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2:19 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Gunman dead in Wheatfield shooting, deputy hurt

School parking lot on Errick Road near shooting in Wheatfield, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Michael Mroziak

Niagara County Sheriff Deputies are investigating the report of a multiple shooting in the town of Wheatfield Friday afternoon.

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Canadian Affairs
11:33 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Ontario to allow beer sales in grocery stores

The Beer Store, like this one on Garrison Rd. in Fort Erie, will soon lose its monopoly on beer sales in Ontario.
Credit Google Maps

It's a huge shakeup to Ontario's liquor laws, some say the biggest since the end of  prohibition nearly 90 years ago. Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that beer would now be for sale in hundreds of grocery stores across the province. Most people favor the decision.

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OKC Bombing Anniversary
7:15 am
Fri April 17, 2015

FBI chief looks back on Oklahoma City bombing 20 years later

The remains of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, following the April 19, 1995 attack on it.
Courtesy Minnesota Public Radio

The man now serving as Special-Agent-In-Charge at the Buffalo office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation previously served with the FBI in Oklahoma City, where he worked in collaboration with many who were on the scene of one of the nation's biggest tragedies 20 years ago this Sunday.

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Local
7:05 am
Fri April 17, 2015

How would you pitch Buffalo? A high-tech value for some

A snapshot from the VBN video "Why Choose Buffalo?"
Credit Courtesy of www.VisitBuffaloNiagara.com

Officials from Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and several area hotels are in Albany this week to promote Buffalo to those making decisions about where to hold meetings, conventions and sporting events.

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Art/Theater
7:00 am
Fri April 17, 2015

'In the Mood': Glenn Miller Orchestra performs with BPO

Glenn Miller Music Director & Vocalist Nick Hilscher.
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orhcestra

It's been more than 70 years since the death of Glenn Miller. But his music, popularized during World War II, lives on in modern times. The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs Friday morning and Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhan's Music Hall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke to the music director and vocalist Nick Hilscher. 


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Art/Theater
6:40 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Theater Talk: Steven McKinley Henderson offers insight into a historic career.

Joey Bucheker stars in "Betsy Carmichael's Late Nite Bingo."

This week Anthony interviewed Steven McKinley Henderson in an "Inside the Actor's Studio" format and enjoyed Henderson's memories about Broadway, Hollywood, The Regional Theater Movement, The Black Arts Movement, and August Wilson. 

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Health
5:55 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Health officials alarmed over rise in e-cigarette use

Local citizens vaping on e-cigs in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Instead of smoking cigarettes, more teens are using electronic cigarettes. According to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in just one year, e-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled to over 13 percent.

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Local
5:14 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Start Up NY drawing mixed reviews

The Start Up New York program received different reviews Thursday, at opposite ends of downtown Buffalo. Some Erie County legislators doubt the program's effectiveness while opinions were more favorable along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Local
4:30 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Legislature calls for legalization of Mixed Martial Arts

Erie county legislators want Mixed Martial Arts legalized in New York, the last state not to completely allow the matches.

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Park vandalism
4:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Vandals cause $15,000 in damage to Chestnut Ridge Park

Erie County Sheriff's Office

The Erie County Sheriff's Department is investigating some costly incidents of vandalism at Chestnut Ridge Park.

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Erie County Road Repairs
4:06 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Erie County lawmakers asked to spend more on road repairs

Erie County lawmakers host an informational session Thursday, during which a request for additional road and bridge repair money was discussed.
Credit WBFO.org

The Erie County Legislature is being asked to approve a request from the Poloncarz administration for additional money for road and bridge repairs.

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Holocaust remembrance
1:27 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Remembrance marks the 70th anniversary of Jewish liberation

Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Local officials and Jewish leaders marked the 70th anniversary Thursday of the liberation of concentration camps following the end of World War II in 1945. 

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Promoting creative thinking
1:27 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Albright-Knox launches Innovation Lab

Albright-Knox Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Janne Siren announces AK Innovation Lab initiative Thursday inside the Gallery.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has launched a new initiative designed to promote critical and creative thinking in young people.

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Local
11:59 am
Thu April 16, 2015

AmeriCorps Director stresses the value of volunteers

Nearly 62 million Americans volunteer in their communities, an effort with an economic impact valued at $173 billion. That's according to Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps, who spoke with WBFO News to spotlight National Volunteer Week.

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Buffalo Sabres
6:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Mission accomplished?

Bill Hoppe (r.), a Sabres beat writer, is a regular contributor to WBFO.
Credit File photo

On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's last place finish and what it will mean for this weekend's draft lottery, the firing of head coach Ted Nolan and some possible coaching candidates, and we look back on a strange season where the goal appeared to be short-term pain for long-term gain.

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Focus on Education
4:58 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Buffalo schools dealing with budget shortfall

Barbara Smith, Chief Financial Officer for Buffalo schools, delivered budget news to the school board Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Despite a budget approaching $1 billion, Buffalo schools are facing a deficit. Officials announced a $10 million shortfall at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

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Local
4:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Local federal judge nominees await confirmation

Denise O'Donnell, a former U.S. attorney, is awaiting her confirmation as a federal judge.
Credit WBFO File Photo

In recent years, presidential nominations of federal judges have become tangled in the politics of Washington. Locally, there are two federal court nominations stalled in process, Lawrence Vilardo and Denise O'Donnell.

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Local
6:00 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Buffalo hosting major film shoot in May

Buffalo mayor Byron Brown leads a news conference detailing next month's shooting of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" in the city.
Credit WBFO.org

The Queen City will be the temporary home to the so-called "Heroes in a Half Shell" next month, when film crews from Paramount Pictures arrive to shoot scenes for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2."

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Local
5:13 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY employees donate big bucks to local charities

Representatives of some of the fifteen charities to which Blue Cross Blue Shield employees donated $67,000 on Wednesday afternoon.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Fifteen Western New York charities received a combined donation of more than $67,000, Wednesday afternoon.

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Local
1:06 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Ryan wants cell phone tracking investigation

Assemblyman Sean Ryan calls for investigation into domestic surveillance carried out by the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The Erie County Sheriff's Office should be barred from fishing expeditions with the public's cell phone data according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan, who Is calling on the state Attorney General to investigate.

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Cultural
11:28 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Former Sabre talks about overcoming racism in new book 'Black Ice'

"Black Ice" by Val James.
Credit WBFO News photo of book by Chris Caya

More than 30 years ago, with no recognition at all, a member of the Buffalo Sabres made history. Valmore James was the first U.S. born African-American to play in the National Hockey League. 

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Cultural
8:19 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Actor Stephen McKinley Henderson speaking at UB tonight

Stephen McKinley Henderson
Credit Courtesy of the University at Buffalo

Stephen McKinley Henderson is known as a distinguished actor, director and professor in the University at Buffalo's Department of Theater and Dance. Tonight, Henderson will speak candidly about his career during an appearance on UB's North Campus. 

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Cultural
6:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Local bishop reflects on recent Cuba trip

Bishop Franklin examines mangos grown by the Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Itabo, Cuba. The church's sustainable food program maintains an eight-acre farm, selling its various crops to the local people at reasonable prices.
Craig Wirth/Episcopal Diocese of Utah

A Western New York bishop recently got an up-close perspective on the changing relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.

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Local
5:49 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Thousands of students 'opt out' of state tests

Inside a classroom.
Credit WBFO News File Photo

The numbers are in. Thousands of students across Western New York sat out the first day of the English Language Arts state tests. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says some of the highest numbers occurred in the West Seneca School District.   
 


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Local
4:59 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood showing positive developments

It's getting safer and better to live in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood in the city's northeast corner. The latest crime reports were delivered to a public meeting Tuesday night in Westminster Community Charter.

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Local
4:53 am
Wed April 15, 2015

City officials consider mandatory sick time

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

City Hall is starting to look at requiring some employers to provide sick days for workers.  Councilmember Michael LoCurto says many cities are now requiring some sick leave, mostly to keep sick people from showing up at work and infecting others.

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Local
6:18 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Local WIC office celebrates completed expansion

The Reverend Pearl Outlaw, left, and Father Richard Zajac, both chaplains at Sisters Hospital, take turns with blessings as part of a celebration marking the end of an expansion project at the busiest WIC (Women, Infants & Children) office in Buffalo, on the grounds of Sisters Hospital. At far right is Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo, who also offered remarks.
Credit WBFO.org

Completion of a two-year expansion project was celebrated Tuesday on the campus of Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, the home of the busiest WIC office among 15 in Erie and Niagara Counties.

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Local
1:53 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Free Wi-Fi planned for downtown Buffalo

UB President Satish Tripathi talks about partnering with the city and M&T to create a free Wi-Fi system in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Free Wi-Fi is coming to downtown Buffalo this summer. The city announced it's teaming with M&T Bank and Univeristy at Buffalo to create a new network called 'Buffalo Connects'. 

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Local
1:46 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Initiative encourages reading aloud to children

Credit Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Stamp out illiteracy and bring on the bedtime stories. Those are the goals of an effort to highlight the importance of reading to children for at least 15 minutes a day.

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Focus on Education
1:40 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Mayor Brown on control of school district: 'I am not lobbying for it’

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown responding to questions about mayoral control of city schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Mayor Byron Brown said he is 'ready and willing' to provide leadership in the Buffalo School District.  Reporters asked the Mayor about his remarks of a potential mayoral takeover.  

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