Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Press Pass: Reviewing PS 82 incident & RFP for MLK School

Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District continues its probe into how a kindergarten student at Public School 82-managed to walk out of the building unnoticed.  The principal has been placed on paid leave.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO'S Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes discuss how the city school board is looking into the matter.  

Mid-Air Plane Collision
7:18 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Lancaster superintendent says crash victim was well liked

James Metz

Lancaster school students are grieving the death of one of their own in a Saturday morning plane crash.

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Sports
4:28 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Bills bench EJ Manuel; Orton to start Sunday

The Buffalo Bills have announced that quarterback Kyle Orton will get the start in Detroit next Sunday, in place of EJ Manuel, who will assume the backup role.

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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
4:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

BPO opera "Bluebeard's Castle" features Chihuly art

Dale Chihuly's art will be part of BPO opera "Bluebeard's Castle."
Credit Photo by Misty Harris / WBFO News

Renowned artist Dale Chihuly sets the stage when JoAnn Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bela Bartók’s one-act opera, Bluebeard’s Castle Wednesday, October 1, 7pm.  Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano, and Charles Robert Austin, baritone, perform the lead roles in this rarely-staged opera.

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Focus on Education
3:33 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Buffalo Schools: I-Prep celebrates reconstruction

I-Prep students hold up flags from across the globe.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District has completed the last school building of the more than $1 billion Joint Schools Reconstruction Project. On Monday morning, city school officials and students gathered outside of International Preparatory for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of reconstruction work. 

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Local
3:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

American expats living in Canada fighting U.S. tax law

FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, has been in effect for several months. The global tax law is aimed at rooting out Americans living outside of the United States who are not paying their U.S. taxes. But many expatriate Americans in Canada are fighting back.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Buffalo River cleanup continues

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

More cleanup funding is flowing for the Buffalo River. Great Lakes Commission policy director Matt Doss announced a $4.7 million award for shoreline and habitat restoration along the river at Smith Street Park, Monday morning.

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Local
1:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Two killed in Newfane collision

Route 18 between Hess & Philips Roads.
Credit Photo image from Google Maps

Two people are dead following a head-on collision on Route 18 in Newfane.

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Politics
10:12 am
Mon September 29, 2014

WNED|WBFO to host gubernatorial debate

October's gubernatorial debate will be held at the WNED|WBFO Studios.
Credit File photo

Candidates for New York governor will face off in mid-October in a Buffalo debate sponsored by WNED|WBFO and The Buffalo News.

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Sports
9:25 am
Mon September 29, 2014

'Beyond The Playbook': Breaking down the Bills' 23-17 loss to Houston

EJ Manuel did nothing to appease his critics in Sunday's loss in Houston, but poor offensive line play and numerous dropped balls also contributed to the loss. Matt Sabuda shares his analysis of the game in our weekly installment of Beyond The Playbook.

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Local
8:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

NTSB says initial plane crash investigation could wrap up quickly

Rescue vehicles from the Townline Fire Department at scene of Lancaster plane crash.
Credit Mark Scott / WBFO

Two planes collided in mid-air Saturday morning. Two passengers who were on one of the planes are dead. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board say there are a lot of other things that are still unknown and might not be known for more than a year.

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Science/Technology
6:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

WNY native plays lead role in Mars mission

Credit photo from NASA website

David Mitchell, a 1980 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, serves as NASA's lead project manager for  the MAVEN mission, which recently made its way into an orbit around Mars. Mitchell took time last week to share some insights with WBFO News.

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Local
6:10 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Bike & skate park honors teen killed by drunk driver

Bryce Buchholz, 14, was remembered as family and friends gathered for the official opening of a BMX Bike and Skate Park in his memory Sunday. 

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Plane crash victims identified
6:56 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

NTSB continues plane crash investigation; Lancaster Police identify victims

Lancaster Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Lancaster Police have identified the victims of Saturday morning's plane crash in Lancaster.

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Invited on trip by Defense Secretary Hagel
10:30 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Cuomo makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Governor Cuomo meets with a member of the New York Army National Guard in Afghanistan.
Credit U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Kap Kim, Combined Joint Task Force-10 Public Affairs / WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo is in Afghanistan for a surprise visit.

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Breaking
12:21 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Two small planes crash in Alden/Lancaster

Rescue vehicles from the Townline Fire Department at scene of Lancaster plane crash
Credit Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

Two people were killed while two others walked away without injury following a mid-air collision of two small airplanes Saturday morning along the Lancaster-Alden border.

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Problems can arise during power outage
10:08 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Kidde recalls smoke alarms,CO detectors

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A recall of some Kidde safety products is being enacted according to the manufacturer.

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Local
4:39 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Court filing seeks answers on sex offenders placed in West Seneca

Assemblyman Michael Kearns is asking for judicial intervention in a state FOIL request.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Questions remain over the placement of seven high-level sex offenders in a West Seneca neighborhood. 

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Focus on Education
4:31 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Higher education discusses best practices for campus assaults

Inside Hilbert College's Swan Auditorium for The Sexual Assault Prevention and Compliance Summit 2014.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

College and university officials from across the region shared best practices Friday on how to prevent sexual assaults and rapes on campus. 

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Local
4:06 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Examining why children get involved in gangs

Experts on gang violence shared information with welfare agencies.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Experts on gang violence shared information with various agencies that serve families and children. Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies hosted the event. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the forum was designed to discuss why children get involved in gangs.

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Focus on Education
9:28 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Hamburg school district parts ways with embattled superintendent

Dr. Richard Jetter
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Hamburg School Board approved a six-figure settlement Friday morning that makes way for the departure of embattled Superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter.

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Local
9:07 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Falls air base says goodbye to C-130s

The 107th Airlift Wing will no longer fly C-130 planes.
Credit File photo

An era came to an end Thursday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Members of the New York National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing made their final flight in a C-130 transport plane.

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Local
8:27 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Legislators try to bring an end to Tonawanda crematory

The Government Affairs Committee discussed the crematory issue on Thursday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

An Erie County Legislature committee delayed action yesterday on barring a Town of Tonawanda funeral home incinerator from ever starting up again.

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Sports
7:42 am
Fri September 26, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills connect with the Texans

The Buffalo Bills visit the Houston Texans Sunday, with both teams sporting 2-1 records. As Matt Sabuda points out in WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook," some other remarkable connections exist, including an unusually close relationship between the head coaches.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Theater Talk remembers Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen died last Saturday at the age of 84.
Credit Public Domain

Stage and screen star Polly Bergen passed away last Saturday at the age of 84. Nominated for a Golden Globe, a Tony, and multiple Emmy awards (she won for "The Helen Morgan Story"), she might be best remembered for her appearances on the television game show "To Tell the Truth."

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Local
6:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Solar plan proposed for Niagara Falls Air Base

Congressman Brian Higgins says a commitment to solar energy at the Niagara Falls Air Base could provide a bright future for local veterans.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

A new mission could be coming to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. As part of President Obama's recently announced initiative to advance solar deployment and energy efficiency, the base could become a training site for veterans seeking a career in the growing field.

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Local
3:56 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Canalside skating rinks on track for late November

Skating will begin in late November at Canalside.
Credit Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp

A parade of concrete trucks marked a milestone in a long-delayed project at Canalside Thursday. As WBFO’s Brian Meyer reports, folks who enjoy ice skating will be pleased to hear about the day’s developments.

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Local
2:21 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Erie County Auto Bureau to offer online reservations

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs using the new auto bureau reservation system kiosk.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Motorists could experience minimal wait times with a new auto bureau reservation system. Erie County launched the online check-in system at several auto bureau locations Thursday.

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Local
9:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Modern warfare expert analyzes battle against ISIS

Peter Singer of the Brookings Institution has ties to the Obama Administration.
Credit photo from Brookings Institution

An expert on modern wars says the situation in the Middle East is so tangled because there are so many players and so many interests. Peter Singer of the Brookings Institution spoke Wednesday at Canisius College.

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Sports
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Hockey prospects game to feature draft prize Eichel

Top prospect Jack Eichel and Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations for USA Hockey Jim Johannson.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will take place at First Niagara Center in Downtown Buffalo Thursday. The game will feature some of the best young talent in the world, including top prospect John “Jack” Eichel.

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