Lead Stories


Mon May 13, 2013

Gillibrand pushes to promote tourism through 'Brand USA'

Niagara Falls is struggling to attract the tourists it once did.
Ashley Hassett WBFO

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was at Old Fort Niagara near Niagara Falls on Monday to announce that the federal government is working to draw more visitors the Buffalo/Niagara region. 

Gillibrand, a Democrat, says a new campaign by Brand USA is expected to promote the Greater Niagara Region as an international destination.

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Mon May 13, 2013

What are the health impacts of casino development?

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Late last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined plans to expand organized gaming in the state, arguing the addition of three casinos in upstate New York would bring substantial economic benefits to the region.

“We have gaming. The question really is, should we recognize the reality of our situation, and fully participate in casinos and gaming, and actually regulate it intelligently and tie it into our overall tourism efforts.”

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Fri May 10, 2013

Cuomo outlines casino plans for upstate

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 3:29 pm

Governor Cuomo outlined the details of his plan to site three gambling casinos upstate.

Cuomo, joined by union and business leaders, and representatives from county governments, offered more details of a plan to build three new gambling casinos. Cuomo says he wants to limit the locations to upstate regions for now, to prop up the failing economy.  The governor says upstate needs jobs like it needs “oxygen”. And he says having a downstate location would devalue the upstate centers.

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Fri May 10, 2013

Vermont grants driver's licenses to migrant workers

From left: Ernesto, Marcos, Gilberto, and Luis, who all work on McKnight Farm. In this photo they're at the Vermont statehouse on May 1, protesting for driver's licenses.
Sarah Harris NCPR

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Dairy farms in Vermont and northern New York have faced a major labor shortage, which means that migrant laborers from Mexico and Guatemala are now milking many of the region's cows.

Farm country here is not an easy place to be a migrant worker: It's rural, hard to get around, and there's not a big Latino population. But a new law means that migrant workers in Vermont will soon be able to drive legally.

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Thu May 9, 2013

Grain elevator light show expected to boost tourism

Rendering of the light show on Buffalo's former grain elevators
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation gave the go-ahead Wednesday to fund a lighting display that it hopes will generate tourist traffic to the City of Buffalo.

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