Local
9:57 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Frack ban draws ire from business interests

Past anti-fracking projects in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

While anti-fracking organizations are celebrating a state ban against the gas extraction process, gas and business interests say they are outraged. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has reaction from both sides.

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Local
9:14 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Albany correspondent offers insight on fracking decision

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Environmentalists are celebrating while gas companies are fuming over Governor Cuomo's decision to ban hydro fracking in New York State for the near future. Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt provides some insight into the decision in an interview with WBFO's Morning Edition host Jay Moran.

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Local
8:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

School board questions teacher, principal and school ratings

Buffalo School Board Members discuss teacher evaluations
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The Buffalo school board debated issues surrounding the state's teacher and principal evaluation system Wednesday night.


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Local
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Canalside ice rinks opening to the public

The ice is ready for skating at Canalside.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

After years of planning and effort, the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront reaches another milestone Thursday night with the grand opening of the "Ice at Canalside."

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Local
7:53 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Local artist gets probation for transporting child porn

A prominent local artist who lost his post after a child pornography arrest has been sentenced to two years probation after pleading to a lesser charge.


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Local
7:01 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Escaped prisoner in custody

Thomas Walsh
Credit Courtesy of Crime Stoppers

An escaped prisoner is back in custody. Thomas Walsh, 29, reportedly turned himself in to Orchard Park Police yesterday after about 24 hours on the run. 

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Local
3:41 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Cuomo administration moves to ban fracking in New York

Credit File photo

Environmentalists are celebrating after Gov.Cuomo said there will be no hydrofracking in New York for now, citing inconclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of the gas drilling process.

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Local
3:17 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Council staffers, activists protest against excessive force by police

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, and Councilmember’s David Rivera and Michael LoCurto participated in the rally
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Buffalo Common Council staffers and local activists held a peaceful protest on the steps of City Hall Wednesday. The rally is in response to the lack of indictments in both Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and was inspired by the recent walkout of congressional staff and a demonstration by New York City Council members.

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Focus on Education
1:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

BTF says 'fact-finding' report on teachers contract is ready

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

WBFO News has learned that the long-awaited fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract has been released, but remains embargo.  Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore tells WBFO News he can't comment on it until after midnight Wednesday.

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Local
12:56 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Labatt holding 8th annual Pond Hockey Tournament at RiverWorks

Rink at RiverWorks
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

The 8th Annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament is slated for the weekend of February 20th.  The popular event will be held at RiverWorks for the second year now in a row.


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Local
12:40 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

New app to help improve cross-border travel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection unveiled the Border Wait Time app
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Crossing the border into the United States may have gotten a little more convenient. U.S. Customs and Border Protection unveiled the Border Wait Time app Wednesday. It will provide travelers with estimated wait times and open lane status at bridges.

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Local
11:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Divided opinions uncovered over Olean street reconstruction

Olean residents will become accustomed to the sounds of road construction over the next two years as the city's main thoroughfare, North Union Street, undergoes a $9 million reconstruction. The impact of the project has been the subject of community debate.

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Local
11:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Buffalo Police forum draws large crowd; Commissioner supports body cameras

A wide range of opinions on Buffalo Police were heard at Mount Olive Baptist Church Tuesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There were many opinions on policing in Buffalo Tuesday night, many of which were shouted out during a raucous forum in Mount Olive Baptist Church sponsored by Mayor Byron Brown.

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Focus on Education
9:13 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Young students receive a lesson on ‘Eight Nights of Tzedkah’

Temple Beth Zion Assistant Rabbi Adam Scheldt leads pre-schoolers in a lesson on the 'Eight Nights of Tzedkah'.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Menorah lightings were held Tuesday night marking the first night of Hanukkah. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited Temple Beth Zion's Play And Learn School in Amherst where preschoolers received a lesson on the Jewish tradition. 

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Local
6:53 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Batavia police investigating death of baby

Batavia police
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Batavia Police are investigating the death of a six-month-old baby. 

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Local
6:44 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Reward offered for escaped inmate

Thomas Walsh escaped from custody
Credit Courtesy of Crime Stoppers

Erie County Sheriff Deputies are on the look out for a prisoner who escaped from custody following a court date.


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Local
4:55 am
Wed December 17, 2014

UB research examines melting ice cap

Beata Csatho is an associate professor in UB's Geology Department.
Credit Photo courtesy of UB

A UB professor says computer programs are not accurately measuring the melting of the Greenland ice cap.

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Local
5:08 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Public housing to replace downtrodden Niagara Falls structures

Map of the new 'Walnut Avenue Homes' project.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

New public housing will be built in the City of Niagara Falls. The Walnut Avenue Homes will include 41 new units that will span over several blocks. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project took place Tuesday.

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Focus on Education
4:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Inaccurate ratings for some Buffalo school teachers

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie explains the mistakes in the recent teacher evaluations.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District says mistakes were made in the teacher evaluation process.  More than 100 city school teachers and principals received ratings of 'effective' or 'highly effective',  but should have been rated 'ineffective'.

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Local
3:37 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Southwest Airlines employees picket outside airport

Southwest employees, members of TWU Local 555, outside of the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

After going more than three years without a contract, picket lines went up at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and more than a dozen other airports across the country on Tuesday.

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Local
11:52 am
Tue December 16, 2014

'Holiday Heroes' encourages blood, organ donation

Local police, firefighters, and first responders in collaboration with Unyts kicked-off the Holiday Heroes campaign.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Local police, firefighters and first responders in collaboration with Unyts kicked off the Holiday Heroes campaign Tuesday.

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Press Pass
9:53 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Press Pass: Movie stars on the horizon

Credit filmbuffaloniagara.com

Today on WBFO's Press Pass, Pat Feldballe speaks with Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark for this month’s update on what's happening cinematically in Western New York.

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Focus on Education
9:14 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Buffalo school students play role in Ferry Street Corridor Project

BAVPA theater majors Lissette DeJesus and Jacobs Rodriguez rehearse.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In a time where there is so much racial divide across the nation, there is an effort underway in Buffalo to weave together two very different sections of the city. The Ferry Street Corridor Project is about stories of those who live on the city's East and West sides.

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Local
7:28 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Lawyers for teen accused of murdering 13-year-old want case moved to Family Court

Thirteen-year-old Jean Sanchez is charged with killing Iraqi refugee Ameer Al Shammari last May and sexually assaulting him during the murder.


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Local
7:14 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New East Side residence caters to homeless women

Hope Gardens on Oberlin Avenue will house 20 chronically homeless women.
Credit Homeless Alliance of Western New York

A new facility for homeless women aims to make a dent in the homeless population in Buffalo.


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Canadian Affairs
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Food bank reliance rising in Ontario

Credit oafb.ca

A new report from Ontario's main food bank organization says there has been a dramatic spike in first-time users of food banks. In its annual assessment, the Ontario Association of Food Banks also calls for the governments to provide more money for all social services.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Tips to bounce back from post-holiday sticker shock

Walden Galleria Mall
Credit uniquelycat (Cathy) Smith / Some Rights Reserved

Holiday spending will be up nearly 5 percent this year, according to the National Retail Federation. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel spoke to an advisor from Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo to see how people can ease the post-holiday sticker shock.

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Local
4:56 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Calls continue for increased police accountability

There is growing pressure on officers as officials focus on recent reports of police improprieties. More discussion is expected Tuesday night in a gathering at Mount Olive Baptist Church.

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Local
4:46 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Budget for Canalside manager runs dry

ECHDC board members discuss Canalside budget concerns Monday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Drawing nearly a million visitors to Buffalo's waterfront this past summer cost more than expected. As a result, the current contract for Canalside has been increased 50 percent.

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Local
4:33 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Clarence residents warned of phone scam

Erie County sheriff deputies have issued a special alert to Clarence residents about a phone scam. 


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