Fleet Services Initative
5:08 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

County Clerk, Bills encourage businesses to "renew local"

Buffalo Bills Vice President of Operations and Guest Experience Andy Major, left, and Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs stand in front of one of the Buffalo Bills' numerous vehicles. The Bills renewed registrations for 15 of their vehicles through an initiative launched by Jacobs.
Credit Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs says businesses can help generate extra revenue for the county if they renew their vehicles' registrations locally. He detailed his new initiative at the home of one of its first clients.

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Focus on Education
3:41 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

School Board Member Quinn calls for new superintendent search

Buffalo School Board members.
Credit WBFO News file photo

After much controversy over the selection of a new Buffalo schools superintendent School Board Member Larry Quinn says it is time to move forward.

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Visit Buffalo Niagara ice cream
12:30 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Visit Buffalo Niagara treats tourists to ice cream

Patrick Kaler, President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara, holds one of the estimated 200 servings of ice cream handed out free to tourists Wednesday.
Credit Michael Mroziak, WBFO

How did one local tourism group welcome visitors Wednesday, and mark National Travel and Tourism Week? They handed out free ice cream.

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Focus on Education
11:34 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Charter school gets federal grant for improving attendance & counseling

Charter School for Applied Technologies students at the Buffalo location off Hertel Avenue.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A Buffalo area charter school is getting assistance in dealing with attendance and behavioral issues.  The Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) recently received a $575,700 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant program.

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Focus on Education
10:38 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Learning Summit to discuss teacher evaluations

Math teacher at the Kalfas Magnet School in Niagara Falls teaches Math.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The New York State Board of Regents will be hosting an invite-only 'Learning Summit' Thursday in Albany.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with Western New York's Regents representative about addressing teacher evaluations.   

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Focus on Education
9:59 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Catholic School Advisory Board taps Bennett's expertise

Robert Bennett, former NYS Board of Regents member.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Long-time New York State Board of Regents member Robert Bennett will offer his expertise to the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Bishop Richard Malone announced that Robert Bennett has been appointed to serve on the Catholic School Advisory Board.  

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Mass Ave Project Expansion
9:57 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Massachusetts Ave. Project seeks OK to expand

An image from Massachusetts Avenue Project's website hints at the changes they'd like to make on their urban farm.
Credit Courtesy mass-ave.org

The Massachusetts Avenue Project is looking to build a bigger permanent structure on the grounds of its urban farm on Buffalo's Lower West Side that would better house its mix of food education, food production and social change advocacy.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Family Promise assisting homeless mothers

Family Promise of Western New York Executive Director Charlie LeFevre in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A local organization is working to assist homeless women. As Sunday mark Mother's Day Family Promise of Western New York has launched a Mother's Day Campaign reaching out for donations. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley met with Family Promise Executive Director Charlie LeFevre learning that some women could be spending Mother's Day on the streets.

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Local
8:47 am
Wed May 6, 2015

City planners approve new Checkers in North Buffalo

The new Checkers would be located at 2001 Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo
Credit Courtesy Google Maps

A popular drive-thru hamburger joint will be setting up shop in North Buffalo later this year. 

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Local
6:00 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Buffalo State's Nepali students raise awareness for victims in their devastated homeland

Presentation given at the Buffalo State College Nepali Student Association's earthquake relief information session
Ram Rai, Associate Professor of Physics at Buffalo State College

As Nepal continues to be dug out from the aftermath of an earthquake, some of its natives are gathering in Buffalo to help combat the devastation.

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Local
5:12 am
Wed May 6, 2015

New public art unveiled at Canalside

"Silent Poets," the work of Jaume Plensa, has been installed at Canalside.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Another public artwork Silent Poets  has been installed at Canalside. Visitors will find the two poets sitting about 20-feet in the air on platforms atop separate poles in the Great Lawn next to the Central Wharf.

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Focus on Education
4:38 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Parent group criticizes Buffalo school budget

The District Parent Coordinating Council met Tuesday night at Makowski School.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Buffalo school system's largest parents group says the proposed budget fails. During a meeting in Makowski School, the District Parent Coordinating Council voted "no confidence" regarding the budget slated to be approved a week from today.

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Local
4:32 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Skelos maintains that he's "innocent"

Credit WBFO File Photo

Major newspapers have posted editorials calling for the Senate Leader, Dean Skelos, to resign after the Senator and his son have been accused of running a corruption scam. But so far, Skelos is hanging on, and Republicans are trying hard to carry on business as usual.

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AM&A's Building Renovation
2:42 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Conversion of old AM&A's building gets approval

Credit WBFO file photo

After about two months worth of trips to the Buffalo Planning Board followed by adjustments to the construction plan, final approval was given Tuesday morning to renovate the former AM&A's building at 377 Main Street in downtown Buffalo.

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Local
10:52 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Judge tosses out Basil verdict

Jeffry Basil during his first trial.
Credit WBFO News file photo from 'Pool photo'

A judge has tossed out the verdict in the Jeffrey Basil trial.  The defense called for a mistrial following Basil's conviction after learning a juror failed to disclose prior military service and a felony charge.

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Local
10:34 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Expert insight into the case against Skelos

Buffalo Attorney Terry Connors
Credit Courtesy of www.connors-vilardo.com

A Buffalo attorney is shedding some light on the federal corruption case against New York's top Republican.  Prosecutors claim Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos used his office for financial gains. 

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Local
9:51 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Despite corruption charges, Skelos remains in leadership post

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' Oath of Office in January of 2105.
Credit WBFO News photo from video clip of Skelos

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who turned himself in to federal authorities on corruption charges Monday, will remain as the head of the Senate, his republican members announced after a more than three hour closed door meeting Monday night.

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Local
9:30 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Movie shoot draws large crowds along Kensington Expressway

Filming for the movie along a closed Kensington Expressway in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Hundreds of people interested in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 found out Monday night movie making can be an exercise in boredom if you aren't involved. 

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Local
9:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Medical campus growth creating issues in surrounding neighborhoods

Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood surrounds the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Fruit Belt residents say they want to stay where they are living and not be pushed out by the expanding Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).

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Local
8:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Some calling for Skelos to resign

NYS Senator Tim Kennedy.
Credit WBFO News file photo

While the court system is just starting to work through the corruption charges filed against Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, calls for his resignation are already emerging. 

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TMNT2
6:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Press Pass: Hollywood shelling out cash for 'Turtles' shoot

The poster for the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, released in 2014. The sequel, parts of which are being shot in Buffalo, is slated for release in 2016.

This week on WBFO's Press Pass, Pat Feldballe speaks with Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark about the economic impact of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 filming in Buffalo, which got underway on Route 33 Monday evening.

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Sports
5:00 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Thomas: Kelly's NFL draft appearance "another perfect moment"

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, left, shares a moment with his daughter Erin at the National Football League Draft late last week in Chicago.
Credit Courtesy Erin Kelly's Instagram Account

Count one of Jim Kelly's former teammates among those who was moved by the former Buffalo Bills quarterback's appearance at the National Football League Draft late last week, following a successful battle with cancer.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Senate leader surrenders to federal authorities on corruption charges

Senate leader Dean Skelos faces corruption charges in connection with an alleged scheme where he used his political position to enrich himself and his son.
Credit nysenate.gov

The leader of the State Senate, Dean Skelos, surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning and was charged with six counts of corruption, including bribery and extortion, in connection with an alleged scheme that used his political position to enrich himself and his son.

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Bak USA
2:27 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Golisano makes major investment in tablet-maker Bak USA

JP Bak, co-founder of the computer tablet maker Bak USA, speaks during a Monday morning announcement confirming a major investment into the company by billionaire businessman Tom Golisano.
Credit Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Billionaire businessman Tom Golisano, whose history includes founding PayChex Inc. and ownership of the Buffalo Sabres, is making a "major investment" into a young Buffalo-based company.

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Focus on Education
10:19 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Focus on Education: Student Voices Part II

Area high school students participated in our 'Student Voices' focus groups
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

There are several barriers students say prevent them from academic success.  From peer-pressure to difficult family and home environments to bullying and navigating their social media accounts.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley continues with our 'Focus on Education: Student Voices' series high school students from charter, suburban and private schools reveal their stresses. 


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Local
8:57 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Rainforest Cafe coming to Niagara Falls

A Rainforest Cafe restaurant
Credit Courtesy of http://www.rainforestcafe.com/

Niagara Falls, New York, will soon be home to a new Rainforest Cafe restaurant.

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TMNT2
8:32 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Lights, camera, action: Road closure begins tonight for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 shoot

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Shooting gets underway in Buffalo Monday night for the film "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2." 

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Buffalo Development
8:26 am
Mon May 4, 2015

City officials looking for proposals for Ellicott Street redevelopment

201 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY
Credit Courtesy of google maps

This week, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown will issue a request for proposals for the redevelopment of 201 Ellicott Street, located between Clinton and East Eagle Streets.

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Local
8:09 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Buffalo River becoming more popular among rowers

Saint Mary's Rowing Crew
Credit WBFO News File Photo

For decades, the focus of rowing activity has been on the Black Rock Channel along the Niagara River. That has changed with the arrival of the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association on the relatively sheltered Buffalo River.

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports that's becoming an increasingly busy river for floating objects of all sizes.


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Focus on Education
7:58 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Debate continues over Buffalo School Superintendent

Buffalo School Board majority Members Larry Quinn & Jay McCarthy.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Members  of the Buffalo School Board's majority haven't given up on Emerson Principal James Weimer taking the superintendent's position. Meanwhile, the board's minority faction is still pushing for a wider search for a superintendent, possibly even a long-term national hunt. 

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