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WBFO Brief Thursday January 26, 2023

Today, an intense look at the number of suspensions in Buffalo Public Schools, including a disproportionate amount of them for Black students, disabled students and low income students. Also, talk of letting judges have more discretion in the state's new bail reforms. All Buffalo-owned buildings will have automatic defibrillators at the ready, and Rev. Darius Pridgen, the president of the Buffalo City Council has announced that he will not seek re-election

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