Focus on Education
8:47 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Mission of providing free school supplies

Inside The Teacher's Desk store on Main Street in Buffalo.
Credit Photo from The Teacher's Desk Website

As school districts begin a brand new school year next week -- teachers and students will be in need of annual school supplies.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley tells us about a free supply store in Buffalo called The Teacher's Desk.

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Local
8:42 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Village of Wilson survives dissolution vote

Village of Wilson voters rejected a dissolution plan Tuesday by a margin of 222 to 209.

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Developing
3:04 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Cartagena gets maximum 25 years-to-life sentence

Sentencing of Candace Cartagena in Erie County Court.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Candace Cartagena has been sentenced of 25-years to life for the death of her 8-year-old daughter.  Cartagena appeared before Erie County Court Judge Thomas Francyzk Tuesday afternoon, where the sentencing was handed down.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on the sentencing.

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Local
2:36 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

New shops, eatery with Buffalo flair unveiled at airport

Jet Set market is among the new features at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport unveiled $3.8 million in upgrades completed by Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services. The three new additions include convenience stores, a high-end retail store and a new restaurant.

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Local
10:18 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Private housing development coming to Buffalo

Public space and homes near new Chalmers and Hill intersection
LP Ciminelli

It's being called the largest private housing development in the city of Buffalo in decades. The project will be built at the former site of the Central Park Plaza.

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Local
9:47 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Extensive work will cause delays on Brighton Road

Work will continue along Brighton Road for the next several months.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Detours will be posted on one of the busiest roads in Erie County for the next several months.

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Local
8:28 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Miller seeks to become first female Seneca president

If elected, Darlene Miller would be the Seneca's first female president.
Credit photo from Seneca Nation

The Seneca Nation may get its first woman president, as Senecas prepare for another of their fractious political campaigns for president and Tribal Council.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Protestors rally against police brutality in wake of Michael Brown shooting

PUSH Buffalo protests against police violence.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A small group of protesters with Push Buffalo gathered outside U.S. Attorney William Hochul’s office in downtown Buffalo Monday. The rally was part of the National Day of Action to call for justice for slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown.

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Jamestown Jammers
9:48 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Rich Baseball moves Jammers from Jamestown to Morgantown

Jamestown is losing its minor league baseball franchise to a bigger market. Owner Rich Baseball Operations is moving the team to Morgantown, West Virginia.

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Focus on Education
6:15 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

CSAT middle school students expand into former Holy Angels building

Buses arrive fro CSAT
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new era is underway at a former school building in north Buffalo.  In our Focus on Education report  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says more than 550-middle school students from the Charter School for Applied Technologies returned for a new school year  at the former Holy Angels Academy on Hertel Avenue.

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Crime
1:08 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Basil faces upgraded murder charge in Sager's death

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Belling (l.) and defendant Jeffrey Basil (r.).
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Former Molly's Pub manager Jeffrey Basil now faces a murder charge in the death of William Sager Jr.

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Focus on Education
1:03 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Local school teacher selected as a PBS Innovator

Kirsten Kenny, religion teacher at Sacred Heart Academy, selected as PBS Innovator.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A local school teacher is the only Western New York teacher to be selected as a PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says it works to promote digital training and education in the classroom.

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Local
8:28 am
Mon August 25, 2014

School board examines consultant costs

Board member Theresa Harris-Tigg is among those raising questions about consultants in Buffalo schools.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Buffalo schools spend millions and millions of dollars each year on consultants. Now, school board members are raising sharp questions about their value.

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Focus on Education
8:27 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Press Pass: Is vocational education a better option for some students?

Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes in WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Other school districts outside of New York State have similar demographics to Buffalo, but are doing a much better job in improving graduation rates.

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Local
8:26 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Work set to begin on new waterfront state park

Plans are coming together for Buffalo's Outer Harbor.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

More improvements to the Buffalo waterfront are just around the corner as construction of the new Buffalo Harbor State Park begins next month.

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Local
7:57 am
Mon August 25, 2014

State law gives boost to Eden farmers

Credit photo courtesy Eden Valley Growers

The Town of Eden now has legal protection for its agricultural industry, under a new state law.

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Missed Saturday game; Meeting team officials today
10:55 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Buffalo Bills release Alan Branch

The Buffalo Bills have released veteran defensive lineman Alan Branch one day after he was arrested for drunk driving.

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Multi-year plan begins at end of Bisons' season
10:31 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Improvements planned for downtown ballpark

Coca Cola Field
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A multi-year plan to renovate Coca Cola Field has been released.

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Focus on Lakeview Animal Sancutary workers
10:15 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Rabies alert issued in Niagara County

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The Niagara County Health Department is issuing a rabies alert for anyone who worked at the Lakeview Animal Sanctuary over the past six months.

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Crime
5:22 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Two suspects in Westfield homicide arrested in Erie, PA

Mary Whitaker
Credit Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra

Two men have been arrested in Erie, Pennsylvania, after a car belonging to shooting victim Mary Whitaker was found in Erie.

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Legal
4:50 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

You & The Law: Planning for nursing home costs

If you worry about losing your home because of future Medicaid nursing home costs, there are financial planning techniques you can use. Lawyer Laura Jabrucki talks about the issue on this week's edition of You & The Law.

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Politics
2:14 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Arnold re-enters Senate race, week after dropping out

Gia Arnold has resumed her state Senate campaign.
Credit File photo

The woman who just last week announced she was pulling out of a State Senate race after admitting to an extramarital affair says she is now back in.

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Local
2:01 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Neighbors remain opposed to state-approved methadone clinic

New York State has approved a new methadone clinic on Buffalo's lower West Side, but residents of the neighborhood are upset and have planned a rally for Friday afternoon.

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Local
1:17 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Buffalo Dream Center remains homeless

Pastor Eric Johns standing with Buffalo Dream Center volunteers
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A mobile food pantry service in Buffalo is still without a facility. The Buffalo Dream Center lost their donated 6,000 sq. ft. space inside the Larkin Center of Commerce several months ago to new tenants.

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Buffalo Bills
9:54 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Report: Three Bills bids all below $900 million

The list of bidders interested in the Buffalo Bills appears to be short. A national publication reports the bids are coming in below the expected sale price.

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Focus on Education
9:01 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Coppola tabbed as interim superintendent in Hamburg

Vincent Coppola brings a wealth of education experience to his post as interim superintendent in Hamburg.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Hamburg School District now has a superintendent on leave, an interim superintendent and candidates vying to become the permanent superintendent.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

STEM expands to year-round for city students

Students from the MST School on East Delavan in Buffalo gather for kickoff of STEM.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public Schools STEM Experience is being expanded year-round. In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says the program works to encourages city school students to pursue studies in math, science and technology.

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Politics
6:45 am
Fri August 22, 2014

A conversation with Lt. Governor candidate Tim Wu

Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu shared his thoughts on a number of topics with WBFO's Ashley Hirtzel.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu was in Buffalo Thursday, touring the city's East side and meeting with members of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Theater Talk: Fall delights at the Shaw Festival

Anyone who experienced Bruce Norris's riveting "Clybourne Park" at 710 Main Theatre, a Road Less Traveled production, will be interested to know that Norris's play "Qualms," currently in Chicago, continues the tradition of making audiences uncomfortable. 

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Focus on Education
6:15 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Bona, Hilbert discussing strengthening alliance

Hilbert College and Saint Bonaventure University are talking about a strategic alliance and the two schools have chosen an executive director to oversee the conversation.

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