Politics
10:05 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Cuomo addresses new controversy during Niagara Falls visit

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Governor Cuomo is dismissing claims that his office contributed to a state commission’s failings to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. WBFO asked Cuomo about a new controversy Friday during the governor’s visit to Niagara Falls for a get-out-the-vote rally.

The mood at the event held at the Como Restaurant on Pine Avenue was upbeat, with Cuomo running mate Kathy Hochul urging  nearly 200 supporters to get to the polls Tuesday.

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Local
5:48 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Schumer stumps in Buffalo

Sen. Charles Schumer (L) endorses Marc Panepinto (R) in the race for New York's 60th Sentate District seat.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

New York's senior Senator, Charles Schumer, made a stop in Buffalo Friday, four days before voters head to the polls.

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You & The Law
5:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

You & The Law: Protecting your assets from nursing home costs

Many people worry about the cost of nursing home care through Medicaid costing them their house. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Richard Rosso talks about planning ahead to preserve your assets.

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Focus on Education
10:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Family engagement encouraged in Buffalo Public Schools

Buffalo school parent outside Highgate Heights Elementary.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Public School families will have a chance to learn how to play a bigger role in their child's education.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the Parent Power and Partnership event will be held tomorrow at Bennett High School.

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Sports
8:35 am
Fri October 31, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook' examines the second half of the Bills season

"Beyond the Playbook"
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The Buffalo Bills are 5-3 halfway through the season as they hit their bye week. WBFO's Jay Moran and commentator Matt Sabuda look ahead at what the team needs to do as they head into the second half of the season in this week's "Beyond the Playbook."

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Local
7:54 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Tonawanda company named $1 million winner of 43North competition

Glenn Thomas was named the winner of the 43North business competition.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

After reviewing 7,000 applicants from around the world, the 43North business competition found its winner in the Town of Tonawanda.The announcement was made Thursday night at Shea's.

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Citizens share view on county pay raises
6:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Citizens share views on county pay raise proposal

Inside the Erie County Legislature.
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It has been 18 years since four of Erie County’s top elected officials received a pay hike. A proposal by the Citizens Salary Review Commission says now is the time. At a public hearing Thursday evening, residents got the opportunity to share their views on the proposal.

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Art/Theater
6:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Theater Talk: When young girls tell lies...

Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" opens Thursday and Lillian Hellman's "The Children's Hour" continues at The New Phoenix Theatre, two plays that delve into what chaos is caused when young girls tell adult lies. On a more upbeat note, "Ain't Misbehavin'" brings the music of Fats Waller to Musicalfare Theatre with a young, energetic cast.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

City pushes diversity to fight student bullying

Students arrive at North Park Theater for anti-bullying event.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A combination of Buffalo public, private and charter school students gathered to watch an award-winning anti-bullying film Thursday. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports, Mayor Byron Brown hosted the screening of 'Bully' at the North Park Theater as part of a nationwide screening through the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Local
4:37 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Opening Pegula complex the 'center' of attention

Rink One at HARBORCENTER can seat 2,000 spectators.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Opening ceremonies began Thursday for HARBORCENTER, one the most ambitious development projects ever constructed in downtown Buffalo.

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Health
1:26 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

ECMC, Women and Children's added to state's list of Ebola hospitals

ECMC is now a designated Ebola care hospital.
Credit File photo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that two more hospitals have received designations to treat potential Ebola patients, both of them in Buffalo.

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Local
1:17 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Homeowners reach settlement in lone Flight 3407 trial

The Wielinski family, including widow Karen (l.) and her three daughters, has reached a settlement with the airlines involved in the crash of Flight 3407.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A settlement has been reached in the only case to go to trial following the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence Center.

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Local
11:54 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Tonawanda News shutting down after 134 years

The Tonawanda News announced Thursday it will cease publication as of January 31. The newspaper says economic conditions have made the operation unsustainable. 

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Local
11:50 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Lawmakers call for additional emergency gates on Skyway

Buffalo Common Councilmember Christopher Scanlon and Senator Tim Kennedy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Sen. Tim Kennedy and Buffalo Common Councilmember Christopher Scanlon are urging the New York State Department of Transportation to install gates on all Skyway on-ramps.

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Local
8:06 am
Thu October 30, 2014

HarborCenter Tim Hortons opens its doors

A line formed outside the new Tim Hortons at HarborCenter for the official opening this morning
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

The first of many official openings happened Thursday morning at the HarborCenter, with the grand opening of the Tim Hortons location there. 


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Cultural
8:04 am
Thu October 30, 2014

How Shark Girl came to be

Shark Girl sitting at Canalside in Buffalo
Credit Ashley Hirtzel

When Shark Girl moved into Buffalo in August she started a conversation via social media as to where she came from and what her creator Casey Riordan Millard was thinking by crafting her. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel talked with Canalside visitors and sat down with the artist and to find out how Shark Girl came to be.

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Focus on Education
8:01 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Say Yes Buffalo picks up national recognition award for collaboration

Local Say Yes Buffalo team traveled to Washington, D.C.
Credit Photo from Samuel Radford's Facebook page

Say Yes Buffalo leaders had a chance to share their story as they appeared before a national panel.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says were invited to share how the local community has worked together for the college scholarship program.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Reporter reviews Reed/Robertson debate in Olean

The 23rd Congressional race has been marked by negative attack ads. That acrimony, however, was not on display Wednesday night when the candidates, Republican Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Martha Robertson, debated at Olean High School.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Local college hoops teams pay tribute to Buffalo Braves

With Columbia blue as the main color, Canisius College will wear uniforms that resemble the uniforms worn by the Buffalo Braves for road games from 1973-1978.
Credit photo courtesy Matt Lozar, Canisius College

Plans were announced Wednesday for the first Big 4 Basketball Classic on Saturday, November 29, at First Niagara Center. Planners may have scored with fans by designing special throwback uniforms that feature the colors of the Buffalo Braves.

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Local
6:45 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Changes taking off at Jamestown Airport

There's a new airline flying out of Jamestown offering connections to Pittsburgh.

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Focus on Education
6:31 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Expanded vocational programs coming to Buffalo schools

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When eighth graders in Buffalo go to pick their high schools next year, their choices will be different from what they were this year.

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Local
5:33 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Arson a possibility in Howard Street fire

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield provided an update on Tuesday's massive blaze on Howard Street.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Investigators are still looking for the cause of a four-alarm fire that destroyed a Howard Street warehouse Tuesday.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Higgins, Weppner debate at St. Joe's

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute teacher Ted Lina, Republican candidate Kathy Weppner and Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A debate between Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins and Republican challenger Kathy Weppner took place at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Wednesday morning. The candidates are vying for the 26th Congressional District seat.

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Local
1:21 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hospice Buffalo unveils newly renovated facilities

Hospice Buffalo Renovations
Credit Courtesy of Hospice Buffalo

Hospice Buffalo cut the ribbon today on it's newly renovated facilities in Cheektowaga. 


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Local
1:11 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Poloncarz warns ECC lawsuit could delay high-tech job training

Erie Community College's construction of a new $30-million academic building on it's north campus has brought up an old debate over whether the college should have three separate campuses or one central location downtown.  It's a debate that's headed to court and could lead to project delays.


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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Computers For Children enhancing reading for students

Tapestry Charter students from other countries are engaged in using The Reading Companion program.
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Tapestry Charter School students are receiving 200 computers with a special reading program. Computers For Children has teamed with IBM and First Niagara to provide The Reading Companion program, cloud-based software with voice recognition to help students improve their reading.   As WBFO'S Focus on Education reports, the App is especially helpful to international students.

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Local
9:41 am
Wed October 29, 2014

McCarthy sees some Election Day surprises

Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy in our WBFO studio.
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A tight race is winding down in the 143rd Assembly District where two candidates are vying for the seat once held by Dennis Gabryszak. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says Republicans are feeling confident in a district that has been a Democratic stronghold for many years. 

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Canadian Affairs
6:30 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Canadian mental health center calls for marijuana legalization

Canada's largest addiction and mental health treatment and research center is calling for the legalization of marijuana. The director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto says the current system of controls no longer works.

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Local
5:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Local officials sorting through Ebola guidelines

Dr. Gale Burstein is Erie County's Health Commissioner.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

State and federal officials disagree on the guidelines for those who may have been exposed to Ebola. The disagreement is not preventing local officials from being prepared.

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Local
5:15 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Medaille president leaving post

Citing unspecified health reasons, Medaille College President Richard Jurasek says he's retiring at the end of the academic year.

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