Crime
5:01 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Basil's attorney seeking lesser charge

Jeffrey Basil faces a murder charge in the death of William Sager, Jr.
Credit File photo

Attorneys for the man accused of killing another man by throwing him down a flight of stairs in a Buffalo bar in May were in court Monday to request that charges be reduced from murder to manslaughter.

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Focus on Education
2:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

New diploma options for student career paths; CTE, STEM or Arts

Student in a Western New York classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The New York State Board of Regents has cleared the way for a new career pathways for high school students aimed at improving graduation rates.

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Health
1:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Erie County launches campaign to eradicate home lead threats

"Wipe Out Lead" launched with texting and billboard campaign.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

In an effort to reduce lead hazards in area homes, Erie County announced the “Wipe Out Lead” billboard and texting campaign Monday. The county received federal funds to help eradicate lead poisoning across the region.

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Local
1:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Sheriff Howard working on gun issues

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When someone dies leaving behind guns or loses a pistol permit, there is very little done to put those guns into safer or legal hands.  Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard says he is actively working to get the weapons into the legally correct hands.

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Science/Technology
10:47 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Coffee war over single-serve cups heats up

Keurig is facing competition for its single-serve coffee cup technology.
Credit WBFO News

An unusual coffee war, that has been percolating, has now boiled over. A Canadian coffee roaster recently filed a lawsuit against American coffee giant Keurig over what it claims is an attempt to maintain a near monopoly and keep single-serve coffee prices artificially high. 

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Beyond the Playbook
8:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills edge the Vikings

Outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park
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The Buffalo Bills 17-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings showed both sides of the team, says Matt Sabuda in Monday morning's "Beyond the Playbook" on WBFO.

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Local
7:31 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Red Cross assisting 40 families after blaze at Niagara Falls apartment complex

The American Red Cross is providing support to as many as 40 families today following an early morning blaze at a multiple-unit apartment complex in Niagara Falls.

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Local
5:28 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Underground infrastructure creates problems on city streets

Buffalo Public Work crews
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Buffalo really doesn't like those shoddy road patches covering new underground work like telecommunications lines. The city has rules covering such problems and the Public Works Commissioner says they are enforced.

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Mishandling of gun suspected in tragic mishap
12:07 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Medina student in accidental shooting identified

Seal of the Village of Medina
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The Orleans County Sheriff's Office has identified Jacob Stahl as the victim in what is being termed an accidental shooting on Friday.

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Chemical mixture in lab leads to blast
11:53 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Explosion at U of R injures students

University of Rochester
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Three University of Rochester students were hospitalized after an explosion at the school yesterday.

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Individual tracking can be invasion of privacy
11:45 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Schumer working to limit GPS tracking

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
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New York Senator Charles Schumer is moving to propose legislation that would limit the use of GPS trackers.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Allegany Artisans Tour's 27th year features 39 studios

Allegany Artisans
Credit Photo from Allegay Artisans

What is considered one of the oldest studio tours in the country continues Sunday near the beautiful Genesee River in Allgeany County.  It the 27th annual Allegany Artisans Studio Tour.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with H.M. Bateman with Allegany Artisans. She said  39-studios will be opened to the public across the towns of Allegany.

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Cultural
8:54 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Singing the blues in downtown Buffalo

Tommy Z and Billy The Kid joined forces at Saturday night's Blues Bash
Eileen Elibol/WNED

If you ask Ontario resident Susie Chase, there's nothing quite like spending a Saturday night listening to the blues in downtown Buffalo.

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Order seeks clear communication and protocols
11:27 am
Sat October 18, 2014

State directive for handling Ebola cases issued

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The New York State Acting Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker, has issued a directive regarding the handling of Ebola cases in the state.

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Local
6:02 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Depew hosts sled hockey tournament

Lancaster-native Adam Page, US Paralympic Sled Hockey Team
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The Depew Saints Hockey Club hosts its' first ever sled hockey tournament at Depew ice rink this weekend in response to what appears to be a growing interest in the sport. 


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Local
5:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Buffalo joins effort to end deadly shootings

New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams talks to reporters in City Hall after meeting with some Buffalo Common Council members and community activists.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

To help reduce deadly shootings, the City of Buffalo is joining the National Network to Combat Gun Violence.

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Focus on Education
5:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Buffalo school students enjoy Neglia's Baba Yaga

Neglia ballet performs Baba Yaga Friday to Buffalo school children.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some 1,600 Buffalo Public School children were dazzled by the high-energy performance of Neglia Ballet's Baba Yaga. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Neglia continues to provide the free performance as part of its "On School Time" program.

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Focus on Education
5:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Hawkins campaigns against charter schools, Common Core

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared outside Lafayette High School in Buffalo Friday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Governor Cuomo has turned his attention to how the state would deal with Ebola, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared in Buffalo Friday campaigning against charter schools, Common Core and Fracking. 

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Local
2:58 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Refugees receive certification to open home daycares

Program Specialist for the Buffalo Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Project Shannon Linehan and Childcare Resource Network Education Specialist Michelle Wilson with aspiring refugee business owners who received NYS certification to open home daycares Friday.
Credit Journey's End Refugee Services

A group of refugees received New York State certifications to open their own in home daycare centers Friday. The seven aspiring business owners were among three groups this year to receive certifications through the Buffalo Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Project.

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Health
9:25 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Local nurses train for Ebola

Inside the Erie County Public Health Lab.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Local nurses are being trained to respond to Ebola.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says union nurses are learning how to put on protective gear and respond to an Ebola patient.

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Health
9:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Cuomo outlines state's Ebola preparedness plan

NYS designates 8 hospitals to treat potential Ebola patients. No hospital in Buffalo was selected.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is taking steps to prepare for possible cases of Ebola in New York.

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Local
7:47 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Health Commissioner's unique experience helpful in Ebola preparedness training

The epicenter of the Ebola virus outbreak is in several West-African countries.
Credit Courtesy: Sierra Leone Cultural Alliance of Western New York, Inc./WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Health Commissioner Doctor Gale Burstein is watching Ebola with professional knowledge, both as a former epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and someone who spent part of her medical training working in a hospital in the African nation of Zambia.


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Beyond the Playbook
7:28 am
Fri October 17, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills and Vikings share common frustrations

With the Buffalo Bills hosting the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday, Matt Sabuda notes some common traits between the two franchises. As he points out on Friday's "Beyond the Playbook," fans of both franchises would like to forget what they have in common.

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Focus on Education
7:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Fredonia debuts $60 million science center

SUNY Fredonia's new $60 million science center will be dedicated Friday.
Credit fredonia.edu

When it comes to the State University of New York at Fredonia, most people think of the arts and education.  But with today’s opening of a new science building, that’s about to change.

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Local
7:07 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Poverty and Homelessness in Niagara Falls: "Homeless for a Night"

Credit Courtesy of www.LeadershipNiagara.com

Leadership Niagara is hosting an overnight event in Niagara Falls tonight with the idea of engaging conversation about the area's growing problem with poverty and homelessness. 


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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Theater Talk: "Blood Type: Ragu" opens at the Smith

While the first round of plays for most theaters are winding down, and before the next cycle, there is still plenty of theater.  And coming up, "Ain't Misbehavin'" at Musicalfare and "The Children's Hour" at New Phoenix Theater, which offers a very intimate experience.  "Blood Type: Ragu" is at the Smith, and is all about growing up Italian.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Legislature blocks reopening of Amigone crematory

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Erie County legislators on Thursday blocked the reopening of a controversial crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.


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Canadian Affairs
4:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Summit highlights the region's cross-border relationship

Officials and business owners from both sides of the border were in Buffalo Thursday discussing ways to boost the economy.

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Business
1:40 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

43North unveils 11 finalists, two from WNY

43North officials announce 11 finalists.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Eleven finalists were announced in the 43North business plan competition Thursday. The contestants are competing for $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million dollars. Each of the competitor is guaranteed to receive a cash prize of at least $250,000.

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Thu October 16, 2014

School Board begins search for permanent superintendent

Tim Kremer of the State School Boards Association, foreground, discussed the city's superintendent vacancy Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With the Buffalo Public School system once again operating under an interim superintendent, the school board is starting the process of looking for a permanent boss.

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