Local
5:13 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Downtown eyesore getting a makeover

The former AM&A's department store in downtown Buffalo
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

In another positive sign that downtown Buffalo is coming back to life, work is finally underway on a long-vacant landmark.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Morelle out, Heastie gains in Speaker's race

Carl Heastie appears to be in line to be the next Assembly Speaker.
Credit assembly.state.ny.us/

The race to replace the disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seems all but over, with the Assembly’s Majority Leader Joe Morelle ending his bid for the job and throwing his support to Bronx Assemblyman Carl Heastie. A vote could be held as early as next week.

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Parking rates
3:01 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Hourly parking standardizing to $1 in Buffalo

Parking at city meters will be $1 an hour come spring.
Credit File photo

Feeding the meters will cost more money in some Buffalo business districts this spring. The city is increasing 50 cent-an-hour parking to $1 an hour at about 1,100 meters on roads including Hertel Avenue, Elmwood Avenue and Main Street.

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BCBS of WNY gives free local benefits to members
2:01 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY gives free local benefits to members

Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY's "Blue Box"
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

220,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers in Western New York will soon receive a “Blue Box” filled with two-for-one dining cards.

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Business
12:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Supermarkets ready for Super Bowl rush

Credit File photo

Local grocery stores are expecting heavy traffic through Sunday as shoppers stock up for their Super Bowl parties.

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Local
9:11 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Local school districts struggling with finances

Credit WBFO News file photo

A new report card from the State Comptroller's Office lists three local school districts on shaky financial ground. The fallout could mean more layoffs in one of the region's top districts. 

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Local
9:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Should inmates pay healthcare co-pays?

County legislators discuss ways of reducing the health care costs of inmates at the county's jails.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There is a push in Erie County government to have inmates pay part of their medical costs while behind bars.

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Art/Theater
8:58 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Ben Vereen to perform with the BPO

Ben Vereen.
Credit Photo from BPO website.

Legendary and multi-talented entertainer Ben Vereen appears Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for the Pop Series. Vereen, well known for his Broadway work, brings his star power to Kleinhan's Music Hall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to speak with Vereen ahead of Saturday's performance. 


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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Theater Talk: From 8 to 80, there's good theater for all

"Crash" at T.O.Y. looks at bullying, appropriate for audiences 8 years old and up

At the age of 80, Australian comedian Barry Humphries is retiring his character "Dame Edna Everage" after a 2015 farewell tour. Anthony flew out to Los Angeles to catch a show last week, but Buffalo/Toronto audiences can wait until early April when the tour comes to the Royal Alexandra in Toronto.

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Local
4:47 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Williamsville forum reviews village's historic structures

Leslie Zemsky of Larkinville shares some thoughts on preservation at a public forum in Williamsville Thursday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Williamsville and Larkinville got together last night to talk about building on the past for the future. The public meeting at Williamsville South High School focused on how a community's history can be a spark for a better economic future.

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Local
4:38 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Local ad executives prepare for Super Bowl

For many, the commercials shown during the Super Bowl are the most compelling part of the game. The Advertising Club of Buffalo acknowledges that sentiment again this year with the 6th annual "Uber Bowl."

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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
Credit WBFO News File Photo

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
Credit Courtesy of EarthCam.com

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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