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1:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Citizenship candidates naturalized in Buffalo

New citizens recite the oath of allegiance to the United States of America.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Thirty one people became United States citizens in Buffalo Friday. The naturalization ceremony took place at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site located on Delaware Avenue.

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Local
9:11 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Historic Bethlehem Steel sign installed at Steel Plant Museum

Bethlehem Steel sign.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

The iconic Bethlehem Steel sign was unveiled at the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York in South Buffalo Thursday. The raising of the historic sign serves as a reminder of Buffalo’s rich steel heritage.

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Science/Technology
5:00 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Hackers to compete in civic app contest

Z80 Labs managing partner Dan Magnuszewski announcing the AT&T WNY Civic App Challenge.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A major app competition was launched on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Wednesday. The AT&T WNY Civic App Challenge aims to attract technology experts from the eight counties of western New York to create smartphone applications that will improve the quality of live in the region. 

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Sports
3:25 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Pegulas reach 'definitive agreement' to buy the Buffalo Bills

Terry Pegula and his wife Kim are in line to buy the Bills, pending league approval.
Credit File photo

The owners of the Buffalo Sabres have been chosen to be the new owners of the Buffalo Bills. Terry and Kim Pegula have made the winning bid to take ownership of the storied NFL franchise.

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Business
10:03 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Schumer says Army Corps is delaying FedEx deal at former Bethlehem Steel site

Senator Charles Schumer calls on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete wetland review of former Bethlehem Steel site
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete its wetlands review of the former Bethlehem Steel site in Hamburg. The review stands in the way of possibly bringing FedEx to the region.

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Crime
3:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Authorities say streets safer with breakup of notorious gang

Charts showing a reduction in criminal activity in the gang's neighborhood from 2009 to 2013.
Credit U.S. Attorney's Office

Local law enforcement agencies joined U.S. Attorney William Hochul on Buffalo’s West side Monday to celebrating the termination of the 10th Street Gang.

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Health
5:00 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Parkinson's awareness event to take place in Buffalo

Moving Day
Credit www.npfwny.org

The third annual Moving Day event for Parkinson’s disease will take place Sunday in downtown Buffalo. The event aims to spread awareness of the disease and raise money to support Parkinson’s programs and research.

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Environment
4:25 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Gillibrand calls for federal ban on microbeads

Senator Kirstan Gillibrand
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced in Buffalo Friday new federal legislation to ban microbeads in personal care products like facial scrubs and body wash.

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Local
9:52 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Geneology resource center opens at Forest Lawn

Joseph Dispenza, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples Stokes touring the new center.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A new archive and resource center opened at Buffalo’s historic Forest Lawn Cemetery yesterday. The facility will allow the public to trace the genealogy of more than 160,000 people buried at the graveyard.

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Science/Technology
2:20 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

New solar panels helping to power Amherst gas mart

Reid Group President Paul Quebral announced the installation of the solar array at Crosby's.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Crosby’s convenience store unveiled 110 new solar panels at its location in Amherst Thursday. Canopy panels were installed above the gas stations fueling pumps, as well as on top of the store's roof.

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Local
4:50 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Abbott added to the large list of road projects in Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announces Abbott Road resurfacing project.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Abbott Road between Route 20A and Armor Duells Road in Orchard Park will soon be resurfaced. The roadway was added to the list of 60 roadways in Erie County to be completed by the end of this year.

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Local
9:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

HARBORCENTER officials showcase progress, announce retail plans

HARBORCENTER construction site located in downtown Buffalo
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

HARBORCENTER officials led a tour showcasing the progress of the facility in downtown Buffalo Thursday. HARBORCENTER president John Koelmel says the building is expected to be a world class entertainment venue once it’s complete.

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Local
1:48 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Lackawanna roadways to see long overdue repairs

South Park Avenue and Ridge Road intersection.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A major roadway construction project was announced Wednesday for South Park Avenue and Ridge Road in Lackawanna.

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Cultural
9:06 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Whimsical 'Shark Girl' sculpture unveiled at Canalside

'Shark Girl' finds permanent home at Canalside.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

An unusual public sculpture was unveiled at Canalside in downtown Buffalo Tuesday. The art project is one of several to be unveiled across the region as part of the Public Art Initiative, which is a collaborative effort between the city of Buffalo, Erie County, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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Local
2:36 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

New shops, eatery with Buffalo flair unveiled at airport

Jet Set market is among the new features at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport unveiled $3.8 million in upgrades completed by Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services. The three new additions include convenience stores, a high-end retail store and a new restaurant.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Protestors rally against police brutality in wake of Michael Brown shooting

PUSH Buffalo protests against police violence.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A small group of protesters with Push Buffalo gathered outside U.S. Attorney William Hochul’s office in downtown Buffalo Monday. The rally was part of the National Day of Action to call for justice for slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown.

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Local
1:17 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Buffalo Dream Center remains homeless

Pastor Eric Johns standing with Buffalo Dream Center volunteers
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A mobile food pantry service in Buffalo is still without a facility. The Buffalo Dream Center lost their donated 6,000 sq. ft. space inside the Larkin Center of Commerce several months ago to new tenants.

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Politics
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
Credit John Twohig / Some Rights Reserved

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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