Chris Caya

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2:27 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

More travelers hitting the road this Labor Day weekend

Many travelers will be hitting the Thruway this long weekend.
Credit thruway.ny.gov

The last long holiday weekend of the 2014 summer travel season is underway and the AAA is projecting this Labor Day will be one of the busiest for the holiday in several years.

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Buffalo Bills
9:25 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Stadium group leaders defend process

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy says the New Stadium Working Group has only met once.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Some leaders of the New Stadium Working Groups say they have no plans for a public meeting. That's despite the call earlier this week by nearly two dozen elected officials for more transparency in the process.

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Business
2:52 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Coming to Buffalo an 'easy decision' for finance company

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

More new jobs are coming to downtown Buffalo. Blue Bridge Financial has officially opened its new national headquarters in the Electric Tower on Washington Street.

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Local
1:56 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Kearns gains support in call for open stadium group meeting

Orchard Park Supervisor Patrick Keem, Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon, and Assemblymen Michael Kearns and John Ceretto are calling for stadium group transparency.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Assemblyman Michael Kearns now has the support of nearly two dozen fellow elected officials in calling for an emergency meeting of the New Stadium Working Group.

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Local
9:46 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Program works to keep youths out of prison

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

An effective "alternative to incarceration" program for young people has received some much needed funding from Albany. 

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Local
9:47 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Extensive work will cause delays on Brighton Road

Work will continue along Brighton Road for the next several months.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Detours will be posted on one of the busiest roads in Erie County for the next several months.

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Crime
1:08 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Basil faces upgraded murder charge in Sager's death

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Belling (l.) and defendant Jeffrey Basil (r.).
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Former Molly's Pub manager Jeffrey Basil now faces a murder charge in the death of William Sager Jr.

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Local
8:26 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Work set to begin on new waterfront state park

Plans are coming together for Buffalo's Outer Harbor.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

More improvements to the Buffalo waterfront are just around the corner as construction of the new Buffalo Harbor State Park begins next month.

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Local
2:01 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Neighbors remain opposed to state-approved methadone clinic

New York State has approved a new methadone clinic on Buffalo's lower West Side, but residents of the neighborhood are upset and have planned a rally for Friday afternoon.

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Buffalo Bills
9:54 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Report: Three Bills bids all below $900 million

The list of bidders interested in the Buffalo Bills appears to be short. A national publication reports the bids are coming in below the expected sale price.

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Crime
2:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Symphony violinist fatally shot in Westfield

A Google street view of 8448 Titus Rd., where the apparent homicide took place.
Credit Google Maps

An apparent homicide is under investigation in the Chautauqua County community of Westfield.

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Focus on Education
1:26 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

New South Buffalo Charter School allows room to grow

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Just ahead of the start of the school year, students cut the ribbon Thursday on the new South Buffalo Charter School. The $21 million facility on South Ogden Street opens Monday with an enrollment of about 800 students in grades K-8.

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City of Lockport
6:43 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Lockport facing financial crisis

Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey addresses city's fiscal problems.
Credit Photo by Chr / WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

To help close a large deficit, Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey says the city will end its ambulance service next month. State auditors blame poor record keeping for the city's financial problems. 

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Environment
10:18 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Environmental group monitoring pollution from Dupont plant

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Local activists are calling on state and federal agencies to help reduce the amount of toxic chemicals pumped into the air in Tonawanda. EPA data shows DuPont's Yerkes Plant, near the intersection of River Road and Sheridan Drive, is a major polluter.

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Local
12:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Yearly canal inspection begins in Buffalo

The "Tug Syracuse" left Canalside in Buffalo Tuesday morning for the start of the state canal system's annual inspection.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The annual mandated inspection of state canal system got underway in downtown Buffalo Tuesday morning.

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Sports
2:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Buffalo to host 2015, 2016 NHL Combine

HarborCenter will partially host the 2015 and 2016 NHL Combine.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The National Hockey League announced Monday that the league's annual scouting combine will be held in Buffalo in 2015 and 2016. 

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Local
1:19 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Kearns calls for Bills stadium group to hold open meeting

The New Stadium Working Group last met April 1.
Credit File photo

Assemblyman Michael Kearns is calling for an emergency meeting of the New Stadium Working Group be held in public. The advisory group, formed to explore whether a new stadium or a retrofit to Ralph Wilson Stadium is appropriate, last met April 1.

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Local
3:46 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

$42 million West Side rehabs a hometown 'labor of love'

The Red Jacket building at Main and Allen was first built in 1894.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Several rundown buildings on Buffalo's West Side, owned for years by an absentee landlord, are now in new hands.

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Local
9:30 am
Fri August 15, 2014

West Nile Virus found in Erie County

Local residents are being encouraged to take precautions before heading outdoors. That warning issued following the discovery that mosquitoes are once again infected with West Nile Virus.

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Crime
9:26 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Man arrested, charged with murder in shooting of 14-year-old

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Buffalo Police have made an arrest in connection with the Tuesday shooting near the Oakmont Avenue footbridge which claimed the life of 14-year-old Raymond Patterson III.

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Local
9:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Funding crisis hits Crisis Services

Crisis Services of Erie County operates a 24-hour hotline. The agency also helps victims of rape and domestic violence. But those programs will be lost soon due to funding cuts in Albany.

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Health
9:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Albany funds statewide health information network

Dr. Howard Zucker, New York's Acting Health Commissioner, announces funding for SHINNY
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

New York residents will soon be able to have their medical records follow them wherever they go across the state.

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Local
4:30 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Funding in place for Statler's exterior renovation

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Exterior restoration work on the Statler City building on Niagara Square is moving forward, now that $5.3 million in state development funding has been made available to developer Mark Croce.

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Local
3:12 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Joint repaving work resumes on Kenmore Avenue

Workers in Buffalo prepare the corner of Kenmore Ave and Colvin Blvd for repaving.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The second phase of the Kenmore Avenue repaving project is underway.

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Local
4:03 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Former Rainbow mall to become $150 million 'Wonder Falls' complex

Conceptual rendering of Wonder Falls at night
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office

A preferred developer has been chosen to transform the former Rainbow Centre mall in Niagara Falls into a major mixed-use complex. 

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Local
12:18 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

NFTA officer injured in morning crash

An NFTA police officer was injured in a three-car crash in Buffalo Friday morning.

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Local
9:22 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Bridge authority assailed for lack of transparency

The Clean Air Coalition has been at odds with the Peace Bridge Authority over environmental issues.

Governor Andrew Cuomo visits Niagara Falls today as another storm could be brewing for his administration. It appears some of Cuomo's appointees to the Peace Bridge Authority may have acted improperly.

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Cultural
2:26 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Leaders hoping to make African American Heritage Corridor a tourist draw

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Plans to turn a historic section of Buffalo's East Side into a tourist destination received a shot in the arm Thursday when Lt. Governor Robert Duffy presented a ceremonial $250,000 check to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission.

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Local
1:11 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Legislature approves contract with county workers

The Legislature voted 11-0 in favor of the new contract with CSEA Local 815.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A new contract for 2,600 Erie County employees was unanimously approved without discussion Thursday by the county Legislature.

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Local
9:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

New law looks to increase child abuse reporting

State Senator Tim Kennedy says the new law compels teachers and coaches to report their suspicions of child abuse.
Credit WBFO File Photo

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

There is a new law on the books that aims to better protect children across New York State. As a result, more school employees are now required to report suspected child abuse.

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