Local
4:57 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Panel recommends pay hikes for Erie County’s four top elected officials

Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Erie County’s four top elected officials would receive raises ranging from 16 percent to 29 percent under a plan unveiled Tuesday by by a citizens review panel. 

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Sports
12:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

FCC lifts NFL blackout rule, Higgins pushes league to follow suit

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Congressman Brian Higgins during a recent stop in Buffalo
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO

The NFL blackout rule has been lifted, but don't get too excited yet. The Federal Communications Commission voted today to lift the more than 40-year-old ban on broadcasting games locally that do not sell out, but the league still has to change its' policy.

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Local
11:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

City Hall open to adjusting price hikes for marina docks

Erie Basin Marina
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The City of Buffalo says it may reconsider massive price hikes for slips at Erie Basin Marina. The cost of rent for boat docks is expected to double by 2016 and then triple by 2017 for nonresidents of the city.

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Crime
10:45 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Lewiston man accused of kidnapping, torturing woman

A Lewiston man is in jail after a Buffalo woman contacted authorities and told them she was held against her will and tortured inside his Carriage Lane home.

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Canadian Affairs
10:33 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Toronto police to begin wearing body cameras

A pilot project is set to begin for police in Toronto. Advocates say body cameras could improve police accountability and reduce the use of force.

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Local
8:16 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Six-pack on the Buffalo skyline

Buffalo Riverworks
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Commuters traveling near the Ohio Street lift Bridge may notice something a little different, a giant Labatt Blue six pack. At least that’s what it looks like.

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Crime
8:15 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Chautauqua County designated a high-intensity drug trafficking area

Chautauqua County has been given the designation as a high-intensity drug trafficking area, a label that could actually be helpful in the fight against drugs.

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Press Pass: Reviewing the PS 82 incident & RFP for MLK School

Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District continues its probe into how a kindergarten student at Public School 82 managed to walk out of the building unnoticed. The principal has since been placed on paid leave.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Buffalo Schools: I-Prep celebrates reconstruction

I-Prep students hold up flags from across the globe.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District has completed the last school building of the more than $1 billion Joint Schools Reconstruction Project. On Monday morning, city school officials and students gathered outside of International Preparatory for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of reconstruction work.

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Sports
4:28 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Bills bench EJ Manuel; Orton to start Sunday

The Buffalo Bills have announced that quarterback Kyle Orton will get the start in Detroit next Sunday, in place of EJ Manuel, who will assume the backup role.

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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
4:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

BPO opera "Bluebeard's Castle" features Chihuly art

Dale Chihuly's art will be part of BPO opera "Bluebeard's Castle."
Credit Photo by Misty Harris / WBFO News

Renowned artist Dale Chihuly sets the stage when JoAnn Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bela Bartók’s one-act opera, Bluebeard’s Castle Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m.  Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano, and Charles Robert Austin, baritone, perform the lead roles in this rarely-staged opera.

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Local
3:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

American expats living in Canada fighting U.S. tax law

FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, has been in effect for several months. The global tax law is aimed at rooting out Americans living outside of the United States who are not paying their U.S. taxes. But many expatriate Americans in Canada are fighting back.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Buffalo River cleanup continues

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

More cleanup funding is flowing for the Buffalo River. Great Lakes Commission policy director Matt Doss announced a $4.7 million award for shoreline and habitat restoration along the river at Smith Street Park, Monday morning.

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Local
1:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Two killed in Newfane collision

Route 18 between Hess & Philips Roads.
Credit Photo image from Google Maps

Two people are dead following a head-on collision on Route 18 in Newfane.

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Politics
10:12 am
Mon September 29, 2014

WNED|WBFO to host gubernatorial debate

October's gubernatorial debate will be held at the WNED|WBFO Studios.
Credit File photo

Candidates for New York governor will face off in mid-October in a Buffalo debate sponsored by WNED|WBFO and The Buffalo News.

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Sports
9:25 am
Mon September 29, 2014

'Beyond The Playbook': Breaking down the Bills' 23-17 loss to Houston

EJ Manuel did nothing to appease his critics in Sunday's loss in Houston, but poor offensive line play and numerous dropped balls also contributed to the loss. Matt Sabuda shares his analysis of the game in our weekly installment of Beyond The Playbook.

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Local
8:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

NTSB says initial plane crash investigation could wrap up quickly

Rescue vehicles from the Townline Fire Department at scene of Lancaster plane crash.
Credit Mark Scott / WBFO

Two planes collided in mid-air Saturday morning. Two passengers who were on one of the planes are dead. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board say there are a lot of other things that are still unknown and might not be known for more than a year.

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Science/Technology
6:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

WNY native plays lead role in Mars mission

Credit photo from NASA website

David Mitchell, a 1980 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, serves as NASA's lead project manager for  the MAVEN mission, which recently made its way into an orbit around Mars. Mitchell took time last week to share some insights with WBFO News.

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Local
6:10 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Bike & skate park honors teen killed by drunk driver

Bryce Buchholz, 14, was remembered as family and friends gathered for the official opening of a BMX Bike and Skate Park in his memory Sunday. 

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Plane crash victims identified
6:56 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

NTSB continues plane crash investigation; Lancaster Police identify victims

Lancaster Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Lancaster Police have identified the victims of Saturday morning's plane crash in Lancaster.

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Invited on trip by Defense Secretary Hagel
10:30 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Cuomo makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Governor Cuomo meets with a member of the New York Army National Guard in Afghanistan.
Credit U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Kap Kim, Combined Joint Task Force-10 Public Affairs / WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo is in Afghanistan for a surprise visit.

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Mid-Air Plane Collision
6:00 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Lancaster superintendent says crash victim was well liked

James Metz

Lancaster school students are grieving the death of one of their own in a Saturday morning plane crash.

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Breaking
12:21 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Two small planes crash in Alden/Lancaster

Rescue vehicles from the Townline Fire Department at scene of Lancaster plane crash
Credit Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

Two people were killed while two others walked away without injury following a mid-air collision of two small airplanes Saturday morning along the Lancaster-Alden border.

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Problems can arise during power outage
10:08 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Kidde recalls smoke alarms,CO detectors

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A recall of some Kidde safety products is being enacted according to the manufacturer.

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Local
4:39 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Court filing seeks answers on sex offenders placed in West Seneca

Assemblyman Michael Kearns is asking for judicial intervention in a state FOIL request.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Questions remain over the placement of seven high-level sex offenders in a West Seneca neighborhood. 

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Focus on Education
4:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Higher education discusses best practices for campus assaults

Inside Hilbert College's Swan Auditorium for The Sexual Assault Prevention and Compliance Summit 2014.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

College and university officials from across the region shared best practices Friday on how to prevent sexual assaults and rapes on campus. 

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Local
4:06 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Examining why children get involved in gangs

Experts on gang violence shared information with welfare agencies.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Experts on gang violence shared information with various agencies that serve families and children. Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies hosted the event. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the forum was designed to discuss why children get involved in gangs.

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Focus on Education
9:28 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Hamburg school district parts ways with embattled superintendent

Dr. Richard Jetter
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Hamburg School Board approved a six-figure settlement Friday morning that makes way for the departure of embattled Superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter.

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Local
9:07 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Falls air base says goodbye to C-130s

The 107th Airlift Wing will no longer fly C-130 planes.
Credit File photo

An era came to an end Thursday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Members of the New York National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing made their final flight in a C-130 transport plane.

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Local
8:27 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Legislators try to bring an end to Tonawanda crematory

The Government Affairs Committee discussed the crematory issue on Thursday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

An Erie County Legislature committee delayed action yesterday on barring a Town of Tonawanda funeral home incinerator from ever starting up again.

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