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4:49 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

My car was damaged during the snow storm: Now what?

Cars covered in snow
Credit WBFO News file photo

The snow has stopped in some parts of western New York and many cars are being dug out of piles of snow. Now, many residents are wondering who’s on the hook for the damage cars were subjected to by plows, high lifts, and tow trucks.

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Local
9:43 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Business as usual expected post-storm

Checkers restaurant in Cheektowaga
Credit Chris Caya / WBFO

As snow clean up continues many are still stuck inside their homes during a week where holiday shopping would usually begin, but as soon as streets are plowed and driveways cleared many who’ve been cooped up indoors this week are expected to make their way straight to restaurants, retail, and grocery stores.

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Local
2:19 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Limited state of emergency declared in South Buffalo

Skyway is closed
Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO

A limited state of emergency has been issued in South Buffalo where two feet of blowing and drifting snow has blanketed the area. A driving ban has also been issued from Clinton Street south.

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Local
1:02 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Many brave the snow to apply for HEAP

Erie County residents wait to apply for HEAP
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A long line of people waited to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program in downtown Buffalo Monday morning.

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Science/Technology
5:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Dueling app creators talk submissions for Civic App Challenge

Buffalo Open GIS
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Mobile app designers are tackling social and civic issues across the region through a competitive “virtual hackathon.” The AT&T Western New York Civic App Challenge allows innovative thinkers and designers to create apps for cash prizes to make their ideas a reality. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel spoke to a few of the dueling app creators.

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Local
12:54 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Salvation Army 'Red Kettle' campaign begins in Buffalo

Salvation Army of Buffalo kicks off "Red Kettle Fund Drive."
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Salvation Army of Buffalo kicked off its Red Kettle Fund Drive on the steps of City Hall Friday. Organizers celebrated the campaign opening with music by the Salvation Army Brass Band and a bell ringing.

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Local
4:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Labor Department hears public on wage increase for tipped workers

New York State Department of Labor Wage Board
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The New York State Department of Labor Wage Board held its third public hearing in downtown Buffalo Thursday to determine whether there should be a sub-minimum wage increase for tipped workers. Business owners, employees, and advocates turned out to discuss their positions on the issue.

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Downtown
4:52 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

City Mission announces expansion plans

The Buffalo City Mission on East Tupper Street.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Buffalo City Mission announced plans Wednesday to expand its operation at 100 East Tupper Street. The $27 million addition is pending support from Erie County and the City of Buffalo.

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Local
2:01 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Williamsville Cub Scout Pack honors veterans

Cub Scout Pack 457 reading the names of veterans.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A Williamsville Cub Scout group held a Veterans Day ceremony at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park Tuesday.

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Local
1:27 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Mayor Brown unveils proposed 2015 capital budget

Mayor Byron Brown unveiled his proposed 2015 Capital Budget on Monday
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Mayor Byron Brown unveiled his proposed Fiscal Year 2015 Capital Budget for the City of Buffalo Monday morning. The $26 million spending deal includes allocating $2.1 million to the Buffalo Fire Department for the purchase of state-of-the-art Fire Apparatus.

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Local
7:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

World War II veteran honored 69 years later

Private Indiana Hunt-Martin
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A 92-year old World War II veteran who served in the first African-American female battalion has received several military honors. Private Indiana Hunt-Martin was honorably discharged from the military 69 years ago Monday.

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Legal
12:27 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Eck sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting at deputies

Matthew Eck in Erie County Court.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Matthew Eck was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Erie County Court Friday. Eck was charged on two counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at sheriff's deputies this past spring.

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Local
5:30 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Council orders additional training for city police officers

Police Oversight Committee meeting.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Buffalo Police officers will now be required to take part in an at least 21 hours of ethics, diversity, and use-of-force training per year. The new measure was announced during a Buffalo Common Council Police Oversight Committee meeting Wednesday.

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Local
7:01 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

15 dogs found abandoned on Wyoming County roadway

The Hiram and Genesee Road intersection in the Town of Arcade
Credit Google maps

Fifteen puppies and dogs found abandoned in the middle of a rural road are settling in at the Wyoming County Animal Shelter. Authorities are still looking for those responsible for leaving the canines where they were nearly hit by a car Sunday evening.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Polling location in Buffalo opens late

Polling location sign
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Voters were turned away from Unity Church at 1243 Delaware Avenue Tuesday morning. The polling site opened after 7 a.m., because three inspectors did not show up.

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Legal
12:57 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

13-year-old murder suspect may be tried as a juvenile

13-year old Jean Sanchez
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The 13-year old boy accused of killing another teen over a stolen iPhone was back in Erie County Court Monday with attorneys discussing whether to move the case to Family Court.

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Local
4:37 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Opening Pegula complex the 'center' of attention

Rink One at HARBORCENTER can seat 2,000 spectators.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Opening ceremonies began Thursday for HARBORCENTER, one the most ambitious development projects ever constructed in downtown Buffalo.

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Local
11:50 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Lawmakers call for additional emergency gates on Skyway

Buffalo Common Councilmember Christopher Scanlon and Senator Tim Kennedy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Sen. Tim Kennedy and Buffalo Common Councilmember Christopher Scanlon are urging the New York State Department of Transportation to install gates on all Skyway on-ramps.

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Cultural
8:04 am
Thu October 30, 2014

How Shark Girl came to be

Shark Girl sitting at Canalside in Buffalo
Credit Ashley Hirtzel

When Shark Girl moved into Buffalo in August she started a conversation via social media as to where she came from and what her creator Casey Riordan Millard was thinking by crafting her. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel talked with Canalside visitors and sat down with the artist and to find out how Shark Girl came to be.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Higgins, Weppner debate at St. Joe's

St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute teacher Ted Lina, Republican candidate Kathy Weppner and Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A debate between Democrat incumbent Rep. Brian Higgins and Republican challenger Kathy Weppner took place at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Wednesday morning. The candidates are vying for the 26th Congressional District seat.

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Crime
11:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Kuzdzal sentenced to 50 years-to-life for murder of Eain Brooks

Matthew Kuzdzal in New York State Supreme Court during his sentencing hearing.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The man convicted in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks was sentenced to 50 years-to-life in prison in State Supreme Court Tuesday morning.

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Focus on Education
4:45 am
Tue October 28, 2014

At-risk young adults learn trades at Medina facility

Students working in carpentry at the Iroquois Job Corps Center
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Iroquois Job Corps Center in Medina is preparing students ages 16 through 24 for 21st century jobs. The center celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday with a visit from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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Health
12:13 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Panel addresses shifts in health care under Affordable Care Act

Health reform panel discussion
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A panel discussion on health care reform was held at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York headquarters Friday. The session aimed to address the present and future of health care as session two of the Affordable Care Act launches with open enrollment on November 15th.

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Business
11:35 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Fashion Outlets unveils $71 million expansion

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA
Credit Brian - Flickr / Some Rights Reserved

The new wing of the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA made its public debut Thursday. The $71 million expansion brings 35 new tenants with 15 more to come in 2015.

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Local
3:23 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hazmat investigates white powder found at U.S. Courthouse

Hazmat crews were on scene at the Federal courthouse to investigate suspicious white powder
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

First responders were called to the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse in downtown Buffalo Wednesday to investigate a suspicious envelope with a white powdery substance inside. The Buffalo Fire Department responded to the scene in hazmat suits around 12:30 p.m.

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Focus on Education
5:15 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Buffalo State inaugurates Conway-Turner as ninth president

Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner delivering her address as the new president of Buffalo State College.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Buffalo State College held an inauguration ceremony for its ninth president Tuesday. Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner is college’s the ninth president since it was founded in 1871.

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Health
1:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Erie County launches campaign to eradicate home lead threats

"Wipe Out Lead" launched with texting and billboard campaign.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

In an effort to reduce lead hazards in area homes, Erie County announced the “Wipe Out Lead” billboard and texting campaign Monday. The county received federal funds to help eradicate lead poisoning across the region.

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Local
2:58 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Refugees receive certification to open home daycares

Program Specialist for the Buffalo Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Project Shannon Linehan and Childcare Resource Network Education Specialist Michelle Wilson with aspiring refugee business owners who received NYS certification to open home daycares Friday.
Credit Journey's End Refugee Services

A group of refugees received New York State certifications to open their own in home daycare centers Friday. The seven aspiring business owners were among three groups this year to receive certifications through the Buffalo Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Project.

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Business
1:40 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

43North unveils 11 finalists, two from WNY

43North officials announce 11 finalists.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Eleven finalists were announced in the 43North business plan competition Thursday. The contestants are competing for $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million dollars. Each of the competitor is guaranteed to receive a cash prize of at least $250,000.

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Local
3:11 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Plans move forward for proposed waterfront ferry boat

First Buffalo River Marina along the outer harbor
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A major step was taken Wednesday in a project that would bring a ferry service to the Buffalo waterfront. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation approved the public comment period for the plan that would allow a ferry to travel from the First Buffalo River Marina to Canalside, between the inner and outer harbors.

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