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6:45 am
Fri August 22, 2014

A conversation with Lt. Governor candidate Tim Wu

Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu shared his thoughts on a number of topics with WBFO's Ashley Hirtzel.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu was in Buffalo Thursday, touring the city's East side and meeting with members of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

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Sports
4:35 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Sabres to host OHL game, top prospect McDavid

Erie Otters to play in Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday that they will host a game between the Erie Otters and the Niagara IceDogs at First Niagara Center this fall. The Ontario Hockey League game will showcase the talent of the world’s top junior prospect, Connor McDavid.

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Health
7:26 am
Thu August 21, 2014

UB among SUNY campuses funded for overdose antidotes

Syringe
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Twelve SUNY campuses across New York State have received funding to equip campus police with the life-saving heroin antidote Naloxone also known as Narcan. The initiative aims to combat the epidemic of heroin overdose nationwide.

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Local
3:25 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Organizers turning up the heat for this year's Wing Festival

National Buffalo Wing Festival Founder Drew Cerza joined by President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara Patrick Kaler and Mayor Byron Brown.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A preview of the 13th annual National Buffalo Wing Festival was held in downtown Buffalo Wednesday. The event takes place on August 30 and 31 at Coca Cola Field.

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Local
10:06 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Niagara Street being beautified into city gateway

Mayor Byron Brown and local leaders announce construction to begin on Niagara Street.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A major gateway construction project will begin in downtown Buffalo this week. The $16.3 million multi-phase roadway rehabilitation will extend along Niagara Street.

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Local
1:36 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Postles, Buttino among new class of Hall of Fame broadcasters

Don Postles, Chris Musial and Tony Buttino.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association announced its 2014 Hall of Fame inductees Tuesday.

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Health
5:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Local immigrants help raise funds for Ebola epicenters

The epicenter of the Ebola virus outbreak is in several West-African countries.
Credit Courtesy: Sierra Leone Cultural Alliance of Western New York, Inc.

A group of local West-African immigrants have created a new organization that will help raise money to assist poor countries battling the Ebola outbreak. The Save Africa/End Ebola organization is collecting funds to purchase much needed medical supplies.

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Cultural
1:35 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Library mural first of many planned public artworks

Tape Art Executive Director Kristen Carbone working on the public mural.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new public art piece is being constructed outside the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. The mural is one of several that will be put up as part of an Albright-Knox Art Gallery initiative across Erie County. A public art project is expected to be installed at Canalside over the next few weeks.

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Local
8:59 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Proposed e-cigarette regulations not sitting well with retailers

Electronic cigarette
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to strengthen proposed regulations of electronic cigarettes. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel spoke with the owner of several e-cigarette stores in the state about how the proposals would affect his business.

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Local
1:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Community leaders call on public to assist in effort to reduce violence

University District Councilmember Rasheed Wyatt standing with local children and community organization leaders.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Community organizations gathered Friday to call on residents in Buffalo’s University District to work together to reduce violence in the city. The call comes after two teens were gunned down in the neighborhood Tuesday.

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Local
3:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Small plane loses power, crash-lands in airport parking lot

Small plane crash-lands at BNIA.
Courtesy: Rachel Kingston WIVB

A small plane lost power and crash-landed in a mostly empty parking lot at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Thursday afternoon. No one was injured.

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Sports
12:46 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Toronto documents imply intent to relocate the Bills

The press release with information about Roger Rai before the redaction
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The Buffalo Fan Alliance has uncovered documents from a Canadian public filing that suggests a Toronto-based group has plans to relocate the Buffalo Bills north of the border.

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Local
8:45 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Buffalo tournament spells success for new Scrabble champion

Conrad Bassett-Bouchard (middle-left) standing with friends and the Co-President of the North American Scrabble Players Association John Chew (far-right) after his big win.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The world's best Scrabble players took part in the 25th National Championship tournament held in Buffalo this week. The winner was crowned Wednesday.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

FCC commissioner voices opposition to sports blackout policy

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai announces opposition to FCC sports blackout policy. Congressman Brian Higgins urges the FCC Chairman to eliminate the policy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai says he’s opposed to the FCC’s sports blackout rule. Pai made the announcement alongside Congressman Brian Higgins in Buffalo Tuesday.

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Business
3:56 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Canadian airline starting service from Buffalo to Cancun, Punta Cana

Sunwing officials announced the new service out of Buffalo on Tuesday.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Direct international flight to two new destinations will now be offered at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Toronto-based Sunwing Airlines announced Tuesday it will offer non-stop flights to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Cancun, Mexico starting this winter.

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Local
9:50 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Construction to begin on grain elevator light show

Grain elevator light display rendering.
Credit www.eriecanalharbor.com

A permanent lighting installation is coming to the Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator in Buffalo. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation approved two contracts Monday that will allow for construction to begin on the elevator located at the First Buffalo River Marina on Kelly Island, across from Canalside.

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Local
1:37 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Morty breaks attendance records at Botanical Gardens

Corpse Flower Morty in bloom.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A record number of visitors flocked to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens this weekend for the blossoming of the "corpse flower" Morty.

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Environment
1:38 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Smelly 'corpse flower' blooms at Botanical Gardens

Morty the Corpse Flower in full bloom at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Morty the Corpse Flower has bloomed. The rare flower that smells like rotting flesh or hot garbage is on display at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Friday.

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Business
2:41 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

New Cabela's store in Cheektowaga attracts thousands

New Cabela's in Cheektowaga draws thousands.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

The first Cabela’s store in New York State opened in Cheektowaga Thursday. Shoppers lined up by the thousands to get a glimpse of the new retail outdoor store.

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Local
9:06 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Worldwide effort to feed needy families visits Buffalo's West side

'Feed the Children' event comes to Buffalo's upper west side.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The internationally known ‘Feed the Children’ effort made a stop in Buffalo Wednesday. The 5th annual event also known as “Americans Feeding Americans” served roughly 800 families on the West side.

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Local
4:37 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Ohio Street makeover starting to take shape

Commissioner of Public Works Steve Stepniak, Congressman Brian Higgins and Mayor Byron Brown provided an update Tuesday on the Ohio Street renovation.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The $11.3 million redevelopment of Ohio Street is starting to take shape in Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown, Congressman Brian Higgins and Commissioner of Public Works Steven Stepniak provided an update Tuesday on the land-bridge, which is expected to help further public and private investment into the city.

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Politics
8:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Schumer pushes tax-free accounts for people with disabilities

Senator Charles Schumer launches campaign for 'ABLE Act' at People Inc. in Amherst.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new piece of legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate could help New Yorkers with disabilities and their families prepare for the future. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing for passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act or ABLE Act, which creates a tax-advantage savings account for people with disabilities.

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Local
5:39 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Buffalo police add new recruits to department

The Buffalo Police Department adds 19 recruits.
Credit City of Buffalo

The Buffalo Police Department has added 19 new recruits to its ranks. The recruits were sworn in by Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda in an afternoon ceremony Friday. They will take part in a six month training program at the Police Academy.

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Business
12:59 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Private group formed to advance Chippewa District

Cross-section of Franklin Street and Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A private sector group has been formed to preserve and advanced the Chippewa District in downtown Buffalo. The Chippewa Alliance is comprised of representatives from various local businesses, including Key Bank, Uniland Development, Delaware North Companies, Eric Mower + Associates, Evergreen Health Services, North American Breweries (Labatt), Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Niagara County SPCA appoints ‘Peace Officer’ to combat animal cruelty

Niagara County SPCA Shelter Manager Lauren Zaninovich was appointed to work at the Niagara County SPCA's new Peace Officer.
Credit Niagara County SPCA

The Niagara County SPCA has appointed a Peace Officer to help combat animal cruelty. The agent will fill a position that has been vacant due to budget constraints for two years.

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Local
1:06 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Healing garden aims to educate public on health benefits of plants

Botanical Gardens President and CEO Dave Swarts standing in front of the construction site of the new Healing Garden.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens began the construction of a new Healing Garden Thursday. The healing and peace garden is expected to be a place for spiritual healing, meditation and reflection.

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Crime
9:54 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Authorities bust major heroin pipeline to Jamestown

Jamestown Police
Credit WBFO News file photo

A major narcotics pipeline has been eliminated in Jamestown. Forty-seven people have been charged in a drug distribution network that funneled heroin from Philadelphia and New York City to Jamestown.

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Sports
1:05 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Report: Pegula submits initial $1.3 billion Bills bid

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula
Credit WBFO News file photo

Preliminary bids in the sale of the Buffalo Bills have been submitted and those bids start at over $1 billion. There were reportedly at least 15 interested in purchasing the team, but only three are known to have placed an official bid before Tuesday’s deadline.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Symposium reflects on 60 years of school desegregation

Brown vs Board of Education symposium
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

In commemoration of the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, “Brown v. Board of Education,” a symposium was held at the Central Library in Buffalo Tuesday. The event featured a panel of community stakeholders, discussing how the decision impacted local public schools and neighborhoods.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Higgins expresses concern with transporting nuclear waste over Peace Bridge

Congressman Brian Higgins discussing problems with transporting nuclear waste through western New York.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Congressman Brian Higgins is urging the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement about the risks of transporting nuclear waste over the Peace Bridge.

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