Local
4:44 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Assembly Speaker Silver will step down

Assemblyman Joe Morrelle announced Sheldon Silver's intention to step down as Assembly Speaker.
Credit Karen Dewitt

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will end his long reign as the head of the Assembly on Monday, say the Democratic members of the Assembly who announced they’ll hold a new election for Speaker on February 10th.

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Local
5:16 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

New program launched to promote living wage

Coalition for Economic Justice rally in late 2014 that promoted living wage.
Credit Coalition for Economic Justice

Employers who pay workers a living wage can apply for certification in a program that will encourage customers to patronize enrolled businesses.

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Local
3:27 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Two victims seek papal investigation into past sexual abuse

25-year-old Vanessa DeRosa & 50-year-old Tino Flores described their allegations during a morning news conference in Amherst at the law firm of Hogan Willig.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Two Western New Yorkers are calling on Pope Francis to investigate their cases of sexual abuse against the Diocese of Buffalo.

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Chautauqua Amphitheater named a national treasure
3:20 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Chautauqua Amphitheater designated a 'National Treasure'

A coalition of preservation groups is urging the Chautauqua Institution to rethink plans to demolish the 122-year-old amphitheater.
Credit ciweb.org

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Chautauqua Amphitheater a “National Treasure.” The Trust is now part of a coalition of groups campaigning against the Chautauqua Institution’s proposal to demolish and replace the 122-year-old venue.

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Gas prices
3:09 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Gasoline sales tax cap proposed to stabilize county revenue

Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Erie County Legislator Ted Morton is proposing a cap on the county sales tax for gasoline. Morton floated the idea Tuesday as County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw released a report titled "The True Cost of a Gallon of Gasoline."

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Local
1:38 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Buffalo native who died at WVU frat house had .493 BAC

Nolan Michael Burch died last November after consuming a large amount of alcohol at a WVU fraternity function.
Credit File photo

Police say a West Virginia University fraternity from Buffalo pledge drank a large amount of alcohol shortly before he died.

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Focus on Education
9:20 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Erie 1 BOCES selects new superintendent

Erie 1 BOCES logo,

It appears a search for a new superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES has been completed. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley has learned the BOCES Board of Education has selected a new leader.

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Local
8:20 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Western New Yorkers head downstate for storm support

Times Square, NYC, Morning of January 27, 2015
Credit Courtesy of EarthCam.com

Western New Yorkers from the State Department of Transportation, National Guard and National Grid are headed downstate to help with winter storm clean up efforts in New York City. Most of the downstate region appears to have dodged a bullet, with the worst of the storm hitting Boston to the north.


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Cultural
6:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Local drummer shares the stage with Beyonce

Venzella Joy has played the world's biggest stages as a drummer for music superstar Beyonce.
Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

Venzella Joy has gone from playing drums in her church to sharing a stage with one of the world's biggest superstars. The drummer for Beyonce is a native of Buffalo. WBFO's Porsha Ari shares her story.

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Focus on Education
6:40 am
Tue January 27, 2015

City school board hears proposals from charter schools

A small audience gathered for Monday's public hearing on three charter school proposals.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Three charter schools shared their plans Monday night over how they would use current public school buildings.  The public hearing at West Hertel Elementary School sets the stage for a key decision at Wednesday's meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Press Pass: Should the next superintendent come from the district?

Buffalo Board of Education recently listening to phase-in proposals.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some members of Buffalo School Board's majority indicated they would like to select the next superintendent from within the city district. But some minority board members insist a national search is needed.

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Focus on Education
5:45 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Bennett High teacher says school gets 'a bum rap'

Support for Bennett High School.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A ground swell of support is growing among groups and community members calling to keep failing city schools from closing. On Wednesday evening, a rally is expected outside the Buffalo School Board meeting where board members are scheduled to take a final vote on four failing schools.

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Local
4:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

County decision approaching on e-cigarette regulation

Vendors of electronic cigarettes voiced their concerns at Monday's hearing in Legislature Chambers.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

As early as Thursday, Erie County legislators can decide if they want to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes.

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Local
4:30 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Rex Ryan featured in Super Bowl ad

Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan is featured in a Super Bowl commercial for Pizza Hut
Credit Courtesy of YouTube/Pizza Hut

You'll see Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan if you're watching the Super Bowl this Sunday.

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Crime
5:33 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Orleans County pastor found guilty of sexually abusing children

Rev. Roy Harriger was convicted of sexually abusing two children more than a decade ago.
Credit File photo

A former Orleans County minister was convicted Monday in Orleans County Court of sexually abusing two children over a decade ago while he was a minister of the Ashwood Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville.

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Travel Disruptions
4:04 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

East Coast storm affecting local air and bus travel

Greyhound buses lined up outside Buffalo Transportation Center
Credit Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

Numerous flights were canceled at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Monday because of the major winter storm hitting the East Coast.

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Upstate NY CEO poll shows good outlook for 2015
1:39 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Upstate NY CEO poll shows good outlook for 2015

Dr. Don Levy, Director, Siena Research Institute
Credit Siena Reasearch Institute / WBFO News

A poll of upstate New York CEOs finds companies are more positive and prepared to do business in the coming year.

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Local
1:17 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Poloncarz withdraws controversial commissioner appointment

Carol Dankert-Maurer no longer has the support of County Executive Mark Poloncarz to be Commissioner of Mental Health.
Credit File photo

In an about-face, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has pulled his nomination of Carol Dankert-Maurer to be the county's Commissioner of Mental Health. 

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Local
9:50 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Blizzard to hit East Coast, but just light snow in WNY

Credit WBFO News File Photo

A major winter storm is expected to hit the Northeastern Seaboard.


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Local
9:48 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Erie County lawmakers to hold public hearing on e-cigarette regulations

Electronic Cigarettes
Credit Courtesy of WebMD Twitter Feed

The Erie County Legislature takes public comment Monday on a proposal to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces, just as traditional cigarettes are banned. 


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Local
9:41 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Members of the African American community live with race profiling

Protests in 2014 in Buffalo against police profiling and racial profiling.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Many African Americans continue to feel a racial imbalance in our community.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports black males experience a great deal of profiling.


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Local
6:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Hertel coffee shop owners bullish on city's rebirth

Lynne and Mike Caputi, owners of The Daily Planet Coffee Company
Marty Kerker Photography

Buffalo has been called the City of No Illusions, but maybe it can become the City of Opportunity. That’s the hope of a local couple who see signs of that happening all around them. WBFO contributor Rich Kellman has their story.

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Local
4:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Silver steps back as legal troubles mount

Sheldon Silver will hand over many of his duties to other members of the Assembly.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is backing away from power as he deals with public corruption charges facing him in federal court. Silver is appointing five Assembly members to share in his duties.

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Local
4:42 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Business owners welcome new Main Street traffic

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Main Street in Buffalo was reopened for cars on Friday after $8 million and decades of pedestrian mall status.

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Health
4:38 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Credit Courtesy of Watertree Health Twitter Page

Have the winter blues got you down? Seasonal Affective Disorder can be a very traumatic for some this time of year


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Small majority support city site
9:51 am
Sun January 25, 2015

New downtown stadium wins favor in poll

Ralph Wilson Stadium
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A majority of Erie County voters do support building a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills, but it is a slim majority.

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Multiple accidents reported with one fatality
9:46 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Icy roads blamed for series of incidents

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Icy roads caused problems for area drivers this weekend.

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Man ultimately takes his own life
9:37 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Former Buffalonian behind Queens shooting spree

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A former Buffalo resident has been connected to the shootings of four females in Queens, New York.

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107th Airlift Wing welcomes new commander
1:55 am
Sun January 25, 2015

107th Airlift Wing welcomes new commander

Colonel Robert G. Kilgore New York Air National Guard
Credit New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs / WBFO News

  Just months after gaining a new mission flying the MQ-9 “Reaper,” the 107th Airlift Wing is welcoming a new commander. 

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Residents satisfied with a multi-use Main Street
1:37 am
Sun January 25, 2015

Residents satisfied with a multi-use Main Street

A 1919 Pierce Arrow bus is the first vehicle to officially drive on Main Street's multi-use thoroughfare, Friday afternoon.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

  For those under the age of 30, cars driving on Main Street in Buffalo’s downtown area is a foreign concept. That is, until now.

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