Chautauqua Institution
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Brazil -- Rising Superpower

Flower gardens at entrance to the Chautauqua Institution.
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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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Press Pass
5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Press Pass: Mandatory kindergarten in Buffalo & 'Vision' plan for schools

Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio during a Press Pass recording.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Starting this fall kindergarten will be mandatory for Buffalo Public School children.  It is among the many education issues the city School District is tackling under new leadership.  In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO'S Eileen Buckley sits down with Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes who discusses how mandatory kindergarten could improve a student's future school performance. Lankes also shares a document called Buffalo School Vision plan.

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.
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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

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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.
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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.
Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO

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.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

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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