Chris Caya

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Officer Jared Forsyth laid to rest
4:42 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Hundreds gather to remember fallen Lockport officer

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A fallen police officer was laid to rest near his hometown in Niagara County Friday. Lockport native Jared Forsythe died on duty with the Ocala, Florida Police Department last week.

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Promoting creative thinking
1:27 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Albright-Knox launches Innovation Lab

Albright-Knox Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Janne Siren announces AK Innovation Lab initiative Thursday inside the Gallery.
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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has launched a new initiative designed to promote critical and creative thinking in young people.

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Local
1:06 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Ryan wants cell phone tracking investigation

Assemblyman Sean Ryan calls for investigation into domestic surveillance carried out by the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
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The Erie County Sheriff's Office should be barred from fishing expeditions with the public's cell phone data according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan, who Is calling on the state Attorney General to investigate.

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Cultural
11:28 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Former Sabre talks about overcoming racism in new book 'Black Ice'

"Black Ice" by Val James.
Credit WBFO News photo of book by Chris Caya

More than 30 years ago, with no recognition at all, a member of the Buffalo Sabres made history. Valmore James was the first U.S. born African-American to play in the National Hockey League. 

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Focus on Education
4:59 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Ryan wants more information on mayoral control of schools

Assemblyman Sean Ryan

At least one member of the state delegation wants more information before giving Mayor Byron Brown control of Buffalo's schools.

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Health
4:50 am
Fri April 10, 2015

UB summit examines healthcare concerns for influx of refugees

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With a focus on the region's large and diverse refugee population, a summit was held Thursday to address the challenges new residents face accessing healthcare. It was hosted by UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions.

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Health
2:46 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Advocates seek state ban on the sale of powdered alcohol

Horizon Health Services President Anne Constantino talked about the dangers of powdered alcohol at a Thursday news conference.
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Concerns over teenagers abusing powdered alcohol has some state lawmakers pushing to ban its sale in New York.

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Local
4:50 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Emergency texting service now available in Erie County

Credit photo courtesy of ErieCounty.gov

In case of emergency, Text to 9-1-1 service is now available in Erie County.

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Business
2:48 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Concerns raised over trade deal

Community activists and members of organized labor join Rep. Brian Higgins at a rally in Buffalo Tuesday opposing a new trade.
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A trade deal that Washington is negotiating behind closed doors is raising concerns among organized labor, community activists and Rep. Brian Higgins.

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Crime
3:53 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Basil decision postponed as judge weighs juror's testimony

Jeffrey Basil will be back in court in May to learn a judge's decision on a defense motion to dismiss his guilty verdict.
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Jeffrey Basil will spend another month in jail before learning his fate. Judge Penny Wolfgang reserved decision Tuesday on whether to vacate Basil's second-degree murder conviction.

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Local
5:30 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Girl Scouts get lesson in hunger at East side pantry

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A local food pantry got a helping hand from the Girl Scouts on Wednesday. About a dozen scouts and brownies helped pack groceries for distribution at the Response To Love Center on Kosciuszko St.

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Focus on Education
4:55 am
Wed April 1, 2015

State budget leaves Catholic schools out of the mix

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone
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Catholic Church leaders across New York are blasting Albany for failing to agree on tax breaks that could boost enrollment at private and religious schools.

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Local
3:19 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Catholic Charities Appeal running slightly behind

Rev. Richard Malone, bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, gives an update on the 2015 Catholic Charities of Buffalo Annual Appeal.
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Catholic Charities of Buffalo is asking for the community's continued support. The 91st annual Appeal is running slightly behind, compared to last year's campaign.

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Health
4:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Area smoking rate declines

More local residents are kicking the habit. The latest New York State Health Department survey shows Buffalo-Niagara's smoking rate is down by one third compared to five years ago.

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Local
4:04 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Envelope with white powder delivered to Buffalo News building

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The Buffalo Fire Department's Haz-Mat team was called to The Buffalo News building Monday afternoon after an envelope with white powder inside was delivered to the newspaper's offices.

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Focus on Education
4:59 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Hochul voices concerns over proposed test boycott

Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.
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Under state law, the Education Commissioner can remove school board members or superintendents who refuse to administer state required assessments. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul says she is concerned about more districts following the lead of the Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board.  

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Local
4:59 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Facelift coming to Williamsville

Plans for Williamsville have been in the works for many years.
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The arrival of spring means that construction season is not far behind. A project designed to revitalize the heart of the Village of Williamsville is moving forward.

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Local
4:56 am
Thu March 19, 2015

City reaches contract agreement white collar workers

Hundreds of workers in Buffalo's City Hall are getting a pay raise as the city has agreed to a contract with its white collar unionized employees.

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Local
3:15 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

ECMC expands to meet growing demand

Russell Salvatore (Center) joins ECMC board members and staff in cutting the ribbon on the hospital's new orthopaedic unit.
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The Erie County Medical Center has undergone a $12 million expansion.

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Local
10:46 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Burmese community voices concerns over city crime

A large crowd was on hand in Council chambers for a meeting of the Police Oversight Committee.
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Members of Buffalo's Burmese community are raising concerns about a large number of unsolved crimes on the city's West Side. Dozens of new residents turned out for the Common Council's Police Oversight Committee meeting.

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Local
2:27 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Hochul pushes plan to combat campus sex assaults

New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul (R) takes part in a roundtable about combating campus sexual assault at Daemen College.
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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul brought the state's new campaign against campus sex assaults to Daemen College in Amherst Thursday.

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Local
4:51 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Local businesses look for export opportunities

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara President Erin Cole.
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Interest in exporting locally-made products overseas appears to be growing. An organization that helps companies navigate international trade has been gaining new members. 

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Local
1:28 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Cuomo proposes minimum wage hike at Buffalo appearance

Governor Cuomo launches his fight for a higher minimum wage while appearing at the Boys and Girls and Club on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo Tuesday.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Buffalo Tuesday to push for increasing New York's minimum wage. 

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Local
5:04 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Panel discusses lessons learned from Ferguson

Some believe that body cameras would curb police abuse situations.
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In the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of an unarmed black man by police, a discussion on ways to promote racial justice was held at UB Wednesday.

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Local
5:05 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Rice's parents speak out following Corasanti settlement

The parents of Alix Rice sit with attorney Terry Connors (center) to discuss their settlement with Dr. James Corasanti
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Tammy Schueler says she would have loved to hear the jury find Dr. James Corasanti guilty. But with the wrongful death lawsuit involving her daughter Alix Rice ending in a settlement, Schueler says she's moving forward.

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Local
6:00 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

East Aurora's quaint feel draws movie shoot

Filming of Small Town Prince on location inside Fire Fly Cupcakes in East Aurora.
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A small bake shop in East Aurora had the feel of a Hollywood movie set Monday.

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Local
2:25 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Corasanti’s wife takes the witness stand

Dr. James Corasanti at Erie Count Court with his Attorney Richard Sullivan.
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The wife of Dr. James Corasanti was called to testify Thursday morning at his civil trial.  Laureen Corasanti testified about the night her husband returned home after he struck and killed teenager Alexandria Rice. Rice was riding on her longboard along Heim Road in Amherst on July 8, 2011 when she was hit.

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Crime
5:25 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Dr. James Corasanti's civil trial underway

Tammy Schueler, Alix's mother, during a break in Corasanti's trial on Monday.
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Attorneys for both sides in Dr. James Corasanti's civil trial  presented their opening statements to the jury Monday.

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Local
4:56 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Officials navigating ways to bring sea trade to WNY

Officials hold a roundtable discussion focusing on better use of the Port of Buffalo.
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Buffalo's status as the Queen City of the Great Lakes started slipping with the St. Lawrence Seaway's opening in 1954. But after a recent meeting downtown with Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul said the state is resetting the relationship.

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Local
9:47 am
Fri February 6, 2015

After reforms, CPS caseloads cut in half in Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
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Reforms to Erie County's Child Protective Services have resulted in significantly lower caseloads, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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