Local
8:22 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Fatal Fire in Byron

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 a list we should all pay attention to - "The 12 Scams of Christmas."


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Local
5:12 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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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
4:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Legislators propose database for future emergencies

Legislators spent Thursday's session reviewing lessons learned during the November storm.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

During the Snowvember storm, emergency workers were busy, ferrying people stuck in their homes to medical treatment. Officials are now developing a plan to have a list of those needing long-term help.

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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Theater Talk: Mr. and Mrs. Claus come out, conquer Martians, and save Christmas during the Blitz..

"It WAS a Wonderful Life" celebrates former famous Buffalonians at Forest Lawn.

Two versions of “A Christmas Carol” – one with Mike Randall at the Sheridan-Parkside Community Center Theatre and one (32 years running!) at the Alleyway – continue as does “Miracle on South Division Street” (by “Over the Tavern” playwright Tom Dudzick) at the Roycroft Pavilion in East Aurora and “Jerry’s Girls” presented by O’Connell and Company at the Park School in Snyder. Nothing says Christmas like an extraterrestrial or two and “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” is up at the Grange Theatre in Hamburg.

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Focus on Education
2:45 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Buffalo graduation rate dips slightly

Students in their classroom at the Stanley Makowski School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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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Focus on Education
2:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Buffalo School District 'can’t accept' fact-finding report

Buffalo Public School teachers past pickets.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilive says the District will not accept the released fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract.

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Environment
2:17 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Renewable energy projects to begin on West Side

PUSH Buffalo Executive Director Aaron Bartley, Senator Tim Kennedy, Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Buffalo Common Councilmember David Rivera announce the renewable energy funds.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

PUSH Buffalo announced three renewable energy projects on the city’s West Side Thursday. The New York Regional Economic Development Council awarded $902,980 for the projects from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

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Health
1:55 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

State proposes medical marijuana regulations

New York officials have proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. 

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Crime
1:06 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Batavia man charged in death of infant son

A Batavia man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of his infant son. 

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Local
9:57 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Frack ban draws ire from business interests

Past anti-fracking projects in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

While anti-fracking organizations are celebrating a state ban against the gas extraction process, gas and business interests say they are outraged. WBFO's Eileen Buckley has reaction from both sides.

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Local
9:14 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Albany correspondent offers insight on fracking decision

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Environmentalists are celebrating while gas companies are fuming over Governor Cuomo's decision to ban hydro fracking in New York State for the near future. Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt provides some insight into the decision in an interview with WBFO's Morning Edition host Jay Moran.

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Local
8:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

School board questions teacher, principal and school ratings

Buffalo School Board Members discuss teacher evaluations
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The Buffalo school board debated issues surrounding the state's teacher and principal evaluation system Wednesday night.


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Local
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Canalside ice rinks opening to the public

The ice is ready for skating at Canalside.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

After years of planning and effort, the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront reaches another milestone Thursday night with the grand opening of the "Ice at Canalside."

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Local
7:53 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Local artist gets probation for transporting child porn

A prominent local artist who lost his post after a child pornography arrest has been sentenced to two years probation after pleading to a lesser charge.


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Local
7:01 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Escaped prisoner in custody

Thomas Walsh
Credit Courtesy of Crime Stoppers

An escaped prisoner is back in custody. Thomas Walsh, 29, reportedly turned himself in to Orchard Park Police yesterday after about 24 hours on the run. 

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Local
3:41 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Cuomo administration moves to ban fracking in New York

Credit File photo

Environmentalists are celebrating after Gov.Cuomo said there will be no hydrofracking in New York for now, citing inconclusive scientific evidence on the health effects of the gas drilling process.

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Local
3:17 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Council staffers, activists protest against excessive force by police

Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen, and Councilmember’s David Rivera and Michael LoCurto participated in the rally
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Buffalo Common Council staffers and local activists held a peaceful protest on the steps of City Hall Wednesday. The rally is in response to the lack of indictments in both Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and was inspired by the recent walkout of congressional staff and a demonstration by New York City Council members.

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Focus on Education
1:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

BTF says 'fact-finding' report on teachers contract is ready

Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

WBFO News has learned that the long-awaited fact-finding report on the Buffalo teachers contract has been released, but remains embargo.  Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore tells WBFO News he can't comment on it until after midnight Wednesday.

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Local
12:56 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Labatt holding 8th annual Pond Hockey Tournament at RiverWorks

Rink at RiverWorks
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

The 8th Annual Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament is slated for the weekend of February 20th.  The popular event will be held at RiverWorks for the second year now in a row.


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Local
12:40 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

New app to help improve cross-border travel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection unveiled the Border Wait Time app
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Crossing the border into the United States may have gotten a little more convenient. U.S. Customs and Border Protection unveiled the Border Wait Time app Wednesday. It will provide travelers with estimated wait times and open lane status at bridges.

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Local
11:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Divided opinions uncovered over Olean street reconstruction

Olean residents will become accustomed to the sounds of road construction over the next two years as the city's main thoroughfare, North Union Street, undergoes a $9 million reconstruction. The impact of the project has been the subject of community debate.

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Local
11:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Buffalo Police forum draws large crowd; Commissioner supports body cameras

A wide range of opinions on Buffalo Police were heard at Mount Olive Baptist Church Tuesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There were many opinions on policing in Buffalo Tuesday night, many of which were shouted out during a raucous forum in Mount Olive Baptist Church sponsored by Mayor Byron Brown.

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Focus on Education
9:13 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Young students receive a lesson on ‘Eight Nights of Tzedkah’

Temple Beth Zion Assistant Rabbi Adam Scheldt leads pre-schoolers in a lesson on the 'Eight Nights of Tzedkah'.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Menorah lightings were held Tuesday night marking the first night of Hanukkah. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited Temple Beth Zion's Play And Learn School in Amherst where preschoolers received a lesson on the Jewish tradition. 

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Local
6:53 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Batavia police investigating death of baby

Batavia police
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Batavia Police are investigating the death of a six-month-old baby. 

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Local
6:44 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Reward offered for escaped inmate

Thomas Walsh escaped from custody
Credit Courtesy of Crime Stoppers

Erie County Sheriff Deputies are on the look out for a prisoner who escaped from custody following a court date.


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Local
4:55 am
Wed December 17, 2014

UB research examines melting ice cap

Beata Csatho is an associate professor in UB's Geology Department.
Credit Photo courtesy of UB

A UB professor says computer programs are not accurately measuring the melting of the Greenland ice cap.

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Local
5:08 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Public housing to replace downtrodden Niagara Falls structures

Map of the new 'Walnut Avenue Homes' project.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

New public housing will be built in the City of Niagara Falls. The Walnut Avenue Homes will include 41 new units that will span over several blocks. A groundbreaking ceremony for the project took place Tuesday.

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Focus on Education
4:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Inaccurate ratings for some Buffalo school teachers

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie explains the mistakes in the recent teacher evaluations.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District says mistakes were made in the teacher evaluation process.  More than 100 city school teachers and principals received ratings of 'effective' or 'highly effective',  but should have been rated 'ineffective'.

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Local
3:37 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Southwest Airlines employees picket outside airport

Southwest employees, members of TWU Local 555, outside of the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

After going more than three years without a contract, picket lines went up at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and more than a dozen other airports across the country on Tuesday.

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