Mishandling of gun suspected in tragic mishap
12:07 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Medina student in accidental shooting identified

Seal of the Village of Medina
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The Orleans County Sheriff's Office has identified Jacob Stahl as the victim in what is being termed an accidental shooting on Friday.

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Chemical mixture in lab leads to blast
11:53 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Explosion at U of R injures students

University of Rochester
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Three University of Rochester students were hospitalized after an explosion at the school yesterday.

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Individual tracking can be invasion of privacy
11:45 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Schumer working to limit GPS tracking

US Senator Charles Schumer
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New York Senator Charles Schumer is moving to propose legislation that would limit the use of GPS trackers.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Allegany Artisans Tour's 27th year features 39 studios

Allegany Artisans
Credit Photo from Allegay Artisans

What is considered one of the oldest studio tours in the country continues Sunday near the beautiful Genesee River in Allgeany County.  It the 27th annual Allegany Artisans Studio Tour.   WBFO'S Eileen Buckley spoke with H.M. Bateman with Allegany Artisans. She said  39-studios will be opened to the public across the towns of Allegany.

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Cultural
8:54 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Singing the blues in downtown Buffalo

Tommy Z and Billy The Kid joined forces at Saturday night's Blues Bash
Eileen Elibol/WNED

If you ask Ontario resident Susie Chase, there's nothing quite like spending a Saturday night listening to the blues in downtown Buffalo.

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Order seeks clear communication and protocols
11:27 am
Sat October 18, 2014

State directive for handling Ebola cases issued

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The New York State Acting Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker, has issued a directive regarding the handling of Ebola cases in the state.

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Local
6:02 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Depew hosts sled hockey tournament

Lancaster-native Adam Page, US Paralympic Sled Hockey Team
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The Depew Saints Hockey Club hosts its' first ever sled hockey tournament at Depew ice rink this weekend in response to what appears to be a growing interest in the sport. 


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Local
5:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Buffalo joins effort to end deadly shootings

New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams talks to reporters in City Hall after meeting with some Buffalo Common Council members and community activists.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

To help reduce deadly shootings, the City of Buffalo is joining the National Network to Combat Gun Violence.

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Focus on Education
5:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Buffalo school students enjoy Neglia's Baba Yaga

Neglia ballet performs Baba Yaga Friday to Buffalo school children.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some 1,600 Buffalo Public School children were dazzled by the high-energy performance of Neglia Ballet's Baba Yaga. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Neglia continues to provide the free performance as part of its "On School Time" program.

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Focus on Education
5:51 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Hawkins campaigns against charter schools, Common Core

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared outside Lafayette High School in Buffalo Friday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As Governor Cuomo has turned his attention to how the state would deal with Ebola, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins appeared in Buffalo Friday campaigning against charter schools, Common Core and Fracking. 

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Local
2:58 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Refugees receive certification to open home daycares

Program Specialist for the Buffalo Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Project Shannon Linehan and Childcare Resource Network Education Specialist Michelle Wilson with aspiring refugee business owners who received NYS certification to open home daycares Friday.
Credit Journey's End Refugee Services

A group of refugees received New York State certifications to open their own in home daycare centers Friday. The seven aspiring business owners were among three groups this year to receive certifications through the Buffalo Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Project.

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Health
9:25 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Local nurses train for Ebola

Inside the Erie County Public Health Lab.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Local nurses are being trained to respond to Ebola.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says union nurses are learning how to put on protective gear and respond to an Ebola patient.

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Health
9:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Cuomo outlines state's Ebola preparedness plan

NYS designates 8 hospitals to treat potential Ebola patients. No hospital in Buffalo was selected.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is taking steps to prepare for possible cases of Ebola in New York.

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Local
7:47 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Health Commissioner's unique experience helpful in Ebola preparedness training

The epicenter of the Ebola virus outbreak is in several West-African countries.
Credit Courtesy: Sierra Leone Cultural Alliance of Western New York, Inc./WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Health Commissioner Doctor Gale Burstein is watching Ebola with professional knowledge, both as a former epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and someone who spent part of her medical training working in a hospital in the African nation of Zambia.


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Beyond the Playbook
7:28 am
Fri October 17, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills and Vikings share common frustrations

With the Buffalo Bills hosting the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday, Matt Sabuda notes some common traits between the two franchises. As he points out on Friday's "Beyond the Playbook," fans of both franchises would like to forget what they have in common.

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Focus on Education
7:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Fredonia debuts $60 million science center

SUNY Fredonia's new $60 million science center will be dedicated Friday.
Credit fredonia.edu

When it comes to the State University of New York at Fredonia, most people think of the arts and education.  But with today’s opening of a new science building, that’s about to change.

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Local
7:07 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Poverty and Homelessness in Niagara Falls: "Homeless for a Night"

Credit Courtesy of www.LeadershipNiagara.com

Leadership Niagara is hosting an overnight event in Niagara Falls tonight with the idea of engaging conversation about the area's growing problem with poverty and homelessness. 


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Art/Theater
12:06 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Theater Talk: "Blood Type: Ragu" opens at the Smith

While the first round of plays for most theaters are winding down, and before the next cycle, there is still plenty of theater.  And coming up, "Ain't Misbehavin'" at Musicalfare and "The Children's Hour" at New Phoenix Theater, which offers a very intimate experience.  "Blood Type: Ragu" is at the Smith, and is all about growing up Italian.

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Environment
4:42 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Legislature blocks reopening of Amigone crematory

Credit File photo

Erie County legislators on Thursday blocked the reopening of a controversial crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.


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Canadian Affairs
4:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Summit highlights the region's cross-border relationship

Officials and business owners from both sides of the border were in Buffalo Thursday discussing ways to boost the economy.

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Business
1:40 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

43North unveils 11 finalists, two from WNY

43North officials announce 11 finalists.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Eleven finalists were announced in the 43North business plan competition Thursday. The contestants are competing for $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million dollars. Each of the competitor is guaranteed to receive a cash prize of at least $250,000.

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Thu October 16, 2014

School Board begins search for permanent superintendent

Tim Kremer of the State School Boards Association, foreground, discussed the city's superintendent vacancy Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With the Buffalo Public School system once again operating under an interim superintendent, the school board is starting the process of looking for a permanent boss.

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Local
9:45 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rebuilt Ferry Street Lift Bridge part of West Side rehab effort

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Work is starting on the rebuilding of the Ferry Street Lift Bridge, the latest project in a $36 million West Side construction effort.

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Cultural
9:31 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Russert exhibit ready to open at Buffalo History Museum

"Inside Tim Russert's Office: If It's Sunday, It's 'Meet the Press'"
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A grand opening for an exhibit that honors the memory of Tim Russert opens to the public Friday. The Buffalo History Museum will hold a sneak preview for the media tonight. WBFO's Eileen Buckley got a private tour of the exhibit.

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Cultural
8:15 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Memphis star Billy The Kid headlines WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash

Billy the Kid
Credit WNED/WBFO

The WBFO Buffalo Blues Bash takes place Saturday night at the WBFO/WNED studios. The opening band is Buffalo's own Tommy Z Band and the headliner is a finalist in the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Billy the Kid and the Regulators. 

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Local
7:37 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Legislature majority leader looking to cut taxes for 2015

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, Republican
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Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo tells WBFO that lawmakers will be investigating the possibility of a tax cut for the coming fiscal year.  Lorigo's comments follow the release of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz' 2015 spending proposal.


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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

A rally cry against charter plans at four failing city schools

Protest against proposed improvement plan for four failing city schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Citizens, students and minority school board members are calling on the State Education Commissioner to prevent plans to create charters at four failing city schools.

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Local
3:11 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Plans move forward for proposed waterfront ferry boat

First Buffalo River Marina along the outer harbor
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A major step was taken Wednesday in a project that would bring a ferry service to the Buffalo waterfront. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation approved the public comment period for the plan that would allow a ferry to travel from the First Buffalo River Marina to Canalside, between the inner and outer harbors.

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Local
12:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Poloncarz' 2015 budget holds the line on property taxes

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says his proposed budget maintains and enhances the county's quality-of-life services and programs.

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Local
10:18 am
Wed October 15, 2014

TEDxBuffalo focuses on empowering change

TEDxBuffalo presenters Aaron Krolikowski and Darren Cotton
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Empowering community citizens to make change was the focus of the 2014 TEDxBuffalo conference at Canisius College Tuesday. The theme of the event was ‘In Motion.’ It allowed speakers to discuss grassroots action taking place across the city.

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