Shutdown

Washington, DC (WBEN/AP) - The White House is refusing to rule out the possibility that the federal government may shut down again as another deadline looms at the end of the week. Negotiators are clashing over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain, creating a new hurdle...
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President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House as he gives a prime-time address about border security Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Washington. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP)
February 11, 2019 - 3:00 am
WASHINGTON (WBEN/AP) — Congressional bargainers are working toward a border security deal amid indications that the White House is preparing to accept a bipartisan agreement that would give President Donald Trump a fraction of the money he's demanded for his proposed southern border wall. READ:...
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Mike Baggerman
January 08, 2019 - 12:21 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The partial government shutdown has an effect against Erie County's ongoing fight against the opioid epidemic, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. "There were three grants that we received last year," Poloncarz told WBEN on Tuesday. "Large grants from the...
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January 05, 2019 - 6:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) - White House officials and congressional staffers will continue negotiations Saturday over the government shutdown, even after President Donald Trump declared he could keep it going for "months or even years." Trump met Friday with congressional leaders from both parties as the...
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Washington, DC (WBEN/AP) - As the new 116th Congress is sworn in on Thursday, a partial shutdown of the federal government will continue. From the sound of local Congressman, the stalemate could last a while. "Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have to realize border security is important to this...
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(WBEN) - Though it appears that Congress has come to a temporary agreement to fund the government and avoid a shutdown just before the holidays, that doesn't mean the debate over a spending bill will truly come to a close. "Well, it's going to pass, but it's nothing," said Congressman Brian Higgins...
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Mike Baggerman
Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the safe completion of shutdown operations at Tonawanda Coke. The DEC said the facility’s extensive system of gas lines have been completely purged and all coke ovens are now empty‎. Tonawanda Coke's...
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Tom Puckett
October 15, 2018 - 11:22 am
Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) Tonawanda Coke officially announced its plans to shut down the plant Monday. It had been dealing with probation violations over emissions. "Sadly, largely due to the financial obligations of its criminal sentence, significant and unanticipated expenses, the loss of a funding...
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Tonawanda Coke. August 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - A hearing on whether Tonawanda Coke violated probation by not following through on modifying the plant to reduce harmful emissions is set to take place Friday morning, and prior to that Erie County is looking to add its name to those asking for the plant to be shut down. Late...
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January 22, 2018 - 12:58 pm
Washington, DC (AP) Senate leaders have reached an agreement to reopen the government. Democrats have yielded and ended their delaying tactics against a bill financing federal agencies through Feb. 8. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says in exchange, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed...
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