Local
8:41 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Budget framework deal announced

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Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a framework agreement for a budget deal late Sunday night and hope to begin passing bills Monday to meet the midnight Tuesday deadline.

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Local
8:40 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Language most difficult for immigrants & refugees in poverty

Burmese Community Support Center (BCSC) is located on Buffalo’s Westside and run by the Burmese community.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Buffalo grapples with a high poverty rate, many immigrants and refugees are among those struggling. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked to a Burmese immigrant who is working to help others in our community.

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Art/Theater
8:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Local meteorologist portrays priest in Angels Fall

The cast of Angels Fall at The New Phoenix Theatre in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from The New Phoenix Theatre program.

A play written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson continues on stage at the New Phoenix Theater in Buffalo.  As WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, it features a local television meteorologist who portrays a priest in Angles Fall.

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Local
4:43 am
Mon March 30, 2015

New PBS film explores developments in cancer treatments

"Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies" premieres tonight at nine on WNED-TV.

"Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies," a three-part, six-hour film, airs this week on PBS and premieres tonight at nine on WNED-TV. For one local doctor, the film reflects the improved realities for those diagnosed with cancer.

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News
4:30 am
Mon March 30, 2015

City sewers receiving long overdue upgrades

Street storm sewer grate in the city of Buffalo.
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The Buffalo Sewer Authority's long-term plan to end overflows from the sewer system when there is heavy precipitation is moving ahead, million dollars by million dollars.

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Local
4:25 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Pieces falling together along Ohio Street

Peg Overdorf of the Valley Community Association has been a force behind improvements along Ohio Street and the adjacent neighborhood.

Go back two years and Ohio Street in Buffalo's First Ward was a crumbling road in a dying neighborhood, flanked by buildings which were either falling down or looking in danger of falling.  Today, the community's  prospects are considerably brighter.

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Urges legislation to outlaw pay discrimination
11:45 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Schumer pushing wage parity for women

New York Senator Charles Schumer
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New York Senator Charles Schumer will be speaking in Manhattan today against gender-based wage discrimination.

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National Guardsman collides with ambulance
10:13 am
Sun March 29, 2015

Local soldier killed in auto accident

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An early morning accident on Saturday has taken the life of a local soldier.

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Focus is how faith helped family with struggles
5:00 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Kellys subject of PBS broadcast

Jim and Jill Kelly
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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and his family have made no secret that their religious faith has helped them deal with his cancer diagnosis and other challenges, but most importantly, it helped them deal with their son Hunter's struggle with and ultimate death from Krabbe Disease.

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Crime
10:45 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Underage sex case nets 4 arrests

A year-long investigation has resulted in the arrest of four people in Little Valley on drug and rape charges.

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Legal concerns at the heart of expenses
10:32 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Billions in state spending detailed by DiNapoli

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
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A report from the New York Comptroller's office shows approval for nearly $9 billion in payments made in the month of February.

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Red Cross is assisting fire victims
10:29 am
Sat March 28, 2015

House fire in Southern Tier displaces family

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A family in Sardinia, New York is being assisted by the Red Cross after a house fire early this morning.

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Local
9:00 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Middle-schooler encourages County Exec to ban vaping in public

Jillian Myers stands third from the right, watching as Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signs the ban on 'vaping' in the county's public places
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

At Friday's signing of a ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz read an email letter he had received in favor of the ban.

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Art/Theater
9:00 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

GBYB presents Cinderella

Elizabeth DiStasio-Waddell, founding artistic director of GBYB & her daughter, 14-year-old Amelia Waddell in the WBFO studio. Amelia shows off her wicked step-sister hairdo for Cinderella.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Dancers ranging in age of five to 65 will perform the classical ballet story of Cinderella Saturday evening.  The Greater Buffalo Youth Ballet performs at UB's Center for the Arts. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the classic tale features over 60-dancers.  

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Local
3:34 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Peace Bridge moving ahead with upgrades

An artist rendering of what the "new" Peace Bridge will look like heading east across the span.
Credit Peace Bridge Authority

A new round of improvements are in store for the Peace Bridge. The bridge authority has approved a nearly $80 million makeover.

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Local
3:24 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

E-cigs banned in Erie County's public places

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signs legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed legislation banning the use of electronic cigarettes in public places, Friday afternoon.

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Cultural
9:28 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Plans to restore former Sattler Broadway Theatre

Inside the former Sattler Broadway Theatre
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Members of an African-American media group say they're teaming with Carl Paladino's Ellicott Development to restore the former Sattler Broadway Theatre in Buffalo.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says millions of dollars must be raised to begin the restoration. 

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Sports
8:26 am
Fri March 27, 2015

An insider's look at Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid is expected to be a top draft pick this year
Credit Courtesy WJET24, Erie, Pa

Thursday night's overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes leaves the Sabres six points behind the Coyotes with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The team that finds themselves at the very bottom of the standings when the season is over is guaranteed no worse than the second overall draft choice, meaning the Sabres could land super-prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. McDavid is currently the captain of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Eichel is presently a center at Boston University. Both are viewed as franchise players.

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News
7:51 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Do you have unclaimed money being held by the state?

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
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Someone has $1.7 million sitting in a dormant account that is now being held by New York State.

In fact, the state has 31 million unclaimed accounts worth $13 billion.

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is urging people to visit www.osc.state.ny.us. Millions of people could end up with unexpected windfalls by simply typing in their names and some other identifying information. Of course, not every person with unclaimed funds will feel like a lottery winner.

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Local
5:11 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Poloncarz highlights the positive in State of the County address

A large crowd gathered at the Central Library for the State of the County address delivered by County Executive Poloncarz.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Erie County Executive Poloncarz on Thursday kicked off his re-election campaign with his State of the County address while two potential challengers stood just a a few feet away.

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Local
5:01 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Maple producers adapting to new rules as harvest arrives

It's the busy time of year for area maple producers, like Maple Glen Sugar in Gowanda.
Credit photo courtesy of Maple Glen

Across Upstate New York and much of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, this is Maple Week.

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Local
4:49 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Budget battle focuses of education spending, minimum wage

Teachers flood the capital to protest Governor Cuomo's education policies.
Credit Photo from Karen Dewitt

The state Assembly, Senate and Governor Cuomo continue to work on sticking points in the state budget, as yet another item has now been dropped from the spending plan, raising the state’s minimum wage.

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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Theater Talk: Buffalo Quickies and some short runs

Matt Witten narrates Goethe's play "Egmont" about the tragic hero who fought for liberty against tyranny.

As the nomination period for the Tony Awards draws close, Anthony ventures to Broadway to take in the musical "On the 20th Century" with Kristen Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, "The Audience" with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, and "Disgraced" presenting the real lives of Disney princesses - and it's NOT for children (just those who once were).  Meanwhile, both stages at the Alleyway Theatre Complex are busy.

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Local
5:51 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

NFTA delays needed upgrades

The NFTA's new budget does not fund overdue improvements to Metro Rail stations even though some escalators no longer work.

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Focus on Education
5:07 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

NYSED issues warning to Ken-Ton on state testing

Ken-Ton School Board.
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WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has obtained a letter from the New York State Education Department to the Kenmore Tonawanda School Board President in response to this week's vote to consider a possible boycott against state assessments.

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Local
11:31 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Report: Alzheimer's patients left out in diagnosis

A new report reveals that only 45 percent of Alzheimer's patients are told of their diagnosis by their doctors.

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Focus on Education
11:16 am
Thu March 26, 2015

City school parents get warning letter on state tests

Copy of letter sent by interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie to city parents regarding state assessments.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As many school districts around the region struggling with the fight over high-stakes testing, Buffalo School Board members discussed the issue at Wednesday night's lengthy meeting.

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Focus on Education
10:20 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Buffalo School Board battles through marathon session

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The Buffalo Board of Education convened Wednesday's meeting at 5:30 p.m. After a session of issues, controversy and some name calling, the meeting was adjourned around midnight.

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Local
10:19 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Keeping local veterans connected to health services

Buffalo's VA on Bailey Avenue.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Work continues to improve health care services for veterans nationwide.    Last year it was revealed there were long wait times for vets at VA clinics. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley checked in with the leader of Buffalo's VA to discuss the challenges for local veterans.

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Sports
7:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The philosophy behind losing

Bill Hoppe's photo of Sabres practice earlier in the week of Cody McCormick.
Credit Photo from Bill Hoppe's Twitter feed.

Two of the worst teams in the National Hockey League play in Buffalo Thursday night. The Sabres take on Arizona at First Niagara Center.  In this week's edition of Behind the Bench, Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe tells WBFO's Eileen Buckley it should be an interesting matchup.

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