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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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Local
4:53 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
4:50 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Schneiderman calling for ban on plastic microbeads

Credit WBFO News 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 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 one-million dollar 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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Focus on Education
10:00 am
Mon April 20, 2015

'Choose to Refuse' video on right to ‘opt out’

Bennett High School math teacher Jeff Grossi in a Bennett classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

We could see similar high opt out numbers as students in 3rd through 8th grade are scheduled to take another round of Common Core tests in mathematics this Wednesday.  WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports says a Buffalo school teacher has created a new opt out video.

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Focus on Education
9:27 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Ogilvie moving forward with deputy superintendent search

Interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A combination of local and out-of-town candidates have applied for the deputy superintendent position in the Buffalo Public School District. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says the interim schools superintendent is working on the hiring process before he leaves at the end of this school year.


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Politics
4:29 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Party leaders plotting strategies for county races

GOP chairman Nick Langworthy announced Ray Walter as the party's county executive candidate on Saturday.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

With the top of party tickets set, the political campaign for 2015 is underway. Democratic incumbent Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will face off against Republican state Assemblyman Ray Walter.

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Local
4:20 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Sister Simone Campbell carries social message to Buffalo

Sister Simone Campbell visited Buffalo Sunday for the annual Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence Fundraiser.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Sister Simone Campbell is best known for organizing the Nuns on the Bus campaigns against social ills. As she continues to press her message, she made a stop in Buffalo Sunday.

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Son shoots father and mother
11:32 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Wheatfield shooting victims identified

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The victims in the shooting that occurred in Wheatfield on Friday have been identified.

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70 anniversary of liberation recognized last week
11:25 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Survivors of Nazi camps attend observance ceremony

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Last week, the world recognized the 70th anniversary of the liberation of survivors of the Nazi concentration camps.

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Literary series to be held at Kleinhans
11:00 am
Sun April 19, 2015

New Babel season line up announced

Babel Series
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The Just Buffalo Literary Center has announced its lineup of authors for the coming Babel season.

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Sports
6:25 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Sabres draw second pick in NHL Draft

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The season is over for the Buffalo Sabres, but local hockey fans were glued to the television screen again this weekend.

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GOP finally has candidate to face Poloncarz
11:45 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Walter announces for County Executive's race

Assemblyman Ray Walter announced candidacy for County Executive
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

New York State Assemblyman Ray Walter will be throwing his hat in the ring for the County Executive's race today.

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Services offered today at UB clinic
11:36 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Area veterans receive free dental care

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

America's veterans are thought to have among the best healthcare coverage available.

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Local
9:00 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Federal legislation aims to bolster advanced manufacturing through higher ed programs

From left: Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY 26th District), Kemper Lewis, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Representative Chris Collins (R-NY 27th District)
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Colleges across the country may soon compete to be designated as “Manufacturing Universities.”

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Legal
6:00 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

You & The Law: Workers' compensation

Credit File Photo / WBFO News

Workers injured on the job are eligible for workers' compensation benefits, from medical care to one-shot payments. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Henry Tilson talks about how complicated it can all be.

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Focus on Education
4:46 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Buffalo's PTO speaks out against mayoral control

Inside a Buffalo school classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Parent-Teacher Organization (BPTO) is speaking out against a proposal for possible mayoral control of the city school district.   

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Officer Jared Forsyth laid to rest
4:42 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Hundreds gather to remember fallen Lockport officer

Chris Caya/WBFO News

A fallen police officer was laid to rest near his hometown in Niagara County Friday. Lockport native Jared Forsythe died on duty with the Ocala, Florida Police Department last week.

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Wheatfield Shootings
2:19 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Three shot, one fatally, in Town of Wheatfield

School parking lot on Errick Road near shooting in Wheatfield, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Michael Mroziak

One person is dead and two others hospitalized following a multiple shooting in the Town of Wheatfield Friday afternoon.

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Canadian Affairs
11:33 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Ontario to allow beer sales in grocery stores

The Beer Store, like this one on Garrison Rd. in Fort Erie, will soon lose its monopoly on beer sales in Ontario.
Credit Google Maps

It's a huge shakeup to Ontario's liquor laws, some say the biggest since the end of  prohibition nearly 90 years ago. Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that beer would now be for sale in hundreds of grocery stores across the province. Most people favor the decision.

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OKC Bombing Anniversary
7:15 am
Fri April 17, 2015

FBI chief looks back on Oklahoma City bombing 20 years later

The remains of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, following the April 19, 1995 attack on it.
Courtesy Minnesota Public Radio

The man now serving as Special-Agent-In-Charge at the Buffalo office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation previously served with the FBI in Oklahoma City, where he worked in collaboration with many who were on the scene of one of the nation's biggest tragedies 20 years ago this Sunday.

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Local
7:05 am
Fri April 17, 2015

How would you pitch Buffalo? A high-tech value for some

A snapshot from the VBN video "Why Choose Buffalo?"
Credit Courtesy of www.VisitBuffaloNiagara.com

Officials from Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and several area hotels are in Albany this week to promote Buffalo to those making decisions about where to hold meetings, conventions and sporting events.

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Art/Theater
7:00 am
Fri April 17, 2015

'In the Mood': Glenn Miller Orchestra performs with BPO

Glenn Miller Music Director & Vocalist Nick Hilscher.
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orhcestra

It's been more than 70 years since the death of Glenn Miller. But his music, popularized during World War II, lives on in modern times. The Glenn Miller Orchestra performs Friday morning and Saturday evening with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhan's Music Hall. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke to the music director and vocalist Nick Hilscher. 


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