Local
1:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cuomo says he didn't interfere with corruption panel

Gov. Cuomo made his first public comments Monday on allegations regarding his office's relationship with the Moreland Commission.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo fielded questions for the first time Monday about alleged interference with the Moreland Commission, an ethics panel he created in July 2013 and shut down earlier this year.

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Press Pass
8:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Press Pass: Mandatory kindergarten & 'Vision Plan' for Buffalo schools

Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio during a Press Pass recording.
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Starting this fall, kindergarten will be mandatory for Buffalo Public School children. It's among the many education issues the city school district is tackling under new leadership.

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Chautauqua Institution
8:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Brazil -- Rising Superpower

Flower gardens at entrance to the Chautauqua Institution.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Chautauqua Institution

In a summer when Brazil took center stage as host of soccer's World Cup, South America's largest country is receiving a week's worth of attention at the Chautauqua Institution.  WBFO's Mark Scott reports on "Brazil: Rising Superpower" in this week's Chautauqua Preview.

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Local
8:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Canalside hosts "The Story of Buffalo"

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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports

Two centuries ago, Buffalo began to develop around the Commercial Slip and the mouth of the Buffalo River. That origin is being explored in a play being staged in the same area at Canalside.

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Local
7:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

New disability signs replace outdated image, language

Nearly 24 years after the singing of the national Americans with Disabilities Act, a new law updating accessibility signage has been enacted in New York state. Advocates say its just the first step towards improving the lives of people with disabilities.

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Local
7:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Crews continue cleanup of Commercial Slip debris

Debris often accumulates at the Commercial Slip at Canalside.
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Visitors to the Commercial Slip at Canalside can look into the slip and see floating logs and branches and boards and timbers floating. It's part of a constant battle between maintenance crews and Mother Nature.

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Local
7:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Crowds flock to annual Garden Walk

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The colors exploded far beyond just plain green over the weekend, as crowds filled the West Side for the 20th annual Garden Walk Buffalo.

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Jobs and services reduced in reorganization
10:15 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Newfane residents protest hospital cuts

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A meeting regarding the future of Eastern Niagara Hospital in Newfane turned into a mass protest on Saturday.

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Inmate damages cell; deputy treated at ECMC
11:15 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Sheriff's deputy injured by inmate at Holding Center

Erie County Holding Center
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A deputy at the Erie County Holding Center has been injured while attempting to subdue an inmate.

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Middle school principal to be questioned
10:51 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Hamburg Schools Superintendent Saga grows

Richard Jetter, Hamburg Schools Superintendent
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The turmoil surrounding Hamburg School Superintendent Richard Jetter is growing in its reach.

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Organization facing criticism over lack of refunds
10:42 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Dirty Girl Mud Run warning being issued

Dirty Girl Mud Run
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Warnings are being issued to anyone who is planning to participate in this year's Dirty Girl Mud Run.

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Kayak overturned near Buffalo River
10:32 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Coast Guard rescues boater

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The Coast Guard was called for a rescue on Friday afternoon.

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Politics
6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Long-term effects of Moreland controversy on Cuomo unknown

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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors.

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Business
6:14 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Tyson Foods to close Buffalo plant

Credit Tyson Foods

About 300 jobs will be lost when Tyson Foods closes its Buffalo plant on Perry Street next year.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

You & The Law: Problem-solving courts

Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden talks about problem-solving courts on this week's You & The Law.
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On this week's edition of You & The Law, Buffalo City Court Hon. Judge E. Jeannette Ogden talks about the many problem-solving courts that now exist in the local legal system.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Higgins expresses concern with transporting nuclear waste over Peace Bridge

Congressman Brian Higgins discussing problems with transporting nuclear waste through western New York.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Congressman Brian Higgins is urging the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement about the risks of transporting nuclear waste over the Peace Bridge.

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Crime
1:13 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Basil pleads not guilty to Molly's Pub attack

Jeffrey Basil pleaded not guilty to multiple charges relating to the attack on William Sager Jr. at Molly's Pub in May.
Credit File photo

Former Molly's Pub manager Jeffrey Basil has been arraigned in connection with the attack that seriously injured William Sager Jr. in May.

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Health
1:02 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Pink pillows providing comfort to breast cancer patients

Nancy Kielar, Lisa Smith with the Pink Pillow Project and Dr. Ronald Bauer.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Catholic Health and Sisters of Charity Hospital recognized the work of the Pink Pillow Project and the Twin City Quilters Guild Friday. The groups are responsible for making mastectomy pillows to give to Breast Cancer patients across western New York.

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Local
9:26 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Moreland controversy raises questions over AG's role

Attorney General Eric Schniederman and Governor Andrew Cuomo were on hand last year to discuss the formation of the Moreland Commission.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

The fallout continues over whether Governor Cuomo’s top aid interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations and whether any actual crimes were committed.

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Focus on Education
9:00 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 the issue is across the country. 

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Focus on Education
8:44 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Pinnacle parents protest Harvey Austin merger

Parents and advocates discussed the merger of School 115 and Harvey Austin School Thursday night.
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A small group of parents and supporters turned out last night, trying to mobilize against the school board closing School 115, what was once Pinnacle Charter School.

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Local
8:32 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New agriculture complex coming to Erie County Fair

Credit Erie County Fair

With less than two weeks before the start of the Erie County Fair, construction workers yesterday were swarming across the new Agriculture Discovery Center.

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Art/Theater
7:00 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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Local
6:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

State offers disaster training class

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The state is ramping up its effort to provide local residents with the tools they need to help their family and neighbors during emergencies. A special training class is being held in Buffalo Saturday.

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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.
Credit File photo

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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