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WBFO Brief Sept. 9, 2021

In today's WBFO Brief, we look back on the Attica Prison Uprising, which began 50 years ago today, with reports from Jay Moran and Thomas O'Neil White.

Also, two more local Starbucks locations file to hold a unionization vote; A key component of a massive Gates Circle redevelopment project is formally opened; Mayor Byron Brown expresses his confidence about being put back on the November ballot.

And, we share some news from across the border, on the first of two pre-election debates, and the latest on COVID in Canada.

Latest Episodes
  • If it's Friday, it's Theater Talk- today with Anthony and Peter looking at this past week's season opener "Curtain Up" event. Also, WBFO's Jay Moran has an in depth look a the Buffalo Humanities Fest and Karen Dewitt reports on a debate in Albany over Gov. Kathy Hochul pledge's to be involved in only one debate this year, while Republican opponent Lee Zeldin wants many. And hear about Buffalo's first-in-the-nation memorial monument for African American Veterans, the move to have parents drive kids to school, and another nurses union is in contract talks
  • A plan to pay parent's to drive their children to school as a way of dealing with a driver shortage, is hitting some fresh opposition. And Kleinhan's Music Hall is getting some renovations.
  • A look at how the bus driver shortage has a spin-off effect for a community center in Buffalo. AlsoCanada is expected to announce an end to the vaccine requirement for entry into that country, the West Side Bazaar is closed indefinitely after yesterday's fire there, and eminent domain proceedings are underway to preserve two buildings in the Cobblestone District.
  • Reflections on Queen Elizabeth II and her visit to the Shaw Festival in Niagara On The Lake in1973. Also, the rise of right wing extremism in Canada, and outgoing Republican Cong. Chris Jacobs has submitted a bill to start discussion on requiring licensing for all semi-automatic weapons.
  • Today, we hear the latest on a new STEM program adopted by Buffalo Public Schools , in association with Apple computer co-founder Steve Wozniak. Also, what an ongoing drought in NYS means for Fall foliage, The FAA hangs tough on the pilot experience requirements enacted after lobbying by local family members who lost loved ones in the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence, and One News Plaza near Canalside is sold to a developer.
  • If it's Friday, It's Theater Talk, today Anthony and Peter preview "Curtain Up!", talk about lingering COVID, and touch on the Stratford Festival's season. We also have the latest news after Kaleida Health workers in SEIU 1199 have voted to authorize a strike, should contract talks stall.
  • A recap of Vice President Kamala Harris's meeting in Buffalo with Garnell Whitfield Jr., who lost his mother Ruth in the Tops shooting. Also a lawsuit against former Governor Andrew Cuomo has been filed by one of his sexual harassment accusers.
  • The Commodore Perry housing projects will face a major rehabilitation, instead of demolition. Former Governor Andrew Cuomo has filed an ethics complaint against Attorney General Letitia James, who produced the report outlining sexual harassment charges against him that ultimately led to his resignation. And a preview of Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to Buffalo today, tou tout the president's inflation reduction act.
  • WBFO's Tom Dinki has an update on several possible strikes at area nursing homes, where workers from SEIU 1199 are trying to get a new contract. And Gov.Kathy Hochul has decided not to renew the state's COIVD State of Emergency that gave her temporary emergency powers.
  • Just like they have done with COVID, state health officials are now monitoring sewage for the polio virus, and have found it's presence in the general population— especially downstate— is rising. Fresh efforts to set up a pubic internet network in Erie County are moving forward, and the presence of an invasive spotted laternfly could mean troubles in WNY's grape growing regions.