Chris Caya

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1:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cuomo says he didn't interfere with corruption panel

Gov. Cuomo made his first public comments Monday on allegations regarding his office's relationship with the Moreland Commission.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo fielded questions for the first time Monday about alleged interference with the Moreland Commission, an ethics panel he created in July 2013 and shut down earlier this spring.

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Local
7:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

New disability signs replace outdated image, language

Nearly 24 years after the singing of the national Americans with Disabilities Act, a new law updating accessibility signage has been enacted in New York state. Advocates say its just the first step towards improving the lives of people with disabilities.

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Local
6:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

State offers disaster training class

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The state is ramping up its effort to provide local residents with the tools they need to help their family and neighbors during emergencies. A special training class is being held in Buffalo Saturday.

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Crime
11:46 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Grucza sentenced to 25 years for Toys R Us murder

Grucza, seen in the blue shirt in the background, will spend the next 25 years in prison.
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Bernard Grucza, the admitted killer of Toys R Us manager Laurence Wells, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years probation.

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Crime
8:55 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Authorities round up members of gang tied to City Grill shootings

Prosecutors and law enforcement officials announced the arrests on Wednesday.
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Several members of what is described as the most violent drug trafficking gang in Western New York have been taken off the streets.

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Business
7:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Praxair expanding with help from state taxpayers

Albany has agreed to provide $10 million worth of performance based incentives to help Praxair expand and modernize its Town of Tonawanda facility. Praxair, the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, had worldwide sales last year of $12 billion.

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Health Care Coverage
6:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

BlueCross BlueShield drops local Medicaid program

Thousands of people across the region will soon have to find a new Medicaid provider. BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York is getting out of the business.

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Focus on Education
12:53 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Daemen makes list of 'Great Colleges To Work For'

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Daemen College in Amherst has made the Chronicle for Higher Education's "Honor Roll" as one of the Top Ten small four-year institutions to work for in the United States.

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Local
4:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Foundations donate $700K to new waterfront children's museum

An artist rendering of a portion of the planned Explore and More Children's Museum, which is slated to open in 2016 near Canalside.

With hundreds of Canalside visitors as a backdrop, Explore & More Children's Museum announced several generous gifts on Friday.

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Local
2:47 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

New Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk opens on Outer Harbor

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The public now has greater access to Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Officials cut the ribbon Friday on the new Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk along Furhmann Boulevard.

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Business
2:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Niagara Lubricants reopens in new location after 2011 fire

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New products are once again rolling out the door at Niagara Lubricant. Three years after the 91-year-old company's original factory in Black Rock was destroyed by fire, it has officially reopened in the former American Axel plant on East Delevan Avenue.

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Local
7:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Mayor Brown offers thoughts on stadium plans

Mayor Brown addressed several issues at an appearance Wednesday.
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The developer who hired Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown's right-hand man, Steve Casey, has also hired one of the nation's top stadium design firms. The moves have sparked more speculation regarding the possible location of a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

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Local
4:57 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Buffalo spending $4 million to improve courts, playgrounds in city parks

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Upgrades are on the way for 22 parks across the City of Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown says the city is spending an additional $4 million this year in improving parks and playgrounds.

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Health
1:17 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

African American leaders sound the alarm on the rise of Hepatitis C

Dr. Raul Vazquez and local African Americans leaders talk about the spread of Hepatitis C in the black community.
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Healthcare professionals and community leaders in Buffalo are helping to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in the African American community.

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Politics
11:09 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Deputy Mayor Steve Casey leaving Brown's administration

Deputy Mayor Steve Casey.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

First Deputy Buffalo Mayor Steve Casey is leaving City Hall. Casey will be departing his longtime position in Mayor Byron Brown's administration to work on a major development project in West Seneca.

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Local
7:53 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Study examines county's child neglect issues

Erie County Commissioner of Social Services Carol Dankert-Maurer hopes the study will help "interrupt this cycle" of child neglect.
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Erie County's Department of Social Services is teaming up with the University at Buffalo to study the chronic neglect of children in the county.

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Local
3:26 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Plan calls for turning former country club into $238 million 'neighborhood'

Mensch Managing Partner Andrew Shaevel unveiled the proposed Westwood Neighborhood Thursday.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The Westwood Country Club in Amherst could be the site of what is being called a "new traditional neighborhood."

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Cultural
10:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Buffalo River boat tour offers history lesson on water

A view from The River Queen
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The sound of cannon fire will mark the arrival of an historic tall ship on the downtown Buffalo waterfront Thursday as the nearly 200-foot-long U.S. Brig Niagara arrives at Canalside. The Niagara helped defeat six British vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. But that's not the only piece of history visitors will find on the city's waterfront. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a new boat is providing narrated tours of the Buffalo River.

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Local
11:18 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Residents to help shape plan for Outer Harbor

Buffalo's undeveloped Outer Harbor

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The first of three public meetings this week on the future of Buffalo's Outer Harbor is being held Wednesday night. A master plan for the long-vacant property along Fuhrmann Boulevard is scheduled to be released this fall.

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Local
2:47 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Schumer suggests new veterans cemetery be named for 'Wild Bill' Donovan

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WBFO' Chris Caya reports

The state's next National Veterans Cemetery could be named for a military hero from Buffalo.

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Crime
3:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Man spared jail time in 'unusual' fatal DWI crash

Robert Styn was given probation in State Supreme Court Wednesday in the crash that killed Daniel McParlane.
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The West Seneca man involved in a crash that killed off-duty Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel McParlane last November has been sentenced to probation.

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Local
8:26 am
Wed July 2, 2014

'Complex' negotiations continue on RiverBend project

Hopes remain intact for hundreds of new jobs at the RiverBend project.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

After making celebratory announcements of plans to bring high-tech jobs to Buffalo, state officials appear to be toning down expectations.

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Health
3:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Roswell Park again earns prestigious designation

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Dr. Donald Trump, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated the Roswell designation Tuesday in Buffalo.
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Following a vigorous review, the National Cancer Institute has renewed Roswell Park's Comprehensive Cancer Center Grant. The designation secures more than $19 million in federal funding for Roswell for another five years.

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Local
12:59 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Wright's futuristic filling station finally opens

Frank Lloyd Wright's "Filling Station" on display at the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce Arrow Museum nearly 90 years after Wright drew up the plans.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Hundreds of people turned out Friday for the long-awaited unveiling of Frank Lloyd Wright's filling station at the Buffalo Transportation/Pierce-Arrow Museum.

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Local
9:07 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Russert exhibit en route to Buffalo History Museum

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A team from the Buffalo History Museum is driving back from Washington D.C. today with a new exhibit for the Elmwood Avenue landmark that features one of Buffalo's favorite sons. 

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Local
12:18 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Crane erected for high-profile Delaware/Chippewa project

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The steel frame for Delaware North's new corporate headquarters will start rising in downtown Buffalo next week.

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Local
5:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Top-off complete, HarborCenter construction moving to next phase

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The construction of HarborCenter has reached another milestone on Wednesday. The twin-rink hockey complex rising on the downtown Buffalo waterfront has now been "topped off." 

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Local
8:29 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Cuomo not bullish on new stadium for Bills

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is "not convinced" the Buffalo Bills need a new stadium.

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Local
4:39 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Smartphone Amber Alert first of its kind locally

The first Amber Alert sent to smartphones in the Buffalo area likely surprised many Western New Yorkers on Monday. 

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Local
4:23 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Cuomo: Trump not alone in pursuit of the Bills

Developer Donald Trump on Twitter Tuesday said, that he "is the only potential owner of the Buffalo Bills who will keep the team in Buffalo where it belongs.

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