Local
12:01 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Airport, roadways busy this Thanksgiving weekend

Airplane at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

It’s business as usual at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wednesday, even though a storm headed for the east coast could have an impact on travelers.

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Local
10:28 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Whiteness Project examines the 'white experience'

Alex participated in The Whiteness Project
Credit Photo from The Whiteness Project

A special documentary features Western New Yorkers talking about race and being white. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says The Whiteness Project examines what the filmmaker calls the 'white experience.'

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Focus on Education
10:01 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Charters could move into city school buildings

Lafayette High School is one building where a charter school could occupy space.
Credit File photo

The push for charter schools operating in Buffalo school buildings went full force Tuesday. The city school board voted to put charter supporters on panels evaluating proposals from others who want to run schools in buildings that Albany wants closed because of academic failure.

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Local
7:45 am
Wed November 26, 2014

WVU President calls for change following death of Williamsville native

Nolan Burch
Credit WBFO News File Photo

The death of a Williamsville native at West Virginia University earlier this month has the lead the institution's president to call for some changes at the college.


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Local
5:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Ferguson verdict draws protest in Buffalo

Protesters on Bailey Avenue expressed their outrage over the verdict in Ferguson.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Anger over the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a White cop for killing a Black teen brought out protestors to Bailey Avenue Tuesday.

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WNY area closings
5:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

School Closings for Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Area closings of schools for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

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Local
4:14 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Botanical Gardens closed to clean up storm damage, prepare for holidays

Botanical Gardens' windows shattered by heavy snow
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Heavy snow caused damage in greenhouses behind the main dome of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The snow shattered 150 glass panes in the back greenhouses. Plywood is temporarily in place to provide cover until the glass can be replaced.

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Local
3:15 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Local NAACP leader calls for peace

NAACP President Frank Mesiah with Congressman Brian Higgins.
Credit Photo from Congressman Higgins Twitter page

Both Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the city's local leader of the NAACP Chapter are calling for peace in response to the violent reaction in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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Local
1:07 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Snow removal to wrap up this week in South Buffalo

Mayor Byron Brown addresses the media on Abbott Road in South Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Mayor Byron Brown says the worst of the storm may be over, but the city is still responding to the affected areas of South Buffalo and Kaisertown. City crews are focusing on clearing excess snow in the business district on Abbott Road Tuesday.

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Local
11:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Eden growers assessing storm damage

This warehouse is one of many damaged structures found among the farms in the Eden Valley.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Last week's storm dumped heavy snow upon the Eden Valley, damaging greenhouses and structures that are integral to the local food network.

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Business
10:28 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Shoppers urged to support local merchants

Shoppers are encouraged to patronage locally-owned businesses during the holiday season.

As the holiday shopping season moves into high gear, merchants and elected leaders are urging consumers to support local businesses.

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Local
9:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Sewage system dealing with heavy water intake

Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

The rain and the melting snow from last week's storm didn't create as much flooding as officials feared, although several area creeks went past flood stage Monday and there is still concern about some creeks on Tuesday.

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Local
8:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Flood warning continues for parts of WNY

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Flooding is being reported in Lancaster this morning as officials across the area continue to monitor creeks and streams in Western New York.

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Local
6:37 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Mail delivery resumes; What to do if you're missing your mailbox

Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Mail delivery is getting back on track this week in areas hit hard by last week's storm. Some Western New Yorkers in areas that saw more than five feet of snow may be seeing mail delivery for the first time in a week or so. 


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State to unveil new weather network soon
5:50 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

State working on new weather forecasting network

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo briefing the media Monday on the storm recovery effort underway in the Buffalo area.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

At a storm recovery briefing in Cheektowaga Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, the state is moving forward with a new weather forecasting network.

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Local
5:27 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Mayor Brown says city is getting “back on its feet” post storm

Mayor Byron Brown updating on flood relief efforts in South Buffalo and Kaisertown
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The City of Buffalo's storm response continues in south Buffalo and Kasiertown. During a news briefing Monday afternoon, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says the city is getting “back on its feet.” Brown says they are monitoring for potential flooding around the clock.

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Local
5:26 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Water damage at Southside Elementary; City schools to return Tuesday

Southside Elementary School #93 on Southside in south Buffalo.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Public Schools Website

One city school was damaged by the heavy and melting Lake Effect snows.  A  drain pipe caused leaking into Southside Elementary School on Southside Parkway Monday. 

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Local
3:03 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Watching for rising waters along Cazenovia Creek

Ice chunks along a major stretch of Cazenovia Creek at the Stevenson Street bridge in south Buffalo Monday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A stretch of  Cazenovia Creek in south Buffalo is attracting a great deal of attention Monday. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says a large portion of the creek is filled with chunks of ice.


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Local
2:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Snow removal efforts underway at Ralph Wilson Stadium

High lifts are dumping snow into dump trucks to be hauled away.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

People wielding shovels continue to remove snow from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. Roughly 150 people are working to rid the home of the Buffalo Bills of snow in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. They’ve been working hand-in-hand with snow removal crews since Sunday night.

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Local
9:11 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Storm updates: Nat'l Weather Service and towns hit hard by storm

Areas hard hit by the storm are now keeping a watchful eye out for flooding.  WBFO was in touch this morning with the National Weather Service and other localities for updates on their current situations.

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Focus on Education
9:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Buffalo students explore creative writing at Just Buffalo

Some Buffalo Public school students take writing class at Just Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students are enhancing their writing skills.  They're attending the Just Buffalo Literary Writing Center.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited a recent after-school session to find out how some students are hungry to learn more about the written word.

Governor warns of potential "toxic brew"
9:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Governor warns of potential "toxic brew"

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor-elect Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown at the Thruway Authority Regional Headquarters in Cheektowaga.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Governor Cuomo says state government has learned from Super Storm Sandy and a string of terrible flood incidents in Central and Eastern New York in recent years. That's why so much specialized equipment is in Western New York, with more coming. WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

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Red Cross is ready for flood evacuations
6:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Red Cross is ready for flood evacuations

The Western New York Chapter of the American Red Cross has been hard at work this week after many residents were left stranded and in need of assistance. WBFO’s Avery Schneider tells us more about what the agency has been up to…

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Food Bank storm response; Still ready for holiday
6:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Food Bank responds to short notice need; Still ready for Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving stockpile at the Food Bank of WNY.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

It goes without saying this has been a busy week for public agencies in Buffalo and the South Towns. For the Food Bank of Western New York, that was certainly the case. WBFO’s Avery Schneider talked with the Food Bank about their response to what folks are now calling, “Snowvember”…

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Amherst cop injured in response to theft
9:35 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Amherst cop injured in response to Walmart theft

Ronald Kerling, 33, of the City of Buffalo
Credit Amherst Police / WBFO News

Two Amherst Police officers were hospitalized after attempting to stop a shoplifter outside the Walmart on Sheridan Drive.

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Breaking
3:40 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

WNY area closings

Area closings of schools, municipalities, services, and organizations beginning Sunday and heading into the week.

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Driving Ban Lifted in South Buffalo
12:30 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Driving ban lifted in South Buffalo

BREAKING NEWS: The driving ban has been lifted for South Buffalo.  A limited state of emergency remains in effect.

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Injuries not life threatening; shots were fired
10:31 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Amherst cops injured during attempted arrest

Amherst Police Headquarters
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A pair Amherst Police of officers were hospitalized last night while attempting to arrest a shoplifter.

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Hamburg and West Seneca announce early
10:27 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Schools begin to cancel classes for this week

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

School officials with the school districts in Hamburg and West Seneca have announced that schools in those communities will be closed on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

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One local business caught in illegal practice
10:16 am
Sun November 23, 2014

AG addresses price gouging post storm

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has begun to take legal action against incidents of illegal pricing following the snow emergency in Western New York.

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