Local
4:37 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Opening Pegula complex the 'center' of attention

Rink One at HARBORCENTER can seat 2,000 spectators.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Opening ceremonies began Thursday for HARBORCENTER, one the most ambitious development projects ever constructed in downtown Buffalo.

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Health
1:26 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

ECMC, Women and Children's added to state's list of Ebola hospitals

ECMC is now a designated Ebola care hospital.
Credit File photo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that two more hospitals have received designations to treat potential Ebola patients, both of them in Buffalo.

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Local
1:17 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Homeowners reach settlement in lone Flight 3407 trial

The Wielinski family, including widow Karen (l.) and her three daughters, has reached a settlement with the airlines involved in the crash of Flight 3407.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A settlement has been reached in the only case to go to trial following the crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Clarence Center.

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Local
11:54 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Tonawanda News shutting down after 134 years

The Tonawanda News announced Thursday it will cease publication as of January 31. The newspaper says economic conditions have made the operation unsustainable. 

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Local
11:50 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Lawmakers call for additional emergency gates on Skyway

Buffalo Common Councilmember Christopher Scanlon and Senator Tim Kennedy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Sen. Tim Kennedy and Buffalo Common Councilmember Christopher Scanlon are urging the New York State Department of Transportation to install gates on all Skyway on-ramps.

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Local
8:06 am
Thu October 30, 2014

HarborCenter Tim Hortons opens its doors

A line formed outside the new Tim Hortons at HarborCenter for the official opening this morning
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

The first of many official openings happened Thursday morning at the HarborCenter, with the grand opening of the Tim Hortons location there. 


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Cultural
8:04 am
Thu October 30, 2014

How Shark Girl came to be

Shark Girl sitting at Canalside in Buffalo
Credit Ashley Hirtzel

When Shark Girl moved into Buffalo in August she started a conversation via social media as to where she came from and what her sculpture Casey Riordan Millard was thinking by creating her. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel talked with Canalside visitors and sat down with the artist and to find out how Shark Girl came to be.

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Focus on Education
8:01 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Say Yes Buffalo picks up national recognition award for collaboration

Local Say Yes Buffalo team traveled to Washington, D.C.
Credit Photo from Samuel Radford's Facebook page

Say Yes Buffalo leaders had a chance to share their story as they appeared before a national panel.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says were invited to share how the local community has worked together for the college scholarship program.

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Politics
8:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Reporter reviews Reed/Robertson debate in Olean

The 23rd Congressional race has been marked by negative attack ads. That acrimony, however, was not on display Wednesday night when the candidates, Republican Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Martha Robertson, debated at Olean High School.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Local college hoops teams pay tribute to Buffalo Braves

With Columbia blue as the main color, Canisius College will wear uniforms that resemble the uniforms worn by the Buffalo Braves for road games from 1973-1978.
Credit photo courtesy Matt Lozar, Canisius College

Plans were announced Wednesday for the first Big 4 Basketball Classic on Saturday, November 29, at First Niagara Center. Planners may have scored with fans by designing special throwback uniforms that feature the colors of the Buffalo Braves.

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Local
6:45 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Changes taking off at Jamestown Airport

There's a new airline flying out of Jamestown offering connections to Pittsburgh.

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Focus on Education
6:31 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Expanded vocational programs coming to Buffalo schools

Credit WBFO News file photo

When eighth graders in Buffalo go to pick their high schools next year, their choices will be different from what they were this year.

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Local
5:33 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Arson a possibility in Howard Street fire

Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield provided an update on Tuesday's massive blaze on Howard Street.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Investigators are still looking for the cause of a four-alarm fire that destroyed a Howard Street warehouse Tuesday.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Higgins, Weppner debate at St. Joe's

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute teacher Ted Lina, Republican candidate Kathy Weppner and Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A debate between Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins and Republican challenger Kathy Weppner took place at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Wednesday morning. The candidates are vying for the 26th Congressional District seat.

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Local
1:21 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hospice Buffalo unveils newly renovated facilities

Hospice Buffalo Renovations
Credit Courtesy of Hospice Buffalo

Hospice Buffalo cut the ribbon today on it's newly renovated facilities in Cheektowaga. 


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Local
1:11 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Poloncarz warns ECC lawsuit could delay high-tech job training

Erie Community College's construction of a new $30-million academic building on it's north campus has brought up an old debate over whether the college should have three separate campuses or one central location downtown.  It's a debate that's headed to court and could lead to project delays.


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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Computers For Children enhancing reading for students

Tapestry Charter students from other countries are engaged in using The Reading Companion program.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Tapestry Charter School students are receiving 200 computers with a special reading program. Computers For Children has teamed with IBM and First Niagara to provide The Reading Companion program, cloud-based software with voice recognition to help students improve their reading.   As WBFO'S Focus on Education reports, the App is especially helpful to international students.

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Local
9:41 am
Wed October 29, 2014

McCarthy sees some Election Day surprises

Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy in our WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo

A tight race is winding down in the 143rd Assembly District where two candidates are vying for the seat once held by Dennis Gabryszak. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says Republicans are feeling confident in a district that has been a Democratic stronghold for many years. 

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Canadian Affairs
6:30 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Canadian mental health center calls for marijuana legalization

Canada's largest addiction and mental health treatment and research center is calling for the legalization of marijuana. The director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto says the current system of controls no longer works.

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Local
5:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Local officials sorting through Ebola guidelines

Dr. Gale Burstein is Erie County's Health Commissioner.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

State and federal officials disagree on the guidelines for those who may have been exposed to Ebola. The disagreement is not preventing local officials from being prepared.

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Local
5:15 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Medaille president leaving post

Citing unspecified health reasons, Medaille College President Richard Jurasek says he's retiring at the end of the academic year.

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Local
5:49 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Massive four-alarm blaze destroys Buffalo warehouse: Fire marshals investigating origins

4-alarm blaze on Howard Street causing smoky conditions.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Buffalo Fire Marshals are looking for the cause of yesterday's four-alarm blaze that leveled a warehouse on the city's east side and spread to several neighboring buildings.

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Local
4:17 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Baby giraffe born at The Buffalo Zoo

The male giraffe calf was born last Friday to first-time parents.
Credit Kelly Brown/The Buffalo Zoo

The Buffalo Zoo is celebrating the birth of a baby giraffe.

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Crime
11:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Kuzdzal sentenced to 50 years-to-life for murder of Eain Brooks

Matthew Kuzdzal in New York State Supreme Court during his sentencing hearing.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The man convicted in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks was sentenced to 50 years-to-life in prison in State Supreme Court Tuesday morning.

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Cultural
9:45 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Members weigh in on Albright-Knox expansion

Credit File photo

For Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Janne Siren, it's time for a listening tour as the cultural center looks to an expanded future.

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Local
6:06 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Night out ends tragically with drowning in Cazenovia Creek

Buffalo Police say the victim entered Cazenovia Creek near South Legion Drive.
Credit Google Maps

A night out with friends has ended tragically in South Buffalo.  Buffalo police say a man rescued from Cazenovia Creek overnight has died.  


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Focus on Education
6:05 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Press Pass: Buffalo teachers contract negotiations

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

Buffalo teachers have been without a new union contract for the last 12 years. But over the past decade there has been a major change in education. In this Press Pass conversation, WBFO's Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Tiffany Lankes about planned negotiations between the Buffalo School District and teachers union.

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Local
6:01 am
Tue October 28, 2014

District says Buffalo schools prepared for Ebola

Buffalo School District Medical Director Dr. Steven Lana
Credit WBFO News/Chris Caya

"Better safe than sorry" is how the Buffalo School District is preparing for the possible arrival of Ebola.

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Local
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Access concerns raised over Michigan Avenue plan

Common Council members are expected to vote on a plan that would grant control of a portion of Michigan Avenue to General Mills. The issue has raised concerns over public access to the City Ship Canal.

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Local
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Pegulas donate to Cuomo-Hochul campaign

Terry Pegula
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Buffalo Bills and Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula appear to be throwing their support behind Governor Cuomo for this year's gubernatorial race.

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