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9:42 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off in Buffalo

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

There was a festive atmosphere in Buffalo's Central Library Monday for the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Several local events are planned over the next 30 days to  highlight the contributions of Hispanic Americans to Western New York and the United States.

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Focus on Education
9:26 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Girl Scouts: Providing leadership and more

Inside the Girl Scouts of Western New York.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Girl Scouts of Western New York continues to guide and educate young women on leadership. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited the Girl Scouts headquarters on Walden Avenue in Depew learning the organization serves 20,000 girls across the region.

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Focus on Education
9:15 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Longer school days coming to Hamburg

Credit WBFO News file photo

Education advocates in recent years have been pushing for longer school days to boost academic achievement. That effort has prompted a change in Hamburg where elementary students will spending more time in class starting next year.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

New program encourages students to study genetics & genomics

WNY Congressman Brian Higgins joining news conference on NIH grant at UB's South Campus Monday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new program, funded through a federal grant, will work to encourage local high school students to seek careers in genetics and genomics. Rep. Brian Higgins appeared with University at Buffalo leaders Monday to announce a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Press Pass
5:40 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Press Pass: A peek inside The Buffalo Niagara Film Office

This week, WBFO welcomes a new addition to our Press Pass rotation. Pat Feldballe, who hosts Saturday night Blues on WBFO, will be sitting down for occasional conversations with Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark to talk about the bustling film industry in Western New York. 

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Local
4:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Tonawanda garden dedicated to domestic violence victims

Officials break ground at site of new Tribute Garden in Isle View Park in Tonawanda.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Construction of a ‘Tribute Garden’ in honor of domestic violence victims and survivors is underway at Isle View Park. Local officials broke ground on the garden in Tonawanda on Monday.

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Business
4:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Erie County's credit rating improves

Standard and Poor's has significantly upgraded Erie County's credit rating by three steps, to AA-, its highest ever rating for the county.

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Crime
12:31 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Jury acquits man charged with cruelty in dog killing

Michael Tortorici has been found not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the killing of his family dog.

An Erie County Court jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the case of a Sloan man accused of aggravated animal cruelty in the killing of his dog.

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Beyond the Playbook
10:07 am
Mon September 15, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills enjoy emotional win

Mary Wilson, the widow of former Bills' owner Ralph Wilson, congratulates E.J. Manuel after the team's emotional victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Credit photo from Matt Sabuda

An emotional, electric crowd helped to carry the Buffalo Bills to a 29-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. On "Beyond the Playbook" on WBFO, Matt Sabuda says the fans, and the moment, combined to create a distinct home field advantage for the Bills.

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Focus on Education
10:06 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Buffalo teens study distressed neighborhoods

Dr. Henry Taylor, Director of UB's Urban Studies program, Gavin Luter, Coordinator of Educational Programs for UB's Urban Studies with Buffalo students, Malilk Rainey, Nyah Shaw & Nisa Jenkins.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students recently participated in the 'Community as Classroom' program. The University at Buffalo's Center for Urban Studies used the Fruit Belt and other distressed city neighborhoods as a virtual classroom. 

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Environment
9:42 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New study finds area birds at risk of extinction

Bobolink
Credit Kelly Colgan Azar / Some Rights Reserved

A new study released by the National Audubon Society finds that some birds found in Western New York are at risk of extinction due to global warming.

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Local
6:16 am
Mon September 15, 2014

DEC restudying Peace Bridge neighborhood air quality

The exhaust fumes from traffic on the Peace Bridge are being blamed for respiratory problems on Buffalo's west side.
Credit WBFO File Photo

A new air quality study is underway on Buffalo's West Side near the Peace Bridge. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation will provide more information during a public meeting tonight.

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Local
5:51 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Battle lines being drawn in 60th Senate district

After losing Tuesday' Republican primary, Senator Mark Grisanti vowed to supporters that he would campaign on the Independence Party line.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Control of the State Senate next year may be decided in the 60th Senate district. After a pair of bruising primary battles, the race to the November election is expected to be fierce and expensive.

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Local
5:22 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio meets with supporters in WNY

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has strong support for a Presidential run in 2016.
Credit photo from Sen. Rubio website

Senator Marco Rubio apparently raised a lot of money yesterday for his "Reclaim America" political action committee during a visit to the region Sunday.

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Names of local heroes engraved in granite
10:42 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Iraq-Afghanistan Memorial unveiled

The Iraq-Afghanistan Memorial
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A five-year long effort to memorialize Western New Yorkers who gave their lives during conflicts in the Middle East has come to fruition.

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Attack came outside of police barracks
10:13 am
Sat September 13, 2014

PA state trooper killed another injured in shooting

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A late Friday night shooting in Northeastern Pennsylvania has taken the life of one state trooper and has injured another.

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Sports
5:48 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Don't have a Bills ticket? Be prepared to pay

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The Buffalo Bills open their home schedule this Sunday with a game against the Miami Dolphins and if you don't already have a ticket, you can expect to pay a premium on the secondary market.

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Legal
5:46 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

You & The Law: Removing educators

When a school district wants to fire a teacher or an administrator, there is a legal process to follow. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Andrew Freedman talks about how firings are done and how that process is changing.

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Politics
1:56 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Rob Ford pulls out of Toronto mayor's race due to health concerns

Rob Ford is exiting the Toronto mayoral race after an abdominal tumor was discovered this week.
Credit robfordformayor.ca

There is another twist today in the municipal election in Toronto. Scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford has quit the race, and will be replaced on the ballot by his brother. 

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Local
1:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Citizenship candidates naturalized in Buffalo

New citizens recite the oath of allegiance to the United States of America.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Thirty one people became United States citizens in Buffalo Friday. The naturalization ceremony took place at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site located on Delaware Avenue.

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Focus on Education
1:36 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

City school parents learn more about respiratory virus

Inside a classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Public School District has issued letters to parents offering information about a new respiratory virus that is affecting some children in the Buffalo region. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the letter is not to alarm, but inform school parents.

 

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Sports
9:32 am
Fri September 12, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Preparing for the home opener

Calling it "generational electricity," Matt Sabuda says anticipation for Sunday's Buffalo Bills home opener may be at an all-time high. During "Beyond the Playbook" on WBFO's Morning Edition, Sabuda discussed the announcement that the Bills will be sold to Terry and Kim Pegula.

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Art/Theater
9:30 am
Fri September 12, 2014

With Market Arcade sale, Road Less Traveled needs new home

A local theater company will be pushed out of the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, with the city's sale of the multiple-screen and fiscally-troubled movie complex to Benchmark Group.

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Art/Theater
9:12 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Theater Talk: Full houses expected for Curtain Up!

Theater Talk co-host Anthony Chase will be the emcee at this year's Curtain Up! gala dinner at Shea's Performing Arts Center next Friday, September 19. While the dinner always sells out, the local theater productions themselves sell out even faster. 

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Local
9:11 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Historic Bethlehem Steel sign installed at Steel Plant Museum

Bethlehem Steel sign.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The iconic Bethlehem Steel sign was unveiled at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York in South Buffalo Thursday. The raising of the historic sign serves as a reminder of Buffalo’s rich steel heritage.

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Local
8:55 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Stadium allows for more handicapped accessible parking

Sheriff Tim Howard warns drivers of fines for the illegal use of handicapped parking tags.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Among the many changes to Ralph Wilson Stadium are two new parking lots for the disabled.

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Local
2:32 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Plans approved for AMC movie theater at Market Arcade

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown makes announcement about developer for Market Arcade Cinema.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

An eight-screen AMC movie theater is coming to the Market Arcade building in downtown Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown on Thursday announced the city has selected Benchmark to redevelop the Market Arcade Cinema Complex.

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Local
12:19 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Solemn ceremonies mark 13th anniversary of 9/11

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

To mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, ceremonies were held across Western New York on Thursday.

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Focus on Education
10:42 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Students study genocide & racism through Anne Frank Project

Students at Buffalo State work on The Anne Frank Project
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

One of the most memorable stories of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust is used as a teaching tool on the Buffalo State campus. Since 2009, the Anne Frank Project has been educating new generations of college students about genocide and racism.

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Local
10:10 am
Thu September 11, 2014

'The Roosevelts: An Intimate History' debuts Sunday on PBS

Education Specialist Mark Lozo hopes visitors experience the drama of 1901 at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

The latest film project from Ken Burns, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," debuts at 8pm Sunday on WNED-TV. The seven-part, 14-hour documentary is expected to draw attention to Buffalo's connection to famous family: The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

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