Local
5:53 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Akron & Lake Shore Central Schools cancel lacrosse games against Lancaster

Citizens gathered for debate in Lancaster to discuss Redskins name.
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Two schools have canceled lacrosse games against the Lancaster High School as the Lancaster District debates whether to change the Redskins sports name.

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Local
3:57 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Veterans awarded medals after lengthy delay

Family of Charles J. Dolan and Frank A. Grassia look over the veterans World War II photos. And the medals Dolan and Grassia received posthumously.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Long overdue service medals were presented to the family of two veterans of World War II Friday.

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Focus on Education
9:25 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Proposed condom program for city schools

Buffalo Public Schools considering a proposed condom program.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District continues to collect feedback on a proposed condom program for city schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley attended a session at South Park High School where only about a dozen parents and community members attended.

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Local
8:03 am
Fri March 6, 2015

National Weather Service: A record low temperature this morning

Icicles have been the scene throughout the region during this very cold winter season.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Western New Yorkers are once again dealing with record breaking weather. 

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Teachers demand change at Riverside

Teachers held a press conference outside Riverside High School Thursday afternoon.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo school teachers and the school district are at odds about how many fights occurred Tuesday in Riverside high school.

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Local
7:05 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Movie crew praises Western New York

Small Town Prince shoots outside Vidler's 5 and 10 in East Aurora
Credit Courtesy of Vidler's 5 and 10 Twitter Page

The Los Angeles Production Company filming a movie locally is wrapping up work this weekend here in Western New York. 

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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Theater Talk: Next Thursday, Chase plays "Lady Bracknell" at Buffalo State

"After Miss Julie" is an update of the play by Strindberg, now at the Irish Classical Theater

The play has been blocked, lit, rehearsed and now all we need is an audience this coming Thursday, March 12th for the opening of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" at Buff State where Theater Talk co-host reverses roles in more ways than one. Now Anthony Chase will be on stage, not in the audience, playing "Lady Bracknell" in high heels, wig, and very stylish clothes.  "Arrivals and Departures" by Alan Ayckbourn opened at the Kavinoky, and the other two openings were Nobel prize winning playwright Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape" at Torn Space and Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" at ART In The Box on Linwood Avenue.

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Local
5:12 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Cuomo could face legal action over budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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The state budget might end up in court under some scenarios, as state lawmakers are discussing possible legal action against Governor Cuomo’s budget, and his proposal to link a number of unrelated items, like ethics reform and education changes, to the spending plan. 

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Local
4:53 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Leaders seek state surplus for local infrastructure

Much of the region's state delegation joined together to call for more investment into local infrastructure.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With New York sitting on on a $5 billion budget surplus, local officials are calling for a major investment into Upstate's deteriorating roads and bridges.

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Local
2:27 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Hochul pushes plan to combat campus sex assaults

New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul (R) takes part in a roundtable about combating campus sexual assault at Daemen College.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul brought the state's new campaign against campus sex assaults to Daemen College in Amherst Thursday.

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Local
11:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Women's history explored throughout March

Sawrie Becker, Commissioner of Office of Public Advocacy with Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Women's History Month places the spotlight on those whose contributions may have previously gone unnoticed. Sawrie Becker, commissioner of Office of Public Advocacy with the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, says women's history offers valuable lessons. "Courage is probably the most important thing. To be willing to take a stand when it may not be the popular thing to do."

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Local
9:48 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Small plane crash kills three native Western New Yorkers

Drummer Ted Reinhardt dies with two other friends in small plane crash in Norfolk, Virginia.
Credit Photo from Reinhadt's Facebook page.

A small plane crash in Virginia has taken the lives of three Western New York natives.  The four-seat Mooney aircraft clipped treetops, flipped over and crashed as the pilot attempted to land at an airport near Norfolk, Virginia, early Wednesday morning killing the pilot and his two passengers. 

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Focus on Education
9:08 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Teachers union raises concerns at Riverside

Students heading into Riverside High School.
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The Buffalo Teachers Federation says there were 10 fights in Riverside High School on Tuesday. Union President Phil Rumore said it has to stop, but City Hall isn't responding.

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Local
9:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Shea's 2015-2016 lineup includes new production of "Wizard of Oz"

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Shea’s Performing Arts Center has once again teamed up with Broadway Partner Albert Nocciolino in  releasing it's lineup for the coming 2015-2016 season.  

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Thousands rally for more charter schools

Credit Photo from Karen Dewitt

It was the charter schools’ turn to rally at the State Capitol Wednesday in support of Governor Cuomo’s proposal to allow 100 more charter schools in New York.

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Local
8:08 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Garth Brooks concerts: What fans need to know

Garth Brooks performs on Good Morning America
Credit Courtesy of YouTube

County music legend Garth Brooks is appearing at First Niagara Center this weekend. The first of six concerts is set for Thursday night.  Traffic in the area of FNC is expected to be snarled, especially on Friday and Saturday when back to back concerts will mean people coming and going about the same time. 

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres trade deadline deals

Sabres practice at Harborcenter Wednesday.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

The NHL trade deadline was somewhat of a distraction for some members of the Buffalo Sabres.  In this week's 'Behind the Bench', WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe.

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Delayed rock salt delivery a challenge for WNY
6:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Delayed delivery of rock salt challenging municipalities

Credit File Photo / WBFO News

What has turned out to be a long and arduous winter has meant extra time on the road for municipal highway crews, and extra demand for one of the season’s most precious commodities.

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Local
5:01 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Sports tourism brings dollars to local economy

The presence of HarborCenter is helping to draw tourist dollars to Western New York.
Credit WBFO File Photo

With tournaments involving bowling, swimming and diving, and lots of hockey, sports tourism is expected to pump $3 million into the region's economy this weekend.

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Local
4:51 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Local businesses look for export opportunities

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara President Erin Cole.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Interest in exporting locally-made products overseas appears to be growing. An organization that helps companies navigate international trade has been gaining new members. 

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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.
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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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