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Memorial Day ceremonies are taking place throughout Western New York today.  The event in the town of Poland, New York, features a keynote address from Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, who retired as an Air Force Colonel.


Assemblymember Michael Kearns says he's skeptical of putting the Buffalo Public Schools under mayoral control.


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With little time left in the State Legislature session, it's not clear if there is time for any action on Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes' proposal to shut down the elected city school board and replace it with one appointed by the mayor.


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UB's Educational Opportunity Center educates 1,900 each year, with many of the students over the age of 25.  At commencement last week, the EOC honored a past graduate whose success has defied labels.


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The investigation is continuing into a Saturday morning hit-and-run accident in the Town of Boston.

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Buffalo Police are searching for an arsonist who has come up missing.

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The first and only state park in the City of Buffalo opened on Sunday, and is set to offer Western New Yorkers a new waterfront destination.

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The Buffalo Marathon will be run Sunday morning at 7 AM.

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Buffalo Police are reporting that a former chef has been arrested for selling marijuana laced cookies.

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Police are continuing the search for a missing teen.

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A criminal investigation has resulted in a guilty plea in a tax fraud case.

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Firefighters were busy in the early morning hours in the Orleans County village of Medina.

 

Once, most people simply had their lawyer write a will and that was it.

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Faith leaders from both the Christian and Jewish communities of Western New York have teamed up with labor advocates in the fight for paid family leave.

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In the months between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, "Operation Evaluation" will take place in Erie County. State Assemblyman Michael Kearns says it's a survey that will help determine what upgrades outdated VFW and American Legion posts need to better serve veterans.

Canalside kicks off summer activities

May 22, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

With Memorial Day weekend bringing with it the unofficial start to the summer season, summertime activities are getting underway at one of Buffalo's hottest visitor destinations.

Kennedy makes his case for mayoral control of schools

May 22, 2015

Legislation that would bring mayoral control to Buffalo schools is creating controversy. While acknowledging the plan's many criticisms, State Senator Tim Kennedy argues the move would bring greater accountability to the city's struggling education system.

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The National Women's Hockey League opens this fall with four franchises, including the Buffalo Beauts who will play home games at HARBORCENTER. League commissioner Dani Rylan says fans can expect an entertaining, fast-paced game.

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Governor Cuomo has been steering clear of public events at the State Capitol recently, after a second major party legislative leader, the head of the Senate was forced to resign over corruption charges. 

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Just in time for the start of the summer travel season some detour signs are coming down in Niagara Falls. The new roundabout at the intersection of the Robert Moses Parkway and John Daly Boulevard is opening to traffic today.

'Natural Conditions' opens at Botanical Gardens

May 22, 2015
Michael Mroziak, WBFO

There will be more than flowers pleasing the eyes of visitors this summer at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. A newly introduced art series will also be there to greet guests.

The 25th Annual Artie Awards, Buffalo's celebration of local theater, will be held on Monday, June 1 at 710 Main for the first time. The event will be hosted by actors Charmagne Chi, recently seen in "Carousel," and Amy Jakiel, recently in "She Loves Me," with Artvoice theater editor and Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase.  Doors (and bar) at 710 Main will open at 7 p.m.; the Artie Awards show begins at 8 p.m.  The modest admission fee helps support the Immunodeficiency Clinic at ECMC.

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The Cuomo Administration is making a final push as it calls on the state legislature to approve the Enough is Enough bill before the end of the session on June 17th.  This bill calls to combat sexual assault on all college campuses in New York.  It would implement measures already adopted by SUNY schools last year.  WBFO'S Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley met with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul for an in-depth discussion on the legislation.

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Leaders from state, education, and the healthcare industry announced the addition of $1.3 million to funding for the Buffalo Public Schools’ health related programs, Thursday morning.

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The first of several new hotels planned for downtown Niagara Falls celebrated its grand opening Thursday.

Erie County Sheriff to increase boat patrols

May 21, 2015
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As this year's boating season gets underway, the Erie County Sheriff's Department says it will be increasing its patrols along the shoreline.

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Medaille College in Buffalo has a new leader. Dr. Kenneth Macur has been selected to serve as the college's seventh president.

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With the long holiday weekend and warmer weather ahead, the Interim Chair of Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Department of Dermatology is warning of the dangers of the sun.

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Sabres fans were on "Babwatch" Wednesday, awaiting word on whether celebrated Red Wings coach Mike Babcock would be coming to Buffalo to coach the blue and gold. Ultimately it wasn't meant to be, as Babcock instead took a job north of the border with Buffalo's biggest rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

A near record number of school budgets were approved around the state in Tuesday’s vote. Many are attributing the relative lack of controversy to the three year old property tax cap that limits tax levy increases, as well as an increase in state aid.

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