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5:42 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Schumer calls for Secret Service 'housecleaning'

Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday under heavy pressure.
Credit Public Domain

In Buffalo Wednesday just hours before Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned, Sen. Charles Schumer said there needs to be a "whole housecleaning" at the agency.

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Health
4:13 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Legislation to keep veterans childcare program open

Congressman Brian Higgins joined by VA WNY Healthcare System Director Brian Stiller and Veterans Advocate Patrick Welch.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A free childcare service at the Western New York VA Hospital slated for closure at the end of last month will remain open. Congressman Brian Higgins announced Wednesday the final approval of legislation to keep the service available through December 2015.

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Environment
1:18 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Delaware Park named one of America's 'Great Places'

Mayor Byron Brown joined by APA Director Angela Keppel and Olmsted Parks Conservancy President Thomas Herrera-Mishler
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The American Planning Association has designated Delaware Park as one of the ‘Great Places in America’ for 2014.

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Local
11:28 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Investigators say electrical malfunction likely sparked blaze at Sanborn landmark

Exchange Hotel/Marlboro Inn, Sanborn, NY
Credit Photo courtesy of the Sanborn Area Historical Society, Inc.

Investigators in Niagara County say an electrical malfunction was the probable cause of an early morning blaze at the Marlboro Inn in Sanborn.

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Local
8:47 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Texas governor Rick Perry campaigns for Astorino in Buffalo

Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke on behalf of his fellow Republican, New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With the gubernatorial election little more than a month away, Republican Rob Astorino continues on the campaign trail. His Tuesday night fundraiser at Buffalo's Ellicott Square Building featured Texas Governor and probable presidential candidate Rick Perry.

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Environment
8:30 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Scenic overlook unveiled in Aurora

Mill Road Scenic Overlook located between Sweet Road and Blakely Road in the Town of Aurora
WBFO

The long-awaited Mill Road Scenic Overlook between Sweet Road and Blakeley Road in the Town of Aurora was unveiled Tuesday. $650,000 in donations was raised to preserve the property for public enjoyment and wildlife.

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Local
8:23 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Movie shoot in Lockport today

Where Heaven and Hell Collide
Credit Facebook Page: Where Heaven and Hell Collide

Niagara County Sheriff Officials are advising Lockport residents they might be in for a loud day. The LaFarge Stone Quarry will be the site of a movie shoot today.


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Politics
5:45 am
Wed October 1, 2014

McCarthy: Perry brings key support to Astorino

An appearance by Texas Governor Rick Perry in Buffalo provided a boost to a Tuesday fundraiser for Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate in the New York gubernatorial race. "This is a significant event that took place here," said Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy during a conversation today on WBFO.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Canisius High School leader discusses mission of diversity & learning

Fr. Joseph Costantino, SJ. President OF Canisius High School.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

While many schools require State Regents testing a local Catholic high school provides college preparatory training without Regents. In this Focus on Education interview WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with the president of Canisius High School in Buffalo learning about the school's core value diversity.

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Local
4:54 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Council approves new regulations for e-cigarette retailers

Common Council Member Chris Scanlon
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Shops selling electronic cigarettes will soon need a permit to operate in the city of Buffalo.

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Local
4:57 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Panel recommends pay hikes for Erie County’s four top elected officials

Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Erie County’s four top elected officials would receive raises ranging from 16 percent to 29 percent under a plan unveiled Tuesday by by a citizens review panel. 

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Sports
12:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

FCC lifts NFL blackout rule, Higgins pushes league to follow suit

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Congressman Brian Higgins during a recent stop in Buffalo
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO

The NFL blackout rule has been lifted, but don't get too excited yet. The Federal Communications Commission voted today to lift the more than 40-year-old ban on broadcasting games locally that do not sell out, but the league still has to change its' policy.

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Local
11:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

City Hall open to adjusting price hikes for marina docks

Erie Basin Marina
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The City of Buffalo says it may reconsider massive price hikes for slips at Erie Basin Marina. The cost of rent for boat docks is expected to double by 2016 and then triple by 2017 for nonresidents of the city.

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Crime
10:45 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Lewiston man accused of kidnapping, torturing woman

A Lewiston man faces a laundry list of charges connected with the alleged kidnapping and abuse of a Niagara County woman.

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Canadian Affairs
10:33 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Toronto police to begin wearing body cameras

A pilot project is set to begin for police in Toronto. Advocates say body cameras could improve police accountability and reduce the use of force.

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Local
8:16 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Six-pack on the Buffalo skyline

Buffalo Riverworks
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

Commuters traveling near the Ohio Street lift Bridge may notice something a little different, a giant Labatt Blue six pack. At least that’s what it looks like.

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Crime
8:15 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Chautauqua County designated a high-intensity drug trafficking area

Chautauqua County has been given the designation as a high-intensity drug trafficking area, a label that could actually be helpful in the fight against drugs.

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Press Pass: Reviewing the PS 82 incident & RFP for MLK School

Buffalo News Education Reporter Tiffany Lankes in the WBFO studio.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District continues its probe into how a kindergarten student at Public School 82 managed to walk out of the building unnoticed. The principal has since been placed on paid leave.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Buffalo Schools: I-Prep celebrates reconstruction

I-Prep students hold up flags from across the globe.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Public School District has completed the last school building of the more than $1 billion Joint Schools Reconstruction Project. On Monday morning, city school officials and students gathered outside of International Preparatory for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of reconstruction work.

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Sports
4:28 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Bills bench EJ Manuel; Orton to start Sunday

The Buffalo Bills have announced that quarterback Kyle Orton will get the start in Detroit next Sunday, in place of EJ Manuel, who will assume the backup role.

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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
4:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

BPO opera "Bluebeard's Castle" features Chihuly art

Dale Chihuly's art will be part of BPO opera "Bluebeard's Castle."
Credit Photo by Misty Harris / WBFO News

Renowned artist Dale Chihuly sets the stage when JoAnn Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Bela Bartók’s one-act opera, Bluebeard’s Castle Wednesday, October 1, 7 p.m.  Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano, and Charles Robert Austin, baritone, perform the lead roles in this rarely-staged opera.

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Local
3:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

American expats living in Canada fighting U.S. tax law

FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, has been in effect for several months. The global tax law is aimed at rooting out Americans living outside of the United States who are not paying their U.S. taxes. But many expatriate Americans in Canada are fighting back.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Buffalo River cleanup continues

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

More cleanup funding is flowing for the Buffalo River. Great Lakes Commission policy director Matt Doss announced a $4.7 million award for shoreline and habitat restoration along the river at Smith Street Park, Monday morning.

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Local
1:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Two killed in Newfane collision

Route 18 between Hess & Philips Roads.
Credit Photo image from Google Maps

Two people are dead following a head-on collision on Route 18 in Newfane.

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Politics
10:12 am
Mon September 29, 2014

WNED|WBFO to host gubernatorial debate

October's gubernatorial debate will be held at the WNED|WBFO Studios.
Credit File photo

Candidates for New York governor will face off in mid-October in a Buffalo debate sponsored by WNED|WBFO and The Buffalo News.

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Sports
9:25 am
Mon September 29, 2014

'Beyond The Playbook': Breaking down the Bills' 23-17 loss to Houston

EJ Manuel did nothing to appease his critics in Sunday's loss in Houston, but poor offensive line play and numerous dropped balls also contributed to the loss. Matt Sabuda shares his analysis of the game in our weekly installment of Beyond The Playbook.

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Local
8:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

NTSB says initial plane crash investigation could wrap up quickly

Rescue vehicles from the Townline Fire Department at scene of Lancaster plane crash.
Credit Mark Scott / WBFO

Two planes collided in mid-air Saturday morning. Two passengers who were on one of the planes are dead. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board say there are a lot of other things that are still unknown and might not be known for more than a year.

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Science/Technology
6:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

WNY native plays lead role in Mars mission

Credit photo from NASA website

David Mitchell, a 1980 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, serves as NASA's lead project manager for  the MAVEN mission, which recently made its way into an orbit around Mars. Mitchell took time last week to share some insights with WBFO News.

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Local
6:10 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Bike & skate park honors teen killed by drunk driver

Bryce Buchholz, 14, was remembered as family and friends gathered for the official opening of a BMX Bike and Skate Park in his memory Sunday. 

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Plane crash victims identified
6:56 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

NTSB continues plane crash investigation; Lancaster Police identify victims

Lancaster Town Supervisor Dino Fudoli
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Lancaster Police have identified the victims of Saturday morning's plane crash in Lancaster.

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