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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — When the U.S. government allowed so-called hero pay for frontline workers as a possible use of pandemic relief money, it suggested occupations that could be eligible from farm workers and childcare staff to janitors and truck drivers.

"Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet." For most of his life, Michael Tubbs has carried around that verse, from Tupac Shakur's poem "The Rose that Grew from Concrete," like a mantra in his head — a reminder to himself of where he came from and why it matters. When Tubbs was 6, his father was ...

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WASHINGTON – Erie and Niagara counties and their municipalities would receive more than $792 million in federal aid under President Biden's proposed stimulus bill, with the City of Buffalo getting the biggest share: an estimated $324 million. Meanwhile, cash-strapped New York State would get $12.665 billion of the $15 billion Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been counting on to patch the hole the Covid-19 pandemic blew through the state budget.

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WASHINGTON – Erie and Niagara counties and their municipalities would receive more than $792 million in federal aid under President Biden's proposed stimulus bill, with the City of Buffalo getting the biggest share: an estimated $324 million. Meanwhile, cash-strapped New York State would get $12.665 billion of the $15 billion Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been counting on to patch the hole the Covid-19 pandemic blew through the state budget.

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The acreage that Kim Byung-rok bought on a quiet mountain in South Korea a few years ago was meant for farming and fresh air. But after the pandemic hit, he offered a big chunk of it to the local government, figuring it could be put to good use helping others.

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