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7:56 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Abusive deaths prompt state legislation

State Senator Tim Kennedy

Legislation has been approved in Albany that should help better protect children from abuse. 

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Local
8:25 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Medical marijuana law raises road safety concerns

Across New York more people were getting high and driving  long before the state legalized medicinal marijuana last week. In recent years there's been a dramatic increase in the number of people arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by drugs.

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Local
1:30 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Senecas allocate $3 million to local tourism agency

Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder helped announce the $3 million marketing effort.
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The Seneca Gaming Corporation is making a significant financial commitment to help promote local tourism by providing $3 million in funding to Visit Buffalo Niagara.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed June 18, 2014

YMCA may move to Gates Circle site

Many plans are being floated for the former Gates Circle location of Millard Fillmore Hospital, including a new YMCA.
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The redevelopment of the old Milliard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital site may include a new YMCA. The new facility would replace the YMCA's building in North Buffalo which first opened on Delaware Avenue nearly 90 years ago.

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Local
11:49 am
Tue June 17, 2014

AmeriCorps tutoring program paying dividends

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A federal grant will help sustain a tutoring program for young school students in Buffalo.

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Local
8:33 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Higgins opposes sending troops to Iraq

While the White House considers sending American special forces soldiers to Iraq, political forces are beginning to take sides. Democratic Congressman Brian Higgins says he does not support sending troops back to the troubled country.

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Local
3:38 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Local leaders tout the benefits of public transportation

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Ahead of the ninth annual National Dump the Pump Day Thursday, regional leaders are encouraging residents to ride public transportation.

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Local
8:28 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Movement expected this week on medical marijuana

With the legislative session in Albany scheduled to end Thursday, a vote is possible on a bill to legalize medical marijuana. Some members of the region's delegation say they could support a bill, provided strict controls are attached.

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Local
9:02 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Legislators raise doubts over CPS plans

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz in past news briefings on CPS reform with Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer
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The Poloncarz administration's reform plan for Child and Protective Services is "raising questions" among some Erie County legislators.

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Local
6:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Common Council's Police Oversight Committee meets for first time in years

Buffalo Police Commissioner Derenda.
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The Buffalo Common Council's Police Oversight Committee met for the first time in several years Tuesday at City Hall. The panel was reinstated after some recent high profile incidents involving city police officers.

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Business
10:17 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Power allocations helping local businesses add jobs

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The Western New York economy is going to get another boost from the Niagara Power Project. More low-cost power will soon be flowing to support hundreds of local jobs.

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Health
2:59 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Rural/Metro institutes tobacco-free policy

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein celebrated Rural/Metro's new tobacco-free policy.
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Saturday marks "World No Tobacco Day" and to help celebrate, Rural/Metro has declared all of its properties tobacco-free.

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Local
4:57 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Poloncarz seeking to resume county borrowing

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz wants to get the county back to borrowing on its own, not through the Control Board. The county comptroller, however, may not go along.

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Local
8:48 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Leaders promise to clean up Buffalo Police

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Officials with the Buffalo Police Department say they are working with the FBI to eliminate bad officers from its ranks. Three more officers were indicted Wednesday for the alleged use of excessive force against four young men in 2009.

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Local
9:47 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Three Buffalo police officers accused of using excessive force

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda (c.) and U.S. Attorney William Hochul (r.) outline the charges against the three officers.
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A federal grand jury has indicted three Buffalo Police officers for violating the civil rights of four teenagers.

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Local
8:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Common Council reinstates police oversight panel

Council members on Tuesday agreed to re-establish the Police Oversight Committee.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

After several high-profile incidents, including a Buffalo Police officer caught on camera beating a handcuffed man, the Common Council has reinstated its Police Oversight Committee.

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Local
11:30 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Camp Good Days seeking donations to offset costly flood damage

Storm flooding severely damaged Camp Good Days and Special Times.
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Camp Good Days and Special Times, a Finger Lakes camp that serves more than 1,500 children with cancer annually, is in the midst of cleanup and recovery after heavy flooding earlier this month damaged the facility.

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Crime
4:56 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Officer says he witnessed Molly's Pub shove down stairs

Jeffrey Basil faces a charge of first-degree assault for the bar attack that left William Sager Jr. in a coma.
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A grand jury will be getting the case against Molly's Pub manager Jeffrey Basil, charged with felony assault for allegedly "launching" William Sager Jr. down a flight stairs at Molly's May 11.

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Local
12:42 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Off-duty city officers banned from working at bars

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda issued the edict following a violent incident at Molly's Pub earlier this month.
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Buffalo Police officers can no longer work part-time as security at bars. The move comes as criminal and internal investigations are underway into an attack at Molly's Pub that left Air National Guardsman William Sager Jr. in a coma.

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Local
9:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Planners pack summer schedule at Canalside

Planners expect these Adirondack chairs to be filled most days this summer at Canalside.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The list of programs and events scheduled on Buffalo's downtown waterfront is bigger than ever this summer. Canalside has planned more than 1,000 things for people of all ages to do in 2014. 

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Local
1:48 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Sheriff encourages safe boating as season begins

Sheriff Tim Howard and Sgt. Rick Lauricella shared some tips Thursday on safe boating.
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Memorial Day weekend is approaching and with it the unofficial start of the boating season. Local law enforcement officials are encouraging boaters to be safe on the water

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Politics
4:19 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Cuomo chooses Kathy Hochul as his running mate

Former House of Representatives member Kathy Hochul
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Former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul has been picked by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be New York's next Lieutenant Governor. Cuomo made the announcement with a video played at the state democratic convention on Long Island, Wednesday.

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Local
5:31 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Seneca settlement boosts projects in Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster says the city will be "making up for lost time" this construction season.

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Local
1:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Buffalo firefighters begin carrying overdose antidote Narcan

Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield and Lt. Rick Hanes-Stetter show the Narcan kits now equipped on department vehicles.
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All of the Buffalo Fire Department's first response apparatus have been outfitted with kits of the life-saving overdose drug Narcan. Shortly after its rollout, the drug was used to save the life of a man overdosing on heroin.

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Local
7:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Proposed bill targets 'zombie properties'

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says "zombie properties" are a threat to local communities.
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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging the senate and  assembly to pass legislation that would require banks to maintain properties if they're abandoned during foreclosure.  He claims so-called "zombie properties" threaten communities across the state.

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Crime
12:45 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Sentencing postponed for Toys R Us murderer

Bernard Grucza, in the blue shirt, had his manslaughter sentenced postponed until July.
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The family of murdered Toys R Us assistant manager Larry Wells will have to wait longer for justice to be served. In State Supreme Court in Buffalo Monday, a judge granted a last minute request by the attorney for Bernard Grucza.

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Local
9:51 am
Mon May 19, 2014

City working with bicycle group to craft Master Plan

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

In the not too distant future, it could be a lot easier and safer to get around by bicycle in the City of Buffalo. The development of the city's Bicycle Master Plan is now in the works.

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Local
2:04 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

More funding available for downtown housing projects

The BUDC's Brandye Merriweather outlined the process of obtaining the housing funding.
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The effort to build more housing in downtown Buffalo is getting another boost. The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation has received a second round of funding to help small and mid-sized developers working on adaptive reuse projects.

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Local
3:24 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Legislators question sheriff on cell phone tracker

Sheriff Timothy Howard went before the Legislature's Public Safety Committee on Thursday.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Members of the Erie County Legislature raised their privacy concerns over cell phone spying with Sheriff Timothy Howard on Thursday.

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Local
5:58 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Young boy who captured hearts passes away

A little boy with big eyes who attracted much community support has lost his battle with cancer. Eight days after his fifth birthday, Benjamin Sauer of Clarence Center died Tuesday night.

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