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Legislator April Baskin on July 25, 2018. (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Erie County lawmakers have a $45 Million surplus to discuss Thursday. There are two very different sides as to how to handle that money. About $31 Million of the surplus has already been committed to ECMC. County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants to use at least $5 Million for...
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May 22, 2019 - 9:00 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump's state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president's federal filings. The Democrat-led Senate and...
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May 22, 2019 - 7:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. And President Donald Trump came and went in three minutes, never stopping to sit down or shake hands. Trump's angry walkout on Wednesday left behind a shattered bipartisan infrastructure effort and an...
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May 22, 2019 - 5:37 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Making, selling, transporting or possessing 3D-printed guns and other undetectable firearms would be banned in New York under legislation approved by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature. The Assembly passed the bill Monday, five days after the legislation was approved...
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Tom Puckett
May 21, 2019 - 4:00 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) With Chris Jacobs entering the race for NY27 about a year ahead of a primary, is it too soon to throw a hat into the ring? It's no surprise to Dave Levinthal of the Center for Public Integrity. "The situation in 2018 with Democrat Nate McMurray getting as close as he did to...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens as Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 20, 2019 - 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation's leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21. The chamber's top Republican, who said he...
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ADDS LOCATION - In this Sunday, May 19, 2019, photo released by the U.S. Navy, sailors partake in a foreign object and debris walk-down on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Arabian Sea. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Garrett LaBarge/U.S. Navy via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 2:59 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — President Donald Trump has warned Iran not to threaten the U.S. again or it'll face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight. The tweet comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the culmination of...
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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., responds to reporters as he arrives for an open hearing on China, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2019. The House intelligence committee has called four lawyers linked to President Donald Trump and his family for interviews as part of an investigation into whether they tried to obstruct congressional inquiries into Russian election interference. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 19, 2019 - 2:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Democrat said Sunday that Republican Rep. Justin Amash's sharp criticism of what he called President Donald Trump's "impeachable conduct" in the Russia investigation isn't enough to count as bipartisan support to launch impeachment proceedings. But House Intelligence...
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Brian Mazurowski
May 17, 2019 - 10:31 am
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - WBEN has confirmed that Republican New York State Senator Chris Jacobs will run for Congress in the 27th District in 2020, challenging indicted incumbent Chris Collins should he choose to seek re-election. "I really have no intention of being disrespectful to Mr Collins,"...
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May 17, 2019 - 6:22 am
Albany, N.Y. (WBEN) - A new bill introduced by the State Senate would make it illegal for pedestrians to cross the street while using their cell phones. State lawmakers are considering fines that could range from $50 to $150 depending on the number of offenses. "This is a bill that says don't text...
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