Chris Caya

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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.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

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.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

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.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

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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Health
4:50 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Local officials stress the importance of vaccinations

Dr. Stephen Turkovich, flanked by Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, talked about the importance of vaccines.
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The multi-state measles outbreak tied to Disneyland has local officials urging residents to get vaccinated. 

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Cultural
2:15 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Buffalo to host cultural event celebrating Finland

Albright-Knox director Janne Siren's Finnish roots will be celebrated in this year's FinnFest event.
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A local architecture gem has helped attract another national event. FinnFest USA, an annual conference celebrating Finnish and Finnish-American culture and heritage, is coming to Buffalo in October.

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Local
11:10 am
Wed February 4, 2015

City imposes e-cigarette restrictions

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"Vaping" is now banned in the same places tobacco smoking is banned in the City of Buffalo. The new law, passed by the Common Council on Tuesday, was quickly signed by Mayor Byron Brown.

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Local
3:29 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Cuomo pushes ethics reform in Buffalo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking to reporters after presenting his "Opportunity Agenda" to invited guests at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

During a stop on the Buffalo State College campus Tuesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo laid out his 2015 agenda.

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Local
4:35 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Officials revise school closing procedures following Monday storm

Upon review, city officials believe schools should have been closed during Monday morning's heavy snowfall.
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The Buffalo Public Schools have a new process in place for deciding when to close schools. Heavy snowfall Monday morning made it difficult for school busses to navigate side streets.

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Local
5:13 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Downtown eyesore getting a makeover

The former AM&A's department store in downtown Buffalo
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In another positive sign that downtown Buffalo is coming back to life, work is finally underway on a long-vacant landmark.

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Local
9:11 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Local school districts struggling with finances

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A new report card from the State Comptroller's Office lists three local school districts on shaky financial ground. The fallout could mean more layoffs in one of the region's top districts. 

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Bills stadium
5:00 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Petition urges no public funding for new Bills stadium

Paul Wolf says public money should not be used to fund a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.
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An online petition has been started to oppose using public money to build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

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Local
2:26 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Comptroller unveils webpage showing county expenses

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw unveils a new section of his website called The Taxpayer's Checkbook.
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Taxpayers in Erie County can now get a better look at how their tax dollars are being spent.

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Human Trafficking
5:34 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Human trafficking victim shares her story with local students

Amanda Palmer spoke about her experience as a human trafficking victim Thursday in Cheektowaga.
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A victim of human trafficking shared her experience Thursday with students at Cheektowaga Central High School.

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Crime
3:26 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Prosecution rests in Jeffrey Basil trial

The prosecution has rested its case against Jeffrey Basil, the former bar manager who is accused of murder in the death of William Sager last year.

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Local
4:55 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Testimony continues in Basil murder trial

Donald Hall (foreground) testified in the murder trial of Jeffrey Basil.
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The jury in Jeffrey Basil's murder trial heard testimony Wednesday from friends of William Sager who were at Molly's Pub on the night of his death. Basil is accused of "launching" Sager down a flight of stairs inside the now-closed Main Street bar in May.

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Crime
1:08 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Bartender says Basil tried to 'justify' Sager shove

Jackson Zimmerman, a Molly's Pub bartender, testified Tuesday in the murder trial of bar manager Jeffrey Basil.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Adam O'Shei, an off-duty Buffalo police officer working security at Molly's Pub last spring, wrapped up his testimony in Jeffrey Basil's murder trial in State Supreme Court Tuesday.

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Day Two of Molly's Pub trial
7:29 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Bartender testifies Basil told her 'I just killed a kid'

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The list of witnesses called in Jeffrey Basil's murder trial Monday included off-duty Buffalo police officer Adam O'Shei, who was working security at Molly's Pub the night William Sager Jr. was fatally injured.

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Crime
4:36 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Molly's Pub trial underway

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The murder trial of bar manager Jeffrey Basil began Thursday morning in an Erie County courtroom.  Basil's accused of pushing William Sager down a flight of stairs inside Molly's Pub in May.   WBFO'S Chris Caya was in the court room for opening statements.

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