Local
11:17 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Work to start soon at old Millard Fillmore Hospital site

Former Millard Fillmore Hospital on Gates Circle
Credit WBFO

Remedial work will start soon on a multi-phased project planned at the former Millard Fillmore Hospital site on Gates Circle. Developers plan to transform the West Side site into a retirement community, apartment complex and community center.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Thu January 29, 2015

School board delays decision on failing schools

A large crowd gathered at Performing Arts school for Wednesday night's school board meeting.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Buffalo School Board postponed a decision Wednesday night on the future of four city schools Albany has ordered closed. The issue brought a huge crowd to the school board meeting that was held at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts School. 

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Local
8:38 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory for areas south of Buffalo

Credit WBFO News File Photo

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. 


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Local
8:30 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Flight 3407 widow describes emotional moments of grieving

Jennifer West in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer will be appearing Monday with retired airline Captain Sully Sullenberger in Clarence to show support for Flight 3407 families. They will gather at the memorial site where Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed six years ago Long Street. Jennifer West, who lost her husband Ernie, will travel to Washington, D.C on Feb. 4 to continue to fight for air safety rules. But West tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley says she won't attend the annual memorial service.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The second half begins

Omar Fetouh and Bill Hoppe talk Sabres each Thursday morning on WBFO.
Credit File photo

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return from an extended All-Star break and the return of the team's captain Brian Gionta.

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ryan says Silver's fall will lead to more democracy in the Assembly

NYS Assembly Member Sean Ryan
Credit New York State Assembly / WBFO News

Dumping Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a result of public corruption charges could open the way for more democracy in the Legislature, according to Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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Local
6:07 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Cuomo's budget plan includes education reform

Empire State Development regional president Sam Hoyt
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Cabinet members are taking Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2015 agenda to residents across New York. And education reform is one of Cuomo's top priorities.

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Food Bank of Western New York
3:34 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Food banks receive 19,000 cans of donated soup

Cans of donated soup stored at the Food Bank of WNY
Credit Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

Food banks across upstate New York are receiving a timely gift of thousands of cans of soup to feed the hungry.

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Focus on Education
1:46 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Community urged to rally against closing four failing schools

Lafayette High School.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo School Board will be deciding the fates of four failing city schools Wednesday evening. School Board members are expected to vote on the redesign plans for Bennett High School, Lafayette High School, East and MLK School.

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Politics
9:17 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Assemblyman Kearns: 'People knew Sheldon Silver was corrupt'

NYS Assemblyman Mickey Kearns
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New York State Assemblyman Mickey Kearns claims "People knew Sheldon Silver was corrupt" and says he has long sought the removal of the State Assembly Speaker from office. Kearns comments follow word that Silver will step down as Speaker on Monday as he faces federal corruption charges.


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Local
4:52 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Assembly Speaker Silver will step down

Assemblyman Joe Morrelle announced Sheldon Silver's intention to step down as Assembly Speaker.
Credit Karen Dewitt

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

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Local
4:51 am
Wed January 28, 2015

More work needed at Ralph Wilson Stadium

New entries to Ralph Wilson Stadium were part of the $130 million renovation.
Credit WBFO file photo

Ralph Wilson Stadium has been updated in the $130 million rehab and reconstruction program. That doesn't mean it doesn't need even more work. 

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Local
5:16 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New program launched to promote living wage

Coalition for Economic Justice rally in late 2014 that promoted living wage.
Credit Coalition for Economic Justice

Employers who pay workers a living wage can apply for certification in a program that will encourage customers to patronize enrolled businesses.

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Local
3:27 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Two victims seek papal investigation into past sexual abuse

25-year-old Vanessa DeRosa & 50-year-old Tino Flores described their allegations during a morning news conference in Amherst at the law firm of Hogan Willig.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Two Western New Yorkers are calling on Pope Francis to investigate their cases of sexual abuse against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

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Chautauqua Amphitheater named a national treasure
3:20 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Chautauqua Amphitheater designated a 'National Treasure'

A coalition of preservation groups is urging the Chautauqua Institution to rethink plans to demolish the 122-year-old amphitheater.
Credit ciweb.org

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Chautauqua Amphitheater a “National Treasure.” The Trust is now part of a coalition of groups campaigning against the Chautauqua Institution’s proposal to demolish and replace the 122-year-old venue.

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Gas prices
3:09 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Gasoline sales tax cap proposed to stabilize county revenue

Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton is proposing a cap on the county sales tax for gasoline. Morton floated the idea Tuesday as County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw released a report titled "The True Cost of a Gallon of Gasoline."

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Local
1:38 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Buffalo native who died at WVU frat house had .493 BAC

Nolan Michael Burch died last November after consuming a large amount of alcohol at a WVU fraternity function.
Credit File photo

Police say a West Virginia University fraternity from Buffalo pledge drank a large amount of alcohol shortly before he died.

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Focus on Education
9:20 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Erie 1 BOCES selects new superintendent

Erie 1 BOCES logo,

It appears a search for a new superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES has been completed. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has learned the BOCES Board of Education has selected a new leader.

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Local
8:20 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Western New Yorkers head downstate for storm support

Times Square, NYC, Morning of January 27, 2015
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Western New Yorkers from the State Department of Transportation, National Guard and National Grid are headed downstate to help with winter storm clean up efforts in New York City. Most of the downstate region appears to have dodged a bullet, with the worst of the storm hitting Boston to the north.


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Cultural
6:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Local drummer shares the stage with Beyonce

Venzella Joy has played the world's biggest stages as a drummer for music superstar Beyonce.
Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

Venzella Joy has gone from playing drums in her church to sharing a stage with one of the world's biggest superstars. The drummer for Beyonce is a native of Buffalo. WBFO's Porsha Ari shares her story.

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Focus on Education
6:40 am
Tue January 27, 2015

City school board hears proposals from charter schools

A small audience gathered for Monday's public hearing on three charter school proposals.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Three charter schools shared their plans Monday night over how they would use current public school buildings.  The public hearing at West Hertel Elementary School sets the stage for a key decision at Wednesday's meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Press Pass: Should the next superintendent come from the district?

Buffalo Board of Education recently listening to phase-in proposals.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some members of Buffalo School Board's majority indicated they would like to select the next superintendent from within the city district. But some minority board members insist a national search is needed.

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Focus on Education
5:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Bennett High teacher says school gets 'a bum rap'

Support for Bennett High School.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A ground swell of support is growing among groups and community members calling to keep failing city schools from closing. On Wednesday evening, a rally is expected outside the Buffalo School Board meeting where board members are scheduled to take a final vote on four failing schools.

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Local
4:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

County decision approaching on e-cigarette regulation

Vendors of electronic cigarettes voiced their concerns at Monday's hearing in Legislature Chambers.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

As early as Thursday, Erie County legislators can decide if they want to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes.

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Local
4:30 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Rex Ryan featured in Super Bowl ad

Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan is featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Pizza Hut
Credit Courtesy of YouTube/Pizza Hut

You'll see Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan if you're watching the Super Bowl this Sunday.

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Crime
5:33 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Orleans County pastor found guilty of sexually abusing children

Rev. Roy Harriger was convicted of sexually abusing two children more than a decade ago.
Credit File photo

A former Orleans County minister was convicted Monday in Orleans County Court of sexually abusing two children over a decade ago while he was a minister of the Ashwood Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville.

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Travel Disruptions
4:04 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

East Coast storm affecting local air and bus travel

Greyhound buses lined up outside Buffalo Transportation Center
Credit Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

Numerous flights were canceled at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Monday because of the major winter storm hitting the East Coast.

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Upstate NY CEO poll shows good outlook for 2015
1:39 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Upstate NY CEO poll shows good outlook for 2015

Dr. Don Levy, Director, Siena Research Institute
Credit Siena Reasearch Institute / WBFO News

A poll of upstate New York CEOs finds companies are more positive and prepared to do business in the coming year.

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Local
1:17 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Poloncarz withdraws controversial commissioner appointment

Carol Dankert-Maurer no longer has the support of County Executive Mark Poloncarz to be Commissioner of Mental Health.
Credit File photo

In an about-face, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has pulled his nomination of Carol Dankert-Maurer to be the county's Commissioner of Mental Health. 

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Local
9:50 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Blizzard to hit East Coast, but just light snow in WNY

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A major winter storm is expected to hit the Northeastern Seaboard.


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