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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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Local
11:36 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Expert raises concerns over hotel projects

Future Delaware North headquarters at Chippewa & Delaware Avenue.
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Delaware North has confirmed their new corporate headquarters building in Buffalo will include a 190-room hotel. It's the latest hotel project planned for downtown where four hotels have opened recently. One expert questions the need.

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Crime
2:09 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Jury selection begins in Molly's Pub murder trial

Jeffrey Basil, second from the left, faces multiple charges relating to the death of William Sager Jr.
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Nearly 70 people were called as potential jurors in Jeffrey Basil's murder trial Monday morning as the judge and attorneys in the case began narrowing the pool.

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Cuomo pushes for Southern Tier casino option
12:48 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Cuomo and Reed push for Southern Tier casino option

Representative Tom Reed (R)
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is asking state gambling authorities to request more proposals for a casino in the state’s “economically ailing” Southern Tier.

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Local
11:11 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Weather assisting local ski resorts

Kissing Bridge in Glenwood has benefited from the recent cold temperatures.
Credit Photo courtesy of Kissing Bridge

The latest round of lake effect snow is good news for ski resorts south of Buffalo. Kissing Bridge and Holiday Valley are getting active as the new year begins.

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Cuomo Inaugural
3:33 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Cuomo says NY leads nation by example

Governor Cuomo delivers in inaugural address from the World Trade Center in New York City.

Andrew Cuomo is kicking off his second term as New York's governor, saying he was doing so "at a uniquely New York moment" when some things seem at their worst. 

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Local
1:57 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Erie County donates DWI checkpoint trailer to state police

County officials unveiled the new sobriety checkpoint trailer Tuesday.
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State police in the Buffalo area have a new tool for conducting sobriety checkpoints on New Year's Eve.

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Local
3:33 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Reed says fracking ban could cost taxpayers

Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) says New York state's hydrofracking ban could hurt national security and taxpayers could end up footing the bill.

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Cultural
4:58 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Lancaster's Flix theater to show 'The Interview'

'The Interview' will be shown locally, after Sony Pictures Entertainment did an about-face Tuesday on the movie's release.

Local moviegoers will get the chance to see "The Interview," after all.

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Local
2:46 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Fisher-Price donates $500,000 to future Canalside children's museum

An artist rendition of the "Tinkering Tank" workshop planned for the Canalside Explore & More children's museum.
Credit Explore & More

Christmas has arrived early for the Explore & More Children's Museum. Fisher-Price has donated $500,000 for a hands-on workshop inside the new museum planned for Canalside.

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Local
2:08 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

State to consider bulletproof glass on police cars

Lawmakers are considering retrofitting police vehicles with bulletproof glass.
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Legislation to be introduced next session by four state lawmakers would require all police cars across New York be retrofitted with bulletproof glass. The move comes after two New York City officers were gunned down assassination-style in their patrol car over the weekend.

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NFTA to revitalize Metro with $18 million upgrade
5:19 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

NFTA to revitalize Metro with new fare collection system

NFTA Metro Bus
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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is making a big investment towards its future.

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Local
2:28 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Phone scam net widening

A local phone scammer has expanded operations further across Western New York.

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Local
8:36 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Canalside ice rinks opening to the public

The ice is ready for skating at Canalside.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

After years of planning and effort, the redevelopment of Buffalo's waterfront reaches another milestone Thursday night with the grand opening of the "Ice at Canalside."

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Local
3:37 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Southwest Airlines employees picket outside airport

Southwest employees, members of TWU Local 555, outside of the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

After going more than three years without a contract, picket lines went up at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and more than a dozen other airports across the country on Tuesday.

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Local
4:46 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Budget for Canalside manager runs dry

ECHDC board members discuss Canalside budget concerns Monday.
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Drawing nearly a million visitors to Buffalo's waterfront this past summer cost more than expected. As a result, the current contract for Canalside has been increased 50 percent.

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Local
4:56 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Richardson complex finding new life

Once a psychiatric hospital, the Buffalo landmark will soon become the Hotel Henry Urban Resort and Conference Center.
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After sitting vacant for decades,  a West Side landmark that was saved from the wrecking ball is finally being brought back to life.

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Animal Cruelty
9:21 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Hoskins sentenced to jail for probation violations

Beth Hoskins in Aurora Town Court
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A judge on Tuesday sentenced horse owner Beth Hoskins to 90 days in jail for violating her probation. She was convicted last year of 52 counts of animal cruelty for the deplorable conditions at her Town of Aurora horse farm. 

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Local
4:53 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Civil rights rally planned for Buffalo

Members of Concerned Clergy of WNY, on the steps of Buffalo City Hall call for a "peaceful protest" Saturday.
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Buffalo is joining other cities that will be holding a rally in conjunction with Saturday's March on Washington.

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Local
10:27 am
Fri December 5, 2014

ID changes proposed to assist in emergencies

Assemblyman Michael Kearns says the governor could implement identification changes through executive order.
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A local member of the state delegation is proposing a new way to help essential personnel get to work during emergencies.

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Local
1:26 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Officials say gates, not police, should block Skyway ramps

Mayor Byron Brown, Sen. Tim Kennedy, and Councilman Christopher Scanlon say more gates are needed to block Skyway on-ramps during snowstorms.
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To keep police officers on duty during snow emergencies, elected officials want gates used for closing the Skyway.

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