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Higgins urges full reopening of US-Canada border by July

Congressman Brian Higgins, who for months has urged the US and Canadian governments to ease restrictions at their international border, is now calling on President Joseph Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to relax rules later this month, and then reopen the border early in the summer.

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House Lawmakers Reach Bipartisan Deal On Panel To Investigate Jan. 6 Attack

Updated May 14, 2021 at 12:44 PM ET House lawmakers have reached a deal on a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump and to recommend changes to protect the complex further. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, and Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., the panel's ranking member, will introduce legislation Friday to set up the commission. Thompson said the attack was of a complex and...

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Congressman Brian Higgins, who for months has urged the US and Canadian governments to ease restrictions at their international border, is now calling on President Joseph Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to relax rules later this month, and then reopen the border early in the summer.

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Eid al-Fitr was this week, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims. In Buffalo, for the end of Ramadan, from May 3 to May 12, Feed Buffalo organized a community effort to make sure every person participating could break the fast each night with a healthy halal meal. 

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Local baseball fans are looking ahead to next Thursday, when tickets go on sale for Toronto Blue Jays home games at Sahlen Field. Meanwhile, the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is warning fans to be cautious of any ticket offers, especially before the Major League Baseball franchise begins selling them.

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Despite $2.4 billion allocated to it in this year’s budget in early April, New York’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still not accepting applicants. 

Citizens for Regional Transit

As Washington, DC talks about spending vast sums of money on transportation, local mass transit supporters see that fresh cash as a way to pay for extensions of the Metro Rail into Amherst, Buffalo's East Side and the southtowns.

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Greyhound Canada is permanently cutting all bus routes across the country, shutting down the intercity bus carrier's operations in Canada after nearly a century of service.

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People in Ontario will have to stay at home for at least another two weeks. The province has extended the stay-at-home order until June 2.

Thunder on the Buffalo Waterfront

COVID-19 and security concerns mean the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration team will be conducting its summer air show at Buffalo's Outer Harbor instead of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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We loved her on stage as Shug Avery in THE COLOR PURPLE and just look at her now. Gabriella (Gabby) J. McKinley will receive the Buffalo State President’s Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate Student which recognizes a student for exceptional academic achievement, community service, leadership, and creativity. And she'll deliver the student address during the virtual baccalaureate ceremonies Saturday, May 15. She's working with the Broadway League and will be in this summer's Shakespeare in Delaware Park productions.

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It’s been over two months since New York Attorney General Tish James began investigating multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor, who at first expressed confidence in James’ ability to be objective, has increasingly questioned her motives.

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Heritage Moments: Love Canal and the Niagara Falls 'housewives' who shook the world

Some 40 years after chemicals were first observed bubbling from the ground at Love Canal, the health risks resulting from the poisoning of the Niagara Falls, N.Y., neighborhood are still making headlines today . Yet we sometimes forget that the Love Canal disaster might have amounted to little more than a footnote, were it not for the relentless defiance of a group of average citizens. Without the efforts of those citizens – most of them housewives -- the modern environmental movement as we know it today might not exist.

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