua County / Jason Schmidt for District Attorney

Some universal issues are bringing voters to the polls throughout Western New York like COVID-19 and the future of the economy. But in Chautauqua County, police reform is front and center as a tightly contested race for district attorney moves forward. Chautauqua Today news director Dave Rowley spoke with WBFO reporter Nick Lippa about how it’s taking shape.


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When Pope Francis named Archbishop Wilton Gregory as a future cardinal this week — making him the first Black American appointed as one — Gregory said he was "surprised" and "certainly deeply grateful."

Gregory, who currently serves as the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, notes that he will be the first Black American cardinal in the Catholic Church, but not the first Black cardinal.

As coronavirus cases continue to spike and working from home seems permanent, many Americans are planning to set off to live in new places.

Cruise lines may begin sailing again from U.S. ports under rules released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency is allowing a "No Sail" order to expire at midnight Saturday.

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the contract of pharmaceutical industry veteran Moncef Slaoui, a key adviser to Operation Warp Speed, after questions from the press, members of Congress and advocacy groups.

Operation Warp Speed is the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar push to develop and manufacture hundreds of millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine. Slaoui has been instrumental in guiding the effort, but the terms of his employment raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest.

Many moons ago, the one Latino candidate to join the presidential race on the Democratic side was the former housing secretary during the Obama administration. But Julián Castro dropped out from the crowded primary race in January before embracing Sen. Elizabeth Warren. 

“It wasn’t our time. ... Ganaremos un día.” One day we’ll win, he told supporters in a video message at the outset of 2020.

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In the days before death benefits, pensions and social security, an aging widow had to fend for herself, even one who was a trained, experienced professional. Self-sufficiency or destitution. Sink or swim.

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