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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
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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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Local
10:18 am
Wed October 15, 2014

TEDxBuffalo focuses on empowering change

TEDxBuffalo presenters Aaron Krolikowski and Darren Cotton
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Empowering community citizens to make change was the focus of the 2014 TEDxBuffalo conference at Canisius College Tuesday. The theme of the event was ‘In Motion.’ It allowed speakers to discuss grassroots action taking place across the city.

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Local
4:34 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Redevelopment of Richardson Olmsted Complex begins

Richardson Olmsted Complex
Credit WBFO News photo by Ashley Hirtzel

The first phase of the Richardson Olmsted Complex reuse effort kicked off in Buffalo Friday. The $69 million project will consist of an 88 room hotel, a 300-plus seat conference and event center, and the Buffalo Architecture Center when complete.

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Business
3:45 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Steel frame 'topped off' at 250 Delaware

Michael Montante talking about Delaware North's new world headquarters being built in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Ashley Hirtzel

The final steel beam was put in place Friday morning for a major mixed-use complex in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

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Environment
6:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

County panel votes to keep Tonawanda crematory closed

Tonawanda residents address the Government Affairs Committee of the Erie County Legislature.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Opponents of a plan to reopen a crematory in Tonawanda received a boost from a County Legislature panel Thursday. The Government Affairs Committee recommended revoking Amigone Funeral Home’s status as cemetery land, which is needed to operate a crematory out of its Sheridan Drive site.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Mayor Brown confident Kaleida will find buyer for Women & Children’s building

Rendering of the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital

Now that Kaleida Health broke ground on the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on Ellicott Street Wednesday, many wonder what will become of the current Bryant Street site.

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Health
12:02 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Officials break ground on new Children's Hospital

Officials break ground on new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday for the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. The $270 million facility will replace Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo on Bryant Street.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Roundtable brainstorms ways to prevent Baby Boomer flight

Associate State Director of AARP Bill Armbruster for Western New York discussing the new Baby Boomer Flight report.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new AARP report says that nearly half of working Baby Boomers in Erie County could eventually leave New York State, taking $10 billion annually with them. A roundtable discussion was held in Buffalo Tuesday to brainstorm ways to keep the 50+ population in the area.

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Local
8:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

National Fuel predicts lower heating costs this winter

The cost of heating your home could be lower this year. National Fuel Gas is predicting the average bill will be down 20 percent this winter.

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Health
1:52 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

State helpline succeeding in resolving healthcare conflicts

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, A.G. Eric Schneiderman, Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Senator Tim Kennedy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new report released by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is highlighting the effectiveness of the Health Care Bureau Helpline. The toll-free service has assisted more than 20,000 New Yorkers, 189 of which were Erie County residents.

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Focus on Education
9:35 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Community organizations rally against 'zero tolerance' policies

Students
Credit WBFO News file photo

Community organizations will hold public workshops this week to rally against what is known as school pushout. The initiative is part of National Week Against School Pushout. It's expected to raise awareness about the issue, both locally and nationally.

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Local
1:32 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

First Niagara donation to benefit youth mentoring organizations

First Niagara Foundation officials, Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Ted Nolan deliver $175,000 donation to nine local non-profit organizations.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The First Niagara Foundation donated $175,000 to nine non-profit organizations in Buffalo/Niagara. The shared award will provide financial support and draw attention to the importance of mentoring programs.

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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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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
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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Local
4:39 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Court filing seeks answers on sex offenders placed in West Seneca

Assemblyman Michael Kearns is asking for judicial intervention in a state FOIL request.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Questions remain over the placement of seven high-level sex offenders in a West Seneca neighborhood. 

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Focus on Education
9:28 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Hamburg school district parts ways with embattled superintendent

Dr. Richard Jetter
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The Hamburg School Board approved a six-figure settlement Friday morning that makes way for the departure of embattled Superintendent Dr. Richard Jetter.

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Local
2:21 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Erie County Auto Bureau to offer online reservations

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs using the new auto bureau reservation system kiosk.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Motorists could experience minimal wait times with a new auto bureau reservation system. Erie County launched the online check-in system at several auto bureau locations Thursday.

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Sports
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Hockey prospects game to feature draft prize Eichel

Top prospect Jack Eichel and Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations for USA Hockey Jim Johannson.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will take place at First Niagara Center in Downtown Buffalo Thursday. The game will feature some of the best young talent in the world, including top prospect John “Jack” Eichel.

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Science/Technology
5:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Nation's largest solar company to bring record jobs to Buffalo

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins, Governor Andrew Cuomo and SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive break ground at future site of SolarCity at RiverBend in South Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed one of the world’s largest solar panel companies to the region Tuesday. The California-based business called SolarCity will build be the largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the Western hemisphere at the RiverBend site located in South Buffalo.

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Local
10:08 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Erie County joins initiative focused on older adults

AARP Associate NYS Director for WNY Bill Armbruster, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz (at podium), AARP State & National Group Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond, Director of the NYS Office for the Aging Corinda Crossdale, and UB IDeA Center Director Dr. Edward Steinfield at Monday’s announcement recognizing Erie County as an “Age Friendly Community”.
Credit Erie County

Erie County is the newest member of the AARP’s Age Friendly Community Initiative. The effort works to address issues facing all generations, but specifically people over the age of 50.

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Health
1:46 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Enterovirus D68 cases confirmed in Erie County

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Fourteen case of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in Erie County. The Erie County Health Department announced Monday that they're still testing others for the illness. The respiratory virus has been present in region since August.

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