Chris Caya

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Breaking
2:40 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Possible explosion at Amherst business injures one

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Two alarms were called to an industrial park in Amherst Friday morning for a possible fire or explosion.

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60th State Senate Race
8:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Candidates debate in 60th Senate District

Mark Grisanti, Kevin Stocker and Marc Panepinto debated the issues in a televised event Thursday night.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The candidates in the competitive race for the 60th State Senate seat took part in a three-way debate Thursday night. Along with considerable mudslinging, some key issues were discussed.

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Local
7:05 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Occupants of sought-after Lexus cleared of wrongdoing

Buffalo Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo says the occupants of a sought-after Lexus have been cleared of wrongdoing.
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The driver of the white Lexus being sought by Buffalo police has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with reported attempts to lure teenagers earlier this month.

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Local
12:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Despite Ebola, Buffalo group continues its work

Heather Quinn (third from left) and Phebian Abdulai (center) in Sierra Leone
Credit Jericho Road website

Amid concerns about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a local organization remains committed to opening a health clinic in one of the poorest communities in West Africa. And a former refugee from Sierra Leone, who lived in Buffalo, is behind the effort.

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Crime
11:32 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Two dead in Allentown murder-suicide

A black Audi was towed from the scene of an apparent murder/suicide in Allentown this morning.
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Buffalo Police responded to an apparent murder-suicide in broad daylight on College Street in the city's Allentown neighborhood Tuesday morning.

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Local
5:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Buffalo joins effort to end deadly shootings

New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams talks to reporters in City Hall after meeting with some Buffalo Common Council members and community activists.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

To help reduce deadly shootings, the City of Buffalo is joining the National Network to Combat Gun Violence.

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Canadian Affairs
4:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Summit highlights the region's cross-border relationship

Officials and business owners from both sides of the border were in Buffalo Thursday discussing ways to boost the economy.

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Local
12:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Poloncarz' 2015 budget holds the line on property taxes

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says his proposed budget maintains and enhances the county's quality-of-life services and programs.

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Local
3:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Higgins floats plan for parks on the Outer Harbor

Rep. Brian Higgins at Wilkeson Pointe on Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Funding dedicated for Buffalo's waterfront should be spent on parkland, not parking ramps, according to Rep. Brian Higgins.

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Local
2:52 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

MAP looks to keep growing

Dabreon Darby among the teens employed by MAP to grow food for the community.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

To continue growing its operation, the Massachusetts Avenue Project is looking to build a new Farmhouse and Community Food Resource Center.

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Crime
7:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Police say accused Lewiston kidnapper had more victims

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Investigators with Lewiston and state police believe more people may have suffered at the hands of Iver  "Jay" Phallen and they're asking for the public's help. 

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Local
5:15 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Schumer assails local demolition company, calls for federal help

Senator Charles Schumer says Battaglia Demolition is causing air quality issues in Buffalo.
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Help may be on the way for Buffalo residents plagued by dust clouds from a concrete recycling facility. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to "send a message" to Battaglia Demolition.

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Local
5:42 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Schumer calls for Secret Service 'housecleaning'

Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday under heavy pressure.
Credit Public Domain

In Buffalo Wednesday just hours before Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned, Sen. Charles Schumer said there needs to be a "whole housecleaning" at the agency.

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Local
4:54 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Council approves new regulations for e-cigarette retailers

Common Council Member Chris Scanlon
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Shops selling electronic cigarettes will soon need a permit to operate in the city of Buffalo.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Buffalo River cleanup continues

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

More cleanup funding is flowing for the Buffalo River. Great Lakes Commission policy director Matt Doss announced a $4.7 million award for shoreline and habitat restoration along the river at Smith Street Park, Monday morning.

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Local
9:07 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Falls air base says goodbye to C-130s

The 107th Airlift Wing will no longer fly C-130 planes.
Credit File photo

An era came to an end Thursday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Members of the New York National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing made their final flight in a C-130 transport plane.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Solar plan proposed for Niagara Falls Air Base

Congressman Brian Higgins says a commitment to solar energy at the Niagara Falls Air Base could provide a bright future for local veterans.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

A new mission could be coming to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. As part of President Obama's recently announced initiative to advance solar deployment and energy efficiency, the base could become a training site for veterans seeking a career in the growing field.

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Local
2:44 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

New law improves tracking, reporting of child abuse cases

Eain Brooks's great grandmother Carolyn Spring (c.) says the new CPS law will save the lives of children.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Local Child and Protective Services agencies are now better informed when investigating reports of abuse and neglect. A new law requires the state to track repeat cases and notify local authorities.

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Local
8:45 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Legislators, business owners debate e-cigarette regulation

Dr. Mark Travers (seated right), a research scientist at Roswell Park, appeared at an Erie County Legislature committee meeting on e-cigarettes.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes may lead to new restrictions on where users can "vape" in Erie County.

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Health
11:14 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Decline in NIH funding affecting local researchers

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Jobs and medical breakthroughs could be at stake unless Washington boosts funding for the National Institutes of Health.

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Local
8:55 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Opening arguments heard in Flight 3407 civil case

The Wielinski home was destroyed when Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Members of the Wielinski family are reliving the crash of Continental Flight 3407, this time in State Supreme Court.

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Focus on Education
8:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Bond act offers tech upgrades for New York schools

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy discusses the "Smart Schools" initiative in Buffalo Wednesday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

In November, New York voters will be asked to approve a $2 billion bond act to fund technology upgrades in schools across the state. The "Smart Schools" initiative option was first proposed during Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014 State of the State address.

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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
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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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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Local
12:19 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Solemn ceremonies mark 13th anniversary of 9/11

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To mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, ceremonies were held across Western New York on Thursday.

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Local
8:23 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Respiratory virus may have spread to Buffalo

A respiratory virus that's sickened hundreds of children in several Midwest states has apparently arrived in Buffalo.

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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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Crime
3:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Trial begins for man accused of killing 5-year-old boy

Matthew Kuzdzal faces a murder charge in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.
Credit File photo

The trial of alleged child killer Matthew Kuzdzal got underway in downtown Buffalo Monday morning. Kuzdzal is charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Predatory Sexual Assault of a Child in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks, his girlfriend's son, nearly one year ago.

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Local
8:16 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Gillibrand backs minimum wage boost

The movement to increase the federal minimum wage is gaining momentum. President Obama has championed the idea. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joining the wave.

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