FEMA funds made available
2:56 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

'Snovember' storm declared a federal disaster

November's massive winter storm dumped more than seven feet of snow on parts of the region.
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FEMA has officially declared parts of Western New York a "major disaster" following last month's massive snowstorm.

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Local
2:08 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

State to consider bulletproof glass on police cars

Lawmakers are considering retrofitting police vehicles with bulletproof glass.
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Legislation to be introduced next session by four state lawmakers would require all police cars across New York be retrofitted with bulletproof glass. The move comes after two New York City officers were gunned down assassination-style in their patrol car over the weekend.

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Crime
1:26 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Authorities find pot growing operation in home day care

A Buffalo woman has been arrested after sheriff's deputies say she was found to be growing marijuana in a residence that was being used as a day care center. 

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Focus on Education
12:46 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

BFT leader voices blunt feelings about King

BTF President Phil Rumore recently speaking to WBFO News from his office.
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The leader of the Buffalo Teachers Federation says he is not disappointed to see State Education Commissioner leave his post. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked to BTF President Phil Rumore about John King's departure at the end of the month.


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Cultural
10:48 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Local woman's menorah collection spans decades

WBFO news contributor Rich Kellman.
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Jews across Western New York are celebrating Hanukkah, which ends at sunset on Wednesday. WBFO special contributor Rich Kellman brings us a story of a local woman who has collected menorahs for a quarter-century.

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Focus on Education
10:36 am
Mon December 22, 2014

City school students explore Hispanic legacy

Buffalo school children tour the Buffalo History Museum and review a Hispanic exhibit.
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The Buffalo Public School District continues to strive for cultural diversity. About 80 elementary students had a chance to explore Hispanic history during a trip to the Buffalo History Museum.

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Local
8:28 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Beyond the Playbook: Bills loss dashes playoff hopes

Buffalo Bills
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The Bills 26-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders dashes any hopes for the playoffs this season. Analyst Matt Sabuda spoke with WBFO's Jay Moran about the game and how the theme "next year" is getting old.

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Local
6:53 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Chad Kelly facing charges after police scuffle

The nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly has landed in more trouble.

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Local
5:08 am
Mon December 22, 2014

More development coming to Ohio Street

This freight house on Ohio Street is targeted for re-development.
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There are signs of yet another building project along Buffalo's burgeoning Ohio Street Corridor.

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Focus on Education
5:01 am
Mon December 22, 2014

City school prepares students for growing hospitality industry

Emerson's facility on Chippewa Street in Buffalo has been training students in the hospitality industry.
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Buffalo has an increasing number of hotels and restaurants and an increasing demand for people to work in them. City schools are looking at that as a way to deal with the demand for more vocational training and the demand for successful schools.

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Local
4:52 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Cyclists celebrate winter in Buffalo

Members of Buffalo by Bicycle celebrated a cold Sunday with a bike ride.
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While many were inside staying warm on a chilly Sunday in Western New York, a few local residents celebrated the Winter Solstice with a bicycle ride from Front Park.

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Sabres recall Schaller & Pysyk from Amerks
3:09 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Sabres recall Schaller & Pysyk from Amerks

Tim Schaller
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The Buffalo Sabres announced, today, the team has recalled forward Tim Schaller and defenseman Mark Pysyk from the Rochester Americans.

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Reports can be filed at State website
10:50 am
Sun December 21, 2014

AG investigates storm related price gouging

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
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New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is continuing an investigation into price gouging following the November storm.

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Sixteen-year-old female shot near Buffalo State
10:44 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Shooting victim dies; identity released

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A Friday night shooting that occurred on Grant Street near the Buffalo State College campus has taken a life.

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Units would be paid for with casino revenues
10:34 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Monday vote on body cams for Falls police

Body Cameras
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The Niagara Falls City Council will decide on Monday whether or not body cameras will be purchased for the city's police force.

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ECHDC to possess 50 acre parcel
10:29 am
Sun December 21, 2014

NFTA to transfer ownership of waterfront land

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority has voted to begin transferring a Fuhrman Boulevard property over to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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Local
12:02 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Soldier surprises family when she appears at BPO concert

Katie Bauman hugs her mother, Mary Beth Bauman-Moyer, moments after their reunion.
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One family's musical tradition became a memory of a lifetime when an Army sergeant who was stationed abroad for years appeared at a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert Saturday night.

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Local
6:52 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Fatal fire in Byron under investigation

The Genesee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal house fire in the Town of Byron.

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CFI hoping to bring free showing to town
11:29 am
Sat December 20, 2014

"The Interview" might play in Buffalo

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The Center for Inquiry is working with SONY Pictures in an effort to bring the controversial movie "The Interview" to Buffalo.

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Forward to make second appearance with team
11:24 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Grigorenko recalled by Sabres

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The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Mikhail Grigorenko.

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energy
7:21 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

New York's fracking ban spurs debate in Pennsylvania

Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned fracking in New York.
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Governor Cuomo's decision to ban fracking in New York is triggering discussion in Pennsylvania, where fracking is big business.  A reporter who covers gas development issues said the industry views Cuomo's

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Legal
5:55 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

You & The Law: Asbestos and worker safety

Across the region over the years, a lot of workers and their families have been exposed to asbestos and face the twin lethal risks of lung cancer and mesothelioma. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney John Lipsitz talks about the issues.

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NFTA to revitalize Metro with $18 million upgrade
5:19 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

NFTA to revitalize Metro with new fare collection system

NFTA Metro Bus
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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is making a big investment towards its future.

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Crime
2:43 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Pretrial hearing held for former Molly's Pub manager

A pretrial hearing is taking place for Jeffrey Basil in Erie County Court Friday morning.
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A pretrial hearing for Jeffery Basil was held in Erie County Court Friday. Basil is accused of pushing William Sager Jr., 28, down the stairs at Molly's Pub on May 11. The fall led to Sager's death two months later.

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Local
2:28 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Phone scam net widening

A local phone scammer has expanded operations further across Western New York.

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Sports
11:14 am
Fri December 19, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills ready to raid Oakland

WBFO's Jay Moran with Matt Sabuda.
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At first look, the Buffalo Bills seem to possess an advantage in talent over this Sunday's opponent, the Oakland Raiders. In WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook," Matt Sabuda says the Raiders also have some talented players, enough to pose problems this weekend.

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Local
9:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Large crowd flocks to opening of Canalside ice canals

Skaters, young and old, took to the ice at Canalside Thursday night.
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After politicians were finished with their speeches and former Buffalo Sabres did a symbolic face-off at what was the site of center ice in the old Memorial Auditorium, onlookers swarmed the new ice rink at Canalside Thursday night.

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Local
8:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Fatal Fire in Byron

6900 block of Caswell Road in Byron, NY.
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The Genesee County Sheriff's office is investigating a fatal fire in the town of Byron.

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Local
8:02 am
Fri December 19, 2014

'The 12 Scams of Christmas'

The 12 Scams of Christmas
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

The Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York is out with its list of "The 12 Scams of Christmas." These Christmas cons may be worth a look as you celebrate the holidays.


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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Buffalo graduation rate dips slightly

Students in their classroom at the Stanley Makowski School in Buffalo.
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The graduation rate in Buffalo's public schools is down slightly, according to numbers released Thursday by the State Education Department.

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