Crime
3:54 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

BREAKING: Kuzdzal found guilty of murdering, sexually assaulting Eain Brooks

Matthew Kuzdzal has been convicted of murder and sexual assault in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.
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A State Supreme Court jury in Buffalo has found Matthew Kuzdzal guilty of second-degree murder and predatory sexual assault in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Cuomo: Grisanti endorsement decision 'personally difficult'

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The political situation involving Buffalo State Senator Mark Grisanti has been weighing on the mind of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Local
2:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Authorities search area along 219 in Orchard Park

219 southbound at the interchange with NY 179 (Mile Strip Road) in Orchard Park
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Authorities are conducting a search along a section of Route 219-in Orchard Park.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the search began earlier today, but police remain tight lipped about this investigation.

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Art/Theater
11:20 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Revitalized downtown a boost for Curtain Up!

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Since several theaters have already opened up their schedules, tonight's Curtain Up! isn't truly the beginning of the theater season, but it will be a great party anyway.

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Local
8:55 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Opening arguments heard in Flight 3407 civil case

The Wielinski home was destroyed when Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center.
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Members of the Wielinski family are reliving the crash of Continental Flight 3407, this time in State Supreme Court.

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Beyond the Playbook
8:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills are riding high

The undefeated Buffalo Bills are a hit beyond this region, so says Matt Sabuda on today's "Beyond the Playbook" on WBFO. "Buffalo and the Bills have been one of the rarer, positive stories in the NFL amidst an avalanche of bad press that the league has seen in recent days."

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Art/Theater
7:26 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Theater Talk: 'Over the Tavern' is back for Curtain Up!

After 20 years, Buffalo playwright Tom Dudzik's "Over the Tavern" continues to delight audiences, this time at the Kavinoky Theater through October 5. Set in 1959, the story of 12 year-old Rudy who goes "knuckle to ruler" with his teacher, Sister Clarissa, has been tightened up a bit, but all of the familiar cultural references remain intact.

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Health
7:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

CDC officials encouraging flu shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu season is upon us.

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Sports
5:06 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Sabres start training camp with positive attitude

Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Ted Nolan
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

The Buffalo Sabres have opened training camp. Veteran players reported to First Niagara Center for routine testing and physicals early Thursday morning.

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Focus on Education
4:11 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Commissioner King tours two area schools finding success with Common Core

Student works to solve problem
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

State Education Commissioner John King continued on his fall school tour Thursday with a stop in Western New York.  King began the day at the Henry J. Kalfas Magnet School in the city of Niagara Falls.

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Local
9:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Rochester man charged with supporting ISIS

U.S. Attorney William Hochul
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The manager of a Rochester convenience store is behind bars on allegations he was promoting terrorism by trying to send people to Syria to fight with the militant group ISIS.

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Art/Theater
8:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

'Rob Ford The Musical' takes the stage in Toronto

Sheldon Bergstrom stars as Rob Ford in a musical about to hit the stage in Toronto.
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One of the most watched municipal election campaigns in North America is underway. Residents of Toronto vote next month and, already, it has been a political roller coaster. The main player in the drama is the subject of a new theatrical production that is about to hit the stage.

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Focus on Education
8:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Bond act offers tech upgrades for New York schools

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy discusses the "Smart Schools" initiative in Buffalo Wednesday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

In November, New York voters will be asked to approve a $2 billion bond act to fund technology upgrades in schools across the state. The "Smart Schools" initiative option was first proposed during Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014 State of the State address.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Buffalo school nurses see little impact from new respiratory virus

A hand sanitizer at the Buffalo Academy of Performing Arts. Sanitizers are in all Buffalo Public School classrooms.
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Despite a big spike in the number of children being treated for a possible respiratory virus at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, there appears to be no major effects in the Buffalo Public School District.

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Local
6:56 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Scholars@Hallwalls series begins Friday

Professor Jonathan Katz heads the doctoral program in Visual Studies in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo.
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The Scholars@Hallwalls lecture series begins this Friday with a talk provocatively entitled “Art, Sex and the Sixties.” Presenting the talk is UB Professor Jonathan Katz, who goes deep on a variety of issues, including politics and sexuality.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Community citizens urge state to increase public school funds

Parents, citizens and local officials gathered in Buffalo yesterday to demand that New York State provide more funding for public schools.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Parents, citizens and local officials gathered in Buffalo Wednesday to demand that New York State provide more funding for public schools. The #WeCantWait social media campaign urges the state to comply with court ordered funding through the Campaign for Fiscal Equality.

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Local
6:56 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Bills sale to Pegulas earns NFL Finance Committee approval

Terry Pegula is one step closer to owning the Buffalo Bills.
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The NFL's finance committee has unanimously approved the pending sale of the Buffalo Bills to Terry and Kim Pegula.

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Toronto Mayor
6:53 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Ford being treated for aggressive tumor

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Doctors in Toronto have provided a medical update on the condition of controversial mayor Rob Ford.  He’s been diagnosed with a malignant and aggressive tumor and will undergo chemo therapy over the next few weeks.

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Hamburg School District
6:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Jetter pleads guilty to filing false police report

Richard Jetter

Hamburg school superintendent Richard Jetter has pleaded guilty as charged to a third degree charge of falsely reporting an incident.

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
6:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Golisano provides $3.5 million for Niagara Falls health center

Rendering of exterior of Golisano Center for Community Health

The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has announced the largest gift in its history. Businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano, through his foundation, is donating $3.5 million toward construction of a new center for community health.

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Local
9:52 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Council looking at GPS tracker to avoid police chases

A compressed-air launcher uses a laser to target the fleeing vehicle and then deploys a GPS tag.
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Buffalo Police may start using a gadget right out of James Bond movies to help get away from potentially-dangerous high-speed chases.

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Local
9:40 am
Wed September 17, 2014

More funding coming to Williamsville Water Mill

Renovations are coming to Williamsville's historic water mill.
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Just off the rush and traffic of Main Street, the Village of Williamsville is continuing its push to build a public plaza around its landmark water mill.

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Art/Theater
9:38 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Free admission offered for Museum Day

Mayor Byron Brown announced the creation of Museum Day Live! in the city of Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new initiative will allow the public to visit area museums and cultural institutions for free. The event called Museum Day Live! will take place on September 27.

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Local
9:11 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Wal-Mart fined for false advertising

False advertising has landed the nation's largest retailer in hot water with New York State.  Wal-Mart, as part of its settlement, will pay thousands of dollars in penalties.

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Local
8:27 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Fracking politics will influence gubernatorial election

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The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well.

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Politics
6:15 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tensions easing between state and county Democrats

After years of little productive contact, Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner appears to be on favorable terms with the Cuomo Administration. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says the work of  local Democrats provided a Primary Day boost to Cuomo's running mate Kathy Hochul.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charter school families say state funding formula is unconstitutional

Buffalo families speak out against state's funding formula for charter schools saying it is 'unconstitutional'.
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A lawsuit is claiming the funding formula for charter schools in New York State is unconstitutional.  The suit was filed in State Supreme Court in Erie County.  It claims charter students receive only three-fifths of what school district students receive. 

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Local
4:14 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Vets upset at planned closure of VA childcare center

Kids Korner Child Care Waiting Room
Patrick Welch

A free childcare service offered at the Western New York VA Hospital is set to close by the end of the month. Local veterans says the closure of the Kids Korner Child Care Waiting Room will make it difficult for many to receive treatment.

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Health
1:27 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

ECMC nurses agree to new 7-year labor deal

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Nurses at Erie County Medical Center have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a new seven-year labor contract.

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Local
12:53 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Springville-Griffith student charged with making a bomb threat

A bomb threat was made Monday at Springville-Griffith Institute High School.
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The Erie County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 15-year-old Springville-Griffith Institute High School student and charged her with making a bomb threat.

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