Local
11:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Women's history explored throughout March

Sawrie Becker, Commissioner of Office of Public Advocacy with Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.
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Women's History Month places the spotlight on those whose contributions may have previously gone unnoticed. Sawrie Becker, commissioner of Office of Public Advocacy with the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, says women's history offers valuable lessons. "Courage is probably the most important thing. To be willing to take a stand when it may not be the popular thing to do."

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Local
9:48 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Small plane crash kills three native Western New Yorkers

Drummer Ted Reinhardt dies with two other friends in small plane crash in Norfolk, Virginia.
Credit Photo from Reinhadt's Facebook page.

A small plane crash in Virginia has taken the lives of three Western New York natives.  The four-seat Mooney aircraft clipped treetops, flipped over and crashed as the pilot attempted to land at an airport near Norfolk, Virginia, early Wednesday morning killing the pilot and his two passengers. 

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Focus on Education
9:08 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Teachers union raises concerns at Riverside

Students heading into Riverside High School.
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The Buffalo Teachers Federation says there were 10 fights in Riverside High School on Tuesday. Union President Phil Rumore said it has to stop, but City Hall isn't responding.

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Local
9:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Shea's 2015-2016 lineup includes new production of "Wizard of Oz"

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Shea’s Performing Arts Center has once again teamed up with Broadway Partner Albert Nocciolino in  releasing it's lineup for the coming 2015-2016 season.  

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Thousands rally for more charter schools

Credit Photo from Karen Dewitt

It was the charter schools’ turn to rally at the State Capitol Wednesday in support of Governor Cuomo’s proposal to allow 100 more charter schools in New York.

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Local
8:08 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Garth Brooks concerts: What fans need to know

Garth Brooks performs on Good Morning America
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County music legend Garth Brooks is appearing at First Niagara Center this weekend. The first of six concerts is set for Thursday night.  Traffic in the area of FNC is expected to be snarled, especially on Friday and Saturday when back to back concerts will mean people coming and going about the same time. 

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres trade deadline deals

Sabres practice at Harborcenter Wednesday.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

The NHL trade deadline was somewhat of a distraction for some members of the Buffalo Sabres.  In this week's 'Behind the Bench', WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe.

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Delayed rock salt delivery a challenge for WNY
6:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Delayed delivery of rock salt challenging municipalities

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What has turned out to be a long and arduous winter has meant extra time on the road for municipal highway crews, and extra demand for one of the season’s most precious commodities.

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Local
5:01 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Sports tourism brings dollars to local economy

The presence of HarborCenter is helping to draw tourist dollars to Western New York.
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With tournaments involving bowling, swimming and diving, and lots of hockey, sports tourism is expected to pump $3 million into the region's economy this weekend.

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Local
4:51 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Local businesses look for export opportunities

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara President Erin Cole.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Interest in exporting locally-made products overseas appears to be growing. An organization that helps companies navigate international trade has been gaining new members. 

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Highway departments get ahead of flooding
5:54 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Highway departments get ahead of flooding

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With temperatures expected to rise into the mid-30s this weekend, and into the 40s next week, highway departments across Western New York are getting ahead of possible flooding from melting snow.

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Local
5:00 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

County works on snow piles to avoid flooding

Erie County Department of Public Works snow removal this season.
Credit Photo from Department of Public Works

With the forecast calling for warmer weather, local highway departments have been getting an extra jump on snow removal to avoid any flooding. WBFO’s Avery Schneider spoke to Highway Superintendents and brings us this report.

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Sports
2:09 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Buffalo Bills acquire Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel

Minnesota Vikings to acquire QB Matt Cassel
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The Buffalo Bills announced the team has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire Quarterback Matt Cassel and an undisclosed draft choice in exchange for undisclosed draft choices.

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Local
1:23 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Pridgen puts management of Town Gardens on notice

Darius Pridgen's video of the snowy, iced covered sidewalks outside Town Gardens apartments.
Credit Photo from Darius Pridgen's Facebook video.

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen is outraged by the snow and ice conditions around the Town Gardens apartments on Clinton Street.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the U.S. Post Office notified the lawmaker that there will be no mail delivery due to unsafe conditions.

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Local
12:44 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Niagara Falls Water Board advises customers to keep water trickling

Niagara Falls Water Board advises customers to leave water trickling to avoid frozen pipes.
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Thousands of Niagara Falls residents are being advised to keep the water trickling.


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Local
11:53 am
Wed March 4, 2015

March tradition benefits Hospice

Flowers for Hospice Bouquet sale.
Credit Photo from Hospice Facebook page.

With over 600 volunteers, the 29th annual Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale is expected to raise $300,000 for Hospice Buffalo in the coming days. Rose Collins, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, said Hospice provides families of those with severe illnesses "a compassionate, skilled way to look after your loved one and give them quality time in the time that remains." 

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Future school leadership search

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie is searching for a deputy superintendent.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie continues the search process for a new deputy superintendent.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says that person could become the future superintendent.

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Local
9:24 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Nickname debate draws hundreds to Lancaster High School

The cafeteria at Lancaster High School hosted a large crowd on Tuesday night.
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Passions are running high in the ongoing discussion regarding the nickname for Lancaster High School. On Tuesday night, supporters and detractors sat down to share their thoughts on the matter.

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Art/Theater
9:23 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Buffalo Silver Band: 100-years of entertaining

Bill Cocca,David Myrow & Michael Van Der Puy are members of the Buffalo Silver Band.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the region's oldest cultural organizations is celebrating its Centennial Year.  The Buffalo Silver Band has been entertaining local audiences for 100-years. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with some members of the brass band about their legacy.

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Local
5:14 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Increased tourism boosts demand for city cabs

Buffalo is going to get 25 new cab licenses and 25 livery cab licenses. Officials say they are responding to a growing demand.

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Local
5:02 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Questions surround use of state budget surplus

Governor Cuomo outlined budget successes during his State of the State speech.
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Governor Cuomo is taking credit for the state budget’s turn around from huge gaps to healthy surpluses, but a watchdog group says  Cuomo is relying on future funds that have not yet materialized .

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Local
1:28 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Cuomo proposes minimum wage hike at Buffalo appearance

Governor Cuomo launches his fight for a higher minimum wage while appearing at the Boys and Girls and Club on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo Tuesday.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Buffalo Tuesday to push for increasing New York's minimum wage. 

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Focus on Education
11:39 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Parent leader says ‘school choice’ leaves out City Honors & Olmsted

Students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo.
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Thousands of Buffalo Public School children now eligible to request a transfer out what are deemed failing schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a parent leader who explains the transfer period is underway through the end of this month. 


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Local
11:07 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Lancaster Schools to hold forum to discuss controversial "redskins" mascot

Banner over Central Avenue in Lancaster in support of keeping the name.
Credit Photo from Keep The Tradition Alive Organization Facebook page.

Lancaster School District officials are slated to hold a forum Tuesday night inviting public comment about its controversial mascot.

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Focus on Education
10:53 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Villa hires new athletic director as it applies for NCAA Division III

Don Silveri hired as Villa Maria College's athletic director & men's basketball coach.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A local, private college is trying to entice more students as it moves into NCAA Division III membership sports. Villa Maria College has hired a new athletic director and head coach of men's baseball.  Don Silveri is the former head coach of men's basketball at Daemen College. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Silveri brings 38-years of experience to Villa where his career began.

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Focus on Education
10:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

UB transforms C3 dining center into 'Hunger Games' theme

UB's North Campus, Amherst, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The University at Buffalo has transformed its campus dinning complex into a scene out of the 'Hunger Games'.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with the organizers for Tuesday night's event open to the school and public. 

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Officials discuss merits of daytime curfew

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Some believe a daytime city curfew for students 17 and under would improve Buffalo Public School attendance and reduce youth crime. The concept was discussed at a Monday meeting.

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Local
7:32 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory: Snow, freezing rain, sleet on the way for your ride home

Snow vehicle in past storm in downtown Buffalo.
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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory beginning at noon Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday.


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Focus on Education
4:52 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Questions raised in review of school construction costs

Since joining the Buffalo School Board, Carl Paladino has been reviewing the money spent on school reconstruction.
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Buffalo's Joint Schools Construction Board is involved in an escalating fight over how much profit LP Ciminelli made in managing the 11-year old project. Nearly $1.5 billion was spent in updating Buffalo schools.

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Focus on Education
4:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Hundreds of teachers rally in Albany

Teachers voiced their thoughts on Governor Cuomo's education reforms on Monday.
Credit Photo from Karen Dewitt

Hundreds of teachers are rallied at the State Capitol late Monday, saying they are calling out Cuomo for what they say is his anti-public school agenda.

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