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5:42 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Buffalo Manufacturing Works opens for business

This adjustable wrench, made for demonstration by Buffalo Manufacturing Works, is a small example of what a "3-D" printer" is capable of producing.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

New York state's effort to boost the economy by making the region a leader in advanced manufacturing continues moving forward.

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Sanchez-Murder Case
5:21 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Sanchez to be tried as adult in teen killing

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita speaks with reporters after a judge ruled Wednesday that accused killer jean Sanchez, age 13, will be tried as an adult in the murder of a fellow teen.
Credit Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Buffalo teenager accused of luring and killing a fellow teenager last May will be tried for the crime as an adult.

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Developing
2:12 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Plane makes emergency landing at Buffalo airport

Authorities say a SkyWest Airlines flight from Chicago has made an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, and at least one passenger lost consciousness. 

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Environment
12:47 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Fish stocking effort aims to encourage inland angling

State environmental conservation and Erie County parks officials marked Earth Day by releasing thousands of fish into Cayuga Creek. At Como Lake Park, the creek was being stocked and officials were promoting fishing at inland waterways.

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Environment
9:56 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015: Climate change and nature selfies

The EPA is encourage you to post a #NatureSelfie on social media today for Earth Day.
Credit Courtesy of EPA.Gov

Climate change and nature selfies are among the hot topics as we celebrate Earth Day today.

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Sex abuse victims
9:55 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Local sex abuse victims push law change in Albany

From left to right, Vanessa DeRosa, attorney Will Lorenz and Antonio 'Tino' Flores are in Albany Wednesday to push for a change in the state's statutes of limitation regarding child sex abuse cases. DeRosa and Flores are sharing their personal tales of abuse as part of the visit.
Credit Photo by Michael Mroziak

Two Western New Yorkers who were victims of sexual abuse as minors are in Albany Wednesday to share their painful stories while advocates push to change New York State's statues of limitations in child sex abuse cases.

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Focus on Education
9:36 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Parent teacher organization offers pros & cons of opt out

Students in a Buffalo classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Another round of Common Core testing will be held Wednesday across the state. Students in grades three through eight are taking the math exam. While thousands opting out across Western New York last week for the ELAs, the opt out rate in the Buffalo School District was only at seven percent. 

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Environment
7:57 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Day through the eyes of local residents

Earth Day focuses on global environmental issues.
Credit New York State Senate

The first Earth Day was held in 1970 as a way to boost awareness of global environmental issues. But what does Earth Day mean to the average Western New Yorker?

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Politics
7:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Poloncarz officially announces re-election bid

At Lucarelli's in Lackawanna Tuesday, Mark Poloncarz announced his bid for re-election.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With a packed house of Democrats in the hall in County Executive Mark Poloncarz' home city of Lackawanna, the incumbent made his re-election candidacy official with a rousing call for another term Tuesday evening.

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Health
7:22 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Tragedy leads to first 'CPR Smart School' in Western New York

Annette Adamczak stands next to a picture of her late daughter, Emily, as Akron Central is named the first CPR Smart school in WNY.
Credit Courtesy of the American Heart Association

In June of 2009, a 14-year-old freshman from Akron Central School District took her last breath in her mother's arms on the soccer fields in the town of Newstead after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. Annette Adamczak has since been working to teach thousands of students CPR in an effort to honor her late daughter, Emily.

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Sports
5:09 am
Wed April 22, 2015

World Sledge Hockey Championship begins this weekend at HarborCenter

Western New York native Adam Page has won the gold before with Team USA.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Eight of the world's best sled hockey teams are in Buffalo looking to win a gold medal. The IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships include a rematch between the USA and Russia. 

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State Senate
5:00 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Pressure mounts on Skelos as lawmakers return to Albany

The final stretch of the legislative session began as more accusations arose about potential wrongdoing by top legislative leaders.

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Sports
4:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Bills release 2015 schedule

Credit Courtesy of BuffaloBills.com

The Buffalo Bills will open their 2015 season with a pair of home games: Sunday, September 13, against the Indianapolis Colts, and Sunday, September 20, against the New England Patriots. The team is also scheduled to play in London on October 25 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Local
3:34 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Baker Victory Services breaks ground on $16 million residential treatment facility

(From right) Bishop Richard Malone, BVS CEO Terese Scofidio, and BVS President Monsignor Paul Burkard ceremonially break ground for construction of the new residential treatment facility.
Credit Baker Victory Services / WBFO News

Ceremonial groundbreaking took place Tuesday on a new residential treatment facility at Lackawanna's Baker Victory Services.

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Environment
1:03 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Protecting the Great Lakes from nutrient pollution

Lake Erie along Buffalo's Outer Harbor.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Rep. Brian Higgins is introducing legislation to protect the Great Lakes from nutrient contamination.

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Crime
9:19 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Attica woman accused of murdering her husband

Charlene Mess is accused of murdering her husband.
Credit Courtesy of State Police

An Attica woman is facing a second degree murder charge in the death of her husband of 30 years. 

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Local
8:59 am
Tue April 21, 2015

A sign of spring: Removing the ice boom

The ice boom keeps ice from flowing down the Niagara River near the NY Power Authority.
Credit Courtesy of YouTube/Buffalo Ghost Tour video

The powers that be have decided the time is right for removing the ice boom from Lake Erie, a right of passage into spring and a process that is more involved than many of us may realize. 

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Press Pass
8:50 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Press Pass: Stakeholders express interest in mayoral school control

Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Some top stakeholders are apparently holding conversations about a mayoral takeover of the Buffalo Public School District. At the same time, some names are being floated as the next potential leader of city schools. WBFO's Eileen Buckley asked Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes about the latest behind-the-scene maneuvering from business leaders and the school board's majority in this week's Press Pass conversation.


Local
6:35 am
Tue April 21, 2015

More than 9,000 job openings in Western New York

New figures from New York State indicate there are more than 9,000 job openings in Western New York.

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Local
5:08 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Supporters rally for legalization of marijuana

A supporter of legalizing marijuana was part of a small rally outside City Hall Monday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The small crowd endured the rain Monday afternoon outside City Hall as they called for legalizing marijuana in New York State.

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Environment
4:50 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Study finds plastic microbeads are entering waterways

Microbeads are commonly found in consumer products found on store shelves.
Credit File photo

A new form of plastic pollution is showing up in waterways across New York. A study released by the office of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found microbeads in three-quarters of the samples collected from wastewater treatment plants statewide.

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Local
4:33 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Cloud of corruption hangs over Capitol as legislature returns

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos has acknowledged that he is the subject of a federal investigation.
Credit photo courtesy NY.gov

The New York State Legislature returns for the second half of the legislative session, once again under a cloud of corruption, and with numerous unsettled issues.

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Local Doctor Pleads Guilty
6:08 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Local physician pleads guilty in illegal prescription case

U.S. Attorney William Hochul
Credit File photo

A local physician could face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced in July for illegally dealing prescription drugs.

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Schumer Lewiston-Queenston
5:03 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Schumer urges federal funds for Lewiston-Queenston plaza

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, with bridge officials, union leaders and construction workers standing behind him, speaks in support of federal funding for a renovation and expansion of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge's American-side customs plaza.
Credit Michael Mroziak, WBFO

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the federal government to provide $30 million to help a busy Western New York border crossing renovate and keep up with its traffic.

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Local
4:58 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Buffalo News cartoonist Zyglis wins Pulitzer Prize

Buffalo News cartoonist Adam Zyglis is a 2015 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Citing the use of "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words," Buffalo News editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday.

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Local
4:13 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Legislators hold hearing on plan to increase road and bridge repair budget

Credit File Photo / WBFO News

Erie County lawmakers held a public hearing on Monday regarding plans to appropriate more than $13 million in additional funds to help pay for this year’s road and bridge repair costs.

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Local
3:43 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Push is on for helipad atop new Oishei Children's Hospital at BNMC

Construction is ongoing at the future site of the John R. Oishei Children's Hospital
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

The push is on for approval of a helipad atop the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital at the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus but, before construction, the pad needs to be signed off by local, state, and federal officials.

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Local
12:49 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Rain barrel initiative aims to prevent sewer overflow

Buffalo Sewer Authority General Manager David Comerford shows Mayor Byron Brown a recently installed downspout diverter and rain barrel.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

As part of Earth Week, Mayor Byron Brown unveiled a new program to help protect water quality in Buffalo.

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Sports
10:52 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Eichel earns rave reviews after freshman year

Credit photo courtesy of Boston University website

While they may have "lost" to the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night in the NHL Draft Lottery, a game of chance that determined who would pick first in the approaching draft, one writer believes the Buffalo Sabres will do well by picking Jack Eichel of Boston University with the second overall pick.

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Local
10:03 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Marina fire on Tonawanda Island leaves behind heavy damage

Fire at the Placid Harbor Marina on Tonawanda Island leaves behind little else but charred rubble.
Credit Brian Meyer/WBFO News

If you were up early and anywhere near Tonawanda Island in North Tonawanda Monday morning, you witnessed quite a scene. A massive fire raced through Placid Harbor Marina.


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