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1:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Rural Metro makes its case for continued ambulance service

Several Rural Metro employees visited Council chambers Tuesday to make their voices heard.
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With its contract in the City of Buffalo set to expire in June, Rural Metro Medical Services is defending its ambulance service.

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Local
8:23 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Federal changes could impact Falls funding

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer appeared Monday with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and other officials
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During a stop in Niagara Falls, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer pledged Monday to fight a plan that could cut off vital funding for the city.

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Local
12:53 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Reed joins fan group's fundraising effort to keep Bills in Buffalo

An effort to keep the Bills in Buffalo has gained the support of some former players, including Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed and kicker Steve Christie. They've joined the advisory board of the Buffalo Fan Alliance in an effort that allows fans to contribute to a fund that would lend to new ownership.

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Local
5:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

New access coming to Scajaquada Creek

Removing a series of aging properties will improve access to Scajaquada Creek.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Plans are moving forward to improve public access to an often overlooked section of the Buffalo waterfront. A new micro-park is in the works along the Scajaquada Creek in Black Rock.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Late removal of ice boom expected

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Warmer temperatures have returned, but it appears the ice boom is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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Local
9:32 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Reformers target state parole system

Protesters believe changes are needed in the state parole system.
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Local activists rallied outside the state parole office in downtown Buffalo Wednesday,  calling on Albany to reform the parole process.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cheektowaga councilwoman running for vacant Assembly seat

Angela Wozniak is running on a platform of ethics reform.
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The race for the State Assembly seat formerly held by Dennis Gabryszak has its first contender. Angela Wozniak, a Cheektowaga town councilwoman, declared her Republican candidacy Wednesday.

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Child Abuse
8:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Poloncarz proposes child protection measures

County Executive Mark Poloncarz with Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer and Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

An overhaul of the state's Child Protective Services law is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He says the county has taken steps to improve its procedures -- but New York's current law hasn't changed much since it was enacted more than 40 years ago.

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Environment
9:25 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries.

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Focus on Education
4:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Schumer urges restoration of school safety cuts

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the Department of Education to restore federal funding for school safety programs.

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Local
9:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Extra funding from Albany to fix winter-damaged roads

Crews making pothole repairs on area roads.
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Local governments are getting some extra funding from Albany to fix roads badly damaged by this winter's brutal weather. The new state budget provides an extra $40 million for road repair.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on the funding for much needed road repair in Erie County.

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Local
9:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Cuomo touts property tax relief plan in Amherst

Gov. Cuomo speaking Thursday in the Town of Amherst
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Governor Andrew Cuomo told hundreds of invited guests at the Main Transit Fire Hall in Amherst Thursday the new state budget provides more than $100 million in property tax relief over three years.

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Local
4:09 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

ECC hockey team to call HarborCenter home

HarborCenter officials joined with ECC Kats players Tuesday in making the announcement.
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Downtown Buffalo's under-construction HarborCenter is going be the new home of Erie Community College's Kats Hockey Program, it was announced Tuesday.

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Local
1:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Nearly $8 million collected so far in Catholic Charities Appeal

Sister Mary McCarrick and Bishop Richard Malone (r.) updated the 2014 Appeal on Tuesday.
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The Diocese of Buffalo's 90th annual Catholic Charities Appeal has collected over $7.9 million of its $10.8 million goal, officials said Tuesday.

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Local
5:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Lawmaker calls for investigation into auto insurance rates

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A local member of the state delegation is calling for an investigation into the practices of big auto insurers. A recent study shows some companies hike their rates as much as $400 a year for drivers without  a college degree.

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Local
4:57 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Computers are learning to read human emotions

UB Communications Professor Mark Frank
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A University at Buffalo professor has taken part in a study with a computer system that reads emotions better than humans.

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Peace Bridge
8:46 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Peace Bridge plaza plans open for public review

Plans for improving traffic flow on the Peace Bridge plaza in Buffalo continue moving forward.

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Local
5:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Study finds job, education influence car insurance rates

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A new statewide study reveals the high cost of being of poor. According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, big auto insurers charge less educated and lower-tier workers higher rates.

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Local
5:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

New state budget includes financial aid boost

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

College students and businesses have something to gain from the recently enacted state budget. One area lawmaker says the local economy should benefit, as well. 

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Buffalo Bills
7:35 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Stadium group meets for first time

Bills President Russ Brandon with County Executive Mark Poloncarz
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The New Stadium Working Group met for the first time in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Tuesday afternoon. The panel is made up of representatives from the state, Erie County and the Buffalo Bills.

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Local
1:36 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Reconstructed Ohio Street seen as bridge between harbors

State Sen. Tim Kennedy, Mayor Byron Brown, Rep. Brian Higgins and Public Works Commissioner Steve Stepniak kicked off the Ohio Street Reconstruction Project Tuesday.
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More improvements are underway along Buffalo's waterfront. On Tuesday morning, elected leaders kicked off the reconstruction of Ohio Street.

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Local
10:22 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Effort to refurbish blighted parcels up and running

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The effort to rebuild and revitalize local communities has taken another step forward. Funding is in place and a leader has been hired for the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Bank.

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Local
8:18 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Officials delay ice boom removal

Ice along the Lake Erie shoreline in downtown Buffalo.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Northern Erie County through Saturday morning over concerns of ice jam flooding. On Lake Erie, however, it's another story where there's so much ice cover the removal of the ice boom has been delayed. 

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Health
3:52 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Nursing home workers protest new operator's demands

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Picket lines went up outside the Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Delaware and Utica in Buffalo Thursday. Dozens of workers carried signs and chanted slogans protesting concessions being sought by the facility's new owner.

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Local
3:16 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Medical community lauds Wilson's philanthropic legacy

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Along with founding and owning the Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson Jr. was also a philanthropist whose contributions often came without fanfare.

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Local
7:51 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Local officials pay respects to Ralph Wilson

Flags at county buildings will be at half staff in honor of Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has ordered that flags at all county buildings be flown at half staff  in honor of Ralph Wilson Jr.

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Environment
3:19 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

EPA grant earmarked for Niagara Street infrastructure

EPA Great Lakes Administrator Cameron Davis, Rep. Brian Higgins, Mayor Byron Brown, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka attended Monday's announcement.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The reconstruction of Niagara Street this year will include green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the Great Lakes.

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Local
10:23 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Brewery's choice typifies growth of Larkinville

Larkin Square at 745 Seneca Street is the heart of the area that has become known as Larkinville.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Flying Bison Brewing Company is the latest addition to the growing Buffalo neighborhood known as Larkinville.

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Local
2:57 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Flying Bison breaks ground on new Larkinville brewery

Brewery operators and elected officials broke ground on the new Flying Bison brewery Friday morning.
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Work kicked off today on Buffalo's newest brewery. Flying Bison Brewing Company broke ground on its new home at 840 Seneca Street in the city's Larkinville neighborhood.

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Local
8:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Higgins raises Homeland Security concerns

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A magazine linked to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula cites Buffalo-Niagara in a new article about America's "failing and fruitless" war against terror.

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