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6:56 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Scholars@Hallwalls series begins Friday

Professor Jonathan Katz heads the doctoral program in Visual Studies in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo.
Credit photo from the University at Buffalo

The Scholars@Hallwalls lecture series begins this Friday with a talk provocatively entitled “Art, Sex and the Sixties.” Presenting the talk is UB Professor Jonathan Katz, who goes deep on a variety of issues, including politics and sexuality.

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Art/Theater
5:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

'Rob Ford The Musical' takes the stage in Toronto

Sheldon Bergstrom stars as Rob Ford in a musical about to hit the stage in Toronto.
Credit robfordmusical.ca

One of the most watched municipal election campaigns in North America is underway. Residents of Toronto vote next month and, already, it has been a political roller coaster. The main player in the drama is the subject of a new theatrical production that is about to hit the stage.

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Focus on Education
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Community citizens urge state to increase public school funds

Parents, citizens and local officials gathered in Buffalo yesterday to demand that New York State provide more funding for public schools.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Parents, citizens and local officials gathered in Buffalo Wednesday to demand that New York State provide more funding for public schools. The #WeCantWait social media campaign urges the state to comply with court ordered funding through the Campaign for Fiscal Equality.

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Local
6:56 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Bills sale to Pegulas earns NFL Finance Committee approval

Terry Pegula is one step closer to owning the Buffalo Bills.
Credit File photo

The NFL's finance committee has unanimously approved the pending sale of the Buffalo Bills to Terry and Kim Pegula.

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Toronto Mayor
6:53 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Ford being treated for aggressive tumor

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Doctors in Toronto have provided a medical update on the condition of controversial mayor Rob Ford.  He’s been diagnosed with a malignant and aggressive tumor and will undergo chemo therapy over the next few weeks.

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Hamburg School District
6:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Jetter pleads guilty to filing false police report

Richard Jetter

Hamburg school superintendent Richard Jetter has pleaded guilty as charged to a third degree charge of falsely reporting an incident.

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Health in Schools
6:45 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Buffalo school nurses see little impact from new respiratory virus

Despite a big spike in the number of children being treated for a possible respiratory virus at Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo, there appears to be no major effects in the Buffalo Public School District.

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
6:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Golisano provides $3.5 million for Niagara Falls health center

Rendering of exterior of Golisano Center for Community Health

The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center has announced the largest gift in its history. Businessman and philanthropist Tom Golisano, through his foundation, is donating $3.5 million toward construction of a new center for community health.

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Local
9:52 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Council looking at GPS tracker to avoid police chases

A compressed-air launcher uses a laser to target the fleeing vehicle and then deploys a GPS tag.
Credit starchase.com

Buffalo Police may start using a gadget right out of James Bond movies to help get away from potentially-dangerous high-speed chases.

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Local
9:40 am
Wed September 17, 2014

More funding coming to Williamsville Water Mill

Renovations are coming to Williamsville's historic water mill.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Just off the rush and traffic of Main Street, the Village of Williamsville is continuing its push to build a public plaza around its landmark water mill.

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Art/Theater
9:38 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Free admission offered for Museum Day

Mayor Byron Brown announced the creation of Museum Day Live! in the city of Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new initiative will allow the public to visit area museums and cultural institutions for free. The event called Museum Day Live! will take place on September 27.

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Local
9:11 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Wal-Mart fined for false advertising

False advertising has landed the nation's largest retailer in hot water with New York State.  Wal-Mart, as part of its settlement, will pay thousands of dollars in penalties.

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Local
8:27 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Fracking politics will influence gubernatorial election

Credit WBFO News file photo

The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well.

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Politics
6:15 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Tensions easing between state and county Democrats

After years of little productive contact, Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Jeremy Zellner appears to be on favorable terms with the Cuomo Administration. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says the work of  local Democrats provided a Primary Day boost to Cuomo's running mate Kathy Hochul.

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Focus on Education
6:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charter school families say state funding formula is unconstitutional

Buffalo families speak out against state's funding formula for charter schools saying it is 'unconstitutional'.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A lawsuit is claiming the funding formula for charter schools in New York State is unconstitutional.  The suit was filed in State Supreme Court in Erie County.  It claims charter students receive only three-fifths of what school district students receive. 

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Local
4:14 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Vets upset at planned closure of VA childcare center

Kids Korner Child Care Waiting Room
Patrick Welch

A free childcare service offered at the Western New York VA Hospital is set to close by the end of the month. Local veterans says the closure of the Kids Korner Child Care Waiting Room will make it difficult for many to receive treatment.

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Health
1:27 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

ECMC nurses agree to new 7-year labor deal

Credit File photo

Nurses at Erie County Medical Center have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a new seven-year labor contract.

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Local
12:53 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Springville-Griffith student charged with making a bomb threat

A bomb threat was made Monday at Springville-Griffith Institute High School.
Credit springvillegi.org

The Erie County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 15-year-old Springville-Griffith Institute High School student and charged her with making a bomb threat.

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Local
9:42 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off in Buffalo

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

There was a festive atmosphere in Buffalo's Central Library Monday for the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Several local events are planned over the next 30 days to  highlight the contributions of Hispanic Americans to Western New York and the United States.

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Focus on Education
9:26 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Girl Scouts: Providing leadership and more

Inside the Girl Scouts of Western New York.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Girl Scouts of Western New York continues to guide and educate young women on leadership. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley visited the Girl Scouts headquarters on Walden Avenue in Depew learning the organization serves 20,000 girls across the region.

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Focus on Education
9:15 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Longer school days coming to Hamburg

Credit WBFO News file photo

Education advocates in recent years have been pushing for longer school days to boost academic achievement. That effort has prompted a change in Hamburg where elementary students will spending more time in class starting next year.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

New program encourages students to study genetics & genomics

WNY Congressman Brian Higgins joining news conference on NIH grant at UB's South Campus Monday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A new program, funded through a federal grant, will work to encourage local high school students to seek careers in genetics and genomics. Rep. Brian Higgins appeared with University at Buffalo leaders Monday to announce a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Press Pass
5:40 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Press Pass: A peek inside The Buffalo Niagara Film Office

This week, WBFO welcomes a new addition to our Press Pass rotation. Pat Feldballe, who hosts Saturday night Blues on WBFO, will be sitting down for occasional conversations with Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark to talk about the bustling film industry in Western New York. 

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Local
4:32 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Tonawanda garden dedicated to domestic violence victims

Officials break ground at site of new Tribute Garden in Isle View Park in Tonawanda.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Construction of a ‘Tribute Garden’ in honor of domestic violence victims and survivors is underway at Isle View Park. Local officials broke ground on the garden in Tonawanda on Monday.

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Business
4:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Erie County's credit rating improves

Standard and Poor's has significantly upgraded Erie County's credit rating by three steps, to AA-, its highest ever rating for the county.

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Crime
12:31 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Jury acquits man charged with cruelty in dog killing

Michael Tortorici has been found not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the killing of his family dog.

An Erie County Court jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the case of a Sloan man accused of aggravated animal cruelty in the killing of his dog.

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Beyond the Playbook
10:07 am
Mon September 15, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills enjoy emotional win

Mary Wilson, the widow of former Bills' owner Ralph Wilson, congratulates E.J. Manuel after the team's emotional victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Credit photo from Matt Sabuda

An emotional, electric crowd helped to carry the Buffalo Bills to a 29-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. On "Beyond the Playbook" on WBFO, Matt Sabuda says the fans, and the moment, combined to create a distinct home field advantage for the Bills.

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Focus on Education
10:06 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Buffalo teens study distressed neighborhoods

Dr. Henry Taylor, Director of UB's Urban Studies program, Gavin Luter, Coordinator of Educational Programs for UB's Urban Studies with Buffalo students, Malilk Rainey, Nyah Shaw & Nisa Jenkins.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo Public School students recently participated in the 'Community as Classroom' program. The University at Buffalo's Center for Urban Studies used the Fruit Belt and other distressed city neighborhoods as a virtual classroom. 

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Environment
9:42 am
Mon September 15, 2014

New study finds area birds at risk of extinction

Bobolink
Credit Kelly Colgan Azar / Some Rights Reserved

A new study released by the National Audubon Society finds that some birds found in Western New York are at risk of extinction due to global warming.

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Local
6:16 am
Mon September 15, 2014

DEC restudying Peace Bridge neighborhood air quality

The exhaust fumes from traffic on the Peace Bridge are being blamed for respiratory problems on Buffalo's west side.
Credit WBFO File Photo

A new air quality study is underway on Buffalo's West Side near the Peace Bridge. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation will provide more information during a public meeting tonight.

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