Crime
2:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Westfield women, 61, dead in apparent homicide

A Google street view of 8448 Titus Rd., where the apparent homicide took place.
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An apparent homicide is under investigation in the Chautauqua County community of Westfield.

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Focus on Education
1:26 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

New South Buffalo Charter School allows room to grow

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Just ahead of the start of the school year, students cut the ribbon Thursday on the new South Buffalo Charter School. The $21 million facility on South Ogden Street opens Monday with an enrollment of about 800 students in grades K-8.

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Art/Theater
1:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Torn Space Theater brings 'STOREHOUSE' to Silo City

Writer/director Dan Shanahan adds boxing to the many elements utilized in his production of "STONEHOUSE."
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Accolades and large crowds accompanied "Motion Picture," the site-specific piece produced for Silo City in 2013 by Torn Space Theater. Producers hope to replicate that success this weekend with "STOREHOUSE."

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Focus on Education
7:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

School board approves teacher layoffs

The Buffalo School Board approved a plan for teacher layoffs by a vote of 6-to-2.
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The Buffalo Board of Education voted Wednesday night to lay off 63 teachers.

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Health
7:26 am
Thu August 21, 2014

UB among SUNY campuses funded for overdose antidotes

Syringe
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Twelve SUNY campuses across New York State have received funding to equip campus police with the life-saving heroin antidote Naloxone also known as Narcan. The initiative aims to combat the epidemic of heroin overdose nationwide.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Leader of Buffalo schools gaining ground 'one foothold at a time’

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie in studio
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Interim Buffalo Public Schools Superintendent Donald Ogilvie is now in his sixth full week on the job. Ogilvie is tackling many issues that have lingered over the troubled city school district for several years. In this Focus on Education interview, WBFO's Eileen Buckley sat down with Ogilvie to discuss a variety of education topics.

Listen to Eileen Buckley's extended interview with interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.

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City of Lockport
6:43 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Lockport facing financial crisis

Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey addresses city's fiscal problems.
Credit Photo by Chr / WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

To help close a large deficit, Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey says the city will end its ambulance service next month. State auditors blame poor record keeping for the city's financial problems. 

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Local
4:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Hospital says 'no evidence' of Jim Kelly's cancer

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Initial exams at a New York City hospital show Jim Kelly to be cancer-free.

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Local
3:25 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Organizers turning up the heat for this year's Wing Festival

National Buffalo Wing Festival Founder Drew Cerza joined by President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara Patrick Kaler and Mayor Byron Brown.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A preview of the 13th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival was held in downtown Buffalo Wednesday. The event takes place on August 30 and 31 at Coca Cola Field.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Poll: Cuomo maintains 2-to-1 lead over Astorino

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a big lead over his Republican challenger.
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The latest numbers suggest Governor Andrew Cuomo could win by a landslide in his bid for re-election this fall.

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Environment
10:18 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Environmental group monitoring pollution from Dupont plant

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Local activists are calling on state and federal agencies to help reduce the amount of toxic chemicals pumped into the air in Tonawanda. EPA data shows DuPont's Yerkes Plant, near the intersection of River Road and Sheridan Drive, is a major polluter.

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Local
10:06 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Niagara Street being beautified into city gateway

Mayor Byron Brown and local leaders announce construction to begin on Niagara Street.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A major gateway construction project will begin in downtown Buffalo this week. The $16.3 million multi-phase roadway rehabilitation will extend along Niagara Street.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New charter school proposed for city’s West Side

Fred Saia, president of Oneida Concrete and founder of Applied Charter School of Technology & Frank Herstek, consultant with Western New York Education Service Council want to create the Smart Academy, a new charter school.

A new charter school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade is being proposed for Buffalo's West Side. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learned exclusively about plans to open the SMART Academy. 

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Local
9:03 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Democratic primary foes debate city issues

Tensions were evident during the debate between State Senator Tim Kennedy and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Democrats are fighting over State Legislature seats in Buffalo. The candidates debated Tuesday night in the Burchfield Penney Art Center during an event sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

State Republican hopefuls meet with local Conservatives

Republican candidate for Comptroller Robert Antonacci made a campaign stop in Buffalo Tuesday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and State Comptroller candidate Robert Antonacci were at the Erie County Conservative Party summer picnic yesterday, looking to ignite enthusiasm among local political activists.

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Local
8:24 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Business group ranks legislative voting records

An upstate pro business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans.

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Sports
5:17 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Report: Bills bidders to submit formal offers in two weeks

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A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills sale timetable tells The Associated Press that the process is entering the final stage with prospective buyers asked to submit formal bids in two weeks.

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Local
1:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Postles, Buttino among new class of Hall of Fame broadcasters

Don Postles, Chris Musial and Tony Buttino.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association announced its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees Tuesday.

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Crime
1:12 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Former Eden wrestling coach admits to raping two juveniles

A former wrestling coach in the Eden School District has pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree rape after admitting to engaging in sexual intercourse with two juveniles.

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Local
12:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Yearly canal inspection begins in Buffalo

The "Tug Syracuse" left Canalside in Buffalo Tuesday morning for the start of the state canal system's annual inspection.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The annual mandated inspection of state canal system got underway in downtown Buffalo Tuesday morning.

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Focus on Education
12:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Buffalo School District set to expand pre-K

Buffalo Public School District registration sign.
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A round of state funding is allowing the Buffalo Public School District to expand its pre-kindergarten program.  The governor is providing $340 million to 81 school districts and community groups statewide for pre-kindergarten programs.

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Local
8:45 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Landmark Ulrich's Tavern re-opens

The Hauptman-Woodword Medical Institute is visible in the background as partiers stand outside Ulrich's Tavern at their re-opening celebration.

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

A Buffalo landmark re-opened yesterday with a street party and a lot of beer. It may not have been the beer Ulrich's Tavern sold when it opened 146 years ago, but much of it was local, fitting for a neighborhood that was once known for its breweries.

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Local
7:16 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Public weighs in on proposed Elmwood Avenue project

Renderings of a four story retail and residential building proposed by Ellicott Development for the corner of Elmwood and Delavan.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

Over recent years, there have been a series of fights about development along Elmwood Avenue in the Elmwood Village. Some of the standard issues surfaced again last night as details of a major project at Elmwood and Delavan were explained at a public meeting at the Buffalo History Museum sponsored by the Elmwood Village Association.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

SUNY reaches agreement to improve its sexual assault policy

UB's South Campus in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

SUNY has agreed to make improvements to obeying Title IX when dealing with sexual assaults. That agreement was reached last November according to an Albany report. Last week, in WBFO's Focus on Education report, we reviewed the University at Buffalo's policy that already follows many federal recommendations. 

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Health
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Local immigrants help raise funds for Ebola epicenters

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

A group of local West-African immigrants have created a new organization that will help raise money to assist poor countries battling the Ebola outbreak. The Save Africa/End Ebola organization is collecting funds to purchase much needed medical supplies.

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Focus on Education
5:11 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Buffalo's waterfront history literacy lesson: History of Buffalo Graphic Novel

The History of Buffalo Graphic Novel created through a summer project hosted by Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara at Canalside.
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Some area school students participated in a summer-time literacy project.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students created the History of Buffalo Graphic Novel to promote reading while learning about the city's waterfront history. 

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Sports
2:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Buffalo to host 2015, 2016 NHL Combine

HarborCenter will partially host the 2015 and 2016 NHL Combine.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The National Hockey League announced Monday that the league's annual scouting combine will be held in Buffalo in 2015 and 2016. 

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Cultural
1:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Library mural first of many planned public artworks

Tape Art Executive Director Kristen Carbone working on the public mural.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new public art piece is being constructed outside the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. The mural is one of several that will be put up as part of an Albright-Knox Art Gallery initiative across Erie County. A public art project is expected to be installed at Canalside over the next few weeks.

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Local
1:19 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Kearns calls for Bills stadium group to hold open meeting

The New Stadium Working Group last met April 1.
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Assemblyman Michael Kearns is calling for an emergency meeting of the New Stadium Working Group be held in public. The advisory group, formed to explore whether a new stadium or a retrofit to Ralph Wilson Stadium is appropriate, last met April 1.

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Local
9:56 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Developer seeks brownfield credit to renovate former Buffalo gas station

The gas station at Delaware and Delavan that Ellicott Development plans to operate under its own brand.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

Ellicott Development may be involved in a major project around the Fort Erie Race Track, but it's still adding much smaller projects to its portfolio.

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