Local
7:55 am
Wed April 1, 2015

A holiday for pranksters

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For pranksters throughout the world, Wednesday is pretty much Christmas in April. As WBFO's Brian Meyer reports, it's no joke. 

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Local
4:59 am
Wed April 1, 2015

State budget passes in early morning hours

New York lawmakers have passed a $142 billion state spending plan that includes new spending on schools, changes in teacher evaluations and new ethics disclosure rules for lawmakers.  The Senate passed the budget late Tuesday night and the Assembly wrapped up early this morning.

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Focus on Education
4:55 am
Wed April 1, 2015

State budget leaves Catholic schools out of the mix

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone
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Catholic Church leaders across New York are blasting Albany for failing to agree on tax breaks that could boost enrollment at private and religious schools.

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Local
4:47 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Council looking at creating public advocate position

Councilmember Michael LoCurto believes there may be merit to adding a "public advocate" into city government.
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Common Council members are looking at changing some of the ways city government works, potentially taking some administrative duties away from the mayor and making that more of a policy position.

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Cultural
6:02 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

'Homeless Jesus': Thought-provoking? Or controversial?

Homeless Jesus at Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A piece of artwork, rejected by some cities, has been installed at Cathedral Park in downtown Buffalo. St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral purchased the 'Homeless Jesus' bronze statue. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the unveiling sparked a buzz among some citizens.

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Local
3:19 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Catholic Charities Appeal running slightly behind

Rev. Richard Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, gives an update on the 2015 Catholic Charities of Buffalo Annual Appeal.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Catholic Charities of Buffalo is asking for the community's continued support. The 91st annual Appeal is running slightly behind, compared to last year's campaign.

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Politics
1:57 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

County Exec calls dedicated road fund proposal a 'fiscal gimmick'

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs (right) and Legislator Edward Rath (left) propose law to direct Auto Bureau excess revenue to a county "Road Fund"
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Funding for road repair and snow plowing in Erie County could receive its own dedicated funding source.

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Cultural
10:46 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Rolling Stones to play Ralph Wilson Stadium in July

The Rolling Stones are coming to Buffalo.

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Focus on Education
8:59 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Insight into choosing a career for high school grads

Student in a Western New York Classroom
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It's that time of year when many households with high school seniors are wrestling and wrangling with career paths, college choices, or, perhaps, the choice of no college at all. Arlene Kaukus, Director of the Career Office at the University at Buffalo, provides some encouraging thoughts for those who may find themselves at a dispiriting time.

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Focus on Education
6:03 am
Tue March 31, 2015

New York teacher's union chief to parents: Opt your kids out of standardized testing

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The leader of the state's largest teachers union is boldly calling on parents to "opt out" of standardized testing.

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Local
5:04 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Cuomo agenda comes up short in final budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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Governor Cuomo began the budget season with an ambitious agenda than included a wide array of items that he tied to the budget, including raising the minimum wage, the Dream Act, and reforming the state’s grand jury process. In the end, the governor was forced to retrench on nearly every measure.

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Buffalo Spree's Elizabeth Licata
5:02 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Press Pass: Film in WNY

Interior of the Hamburg Palace
Credit Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

"The Natural," "Buffalo '66" and "Hide in Plain Sight" are just three of the movies filmed in Buffalo over the past 35 years.  The April issue of Buffalo Spree explores film in Western New York.

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Focus on Education
5:01 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Expert shares thoughts on higher education

Laura Perna (left) shared her thoughts on higher education Monday at the University at Buffalo.
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American higher education suffers from two main problems: getting kids in and keeping them there to get their degrees. That was the message delivered Monday at UB by University of Pennsylvania Higher Education Professor Laura Perna.

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Local
4:54 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Crop insurance change could boost local distilleries

Federal crop insurance for malted barley could benefit local companies like Buffalo Distilling.

The rising number of local craft brewers and craft distillers have one thing in common: a need for malted barley. It's hard to get because of rapidly rising demand and because New York farmers are reluctant to grow it since there is no federal crop insurance.

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Health
4:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Area smoking rate declines

More local residents are kicking the habit. The latest New York State Health Department survey shows Buffalo-Niagara's smoking rate is down by one third compared to five years ago.

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Local
4:04 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Envelope with white powder delivered to Buffalo News building

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The Buffalo Fire Department's Haz-Mat team was called to The Buffalo News building Monday afternoon after an envelope with white powder inside was delivered to the newspaper's offices.

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Local
3:54 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Celebrating women in Buffalo

Women's History Month program for City Hall celebration.
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As women's history month comes to a close this week, the city of Buffalo held its annual celebration, "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives" at City Hall Monday. 

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Local
8:41 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Budget framework deal announced

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Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a framework agreement for a budget deal late Sunday night and hope to begin passing bills Monday to meet the midnight Tuesday deadline.

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Cultural
8:40 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Language most difficult for immigrants & refugees in poverty

Burmese Community Support Center (BCSC) is located on Buffalo’s Westside and run by the Burmese community.
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As Buffalo grapples with a high poverty rate, many immigrants and refugees are among those struggling. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to a Burmese immigrant who is working to help others in our community.

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Art/Theater
8:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Local meteorologist portrays priest in 'Angels Fall'

The cast of Angels Fall at The New Phoenix Theatre in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from The New Phoenix Theatre program.

A play written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson continues on stage at the New Phoenix Theater in Buffalo. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, it features a local television meteorologist who portrays a priest in 'Angels Fall.'

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Health
4:43 am
Mon March 30, 2015

New PBS film explores developments in cancer treatments

"Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies" premieres tonight at nine on WNED-TV.

"Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies," a three-part, six-hour film, airs this week on PBS and premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV. For one local doctor, the film reflects the improved realities for those diagnosed with cancer.

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Local
4:30 am
Mon March 30, 2015

City sewers receiving long overdue upgrades

Street storm sewer grate in the city of Buffalo.
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The Buffalo Sewer Authority's long-term plan to end overflows from the sewer system when there is heavy precipitation is moving ahead.

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Local
4:25 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Pieces falling together along Ohio Street

Peg Overdorf of the Valley Community Association has been a force behind improvements along Ohio Street and the adjacent neighborhood.

Go back two years and Ohio Street in Buffalo's First Ward was a crumbling road in a dying neighborhood, flanked by buildings which were either falling down or looking in danger of falling. Today, the community's prospects are considerably brighter.

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Urges legislation to outlaw pay discrimination
11:45 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Schumer pushing wage parity for women

New York Senator Charles Schumer
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New York Senator Charles Schumer will be speaking in Manhattan today against gender-based wage discrimination.

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National Guardsman collides with ambulance
10:13 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Local soldier killed in auto accident

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An early morning accident on Saturday has taken the life of a local soldier.

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Focus is how faith helped family with struggles
5:00 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Kelly's subject of PBS broadcast

Jim and Jill Kelly
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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his family have made no secret that their religious faith has helped them deal with his cancer diagnosis and other challenges, but most importantly, it helped them deal with their son Hunter's struggle with and ultimate death from Krabbe Disease.

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Crime
10:45 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Underage sex case nets 4 arrests

A year-long investigation has resulted in the arrest of four people in Little Valley on drug and rape charges.

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Legal concerns at the heart of expenses
10:32 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Billions in state spending detailed by DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
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A report from the New York Comptroller's office shows approval for nearly $9 billion in payments made in the month of February.

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Red Cross is assisting fire victims
10:29 am
Sat March 28, 2015

House fire in Southern Tier displaces family

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A family in Sardinia, New York is being assisted by the Red Cross after a house fire early this morning.

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Local
9:00 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Middle-schooler encourages County Exec to ban vaping in public

Jillian Myers stands third from the right, watching as Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signs the ban on 'vaping' in the county's public places
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At Friday's signing of a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz read an email letter he had received in favor of the ban.

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