Local
5:01 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gun rights supporters rally in Buffalo

Gun rights advocates rallied in Buffalo Tuesday.
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond

On a bitterly cold and snowy afternoon, gun rights supporters rallied Tuesday outside the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo to voice opposition to long gun registration rules which kicked in at midnight.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The next ‘Giants of Buffalo’: Journalists & best-selling authors Herbeck & Michel

News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel in the WBFO studio. They will lead a discussion in journalism and honored as the 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum, Friday, April 18th.
Credit WBFO News photo

Two award winning local journalists will be honored this Friday as the next 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum.  Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel will lead a discussion in journalism.  Both are co-authors of the New York Times best seller -- American Terrorist.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sat down with the reporters who have interviewed some of the most notorious criminals of our time.

New York Governor
10:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Paladino drops bid to woo Trump, will support Astorino

Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino is now throwing his full support behind Republican gubernatorial Rob Astorino. 

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Child Abuse
8:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Poloncarz proposes child protection measures

County Executive Mark Poloncarz with Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer and Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe
Credit Photo by Chris Caya / WBFO News

An overhaul of the state's Child Protective Services law is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He says the county has taken steps to improve its procedures -- but New York's current law hasn't changed much since it was enacted more than 40 years ago.

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Local
8:35 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Council approves new Canalside operator

Plans for Canalside continue to become reality.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The Common Council cleared the way yesterday for Global Spectrum to take over operations in Canalside.

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Sports
5:24 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Sabres lose draft lottery; GM, coach reflect on 'unacceptable' season

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Ted Nolan recap season at First Niagara Center.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Buffalo Sabres just can't seem to catch a break in what has been a season of suffering.  The Sabres lost the lottery held in Toronto Tuesday night to determine which of the non-playoff teams would get the top draft pick in the NHL draft this June.

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Local
11:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Assault weapon registration deadline is today

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

April 15 , besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police. Gun owners who do want to comply say they are confused over how to register.

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Environment
10:38 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant

Army Corps Project Manager Mike Greer discusses the effort to rid local waterways of the hydrilla plant.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

There is yet another invasive species starting to spread across area waterways and the Army Corps of Engineers has an herbicide ready as the plant blossoms in Tonawanda Creek.

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Focus on Education
9:53 am
Tue April 15, 2014

U.S. Attorney to review alleged forgery on Buffalo school document

Buffalo parent Timeka Jones says her name was forged on school improvement documents from the Harvey Austin School.
Credit WBFO News file photo

There are more twists in an ongoing alleged forgery case in the Buffalo Public School District. The District Parent Coordinating Council is calling on the federal government to investigate.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Massive school reconstruction project coming to an end

Buffalo's vast school rehab program is winding down, with the Joint Schools Construction Board slated to go out of business June 30.

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Environment
9:25 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades

Credit city-buffalo.com/Home/City_Departments/BSA

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries.

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Focus on Education
9:24 am
Tue April 15, 2014

City high school seniors encouraged to apply for Say Yes

Say Yes Buffalo banner outside Medaille College, one of the schools participating in the scholarship program.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new deadline is nearing for Buffalo Public high school seniors to complete scholarship applications for Say Yes Buffalo.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says city students are encouraged to apply so they can attend college.

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Business
5:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

City unveils tool for redevelopment of historic buildings

Mayor Byron Brown unveils 'Preservation Ready Study' at the Planning Mill located on Elm Street in downtown Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

A new study was released Monday to steer developers to historic buildings ready for re-purposing in downtown Buffalo. The ‘Preservation Ready Survey’ is expected to make it easier for developers to see which buildings are eligible for historic preservation tax credits and incentives.

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Focus on Education
4:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Schumer urges restoration of school safety cuts

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the Department of Education to restore federal funding for school safety programs.

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Crime
12:55 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Former Buffalo cop pleads guilty to injury fraud

U.S. Attorney William Hochul (second from right) outlines the plea taken by former police officer Patrick O'Mara.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

A retired Buffalo police officer has pleaded guilty to defrauding his Injured On Duty status. 

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Business
10:13 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Business competition aims to encourage entrepreneurship among students

Entrepreneurs.
Credit AGmakonts / Some Rights Reserved

Aspiring entrepreneurs at the University at Buffalo will participate in a rapid-fire competition expected prepare them for pitching business ideas to potential financial backers. Seventy-five student teams will have 90 seconds to deliver their idea to a panel of six judges.

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Local
9:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Extra funding from Albany to fix winter-damaged roads

Crews making pothole repairs on area roads.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Local governments are getting some extra funding from Albany to fix roads badly damaged by this winter's brutal weather. The new state budget provides an extra $40 million for road repair.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on the funding for much needed road repair in Erie County.

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Focus on Education
9:26 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Building a mobile solar house on UB's South Campus

UBs GRoW House. This photo shows the Garden Box room.
Credit Photo from UB's Architecture and Planning School.

A mobile, solar house GRoW house is being constructed on the University at Buffalo's South Campus.

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Business
8:54 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Press Pass: Is it time to upgrade the Bisons' ballpark?

Buffalo Bisons sign outside Coca-Cola Field on Swan Street, downtown.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Should Coca-Cola Field -- home to the Buffalo Bisons -- undergo a modernization?  That's the question recently explored by Buffalo News reporter Brian Meyer in an extensive news article.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley discusses the future of the ballpark with Meyer in this morning's Press Pass conversation.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

High lake levels exist after heavy winter snows

Lake Erie ice and snow cover from winter 2013-14 in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Somewhere out under the thousands of square miles of ice on the Great Lakes is water, much of it visible on the Buffalo Waterfront as it eventually flows under the ice boom. It will be a little higher this year for boating season.

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Station recognized at BEMA Awards banquet
5:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

WBFO named Radio Station of the Year

BEMA Award, 2014 Radio Station of the Year
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

WBFO has been named the Radio Station of the Year.

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Report indicates Police knew of abuse
10:37 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Bullying behind mother's push for teen fight

Niagara Falls Police
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Niagara Falls resident Eula McCray was arrested last week on multiple charges for forcing her teenage daughter into a fight.

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Rabid raccoon identified in Niagara County
10:53 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Rabies reported in Western New York

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The region's first case of rabies for the year has been reported.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

You & The Law: Foreign bank accounts

Do you have a bank account outside the United States? On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney James Bandoblu talks about foreign accounts and foreign income.

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Local
4:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Distracted driving blitz underway

Credit File photo

If you text and drive, law enforcement will have an eye out for you in the coming days.

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Local
2:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Increase in hazardous rail cargo raising concerns on both sides of the border

Credit File photo

WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

Some municipal politicians in Toronto are urging the Canadian government to lift the secrecy surrounding hazardous cargo hauled by trains. It has become a sensitive issue in both Canada and the U.S. after a series of train accidents in the past year.

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Health
1:26 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Dementia symposium raises awareness, connects people to care

Alzheimer’s Association Executive Director Leilani Pelletier.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Western New York Alzheimer’s Association held a Dementia Care Symposium in Cheektowaga Friday. The day-long event aims to spread awareness about the disease and how to get help for loved ones at risk.

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Local
12:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Winter ice delays start of Seaway shipping season

Credit greatlakes-seaway.com

WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

It's a late opening for the St. Lawrence Seaway this season. In fact, it's the latest start in five years. The reason is, the harsh winter has led to some of the worst ice conditions in the Great Lakes in decades.

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Focus on Education
11:09 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Buffalo Public School students encouraged to take on a reading challenge

Students from PS #32 Bennett Park Montessori help Mayor Brown kick-off summer reading challenge.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown kicked off his 13th annual Reading Rules! Kids Summer Reading Challenge  program Thursday. The program challenges city students to maintain and improve their reading during the summer months.

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Local
9:31 am
Fri April 11, 2014

County leaders reject library district

Erie County Legislators rejected a resolution of support for a new library district.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and eight members of the Erie County Legislature agree on one issue: they don't want the library system turned into a separate taxing district.

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