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Environment
10:18 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Environmental group monitoring pollution from Dupont plant

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Local activists are calling on state and federal agencies to help reduce the amount of toxic chemicals pumped into the air in Tonawanda. EPA data shows DuPont's Yerkes Plant, near the intersection of River Road and Sheridan Drive, is a major polluter.

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Local
10:06 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Niagara Street being beautified into city gateway

Mayor Byron Brown and local leaders announce construction to begin on Niagara Street.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A major gateway construction project will begin in downtown Buffalo this week. The $16.3 million multi-phase roadway rehabilitation will extend along Niagara Street.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Wed August 20, 2014

New charter school proposed for city’s West Side

Fred Saia, president of Oneida Concrete and founder of Applied Charter School of Technology & Frank Herstek, consultant with Western New York Education Service Council want to create the Smart Academy, a new charter school.

A new charter school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade is being proposed for Buffalo's West Side. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley learned exclusively about plans to open the SMART Academy. 

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Local
9:03 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Democratic primary foes debate city issues

Tensions were evident during the debate between State Senator Tim Kennedy and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Democrats are fighting over State Legislature seats in Buffalo. The candidates debated Tuesday night in the Burchfield Penney Art Center during an event sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

State Republican hopefuls meet with local Conservatives

Republican candidate for Comptroller Robert Antonacci made a campaign stop in Buffalo Tuesday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and State Comptroller candidate Robert Antonacci were at the Erie County Conservative Party summer picnic yesterday, looking to ignite enthusiasm among local political activists.

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Local
8:24 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Business group ranks legislative voting records

An upstate pro business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans.

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Sports
5:17 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Report: Bills bidders to submit formal offers in two weeks

Credit File photo

A person familiar with the Buffalo Bills sale timetable tells The Associated Press that the process is entering the final stage with prospective buyers asked to submit formal bids in two weeks.

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Local
1:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Postles, Buttino among new class of Hall of Fame broadcasters

Don Postles, Chris Musial and Tony Buttino.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association announced its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees Tuesday.

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Crime
1:12 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Former Eden wrestling coach admits to raping two juveniles

A former wrestling coach in the Eden School District has pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree rape after admitting to engaging in sexual intercourse with two juveniles.

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Local
12:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Yearly canal inspection begins in Buffalo

The "Tug Syracuse" left Canalside in Buffalo Tuesday morning for the start of the state canal system's annual inspection.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The annual mandated inspection of state canal system got underway in downtown Buffalo Tuesday morning.

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Focus on Education
12:22 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Buffalo School District set to expand pre-K

Buffalo Public School District registration sign.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A round of state funding is allowing the Buffalo Public School District to expand its pre-kindergarten program.  The governor is providing $340 million to 81 school districts and community groups statewide for pre-kindergarten programs.

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Local
8:45 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Landmark Ulrich's Tavern re-opens

The Hauptman-Woodword Medical Institute is visible in the background as partiers stand outside Ulrich's Tavern at their re-opening celebration.

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

A Buffalo landmark re-opened yesterday with a street party and a lot of beer. It may not have been the beer Ulrich's Tavern sold when it opened 146 years ago, but much of it was local, fitting for a neighborhood that was once known for its breweries.

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Local
7:16 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Public weighs in on proposed Elmwood Avenue project

Renderings of a four story retail and residential building proposed by Ellicott Development for the corner of Elmwood and Delavan.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

Over recent years, there have been a series of fights about development along Elmwood Avenue in the Elmwood Village. Some of the standard issues surfaced again last night as details of a major project at Elmwood and Delavan were explained at a public meeting at the Buffalo History Museum sponsored by the Elmwood Village Association.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

SUNY reaches agreement to improve its sexual assault policy

UB's South Campus in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

SUNY has agreed to make improvements to obeying Title IX when dealing with sexual assaults. That agreement was reached last November according to an Albany report. Last week, in WBFO's Focus on Education report, we reviewed the University at Buffalo's policy that already follows many federal recommendations. 

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Health
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Local immigrants help raise funds for Ebola epicenters

The epicenter of the Ebola virus outbreak is in several West-African countries.
Credit Courtesy: Sierra Leone Cultural Alliance of Western New York, Inc.

A group of local West-African immigrants have created a new organization that will help raise money to assist poor countries battling the Ebola outbreak. The Save Africa/End Ebola organization is collecting funds to purchase much needed medical supplies.

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Focus on Education
5:11 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Buffalo's waterfront history literacy lesson: History of Buffalo Graphic Novel

The History of Buffalo Graphic Novel created through a summer project hosted by Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara at Canalside.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some area school students participated in a summer-time literacy project.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says students created the History of Buffalo Graphic Novel to promote reading while learning about the city's waterfront history. 

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Sports
2:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Buffalo to host 2015, 2016 NHL Combine

HarborCenter will partially host the 2015 and 2016 NHL Combine.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The National Hockey League announced Monday that the league's annual scouting combine will be held in Buffalo in 2015 and 2016. 

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Cultural
1:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Library mural first of many planned public artworks

Tape Art Executive Director Kristen Carbone working on the public mural.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new public art piece is being constructed outside the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. The mural is one of several that will be put up as part of an Albright-Knox Art Gallery initiative across Erie County. A public art project is expected to be installed at Canalside over the next few weeks.

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Local
1:19 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Kearns calls for Bills stadium group to hold open meeting

The New Stadium Working Group last met April 1.
Credit File photo

Assemblyman Michael Kearns is calling for an emergency meeting of the New Stadium Working Group be held in public. The advisory group, formed to explore whether a new stadium or a retrofit to Ralph Wilson Stadium is appropriate, last met April 1.

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Local
9:56 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Developer seeks brownfield credit to renovate former Buffalo gas station

The gas station at Delaware and Delavan that Ellicott Development plans to operate under its own brand.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

Ellicott Development may be involved in a major project around the Fort Erie Race Track, but it's still adding much smaller projects to its portfolio.

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Focus on Education
9:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Say Yes students learn the college financial aid process

Say Yes student who will entire college this fall.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Say Yes Buffalo scholarship students are still required to navigate through the financial aid process.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO's Eileen Buckley says Buffalo Public School students heading to college this fall are still filling out federal and state financial aid applications.


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Local
9:24 am
Mon August 18, 2014

New transportation options coming for Niagara Falls visitors

Restored North Shore Trail that connects the Pedestrian Bridge to Luna Island.
Credit Photo from Niagara Falls State Park Facebook

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

You can once again walk a historic trail in Niagara Falls State Park and soon, there may be more bikes and biking trails to go with the Green Trolley system serving tourists.

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Local
8:59 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Proposed e-cigarette regulations not sitting well with retailers

Electronic cigarette
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen proposed regulations of electronic cigarettes. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel spoke with the owner of several e-cigarette stores in the state about how the proposals would affect his business.

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Press Pass
5:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Press Pass: The politics of a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz bucked prevailing opinion recently when he challenged the NFL's assertion that the Buffalo Bills need a new stadium. In this week's Press Pass on WBFO, Jim Fink of Business First discussed the delicate politics connected with the issue.

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Chautauqua Institution
6:28 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Chautauqua Preview: Health Care -- From Bench to Bedside

The Chautauqua Institution is in the midst of a three-year series that is exploring health care issues.  This week, Chautauqua examines health care from the "bench to bedside."  And as WBFO's Mark Scott reports in our last Chautauqua Preview of the year, this week will also feature a wide variety of music from classical and folk to rock and jazz.

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Local
3:46 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

$42 million West Side rehabs a hometown 'labor of love'

The Red Jacket building at Main and Allen was first built in 1894.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Several rundown buildings on Buffalo's West Side, owned for years by an absentee landlord, are now in new hands.

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Local
1:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Community leaders call on public to assist in effort to reduce violence

University District Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt standing with local children and community organization leaders.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Community organizations gathered Friday to call on residents in Buffalo’s University District to work together to reduce violence in the city. The call comes after two teens were gunned down in the neighborhood Tuesday.

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Developing
9:34 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Layoffs issued to dozens of Buffalo teachers

BTF Pesident Phil Rumore is blasting the timing of the teacher layoffs in the Buffalo School District.
Credit WBFO File Photo

With the opening of school only weeks away, at least 63 Buffalo teachers have received layoff notices.

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Local
9:30 am
Fri August 15, 2014

West Nile Virus found in Erie County

Local residents are being encouraged to take precautions before heading outdoors. That warning issued following the discovery that mosquitoes are once again infected with West Nile Virus.

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Buffalo Bills Future
9:14 am
Fri August 15, 2014

UB professor confident in Bills' future in WNY

An expert in sports law believes the new owner of the Buffalo Bills, whoever that might be, won't be leaving the area anytime soon.

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