Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Theater Talk: RIP Elaine Stritch and summer theater

On this week's Theater Talk, Gabe DiMaio and Anthony Chase discuss the death of theater legend Elaine Stritch.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

School choice & civil rights

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As the Buffalo Public School District continues review of its school choice policy, one national civil rights expert explains how important this issue is across the country.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with the co-writer of "Educational Delusions?" who says many forms of choice make it a complicated matter.

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Local
1:58 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Hamburg superintendent faces charge of filing false report

Richard Jetter is facing a charge of falsely reporting an incident.
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Police in the Village of Hamburg have charged district Superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter with falsely reporting an incident for a situation involving his damaged vehicle.

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Crime
11:46 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Grucza sentenced to 25 years for Toys R Us murder

Grucza, seen in the blue shirt in the background, will spend the next 25 years in prison.
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Bernard Grucza, the admitted killer of Toys R Us manager Laurence Wells, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years probation.

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Local
10:27 am
Thu July 24, 2014

UB announces Distinguished Speakers Series lineup

John Oliver, Comedian, Political Satirist and Host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver"
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The University at Buffalo released the list of guests that will be part of this season’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

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Focus on Education
9:39 am
Thu July 24, 2014

BTF leader says kindergarten 'absolutely critical'

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There may be hundreds more kindergartners in Buffalo Public Schools when classes start in six weeks. Kindergarten is now mandatory for 5-year-olds in city schools.

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Local
8:56 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Cuomo Administration accused of meddling in corruption investigation

One of Governor Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on Governor Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and  another is demanding that Cuomo to resign after an in depth account in the New York Times reports that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.

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Crime
8:55 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Authorities round up members of gang tied to City Grill shootings

Prosecutors and law enforcement officials announced the arrests on Wednesday.
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Several members of what is described as the most violent drug trafficking gang in Western New York have been taken off the streets.

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Local
8:55 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Former cop gets 18 months for selling pot

A former probationary Buffalo police officer is going behind bars for growing and selling marijuana.  James Hamilton Senior will do 18 months in a federal prison.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

State food policy council holds listening session to improve food access

The New York State Council on Food Policy holds meeting at Buffalo City Hall titled: Farm, Food and Policy: Getting It Right in New York State.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A meeting to strategize ways to combat hunger was held in Buffalo Wednesday. The New York State Council on Food Policy held its third listening session as part of its tour across the state.

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Local
4:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Governor signs 'Jackie's Law' to prevent GPS stalking

Jackie Wisniewski's brother David Wisniewski stands between State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes in Niagara Square.
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Governor Cuomo signed a series of laws Wednesday, that that aims to crack down on domestic violence offenders.

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Focus on Education
2:52 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Mandatory kindergarten bill signed for Buffalo schools

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Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill that allows the Buffalo school board to require mandatory kindergarten attendance for 5-year-old children.

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Local
10:22 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Hamburg schools superintendent placed on leave

Hamburg School Board votes unanimously to place Superintendent Jetter on administrative leave.
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The Superintendent of the Hamburg School District has been placed on administrative leave, a move that adds to a growing number of controversies within the district.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on Hamburg School Board meeting.

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Local
10:01 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Urban planning study examines area's future options

Looking over future years to 2040 or 2050, what will this region look like? That depends, according to a study being conducted under the name One Region Forward.

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The Great Outdoors
9:27 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Glamour camping spreads out in WNY

A 16 acre lake is part of the 750 acres that make up The Woods at Bear Creek.
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It's called "glamping," or glamour camping, and its growing popularity has prompted one local businessman to make a major investment in a Cattaraugus County property.

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Local
8:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Hochul takes campaign to Tonawanda

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Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul was out meeting with Town of Tonawanda Democratic politicians Tuesday.

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Business
7:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Praxair expanding with help from state taxpayers

Albany has agreed to provide $10 million worth of performance based incentives to help Praxair expand and modernize its Town of Tonawanda facility. Praxair, the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, had worldwide sales last year of $12 billion.

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Focus on Education
5:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Hamburg superintendent under police investigation

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The village of Hamburg police department has begun an investigation into Hamburg Central schools superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter.

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Environment
4:57 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Planned ferry boat would traverse inner and outer harbors

Ferry services to link Canalside and the outer harbor.
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A new bike and pedestrian ferry is coming to Canalside in downtown Buffalo. Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced plans for the water taxi on Tuesday.

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Legal
3:22 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Homeowner's family argues last Flight 3407 lawsuit

Karen Wielinski spoke publicly about surviving Flight 3407 in May of 2009 during NTSB hearings.
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A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday in State Supreme Court Tuesday regarding legal claims being made by the family who lived in the home destroyed when Flight 3407 crashed into it in February 2009.

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Focus on Education
12:20 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Canisius College hires Collins to lead advancement

William Collins, former principal and co-founder of Travers Collins, hired at Canisius College.

A high-profile public relations expert has been hired by Canisius College in Buffalo to serve as vice president of Institutional Advancement at Canisius.

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Cultural
10:05 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Exhibit honors life of former first lady, Buffalo native Frances Folsom Cleveland

Frances Folsom Cleveland memorabilia
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A celebration of the 150th birthday of Frances Folsom Cleveland, an exhibit is now on display at the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse. The display highlights the life and legacy of the former first lady, who was a Buffalo native.

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Stratford Festival
8:43 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Actor Mike Shara discusses Stratford Festival roles

At the Stratford Festival this season, veteran actor Mike Shara is keeping busy, performing in three of the big shows.

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Focus on Education
8:23 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Charter school prepares for move to Holy Angels site

The Charter School for Applied Technologies makes the move this fall into the former Holy Angels Academy.
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The Charter School for Applied Technologies is working through the many preparations needed before classes start at the former site of Holy Angels Academy.

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Health Care Coverage
6:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

BlueCross BlueShield drops local Medicaid program

Thousands of people across the region will soon have to find a new Medicaid provider. BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York is getting out of the business.

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Governor's Race
6:38 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Poll shows wide gap in Governor's race

A new poll shows Republican Rob Astorino trailing in the Governor's race by 37 points.
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A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day shows incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger.

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Crime
3:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cartagena found guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter

Candance Cartagena was found guilty of murdering her daughter Monday in Erie County Court.
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A judge has found Candace Cartagena guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter Bianca in their East Amherst home in 2010.

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Local
1:21 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

British fish and chip shop opens in Buffalo

Assemblyman Michael Kearns, Mayor Byron Brown, Vicky and Damian Parker celebrate the opening of British Chippy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

An authentic British fish and chip shop opened Monday in South Buffalo. The British-born owners of the English Pork Pie Co. in Buffalo have opened a new shop called British Chippy, located next door to the business on South Park Avenue.

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Focus on Education
12:53 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Daemen makes list of 'Great Colleges To Work For'

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Daemen College in Amherst has made the Chronicle for Higher Education's "Honor Roll" as one of the Top Ten small four-year institutions to work for in the United States.

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Local
11:21 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Toddler critical following East side hit-and-run

A two-year-old girl is in critical condition at Women and Children's Hospital after police say she was struck Sunday night in an apparent hit-and-run.

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