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1:05 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Report: Pegula submits initial $1.3 billion Bills bid

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula
Credit WBFO News file photo

The preliminary bids in the sale of the Buffalo Bills have been submitted and the bids start at over $1 billion. There were reportedly at least 15 interested in purchasing the team, but only three are known to have placed an “official” bid before Tuesday’s deadline.

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Focus on Education
1:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Say Yes gets investment pledge from developers of loft apartment project

Say Yes banner outside Medaille College in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Say Yes Buffalo Scholarship Fund is about to receive another infusion of cash. WBFO News has learned that a group of business leaders is pledging to invest some of the profits they earn from a renovation project at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. 

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks to Buffalo native Daniel Lewis about new investment for Say Yes Buffalo.

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Focus on Education
1:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Park School offers 'common sense' advice on Common Core

Park School sign from similar meeting this past May.
Credit WBFO News file photo

After receiving a big response from the public, the Park School of Buffalo will be holding a second Common Sense Approach to Middle School Roundtable Wednesday evening. The school is offering information on education as public schools work to adopt the Common Core Standards.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley speaks with Head of Park School Chris Lauricella about Common Core.

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Local
9:25 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Ibsen's 'The Master Builder' being staged at Silo City

Credit WBFO File Photo

Artists from near and far continue to be drawn to the possibilities of Silo City, the collection of grain elevators along Buffalo's waterfront. That trend continues this weekend with a staged reading of The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Olmsted Center programs assist blind, visually impaired and disabled

Inside the Olmsted Center for Sight.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

For more than 100 years, the Olmsted Center for Sight has assisted adults and children who are blind, visually impaired and disabled. Each year it serves 2,500 people. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley tells us how the center provides education, job training and retraining for daily living skills.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Symposium reflects on 60 years of school desegregation

Brown vs Board of Education symposium
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

In commemoration of the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, “Brown v. Board of Education,” a symposium was held at the Central Library in Buffalo Tuesday. The event featured a panel of community stakeholders, discussing how the decision impacted local public schools and neighborhoods.

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Local
7:46 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New schools superintendent answers parent questions

Interim school superintendent Donald Ogilvie answered questions with a panel of school board members.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo's interim schools superintendent Donald Ogilvie had a chance to meet the public and listen to questions about the system and his plans Tuesday night.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New HAWK signal part of walkable Williamsville effort

Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa shows off what the village's new HAWK signal will look like.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A critical piece of a proposed project to calm traffic on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville has been approved. The Village will soon have the first HAWK signal ever used in New York State. 

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RiverBend
9:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

State buys remaining RiverBend land for hi-tech development

RiverBend model

The State of New York has purchased the remaining 96 acres of what's known as the RiverBend site from the City of Buffalo for future development. 

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Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
8:44 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

City Planning Board approves plans for new Fruit Belt market

An artist rendering of the SweetPea Market.
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Ground-breaking is expected by the end of the summer for a new food market in Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood that will specialize in fresh fruits and vegetables.  The city planning board signed off on the project Tuesday.

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Business
3:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Planning board approves conversion of Curtiss Building into luxury hotel

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A long-vacant landmark building in downtown Buffalo will soon be converted into a luxury hotel.

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Sports
1:57 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Deadline passes for initial Bills bids

A 5pm Tuesday deadline has passed for potential buyers of the Buffalo Bills to submit initial bids.

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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Buffalo teen lives out dream to be a chef

14-year-old Jaylynn Rivera is 'chef for the day' at Ristorante Lombardo on Hertel Avenue with head chef Michael Obarka
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A Buffalo student suffering from severe juvenile arthritis recently had a chance to live out her dream of becoming a chef. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learns that despite a difficult disease, the teenage girl recently graduated from School 89 in Buffalo and is now ready to enter Hutch Tech as a freshman this fall. 

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Local
9:14 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Buffalo developing new plan for bikes

The last time City Hall put together a master plan for cycling in Buffalo was in 1998. A kickoff meeting to develop a new plan is set for tonight at 6 at 640 Ellicott Street.

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Local
8:35 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Astorino blasts Cuomo over ethics investigation

Governor Cuomo's handling of his Moreland Act commission is providing ammunition for his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino.

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Local
1:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cuomo says he didn't interfere with corruption panel

Gov. Cuomo made his first public comments Monday on allegations regarding his office's relationship with the Moreland Commission.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo fielded questions for the first time Monday about alleged interference with the Moreland Commission, an ethics panel he created in July 2013 and shut down earlier this year.

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Press Pass
8:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Press Pass: Mandatory kindergarten & 'Vision Plan' for Buffalo schools

Buffalo News education reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio during a Press Pass recording.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Starting this fall, kindergarten will be mandatory for Buffalo Public School children. It's among the many education issues the city school district is tackling under new leadership.

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Chautauqua Institution
8:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Brazil -- Rising Superpower

Flower gardens at entrance to the Chautauqua Institution.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Chautauqua Institution

In a summer when Brazil took center stage as host of soccer's World Cup, South America's largest country is receiving a week's worth of attention at the Chautauqua Institution.  WBFO's Mark Scott reports on "Brazil: Rising Superpower" in this week's Chautauqua Preview.

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Local
8:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Canalside hosts "The Story of Buffalo"

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports

Two centuries ago, Buffalo began to develop around the Commercial Slip and the mouth of the Buffalo River. That origin is being explored in a play being staged in the same area at Canalside.

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Local
7:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

New disability signs replace outdated image, language

Nearly 24 years after the singing of the national Americans with Disabilities Act, a new law updating accessibility signage has been enacted in New York state. Advocates say its just the first step towards improving the lives of people with disabilities.

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Local
7:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Crews continue cleanup of Commercial Slip debris

Debris often accumulates at the Commercial Slip at Canalside.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Visitors to the Commercial Slip at Canalside can look into the slip and see floating logs and branches and boards and timbers floating. It's part of a constant battle between maintenance crews and Mother Nature.

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Local
7:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Crowds flock to annual Garden Walk

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The colors exploded far beyond just plain green over the weekend, as crowds filled the West Side for the 20th annual Garden Walk Buffalo.

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Jobs and services reduced in reorganization
10:15 am
Sun July 27, 2014

Newfane residents protest hospital cuts

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A meeting regarding the future of Eastern Niagara Hospital in Newfane turned into a mass protest on Saturday.

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Inmate damages cell; deputy treated at ECMC
11:15 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Sheriff's deputy injured by inmate at Holding Center

Erie County Holding Center
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A deputy at the Erie County Holding Center has been injured while attempting to subdue an inmate.

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Middle school principal to be questioned
10:51 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Hamburg Schools Superintendent Saga grows

Richard Jetter, Hamburg Schools Superintendent
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The turmoil surrounding Hamburg School Superintendent Richard Jetter is growing in its reach.

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Organization facing criticism over lack of refunds
10:42 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Dirty Girl Mud Run warning being issued

Dirty Girl Mud Run
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Warnings are being issued to anyone who is planning to participate in this year's Dirty Girl Mud Run.

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Kayak overturned near Buffalo River
10:32 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Coast Guard rescues boater

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The Coast Guard was called for a rescue on Friday afternoon.

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Politics
6:00 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Long-term effects of Moreland controversy on Cuomo unknown

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WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Governor Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that says his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors.

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Business
6:14 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Tyson Foods to close Buffalo plant

Credit Tyson Foods

About 300 jobs will be lost when Tyson Foods closes its Buffalo plant on Perry Street next year.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

You & The Law: Problem-solving courts

Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden talks about problem-solving courts on this week's You & The Law.
Credit daemen.edu

On this week's edition of You & The Law, Buffalo City Court Hon. Judge E. Jeannette Ogden talks about the many problem-solving courts that now exist in the local legal system.

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