Politics
1:57 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

County Exec calls dedicated road fund proposal a 'fiscal gimmick'

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs (right) and Legislator Edward Rath (left) propose law to direct Auto Bureau excess revenue to a county "Road Fund"
Credit Erie County Clerk's Office / WBFO News

Funding for road repair and snow plowing in Erie County could receive its own dedicated funding source.

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Cultural
10:46 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Rolling Stones to play Ralph Wilson Stadium in July

The Rolling Stones are coming to Buffalo.

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Focus on Education
8:59 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Insight into choosing a career for high school grads

Student in a Western New York Classroom
Credit Courtesy of WBFO/Eilene Buckley

It's that time of year when many households with high school seniors are wrestling and wrangling with career paths, college choices, or, perhaps, the choice of no college at all. Arlene Kaukus, Director of the Career Office at the University at Buffalo, provides some encouraging thoughts for those who may find themselves at a dispiriting time.

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Focus on Education
6:03 am
Tue March 31, 2015

New York teacher's union chief to parents: Opt your kids out of standardized testing

Credit WBFO News File Photo

The leader of the state's largest teachers union is boldly calling on parents to "opt out" of standardized testing.

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Local
5:04 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Cuomo agenda comes up short in final budget

Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Governor Cuomo began the budget season with an ambitious agenda than included a wide array of items that he tied to the budget, including raising the minimum wage, the Dream Act, and reforming the state’s grand jury process. In the end, the governor was forced to retrench on nearly every measure.

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Buffalo Spree's Elizabeth Licata
5:02 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Press Pass: Film in WNY

Interior of the Hamburg Palace
Credit Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

"The Natural," "Buffalo '66" and "Hide in Plain Sight" are just three of the movies filmed in Buffalo over the past 35 years.  The April issue of Buffalo Spree explores film in Western New York.

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Focus on Education
5:01 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Expert shares thoughts on higher education

Laura Perna (left) shared her thoughts on higher education Monday at the University at Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

American higher education suffers from two main problems: getting kids in and keeping them there to get their degrees. That was the message delivered Monday at UB by University of Pennsylvania Higher Education Professor Laura Perna.

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Local
4:54 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Crop insurance change could boost local distilleries

Federal crop insurance for malted barley could benefit local companies like Buffalo Distilling.

The rising number of local craft brewers and craft distillers have one thing in common: a need for malted barley. It's hard to get because of rapidly rising demand and because New York farmers are reluctant to grow it since there is no federal crop insurance.

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Health
4:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Area smoking rate declines

More local residents are kicking the habit. The latest New York State Health Department survey shows Buffalo-Niagara's smoking rate is down by one third compared to five years ago.

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Local
4:04 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Envelope with white powder delivered to Buffalo News building

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The Buffalo Fire Department's Haz-Mat team was called to The Buffalo News building Monday afternoon after an envelope with white powder inside was delivered to the newspaper's offices.

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Local
3:54 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Celebrating women in Buffalo

Women's History Month program for City Hall celebration.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As women's history month comes to a close this week, the city of Buffalo held its annual celebration, "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives" at City Hall Monday. 

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Local
8:41 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Budget framework deal announced

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a framework agreement for a budget deal late Sunday night and hope to begin passing bills Monday to meet the midnight Tuesday deadline.

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Cultural
8:40 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Language most difficult for immigrants & refugees in poverty

Burmese Community Support Center (BCSC) is located on Buffalo’s Westside and run by the Burmese community.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Buffalo grapples with a high poverty rate, many immigrants and refugees are among those struggling. WBFO's Eileen Buckley talked to a Burmese immigrant who is working to help others in our community.

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Art/Theater
8:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Local meteorologist portrays priest in 'Angels Fall'

The cast of Angels Fall at The New Phoenix Theatre in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from The New Phoenix Theatre program.

A play written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson continues on stage at the New Phoenix Theater in Buffalo. As WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, it features a local television meteorologist who portrays a priest in 'Angels Fall.'

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Health
4:43 am
Mon March 30, 2015

New PBS film explores developments in cancer treatments

"Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies" premieres tonight at nine on WNED-TV.

"Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies," a three-part, six-hour film, airs this week on PBS and premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV. For one local doctor, the film reflects the improved realities for those diagnosed with cancer.

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Local
4:30 am
Mon March 30, 2015

City sewers receiving long overdue upgrades

Street storm sewer grate in the city of Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Sewer Authority's long-term plan to end overflows from the sewer system when there is heavy precipitation is moving ahead.

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Local
4:25 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Pieces falling together along Ohio Street

Peg Overdorf of the Valley Community Association has been a force behind improvements along Ohio Street and the adjacent neighborhood.

Go back two years and Ohio Street in Buffalo's First Ward was a crumbling road in a dying neighborhood, flanked by buildings which were either falling down or looking in danger of falling. Today, the community's prospects are considerably brighter.

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Urges legislation to outlaw pay discrimination
11:45 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Schumer pushing wage parity for women

New York Senator Charles Schumer
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

New York Senator Charles Schumer will be speaking in Manhattan today against gender-based wage discrimination.

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National Guardsman collides with ambulance
10:13 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Local soldier killed in auto accident

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

An early morning accident on Saturday has taken the life of a local soldier.

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Focus is how faith helped family with struggles
5:00 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Kelly's subject of PBS broadcast

Jim and Jill Kelly
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his family have made no secret that their religious faith has helped them deal with his cancer diagnosis and other challenges, but most importantly, it helped them deal with their son Hunter's struggle with and ultimate death from Krabbe Disease.

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Crime
10:45 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Underage sex case nets 4 arrests

A year-long investigation has resulted in the arrest of four people in Little Valley on drug and rape charges.

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Legal concerns at the heart of expenses
10:32 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Billions in state spending detailed by DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A report from the New York Comptroller's office shows approval for nearly $9 billion in payments made in the month of February.

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Red Cross is assisting fire victims
10:29 am
Sat March 28, 2015

House fire in Southern Tier displaces family

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A family in Sardinia, New York is being assisted by the Red Cross after a house fire early this morning.

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Local
9:00 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Middle-schooler encourages County Exec to ban vaping in public

Jillian Myers stands third from the right, watching as Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signs the ban on 'vaping' in the county's public places
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

At Friday's signing of a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz read an email letter he had received in favor of the ban.

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Art/Theater
9:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

GBYB presents Cinderella

Elizabeth DiStasio-Waddell, founding artistic director of GBYB & her daughter, 14-year-old Amelia Waddell in the WBFO studio. Amelia shows off her wicked step-sister hairdo for Cinderella.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Dancers ranging in age of five to 65 will perform the classical ballet story of Cinderella Saturday evening.  The Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet performs at UB's Center for the Arts. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the classic tale features over 60-dancers.  

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Local
3:34 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Peace Bridge moving ahead with upgrades

An artist rendering of what the "new" Peace Bridge will look like heading east across the span.
Credit Peace Bridge Authority

A new round of improvements are in store for the Peace Bridge. The bridge authority has approved a nearly $80 million makeover.

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Local
3:24 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

E-cigs banned in Erie County's public places

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signs legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Friday afternoon.

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Cultural
9:28 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Plans to restore former Sattler Broadway Theatre

Inside the former Sattler Broadway Theatre
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Members of an African-American media group say they're teaming with Carl Paladino's Ellicott Development to restore the former Sattler Broadway Theatre in Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says millions of dollars must be raised to begin the restoration. 

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Sports
8:26 am
Fri March 27, 2015

An insider's look at Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid is expected to be a top draft pick this year
Credit Courtesy WJET24, Erie, Pa

Thursday night's overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes leaves the Sabres six points behind the Coyotes with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The team that finds themselves at the very bottom of the standings when the season is over is guaranteed no worse than the second overall draft choice, meaning the Sabres could land super-prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. McDavid is currently the captain of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Eichel is presently a center at Boston University. Both are viewed as franchise players.

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News
7:51 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Do you have unclaimed money being held by the state?

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
Credit WBFO News file photo

Someone has $1.7 million sitting in a dormant account that is now being held by New York State.

In fact, the state has 31 million unclaimed accounts worth $13 billion.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging people to visit www.osc.state.ny.us. Millions of people could end up with unexpected windfalls by simply typing in their names and some other identifying information. Of course, not every person with unclaimed funds will feel like a lottery winner.

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