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Employees disagree with extended 'Black Friday'
12:19 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Store employees say extended 'Black Friday' hours on Thanksgiving not worth it

Shoppers at the Walden Galleria Mall on the morning of Black Friday.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Some local stores and malls were taking heat over the past couple of weeks as public outcry called for the boycott of shopping on Thanksgiving day. With many stores choosing to open at 6 p.m. the night before Black Friday, WBFO’s Avery Schneider went looking to find out if employees think the choice was worth it…

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Local
11:48 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Canadian shopping may slow in Western New York

Canadian shopping has traditionally been a boost to Buffalo-area retailers.
Credit WBFO File Photo

With Black Friday sales underway, many Canadians, especially those living near the border, are preparing to head south to cash in on some deals. However, the best years of that cross-border shopping may be a thing of the past.

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Focus on Education
11:46 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Unions expected to fight additional charter schools

BTF President Phil Rumore says union lawyers are looking at the legalities of the school board's recent moves.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Phil Rumore, the head of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, says charter schools and regular public schools shouldn't mix.  The union chief is reacting to the school board putting charter operators into the process for what happens to four schools Albany wants closed.

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Local
11:45 am
Fri November 28, 2014

What comes after Black Friday & Cyber Monday? "Giving Tuesday"

Giving Tuesday
Credit Courtesy www.GivingTuesday.org

While the holiday weekend kicks into full gear, as shoppers take advantage of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and then of course Cyber Monday, there's another "day" you may not have heard about.  It's called "Giving Tuesday."

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Beyond the Playbook
11:44 am
Fri November 28, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills return to Orchard Park

The Bills host the Cleveland Browns this Sunday after Monday's "home" win over the New York Jets in Detroit. On WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook," Matt Sabuda says the Bills played their most complete game of the year in beating the Jets in front of a surprisingly energetic crowd.

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Local
11:43 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Seinfeld coming to Jamestown

Credit Photo courtesy Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy

As the area's massive snow piles dominated the local and national news for many days recently, a notable development in Chautauqua County may have gone unnoticed. Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld has been booked as the headline act at the 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown.

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Art/Theater
11:43 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Theater Talk: Holiday shows 'Amahl,' 'Nutcracker,' 'Cinderella' and '4 Girls 4' will delight

4 Girls 4 comes to 710 Main Theatre on Wednesday

Menotti's opera for all ages - "Amahl and the Night Visitors" - features a new production at the Riviera Theatre this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The BPO and Neglia Ballet team up for Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" Saturday and Sunday at Shea's where Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" opens on Tuesday.  And on Wednesday, December 3rd, one night only at 710 Main Street, it's "4 Girls 4" with Maureen McGovern, Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie, and Faith Prince.

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Business
5:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Working group brands shops on business strip in Clarence olidays

Paula's Donuts on Main Street in Clarence
Credit Paulasdonuts.com

In an effort to promote holiday shopping at small businesses, a new working group was formed in Clarence. Discover Main Street Clarence was created to brand the shops on Main Street as a major destination in the region.

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Local
12:01 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Airport, roadways busy this Thanksgiving weekend

Airplane at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

It’s business as usual at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wednesday, even though a storm headed for the east coast could have an impact on travelers.

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Local
10:28 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Whiteness Project examines the 'white experience'

Alex participated in The Whiteness Project
Credit Photo from The Whiteness Project

A special documentary features Western New Yorkers talking about race and being white. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says The Whiteness Project examines what the filmmaker calls the 'white experience.'

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Focus on Education
10:01 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Charters could move into city school buildings

Lafayette High School is one building where a charter school could occupy space.
Credit File photo

The push for charter schools operating in Buffalo school buildings went full force Tuesday. The city school board voted to put charter supporters on panels evaluating proposals from others who want to run schools in buildings that Albany wants closed because of academic failure.

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Local
7:45 am
Wed November 26, 2014

WVU President calls for change following death of Williamsville native

Nolan Burch
Credit WBFO News File Photo

The death of a Williamsville native at West Virginia University earlier this month has the lead the institution's president to call for some changes at the college.


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Local
5:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Ferguson verdict draws protest in Buffalo

Protesters on Bailey Avenue expressed their outrage over the verdict in Ferguson.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Anger over the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a White cop for killing a Black teen brought out protestors to Bailey Avenue Tuesday.

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WNY area closings
5:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

School Closings for Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Area closings of schools for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.

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Local
4:14 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Botanical Gardens closed to clean up storm damage, prepare for holidays

Botanical Gardens' windows shattered by heavy snow
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Heavy snow caused damage in greenhouses behind the main dome of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. The snow shattered 150 glass panes in the back greenhouses. Plywood is temporarily in place to provide cover until the glass can be replaced.

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Local
3:15 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Local NAACP leader calls for peace

NAACP President Frank Mesiah with Congressman Brian Higgins.
Credit Photo from Congressman Higgins Twitter page

Both Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and the city's local leader of the NAACP Chapter are calling for peace in response to the violent reaction in Ferguson, Missouri. 

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Local
1:07 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Snow removal to wrap up this week in South Buffalo

Mayor Byron Brown addresses the media on Abbott Road in South Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Mayor Byron Brown says the worst of the storm may be over, but the city is still responding to the affected areas of South Buffalo and Kaisertown. City crews are focusing on clearing excess snow in the business district on Abbott Road Tuesday.

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Local
11:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Eden growers assessing storm damage

This warehouse is one of many damaged structures found among the farms in the Eden Valley.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Last week's storm dumped heavy snow upon the Eden Valley, damaging greenhouses and structures that are integral to the local food network.

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Business
10:28 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Shoppers urged to support local merchants

Shoppers are encouraged to patronage locally-owned businesses during the holiday season.

As the holiday shopping season moves into high gear, merchants and elected leaders are urging consumers to support local businesses.

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Local
9:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Sewage system dealing with heavy water intake

Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

The rain and the melting snow from last week's storm didn't create as much flooding as officials feared, although several area creeks went past flood stage Monday and there is still concern about some creeks on Tuesday.

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Local
8:19 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Flood warning continues for parts of WNY

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Flooding is being reported in Lancaster this morning as officials across the area continue to monitor creeks and streams in Western New York.

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Local
6:37 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Mail delivery resumes; What to do if you're missing your mailbox

Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Mail delivery is getting back on track this week in areas hit hard by last week's storm. Some Western New Yorkers in areas that saw more than five feet of snow may be seeing mail delivery for the first time in a week or so. 


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State to unveil new weather network soon
5:50 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

State working on new weather forecasting network

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo briefing the media Monday on the storm recovery effort underway in the Buffalo area.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

At a storm recovery briefing in Cheektowaga Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, the state is moving forward with a new weather forecasting network.

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Local
5:27 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Mayor Brown says city is getting “back on its feet” post storm

Mayor Byron Brown updating on flood relief efforts in South Buffalo and Kaisertown
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The City of Buffalo's storm response continues in south Buffalo and Kasiertown. During a news briefing Monday afternoon, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says the city is getting “back on its feet.” Brown says they are monitoring for potential flooding around the clock.

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Local
5:26 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Water damage at Southside Elementary; City schools to return Tuesday

Southside Elementary School #93 on Southside in south Buffalo.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Public Schools Website

One city school was damaged by the heavy and melting Lake Effect snows.  A  drain pipe caused leaking into Southside Elementary School on Southside Parkway Monday. 

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Local
3:03 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Watching for rising waters along Cazenovia Creek

Ice chunks along a major stretch of Cazenovia Creek at the Stevenson Street bridge in south Buffalo Monday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A stretch of  Cazenovia Creek in south Buffalo is attracting a great deal of attention Monday. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says a large portion of the creek is filled with chunks of ice.


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Local
2:37 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Snow removal efforts underway at Ralph Wilson Stadium

High lifts are dumping snow into dump trucks to be hauled away.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

People wielding shovels continue to remove snow from Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. Roughly 150 people are working to rid the home of the Buffalo Bills of snow in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. They’ve been working hand-in-hand with snow removal crews since Sunday night.

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Local
9:11 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Storm updates: Nat'l Weather Service and towns hit hard by storm

Areas hard hit by the storm are now keeping a watchful eye out for flooding.  WBFO was in touch this morning with the National Weather Service and other localities for updates on their current situations.

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Focus on Education
9:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Buffalo students explore creative writing at Just Buffalo

Some Buffalo Public school students take writing class at Just Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students are enhancing their writing skills.  They're attending the Just Buffalo Literary Writing Center.  WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley visited a recent after-school session to find out how some students are hungry to learn more about the written word.

Governor warns of potential "toxic brew"
9:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Governor warns of potential "toxic brew"

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor-elect Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown at the Thruway Authority Regional Headquarters in Cheektowaga.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Governor Cuomo says state government has learned from Super Storm Sandy and a string of terrible flood incidents in Central and Eastern New York in recent years. That's why so much specialized equipment is in Western New York, with more coming. WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

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