Permanent home will be in St. Louis
11:04 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Kali to leave Buffalo Zoo

Kali the polar bear
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A very popular attraction at the Buffalo Zoo will be heading to a new home.

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Senate leader and son subject of federal probe
10:31 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Skelos arrest could come Monday

New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos
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Reports are indicating that New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, could be arrested as early as Monday.

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Tampered with evidence in man's death
10:13 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Rochester doctor faces felony charge

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A Monroe County judge sentenced a Rochester psychiatrist to the maximum term on a felony charge of tampering with evidence.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Sat May 2, 2015

NYSUT comes to Buffalo for convention and rally

Union members begin to rally in Niagara Square, shortly before NYSUT President Karen Magee took the stage to speak
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The New York State United Teachers union is hosting its annual Representative Assembly in Buffalo on Friday and Saturday.

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Local
6:03 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Top leader of AFL-CIO joins local rally for International Workers Day

Hundreds of union workers and supporters rally in downtown Buffalo's Niagara Square to celebrate International Workers Day
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

International Workers Day was celebrated on Friday, both around the world and in downtown Buffalo. Hundreds of union members and supporters cheered as national AFL-CIO Vice President Tafare Gebre urged them to stand together and fight for their rights.

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Legal
6:00 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

You & The Law: Challenging your tax assessment

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Property taxes are based on a property assessment. On this week's edition of You & The Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Peter Alan Weinmann about challenging that tax assessment.

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Canalside
4:22 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Transforming winter's ice rink into water-filled canals

Credit Brian Meyer/WBFO News

If you think filling a swimming pool is a big task, trying filling the canals at Canalside. A two-day mission is under way that's pumping nearly a half-million gallons of water into canals that in a more frigid season attracted more than 60,000 ice skaters.

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Mayor Brown Budget
2:42 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Brown's 2015-16 budget spends less than current plan

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown details his proposed 2015-16 budget Friday morning in his office.
Credit Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown unveiled a budget proposal Friday which holds the line on residential property taxes, cuts commercial property taxes and is overall $11 million lower than the current spending plan.

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Local
1:27 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Maid of the Mist remains a worldwide draw

Credit File photo

One of the region's oldest and most popular tourist attractions kicked off its 2015 season Friday morning. Maid of the Mist boats are once again ferrying passengers to the base of Niagara Falls.

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Local
12:08 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

North Tonawanda grocery store owner leaves business to employees

Budwey's Market has been a family-owned business in North Tonawanda for 122 years.
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A North Tonawanda family-owned grocery store is changing hands - of sorts.

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UB Medical School
11:49 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Steel frame for massive UB medical school going up

An aerial view of the site of the future UB Medical School.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The build-out of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus is moving full-speed ahead. Crews are busy putting up the new Children's Hospital on High Street and, a few hundred feet away along Main Street, UB's new medical school is going up.

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Politics
9:34 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Lobbyist spent the most money on education in 2014

The annual state report on lobbying finds that $226 million dollars was spent on influencing government leaders in 2014.
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The annual state report on lobbying is out, and it finds that $226 million dollars was spent on influencing government leaders, with the largest amount from education groups.


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Business
9:33 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Five vendors chosen for second small business 'Pop-Up'

Brandye Merriweather of the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation speaks, as Mayor Byron Brown and small business owners listen, as officials announced the start of the second Queen City Pop-Up small business promotion. It runs from May 1 through June 30 in the Pierce Building on the 600 block of Main Street.
Credit Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Beginning Friday and continuing for the next two months, a handful of local retailers will set up shop inside a storefront inside Buffalo's Pierce Building on Main Street. They're the participants in the second Queen City Pop-Up.

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Local
6:45 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Yahoo! celebrates grand opening of second Lockport site

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Local politicians and business leaders had a chance Thursday to look inside Yahoo's burgeoning complex in the Town of Lockport. So far, the Silicon Valley giant has spent around a half-billion dollars on two data centers and a corporate call center, with the latest expansion adding more than 100 jobs

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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Theater Talk: Tony Award nominations announced

Tony Award winning Debbie Gravitte sings songs from the Bond movies and more at Kleinhans Saturday night.

The 69th annual Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning by co-hosts Mary-Louise Parker, past Tony winner, and Bruce Willis (yes, since you just asked yourself, he's going to make his Broadway debut in the upcoming "Misery"). The awards will be handed out on June 7th in a live telecast from Radio City Music Hall, co-hosted by Kristen Chenoweth and Alan Cumming. 

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Local
6:24 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Buffalo Schools back to square one: Weimer may no longer be interested in Superintendent job

Buffalo Schools Classroom
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There's word the leading candidate for Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools may no longer want the job.  Meanwhile, Mayor Byron Brown says he is not pushing for control of the district, but is ready to take charge if necessary.


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Focus on Education
6:03 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Three upstate mayors discuss mayoral control of schools

The Mayors of Rochester, Syracuse & Albany appeared in Buffalo this week at an event hosted by the Women's TAP Fund. The Mayors participated in 'Her Honors', a conversation about women in politics.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes is set to introduce a bill in Albany Monday that calls for mayoral control of the Buffalo Public School District.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met exclusively with three Upstate New York mayors asking if they believe it's a solution for a troubled district. 

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Bank robbery
4:30 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Suspicious device removed from Tonawanda bank holdup

This is an image of the suspect in Thursday afternoon's robbery at the Bank of America branch on Delaware near Sheridan in the Town of Tonawanda.
Credit Courtesy of Town of Tonawanda Police

Police in the Town of Tonawanda are seeking a suspect who held up the Bank of America branch on Delaware Avenue near Sheridan Drive Thursday afternoon and left behind a suspicious device.

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Museum funding
3:07 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Comptroller recommends surplus money be used for science, children's museums

Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is encouraging county officials to approve a $1 million investment in the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Credit sciencebuff.org

Investing in kid-friendly cultural institutions is good for both families and the economy according to Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who is proposing $3 million in capital investments for the Buffalo Museum of Science and the future Explore & More Children's Museum at Canalside.

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Local
12:24 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

New legislation aimed at streamlining child abuse complaints

Doctors, nurses and law enforcement officials who report child abuse to the state hotline may find the system moving faster than ever if new legislation aimed at streamlining the process is approved in Albany. 

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Focus on Education
7:20 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Debate heats up over new Buffalo schools superintendent

The Buffalo School Board met last night
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Buffalo does not yet have a new school superintendent, but interim superintendent Donald Ogilvie might be leaving earlier than the June 30 date his resignation takes effect.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Students serving as art curators

Student artwork
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and First Niagara team together each school season to host the 'Future Curators' program. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Western New York high school students are given the opportunity to serve as real art curators.

Focus on Education
6:35 am
Thu April 30, 2015

State lawmakers debate mayoral control of Buffalo Schools

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The issue of mayoral control of the Buffalo Public School District may be debated in Albany.

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Patti Smith
6:30 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Patti Smith on writing, youth and the cult of fame

Punk icon Patti Smith has been an important figure for decades as a musician, poet, and cultural observer. She is also the author of Just Kids, a book about her life and her relationship with the late artist Robert Mapplethorpe. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with Smith during her recent visit to Just Buffalo's Babel series.

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Cultural
6:29 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Canalside summer concert lineup spans musical genres

One of the biggest draws to downtown Buffalo's waterfront each summer is the Thursday concert series at Canalside.  This year will be no different, with a diverse lineup of 12 acts unveiled Wednesday.

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Local
6:24 am
Thu April 30, 2015

East Aurora recalls connection with Lusitania

The sinking of the Lusitania was one of the major events of the early 20th century.
Credit photo from Jay Moran

It was nearly 100 years ago that the ocean liner Lusitania sunk in the Irish Sea, claiming nearly 1,200 lives. Among those lost was Elbert Hubbard, the East Aurora philosopher, writer and marketing genius.


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Politics
6:17 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Caucus calls for criminal justice overhaul

Assemblyman Phil Ramos, of Long Island, makes a point during a press conference on criminal justice held by the state's Black, Hispanic and Asian Caucus Wednesday.
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The state legislature’s Black, Hispanic and Asians Caucus is reacting events in Baltimore and is calling for swift action on a package of criminal justice reforms that have been stalled in the State Senate.

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Health
6:15 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Cuomo releases blueprint to end AIDS by 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Cuomo introduced a blue print for ending the AIDs epidemic in New York by 2020.

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Buffalo Schools Debate
6:11 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Quinn, Rumore debate Buffalo school issues

Moderator Jim Heaney (center) makes opening remarks as Buffalo School Board member Larry Quinn (left) and Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore await the start of a forum Wednesday in downtown Buffalo.
Credit Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore and school board member Larry Quinn took part in a forum Wednesday about city schools and the various issues related to them.

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Local
3:40 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Kleinhans photo archive to be displayed

Kleinhans Music Hall will be displaying this 220 page album of window displays at the former Kleinhans store in downtown Buffalo.
Credit Kleinhans Music Hall archive

Kleinhans Music Hall will soon be sharing its collection of historic photos and artifacts with the public. The newest addition, unveiled Wednesday, is an old photo album from the former Kleinhans store downtown.

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