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8:12 am
Mon April 21, 2014

New access coming to Scajaquada Creek

Removing a series of aging properties will improve access to Scajaquada Creek.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Plans are moving forward to improve public access to an often overlooked section of the Buffalo waterfront. A new micro-park is in the works along the Scajaquada Creek in Black Rock.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Spring clean-up effort to begin on Elmwood Avenue

Elmwood Avenue.
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The Elmwood Village Association will hold its annual spring cleaning event this week. Spring Clean-up Week aims to beautify the neighborhood for anticipated visitors this summer.

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Press Pass
5:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Press Pass: Gardening with Buffalo Spree's Elizabeth Licata

After a long, harsh winter, many Western New Yorkers have spent some of the warmer days this month prepping their gardens for the summer growing season.  In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott talks with Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata about some of the issues gardeners face.

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Local
4:36 am
Mon April 21, 2014

More questions raised over state fracking review

Rallies against fracking have attracted protesters to Albany on several occasions.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process, a process that has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

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Police have not made the ID official
10:45 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Girlfriend identifies victim in fiery crash

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The victim killed in the deadly car crash on Saturday morning along the Kensington Expressway is thought to be Kevin Wayne Brown.

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Two GOP district committees weigh in
10:34 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Grisanti gains party support for re-election

State Senator Mark Grisanti
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

State Senator Mark Grisanti has gained support for his re-election from factions of his party faithful.

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Car in flames closes portion of Kensington Hgwy
9:52 am
Sat April 19, 2014

One dead after car falls onto highway

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One person is dead and another being is questioned after a fiery crash on the Kensington Expressway this morning.

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You and the Law
8:39 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

You and the Law: Escaping NYS estate taxes

If you don't want to pay estate taxes in New York, you probably have to stop being a New Yorker.  On this week's edition of You and the Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Leah Adamucci about giving up your New York residency for legal purposes.

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Local
3:54 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Broadway Market packed for Easter weekend

The Broadway Market.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Thousands of shoppers are made their way to the Broadway Market in Buffalo Friday. People are looking for their Easter and Dyngus Day favorites. The popular market items include meats, breads, baked goods, and butter lambs.

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Crime
11:16 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Death of Jamestown toddler ruled a homicide

The death of a 16-month-old Jamestown girl has been ruled a homicide.

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Focus on Education
9:47 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Grant to help fight high absentee rates in Buffalo schools

Inside a Buffalo classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Chronic absenteeism continues to be a major issue in the Buffalo Public School District. But a $500,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will to go directly toward targeting the problem. 

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Focus on Education
9:39 am
Fri April 18, 2014

School Board candidates debate education issues

Ten of 15 school board candidates took part in Thursday's debate.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With the fight over three at-large seats on the Buffalo school board heating up and the election three weeks away, ten of the candidates turned up last night before a large crowd in First Shiloh Baptist Church on Thursday night.

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Cultural
9:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks reflects on stage success

Credit achievement.org

Writer Suzan-Lori Parks has become a player on the American cultural scene with novels, plays and musicals. Parks was recently in town for the Babel speakers series and spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Late removal of ice boom expected

Credit WBFO File Photo

Warmer temperatures have returned, but it appears the ice boom is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Theater Talk: L.A. theater and two local shows

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio.  Tony traveled to Los Angeles this past week where he saw two shows -- Noel Coward's "A Song at Twilight" and actress Annette Bening in "Ruth Draper's Monologues." 

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Local
4:47 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Fewer homeowners receiving STAR tax breaks

For the first time in 15 years, Albany decided to review homeowners across the state who get STAR tax exemptions. Now, the state is handing out 150,000 fewer property tax breaks.

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Local
4:45 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Campaign aims to boost number of volunteer firefighters

Volunteer firefighters.
Credit IVolunteerFIRE.org

Local and state fire officials are calling on people in the community to become volunteer firefighters. The call comes as part of the fourth annual Recruit New York campaign that kicked-off Thursday.

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Local
12:38 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Man sentenced to 25 years for stabbing half-brother to death

23-year old Cody Testerman.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The man who admitted to stabbing his half-brother 22 times on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation was sentenced to 25 years behind bars on Thursday.

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Focus on Education
10:04 am
Thu April 17, 2014

State rejects transformation plans for two city schools

The future of Bennett High School remains a question.
Credit File photo

Buffalo school officials need to get back to the drawing board after the state Education Department rejected plans to transform Bennett High School into a science and technology school.

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Cultural
10:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Buffalo United Artists moving into Alleyway Theatre

BUA is moving into the Alleyway Theatre
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Buffalo United Artists is coming back to the Theater District, moving into the Alleyway Theatre.

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Local
9:32 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Reformers target state parole system

Protesters believe changes are needed in the state parole system.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Local activists rallied outside the state parole office in downtown Buffalo Wednesday,  calling on Albany to reform the parole process.

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Local
8:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Dyngus Day celebration comes to downtown Buffalo

Retired Judge Ann Mikoll has been presiding over Dyngus Day celebrations for 54 years.
Credit Photo courtesy of WNED's Eileen Elibol

Buffalo's evolving love affair with Dyngus Day is a story in itself, with more celebrations emerging each year at bars, halls and restaurants throughout the area. This year, a Dyngus Day celebration that dates back over 50 years will be moving to a downtown location for the first time.

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Local
8:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

City seeking protection against absentee property owners

Credit File photo

Buffalo is looking for a new weapon against some of the city's bad property owners and landlords. The Common Council is asking for a change in the tax lien law for city properties.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

War of 1812 bicentennial wraps up with yearlong events

Re-enactors fire muskets to commemorate War of 1812 bicentennial.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Buffalo History Museum kicked-off the last year of the War of 1812 bicentennial Wednesday with the firing of muskets.  This year a series of events will take place across western New York to commemorate the bloody battles of the war between the United States and Canada, and the 200 years of peace that followed.

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Focus on Education
4:32 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Buffalo teachers union endorses three school board candidates

Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore.
Credit WBFO News file photo

WBFO News has learned that the Buffalo Teachers Federation has endorsed three candidates for next month's Buffalo Board of Education elections.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on the endorsements & the petition review for the candidates that gets underway at the Erie County Board of Elections.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cheektowaga councilwoman running for vacant Assembly seat

Angela Wozniak is running on a platform of ethics reform.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The race for the State Assembly seat formerly held by Dennis Gabryszak has its first contender. Angela Wozniak, a Cheektowaga town councilwoman, declared her Republican candidacy Wednesday.

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Local
2:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Local artist accused of possessing child porn takes plea

A local filmmaker who is the former head of CEPA Gallery in Buffalo entered a guilty plea Wednesday to an obscenity charge.

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Local
5:01 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gun rights supporters rally in Buffalo

Gun rights advocates rallied in Buffalo Tuesday.
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond

On a bitterly cold and snowy afternoon, gun rights supporters rallied Tuesday outside the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo to voice opposition to long gun registration rules which kicked in at midnight.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The next ‘Giants of Buffalo’: Journalists & best-selling authors Herbeck & Michel

News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel in the WBFO studio. They will lead a discussion in journalism and honored as the 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum, Friday, April 18th.
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Two award-winning local journalists will be honored this Friday as the next 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel, co-authors of the New York Times best seller American Terrorist, will lead a discussion on journalism.

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New York Governor
10:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Paladino drops bid to woo Trump, will support Astorino

Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino is now throwing his full support behind Republican gubernatorial Rob Astorino. 

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