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Crime
11:16 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Death of Jamestown toddler ruled a homicide

The death of a 16-month-old Jamestown girl has been ruled a homicide.

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Focus on Education
9:47 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Grant to help fight high absentee rates in Buffalo schools

Inside a Buffalo classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Chronic absenteeism continues to be a major issue in the Buffalo Public School District. But a $500,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will to go directly toward targeting the problem. 

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Local
9:44 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Campaign aims to boost number of volunteer firefighters

Volunteer firefighters.
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Local and state fire officials are calling on people in the community to become volunteer firefighters. The call comes as part of the fourth annual Recruit New York campaign that kicked-off Thursday.

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Focus on Education
9:39 am
Fri April 18, 2014

School Board candidates debate education issues

Ten of 15 school board candidates took part in Thursday's debate.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With the fight over three at-large seats on the Buffalo school board heating up and the election three weeks away, ten of the candidates turned up last night before a large crowd in First Shiloh Baptist Church on Thursday night.

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Cultural
9:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks reflects on stage success

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Writer Suzan-Lori Parks has become a player on the American cultural scene with novels, plays and musicals. Parks was recently in town for the Babel speakers series and spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Late removal of ice boom expected

Credit WBFO File Photo

Warmer temperatures have returned, but it appears the ice boom is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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Theater Talk
5:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Theater Talk: L.A. theater and two local shows

Theater critic Anthony Chase joins WBFO's Gabe DiMaio.  Tony traveled to Los Angeles this past week where he saw two shows -- Noel Coward's "A Song at Twilight" and actress Annette Bening in "Ruth Draper's Monologues." 

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Local
4:47 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Fewer homeowners receiving STAR tax breaks

For the first time in 15 years, Albany decided to review homeowners across the state who get STAR tax exemptions. Now, the state is handing out 150,000 fewer property tax breaks.

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Local
12:38 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Man sentenced to 25 years for stabbing half-brother to death

23-year old Cody Testerman.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The man who admitted to stabbing his half-brother 22 times on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation was sentenced to 25 years behind bars on Thursday.

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Focus on Education
10:04 am
Thu April 17, 2014

State rejects transformation plans for two city schools

The future of Bennett High School remains a question.
Credit File photo

Buffalo school officials need to get back to the drawing board after the state Education Department rejected plans to transform Bennett High School into a science and technology school.

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Cultural
10:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Buffalo United Artists moving into Alleyway Theatre

BUA is moving into the Alleyway Theatre
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Buffalo United Artists is coming back to the Theater District, moving into the Alleyway Theatre.

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Local
9:32 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Reformers target state parole system

Protesters believe changes are needed in the state parole system.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Local activists rallied outside the state parole office in downtown Buffalo Wednesday,  calling on Albany to reform the parole process.

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Local
8:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Dyngus Day celebration comes to downtown Buffalo

Retired Judge Ann Mikoll has been presiding over Dyngus Day celebrations for 54 years.
Credit Photo courtesy of WNED's Eileen Elibol

Buffalo's evolving love affair with Dyngus Day is a story in itself, with more celebrations emerging each year at bars, halls and restaurants throughout the area. This year, a Dyngus Day celebration that dates back over 50 years will be moving to a downtown location for the first time.

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Local
8:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

City seeking protection against absentee property owners

Credit File photo

Buffalo is looking for a new weapon against some of the city's bad property owners and landlords. The Common Council is asking for a change in the tax lien law for city properties.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

War of 1812 bicentennial wraps up with yearlong events

Re-enactors fire muskets to commemorate War of 1812 bicentennial.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Buffalo History Museum kicked-off the last year of the War of 1812 bicentennial Wednesday with the firing of muskets.  This year a series of events will take place across western New York to commemorate the bloody battles of the war between the United States and Canada, and the 200 years of peace that followed.

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Focus on Education
4:32 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Buffalo teachers union endorses three school board candidates

Buffalo Teachers Federation president Phil Rumore.
Credit WBFO News file photo

WBFO News has learned that the Buffalo Teachers Federation has endorsed three candidates for next month's Buffalo Board of Education elections.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on the endorsements & the petition review for the candidates that gets underway at the Erie County Board of Elections.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cheektowaga councilwoman running for vacant Assembly seat

Angela Wozniak is running on a platform of ethics reform.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The race for the State Assembly seat formerly held by Dennis Gabryszak has its first contender. Angela Wozniak, a Cheektowaga town councilwoman, declared her Republican candidacy Wednesday.

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Local
2:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Local artist accused of possessing child porn takes plea

A local filmmaker who is the former head of CEPA Gallery in Buffalo entered a guilty plea Wednesday to an obscenity charge.

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Local
5:01 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gun rights supporters rally in Buffalo

Gun rights advocates rallied in Buffalo Tuesday.
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond

On a bitterly cold and snowy afternoon, gun rights supporters rallied Tuesday outside the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo to voice opposition to long gun registration rules which kicked in at midnight.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The next ‘Giants of Buffalo’: Journalists & best-selling authors Herbeck & Michel

News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel in the WBFO studio. They will lead a discussion in journalism and honored as the 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum, Friday, April 18th.
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Two award-winning local journalists will be honored this Friday as the next 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel, co-authors of the New York Times best seller American Terrorist, will lead a discussion on journalism.

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New York Governor
10:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Paladino drops bid to woo Trump, will support Astorino

Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino is now throwing his full support behind Republican gubernatorial Rob Astorino. 

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Child Abuse
8:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Poloncarz proposes child protection measures

County Executive Mark Poloncarz with Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer and Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe
Credit Photo by Chris Caya / WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

An overhaul of the state's Child Protective Services law is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He says the county has taken steps to improve its procedures -- but New York's current law hasn't changed much since it was enacted more than 40 years ago.

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Local
8:35 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Council approves new Canalside operator

Plans for Canalside continue to become reality.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The Common Council cleared the way yesterday for Global Spectrum to take over operations in Canalside.

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Sports
5:24 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Sabres lose draft lottery; GM, coach reflect on 'unacceptable' season

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray and Head Coach Ted Nolan recap season at First Niagara Center.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Buffalo Sabres just can't seem to catch a break in what has been a season of suffering.  The Sabres lost the lottery held in Toronto Tuesday night to determine which of the non-playoff teams would get the top draft pick in the NHL draft this June.

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Local
11:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Assault weapon registration deadline is today

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

April 15 , besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police. Gun owners who do want to comply say they are confused over how to register.

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Environment
10:38 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant

Army Corps Project Manager Mike Greer discusses the effort to rid local waterways of the hydrilla plant.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

There is yet another invasive species starting to spread across area waterways and the Army Corps of Engineers has an herbicide ready as the plant blossoms in Tonawanda Creek.

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Focus on Education
9:53 am
Tue April 15, 2014

U.S. Attorney to review alleged forgery on Buffalo school document

Buffalo parent Timeka Jones says her name was forged on school improvement documents from the Harvey Austin School.
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There are more twists in an ongoing alleged forgery case in the Buffalo Public School District. The District Parent Coordinating Council is calling on the federal government to investigate.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Massive school reconstruction project coming to an end

Buffalo's vast school rehab program is winding down, with the Joint Schools Construction Board slated to go out of business June 30.

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Environment
9:25 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades

Credit city-buffalo.com/Home/City_Departments/BSA

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries.

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Focus on Education
9:24 am
Tue April 15, 2014

City high school seniors encouraged to apply for Say Yes

Say Yes Buffalo banner outside Medaille College, one of the schools participating in the scholarship program.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new deadline is nearing for Buffalo Public high school seniors to complete scholarship applications for Say Yes Buffalo.  As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says city students are encouraged to apply so they can attend college.

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