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12:23 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

You & The Law: Counseling for immigrants

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For immigrants, navigating the legal system can be very difficult, reflecting language and cultural issues.

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Wages and racial issues raised ire
11:16 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Protestors gather outside local McDonald's

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A group of protestors gathered outside of a McDonald's restaurant in Williamsville Friday, protesting low wages paid to their employees.

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Local
5:49 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

HarborCenter is a game changer, says Koelmel

HarborCenter President, John Koelmel, addresses a Hamburg Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

HarborCenter, at Canalside, in downtown Buffalo, has "shifted the region's pendulum in a positive way." That's according to John Koelmel, President of HarborCenter.

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Local
5:35 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Autism Services expands south of Buffalo

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The Southtowns is now home to a new Autism Services Resource Center. The ribbon was cut on the facility at 97 Main Street in Hamburg Friday morning.

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Focus on Education
4:03 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Benefits of after-school programs highlighted at forum

State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes speaks at legislative breakfast.
Credit Sara Ali

After-school programs can help ensure a brighter future for children, according to advocates who spoke at a legislative breakfast held at the JFK Community Center on Hickory Street.

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Focus on Education
10:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Anti-Cuomo rally draws hundreds

The 1,000-seat auditorium at West Seneca West couldn't hold all who attended Thursday's rally.
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Thursday night's rally against Governor Cuomo's education policies drew a massive crowd to West Seneca West High School.

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Art/Theater
10:16 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Bawdiness: Mommy’s Martini Hour 2

Kerrykate Abel & Loraine O'Donnell in the WBFO studio discussing their show Mommy's Martin Hour 2: The Hangover.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

If you're looking to shake off the winter blues with some laughter Mommy's Martini Hour 2: The Hangover hits the stage Friday evening as Buffalo United Artists presents the show at the Alleyway on Main Street.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with Loriane O'Donnell and KerryKate Abel -- who considered themselves Buffalo's theater divas. O'Donnell and Abel are offering the cabaret-style, adult only show this weekend.

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Focus on Education
9:45 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Governor pushes reforms for failing schools

Students at Lafayette High School in Buffalo, one of the failing city schools.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is weighing in with his turnaround plan for failing schools state-wide.  Cuomo specifically points to 27-failing Buffalo Public Schools in presenting his reform plan.

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Local
9:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Commission linking Underground Railway heritage to Canalside

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While the historic Michigan Street corridor in Buffalo is a few blocks from the city's Waterfront, they have been tied together for centuries and will be tied together moving forward.

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Local
9:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Moving Forward and Setting the World on Fire

Moving Forward and Setting the World on Fire at Zion Dominion Global Ministries
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

About 2,000 Buffalo Public School students attended Moving Forward and Setting the World on Fire on Thursday. It's an annual event held in honor of Black History Month.   

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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Theater Talk: "After Miss Julie" and "White Boy Othello" re-imagine classic plays

White actor Jeffrey Coyle is playing the Moor opposite an all-African American cast in "White Boy Othello."

Two plays discussed in this week's Theater Talk re-imagine two classics. "After Miss Julie" takes Swedish playwright August Strindberg's very dark "Miss Julie" and moves it to Britain in 1945 after a Labor Party Victory.  In both plays Julie has a one night affair with a man from a lower class and ultimately sees suicide as the only way to move forward.  That opened last night at the Irish Classical Theatre and runs through March 22.

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Local
4:47 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Legislature approves restrictions on e-cigarettes

All but one member of the Erie County Legislature voted to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
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County legislators voted Thursday to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.

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Local
4:39 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Heastie focused on passage of Dream Act

Carl Heastie is setting his agenda as the new Speaker of the Assembly.
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Newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made clear one of his top priorities in his first news conference, where he called for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Thu February 26, 2015

School board members clash again

Wednesday's school board meeting proved to be another contentious affair.
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The Buffalo School Board twists and turns continue, with the general counsel suing School Board Member Carl Paladino. In turn, Paladino is threatening to go after her license to practice law.

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Thu February 26, 2015

'Enough is Enough': Fight against campus sex assaults

Students on UB's Amherst Campus.
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In response to the high number of sexual assaults on college and university campuses, Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched the Enough is Enough campaign.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says it includes the Governor's proposed legislation to create a new law for all campuses.

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Sports
8:59 am
Thu February 26, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Sabres injuries after high scoring win

Past Sabres game at First Niagara.
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The Buffalo Sabres face-off at First Niagara Arena Thursday night fresh off a big win Tuesday.  This week on Behind the Bench, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley fills in for Omar Fetouh speaking with Sabres Beat reporter Bill Hoppe. Hoppe said some injuries could be the next big problem for the team.

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Local
7:33 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Potholes: Erie County roads cope with a frigid winter

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Winter always means potholes but do you think this winter's snow and extreme cold will mean more trouble than usual?  WBFO's Cheryl Hagen checked in with Erie County about the situation...


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Local
5:04 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Panel discusses lessons learned from Ferguson

Some believe that body cameras would curb police abuse situations.
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In the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of an unarmed black man by police, a discussion on ways to promote racial justice was held at UB Wednesday.

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Local
5:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

City officials review status of Buffalo street lights

City Comptroller Mark Schroeder is tracking the costs of city street lights.
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There's some light being shed on how many Buffalo street lights are out and what National Grid will do about it.

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Local
4:48 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Leaders under scrutiny as budget process begins

Budget talks began Wednesday, as Governor Cuomo met behind closed doors with legislative leaders to discuss school aid, economic development proposals and ethics reform. Cuomo’s push to reform practices in the legislature comes at a time when his nearly $1 million book deal is coming under closer scrutiny.

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Cultural
2:00 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Local Muslims address the 'ISIS Crisis'

Understanding Islam conference on February 7th, 2015 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo.
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The terror group known as ISIS calls itself the Islamic state. But many western New York Muslims have denounced the organization and the brutality committed in the name of Islam. WBFO News  contributor Rich Kellman has details.

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Focus on Education
10:44 am
Wed February 25, 2015

President of Canisius High to resign

Father Joseph Costatino in the WBFO studio.
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WBFO News has received confirmation that the President of Canisius High School has announced his resignation. Rev. Joseph Costantino, S.J. announced his resignation Monday to the school's board of trustees and to members of the school and alumni Tuesday evening. 

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Focus on Education
10:35 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Is it time for school district takeover? Lawmakers weigh in

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown speaking to a Burgard Vocational High School student. The mayor said he would be in favor of a mayoral takeover of the city school district.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo School Board meets in regular session Wednesday evening.  The last meeting was filled with controversy and personal attacks against a deeply divided board.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley asks some local leaders if they feel it's time for intervention.

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Focus on Education
9:28 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Mayor adds more summer youth jobs to target at-risk students

Mayor Byron Brown appears at Burgard Vocational High School to kick-off his annual Summer Youth Internship program encouraging students to begin the application process for a job.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo has added more summer youth jobs to its paid-internship program.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says even though it it is still winter, Mayor Byron Brown kicked off the annual Summer Youth Internship Program at Burgard Vocational High School to encourage students to begin applying for the May first deadline. 


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Local
8:09 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Movie shoot issues casting call for "extras"

An East Aurora Victorian decked out for the Christmas movie shoot #SmallTownPrince
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Frigid temperatures haven't stopped a California production crew from filming in East Aurora this week.  In fact, they're moving right along and have put out a casting call for "extras" for scenes next week in the Wyoming County village of Arcade.


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Local
6:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Making a Difference: Former teacher makes learning possible

John Mika helps a teacher load her car with free school supplies.
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Throughout February WNED/WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourages others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is “making a difference.”


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Local
5:05 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Rice's parents speak out following Corasanti settlement

The parents of Alix Rice sit with attorney Terry Connors (center) to discuss their settlement with Dr. James Corasanti
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Tammy Schueler says she would have loved to hear the jury find Dr. James Corasanti guilty. But with the wrongful death lawsuit involving her daughter Alix Rice ending in a settlement, Schueler says she's moving forward.

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Local
4:57 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Poll examines voters' priorities on ethics issue

Governor Cuomo has repeatedly threatened to hold up the state budget over ethics reform and other issues, like education policy. Now, a poll finds that voters would rather that the budget be on time.

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Local
4:52 am
Wed February 25, 2015

City leaders hear call for public campaign financing

There's a continuing push for public financing of campaigns, arguing it removes the influence of big money and allows challengers who would have trouble raising money to run. That push made its way to Council Chambers in Buffalo's City Hall Tuesday.

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Local
4:44 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Questions linger over housing enforcement issues

Crumbling structures in Buffalo continue to plague city leaders.
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There was a lot of finger pointing in City Hall yesterday about the slum housing problem; most fingers were pointed toward the courts.

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