Local
1:46 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Government corruption & Common Core debated

Four candidates debated the issues.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Elibol

Government corruption and Common Core took center stage during Wednesday night's gubernatorial debate in our WNED-WBFO studio.  Incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astroino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, and Libertarian Michael McDermott participated.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Cuomo and Astorino made repeated jabs at one another during the one-hour debate.

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Protestors turn out for 2nd amendment rights
1:42 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors turn out for Second Amendment rights at gubernatorial debate

Protestors outside WBFO-WNED studios ahead of the gubernatorial debates.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Ahead of the gubernatorial debates, protestors gathered outside of the WBFO-WNED studios.  The crowd was heavy with ant-fracking, pro-clean energy mantras, and just as weighted with chants for Second Amendment rights – those mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo.

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Cuomo wanted debate in WNY to show his commitment
1:40 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Cuomo says he wanted debate in Buffalo to show commitment to WNY

Governor Cuomo talking with reporters after debate
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Outside of an after-party for his supporters, Governor Cuomo explained that he wanted last night’s gubernatorial debate to take place in Buffalo to show his commitment to Western New York. 

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Protestors urge alternative to fracking
1:40 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Protestors urge gubernatorial candidates to find alternatives to fracking

Protestors gather outside WBFO-WNED studios for the gubernatorial debates
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Before the gubernatorial candidates started volleying debate points, citizens were volleying protest slogans.  Outside of the WBFO-WNED studios, shouts for second amendment rights – mostly aimed at Governor Cuomo – were just as loud as chants against fracking for natural gas.

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Politics
9:10 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Candidates square off in sole gubernatorial debate

Rob Astorino, Andrew Cuomo, Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott particpated in Wednesday's debate
Eileen Elibol/WNED

Four candidate for New York governor took the stage Wednesday night from downtown Buffalo in the only gubernatorial debate of the 2014 election season.

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Local
7:05 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Occupants of sought-after Lexus cleared of wrongdoing

Buffalo Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo says the occupants of a sought-after Lexus have been cleared of wrongdoing.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The driver of the white Lexus being sought by Buffalo police has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with reported attempts to lure teenagers earlier this month.

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Developing
7:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Stage set for gubernatorial debate from WNED|WBFO

Inside the WNED/WBFO studio the stage is set for the debate
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In the race for the New York governor’s office, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott, will debate live from the WNED-TV studios in downtown Buffalo. “Election ‘14: The Race for Governor” will air on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. and is sponsored by The Buffalo News and WNED | WBFO.

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Local
3:23 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hazmat investigates white powder found at U.S. Courthouse

Hazmat crews were on scene at the Federal courthouse to investigate suspicious white powder
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

First responders were called to the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse in downtown Buffalo Wednesday to investigate a suspicious envelope with a white powdery substance inside. The Buffalo Fire Department responded to the scene in hazmat suits around 12:30 p.m.

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Local
12:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Despite Ebola, Buffalo group continues its work

Heather Quinn (third from left) and Phebian Abdulai (center) in Sierra Leone
Credit Jericho Road website

Amid concerns about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a local organization remains committed to opening a health clinic in one of the poorest communities in West Africa. And a former refugee from Sierra Leone, who lived in Buffalo, is behind the effort.

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Crime
9:53 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Police locate man, car sought in attempted child lurings

A white Lexus used in the attempted lurings has been found in the City of Buffalo.
Credit File photo

Buffalo Police have located the white Lexus that was used by individuals who allegedly attempted to lure teenagers in recent weeks.

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Governor's Race
5:45 am
Wed October 22, 2014

WNED-WBFO airs gubernatorial debate Wednesday night

WNED/WBFO will host tonight's gubernatorial debate.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Four of the candidates running for Governor of New York will be participating in a debate originating from Buffalo at the studios of WNED|WBFO. It will be shown on public television and heard on public radio tonight. It’s the only debate agreed to by Andrew Cuomo and his challengers.

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Politics
5:42 am
Wed October 22, 2014

McCarthy previews gubernatorial debate

Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo

Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy will be one of the panelists who will be asking questions of the candidates during tonight's gubernatorial debate at the WNED/WBFO studios. He shared some thoughts on what to expect during a conversation this morning on WBFO.

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Focus on Education
5:15 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Buffalo State inaugurates Conway-Turner as ninth president

Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner delivering her address as the new president of Buffalo State College.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Buffalo State College held an inauguration ceremony for its ninth president Tuesday. Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner is college’s the ninth president since it was founded in 1871.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Preventing immigrant domestic violence & human trafficking

Outside the International Institute of Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some women refugee and immigrants who come to Buffalo struggle with domestic violence and become easy targets for human trafficking. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the International Institute of Buffalo provides important services for these women as they try to live a new life in our city. 

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Business
5:18 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Five companies join START-UP NY, pledge 123 jobs

Five companies affiliated with the University at Buffalo will be setting up shop as part of the state's START-UP NY tax incentive program.

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Crime
11:32 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Two dead in Allentown murder-suicide

A black Audi was towed from the scene of an apparent murder/suicide in Allentown this morning.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Buffalo Police responded to an apparent murder-suicide in broad daylight on College Street in the city's Allentown neighborhood Tuesday morning.

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Business
11:31 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Plan to turn old brewery into loft apartments moves forward

Vacant building on Washington Street, Buffalo, New York
Photo from Google Streetview Maps

In an earlier era, the building at Washington and  Virginia streets was home to a brewery.

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Ebola
8:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Canadian Ebola vaccine proceeds to clinical trials

Credit CDC Public Health image

While medical officials across the country grapple with how to prepare for Ebola, there is hope that a vaccine is a big step closer. Last week, north of the border, Canada's health minister announced that clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine, developed by Canadian scientists, is now underway in Maryland. 

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Local
6:51 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Study finds young educated adult population up in Buffalo-Niagara region

Buffalo-Niagara Region/Buffalo Skyline
Credit WBFO News File Photo

A new study has good news for the Buffalo-Niagara region's future.  The report finds the population of young educated adults in the Buffalo-Niagara region has grown leaving the area in a good position for economic growth and revitalization.

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Ebola
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Fear and the economy in Ebola-stricken West Africa

Dr. Joseph Sankoh, Professor of African Affairs at Daemen College, leads a panel discussion on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Some real life perspective on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was brought to light at Daemen College Monday night.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

New diploma options for student career paths; CTE, STEM or Arts

Student in a Western New York classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates. 

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Business
5:20 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Press Pass: Economic development on the rise

On WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First says his publication's recent study indicates that nearly $16.6 billion in economic development projects are underway throughout the eight counties of Western New York.

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Crime
5:01 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Basil's attorney seeking lesser charge

Jeffrey Basil faces a murder charge in the death of William Sager, Jr.
Credit File photo

Attorneys for the man accused of killing another man by throwing him down a flight of stairs in a Buffalo bar in May were in court Monday to request that charges be reduced from murder to manslaughter.

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Health
1:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Erie County launches campaign to eradicate home lead threats

"Wipe Out Lead" launched with texting and billboard campaign.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

In an effort to reduce lead hazards in area homes, Erie County announced the “Wipe Out Lead” billboard and texting campaign Monday. The county received federal funds to help eradicate lead poisoning across the region.

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Local
1:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Sheriff Howard working on gun issues

Credit WBFO News file photo

When someone dies leaving behind guns or loses a pistol permit, there is very little done to put those guns into safer or legal hands.  Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard says he is actively working to get the weapons into the legally correct hands.

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Science/Technology
10:47 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Coffee war over single-serve cups heats up

Keurig is facing competition for its single-serve coffee cup technology.
Credit WBFO News

An unusual coffee war, that has been percolating, has now boiled over. A Canadian coffee roaster recently filed a lawsuit against American coffee giant Keurig over what it claims is an attempt to maintain a near monopoly and keep single-serve coffee prices artificially high. 

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Beyond the Playbook
8:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills edge the Vikings

Outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Bills 17-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings showed both sides of the team, says Matt Sabuda in Monday morning's "Beyond the Playbook" on WBFO.

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Local
7:31 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Red Cross assisting 40 families after blaze at Niagara Falls apartment complex

The American Red Cross is providing support to as many as 40 families today following an early morning blaze at a multiple-unit apartment complex in Niagara Falls.

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Local
5:28 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Underground infrastructure creates problems on city streets

Buffalo Public Work crews
Credit WBFO News file photo

Buffalo really doesn't like those shoddy road patches covering new underground work like telecommunications lines. The city has rules covering such problems and the Public Works Commissioner says they are enforced.

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Mishandling of gun suspected in tragic mishap
12:07 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Medina student in accidental shooting identified

Seal of the Village of Medina
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The Orleans County Sheriff's Office has identified Jacob Stahl as the victim in what is being termed an accidental shooting on Friday.

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