Highway departments get ahead of flooding
5:54 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Highway departments get ahead of flooding

Credit File Photo / WBFO News

With temperatures expected to rise into the mid-30s this weekend, and into the 40s next week, highway departments across Western New York are getting ahead of possible flooding from melting snow.

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Local
5:00 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

County works on snow piles to avoid flooding

Erie County Department of Public Works snow removal this season.
Credit Photo from Department of Public Works

With the forecast calling for warmer weather, local highway departments have been getting an extra jump on snow removal to avoid any flooding. WBFO’s Avery Schneider spoke to Highway Superintendents and brings us this report.

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Sports
2:09 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Buffalo Bills acquire Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel

Minnesota Vikings to acquire QB Matt Cassel
Credit Photo from Minnesota Vikings website

The Buffalo Bills announced the team has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire Quarterback Matt Cassel and an undisclosed draft choice in exchange for undisclosed draft choices.

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Local
1:23 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Pridgen puts management of Town Gardens on notice

Darius Pridgen's video of the snowy, iced covered sidewalks outside Town Gardens apartments.
Credit Photo from Darius Pridgen's Facebook video.

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen is outraged by the snow and ice conditions around the Town Gardens apartments on Clinton Street.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the U.S. Post Office notified the lawmaker that there will be no mail delivery due to unsafe conditions.

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Local
12:44 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Niagara Falls Water Board advises customers to keep water trickling

Niagara Falls Water Board advises customers to leave water trickling to avoid frozen pipes.
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Thousands of Niagara Falls residents are being advised to keep the water trickling.


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Local
11:53 am
Wed March 4, 2015

March tradition benefits Hospice

Flowers for Hospice Bouquet sale.
Credit Photo from Hospice Facebook page.

With over 600 volunteers, the 29th annual Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale is expected to raise $300,000 for Hospice Buffalo in the coming days. Rose Collins, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, said Hospice provides families of those with severe illnesses "a compassionate, skilled way to look after your loved one and give them quality time in the time that remains." 

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Future school leadership search

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie is searching for a deputy superintendent.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie continues the search process for a new deputy superintendent.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says that person could become the future superintendent.

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Local
9:24 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Nickname debate draws hundreds to Lancaster High School

The cafeteria at Lancaster High School hosted a large crowd on Tuesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Passions are running high in the ongoing discussion regarding the nickname for Lancaster High School. On Tuesday night, supporters and detractors sat down to share their thoughts on the matter.

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Art/Theater
9:23 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Buffalo Silver Band: 100-years of entertaining

Bill Cocca,David Myrow & Michael Van Der Puy are members of the Buffalo Silver Band.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the region's oldest cultural organizations is celebrating its Centennial Year.  The Buffalo Silver Band has been entertaining local audiences for 100-years. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with some members of the brass band about their legacy.

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Local
5:14 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Increased tourism boosts demand for city cabs

Buffalo is going to get 25 new cab licenses and 25 livery cab licenses. Officials say they are responding to a growing demand.

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Local
5:02 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Questions surround use of state budget surplus

Governor Cuomo outlined budget successes during his State of the State speech.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Governor Cuomo is taking credit for the state budget’s turn around from huge gaps to healthy surpluses, but a watchdog group says  Cuomo is relying on future funds that have not yet materialized .

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Local
1:28 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Cuomo proposes minimum wage hike at Buffalo appearance

Governor Cuomo launches his fight for a higher minimum wage while appearing at the Boys and Girls and Club on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo Tuesday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Buffalo Tuesday to push for increasing New York's minimum wage. 

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Focus on Education
11:39 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Parent leader says ‘school choice’ leaves out City Honors & Olmsted

Students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Thousands of Buffalo Public School children now eligible to request a transfer out what are deemed failing schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a parent leader who explains the transfer period is underway through the end of this month. 


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Local
11:07 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Lancaster Schools to hold forum to discuss controversial "redskins" mascot

Banner over Central Avenue in Lancaster in support of keeping the name.
Credit Photo from Keep The Tradition Alive Organization Facebook page.

Lancaster School District officials are slated to hold a forum Tuesday night inviting public comment about its controversial mascot.

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Focus on Education
10:53 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Villa hires new athletic director as it applies for NCAA Division III

Don Silveri hired as Villa Maria College's athletic director & men's basketball coach.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A local, private college is trying to entice more students as it moves into NCAA Division III membership sports. Villa Maria College has hired a new athletic director and head coach of men's baseball.  Don Silveri is the former head coach of men's basketball at Daemen College. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Silveri brings 38-years of experience to Villa where his career began.

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Focus on Education
10:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

UB transforms C3 dining center into 'Hunger Games' theme

UB's North Campus, Amherst, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The University at Buffalo has transformed its campus dinning complex into a scene out of the 'Hunger Games'.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the organizers for Tuesday night's event open to the school and public. 

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Officials discuss merits of daytime curfew

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Some believe a daytime city curfew for students 17 and under would improve Buffalo Public School attendance and reduce youth crime. The concept was discussed at a Monday meeting.

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Local
7:32 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory: Snow, freezing rain, sleet on the way for your ride home

Snow vehicle in past storm in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory beginning at noon Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday.


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Focus on Education
4:52 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Questions raised in review of school construction costs

Since joining the Buffalo School Board, Carl Paladino has been reviewing the money spent on school reconstruction.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Buffalo's Joint Schools Construction Board is involved in an escalating fight over how much profit LP Ciminelli made in managing the 11-year old project. Nearly $1.5 billion was spent in updating Buffalo schools.

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Focus on Education
4:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Hundreds of teachers rally in Albany

Teachers voiced their thoughts on Governor Cuomo's education reforms on Monday.
Credit Photo from Karen Dewitt

Hundreds of teachers are rallied at the State Capitol late Monday, saying they are calling out Cuomo for what they say is his anti-public school agenda.

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A conversation with editor Elizabeth Licata
8:06 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's Interview Issue

Buffalo Spree, March 2015 issue.
Credit Buffalo Spree

The March issue of Buffalo Spree is labeled "The Interview Issue."  The magazine's writers sat down with 20 prominent Western New Yorkers, asking them questions on a range of topics.  WBFO's Mark Scott has more in this week's Press Pass with Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata.

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Local
4:29 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Gillibrand pushes sexual assault bill

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul with U.S. Senator Gillibrand appearing at UB's north campus discussing sex abuse on college campuses.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Legislation to combat sexual assault on college campuses has been reintroduced by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Local
4:11 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

More relentless wintry weather headed to region

Snowy 2015 winter season in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory. It will be posted from noon Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday for Western New York.

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Developing
3:39 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Sabres deal Neuvirth on trade deadline day

Monday marked trade deadline day in the National Hockey League.  WBFO'S 'Behind The Bench' Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe says the Buffalo Sabres have traded Goalie Michal Neuvirth to the Islanders for Chad Johnson.

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Local
3:38 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

U.S. Attorney highlights consumer protections against scams

Money pile.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Consumers across the western New York region are encouraged to protect their rights and watch for scams. 

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Focus on Education
12:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Area students recognized for academics

Caroline Colpoys, Maria Giaquinto and Maria Tompkins.
Credit Photo from Nardin Academy website.

Buffalo's Business First recently released a list of 100-area high school seniors for its 2015-All-Western New York Academic Team.  124-schools nominated more than 400-of their smartest and most accomplished students. 

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Focus on Education
9:47 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Promoting sign language as a 'cool factor'

Buffalo Sabres right winger Patrick Kaleta appearing in a video spot with Karen Gambino, sign language interpreter.
Credit Photo from Deaf Access Services video

A Buffalo Sabre has offered his 'star power' to promote sign language.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Deaf Access Services (DAS) wants the community to learn how sign language can expand communications and behavior strategies. 

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Local
8:07 am
Mon March 2, 2015

February 2015 was the coldest month of all time in Western New York

Icy view of Niagara Falls, February 2015
Credit Courtesy of Jenna Hagen

How cold was it in Western New York last month? National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini says February of 2015 will go down in the record books as being not only the coldest February on record, but the coldest calendar month ever in the history of record keeping here in Buffalo

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Local
6:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Buffalo's First Ward: A rich history and promising future

Grain workers along the First Ward's waterfront
Credit Courtesy "Buffalo's First Ward"/WNED-TV

Buffalo's First Ward has a rich history and promising future.  Monday night WNED-TV airs the story of the "Old Neighborhood" through the eyes of those who live there.


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Local
5:01 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Demand continues for city apartments

This building on Niagara Street could be transformed into an apartment complex.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The push for new apartments in downtown Buffalo appears to be moving farther and farther out from the Central Business District.

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