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9:28 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Plans to restore former Sattler Broadway Theater

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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Local
8:26 am
Fri March 27, 2015

An Insiders look at Connor McDavid

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

Last 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 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
Credit WBFO News file photo

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.
Credit WBFO News file photo

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

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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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Focus on Education
4:59 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Hochul voices concerns over proposed test boycott

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Under state law, the Education Commissioner can remove school board members or superintendents who refuse to administer state required assessments. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul says she is concerned about more districts following the lead of the Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board.  

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Focus on Education
4:51 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Commission may be named to resolve budget impasse

Governor Cuomo and the legislature are considering a  commission to design a new teacher evaluation plan, in order to break an impasse over the state budget. But even some lawmakers admit that the compromise is just kicking the can down the road.

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Sports
4:45 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Bisons prepared for approaching season

The Bisons showed off some of the new food items coming to Coca-Cola Field.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Baseball fans have two more weeks to wait for the 130th season of professional baseball in Buffalo. As a sign that first pitch is warming up, the Coca-Cola Field grass was cut for the first time Wednesday.

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Politics
3:18 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Mychajliw won't run for County Executive seat

Stefan Mychajliw (left) next to current Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (right)
Credit File photo / WBFO News

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says he will not be running for the position of County Executive.

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Local
1:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Buffalo Bills to honor memory of Wilson with statue

Ralph Wilson, long-time Bills owner, died in March of 2014.

The Buffalo Bills will be honoring the late Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. with a statue.  The organization announced it will commission a statute that will be displayed outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

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Focus on Education
11:05 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Some Hamlin Park students drank over the counter diet supplement

Outside the Hamlin Park School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Public School District reports some 7th grade students at School #74 Hamlin Park School on Donaldson Road drank a diet supplement. 

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Local
7:39 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Kenmore Tonawanda School Board takes a stand against Governor's education policies

Kenmore Tonawanda School Board.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Members of the Kenmore-Tonawanda Board of Education have voted to "seriously consider" boycotting State mandated testing for third through eighth graders.  The moves is aimed at protesting Governor Cuomo's education policies regarding funding and teacher evaluations.  Meanwhile, Ken-Ton Superintendent Dawn Mirand did not support the matter.  In a written statement, Mirand says the vote puts the district at risk for sanctions that would likely have a negative impact on the community. 

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Local
7:19 am
Wed March 25, 2015

43 North gears up for another World's Largest Business Idea Competition

43 North holds the second World's Greatest Business Idea Competition
Credit Courtesy of www.43north.org

Have a new idea for a business?  Here's your chance to "turn your dreams into reality." 43 North launches the second year of its World Largest Business Idea Competition today. 

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Ogilvie 'disappointed' to be Paladino's latest target

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie says he's 'disappointed' to be Paladino's latest target.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo School Board Member Carl Paladino is calling for the ouster of interim Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.  But Ogilvie plans to stay at least until the end of the school year.

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Local
4:35 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Budget shrinks as more items dropped from spending plan

Senator Jose Peralta talks of his disappointment and anger that the Dream Act will not be included in the budget
Credit Photo from Karen Dewitt

Governor Cuomo and the legislature are making progress on the budget. Cuomo, after a private meeting with Senate Republicans, says he’s closer to an agreement on ethics reform, but the governor is getting some criticism for dropping some items out of the budget, including the Dream Act.

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Local
4:28 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Restaurant owner discusses Hepatitis A scare

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The owner of Casa di Pizza in the Elmwood Village said he knew a server was ill but didn't know he was infected with Hepatitis A.

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Focus on Education
4:20 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Teachers blast Cuomo at Tuesday rally

Teachers were not hiding their feelings about Governor Cuomo during Tuesday's rally at Kleinhans Music Hall.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Angry teachers held a mock grand jury Tuesday night and indicted Governor Cuomo for such things as depriving students of enough school aid to meet the State Constitution and forcing standardized tests on students.

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Local
2:47 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Koelmel leaving HARBORCENTER

John Koelmel will be leaving as President of HARBORCENTER.
Credit WBFO News file photo

John Koelmel, president of HARBORCENTER, is vacating his post. A statement issued Tuesday morning said after successfully opening the sports and entertainment complex, Koelmel will leave the job.

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Focus on Education
2:44 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Say Yes Buffalo offers free legal clinics

Say Yes Buffalo legal Task Force, co-chaired by Judge Hugh Scott (center) and interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie (right), help cut the ribbon of a legal clinic inside a city school. Assisting is president of Hodgson Russ LLP John Amershadian.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Say Yes Buffalo is now offering free legal advice to city school families.  Say Yes Legal Clinics are operating at four city school buildings.

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Reed says fed rules should lead to fracking in NYS
1:06 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Reed says federal rules should be reason to lift fracking ban in NY

Past anti-fracking protests in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

U.S. Congressman Tom Reed said new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands should be more than enough reason for Governor Andrew Cuomo to reconsider his ban on the drilling practice.

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Legal
11:25 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Five decades after the march to Montgomery, judge remembered for shaping American civil rights

Judge Frank Minis Johnson, Jr.
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It’s been five decades to the day since 25,000 people arrived in the Alabama’s capitol to demand the right to vote for African-Americans. They had marched 50 miles from Selma to Montgomery, but might never have had the chance to do so if not for Judge Frank Johnson, Jr. This is the story of one man’s lasting effect on American civil rights.

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