Chris Caya

Reporter

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BlueCross BlueShield of WNY

A local health insurer is simplifying the way its members access care. BlueCross BlueShield is eliminating its preauthorization requirement on many services. 


Buffalo Niagara Partnership

The leader of the region's private sector economic development organization is concerned about President Trump's executive order on immigration. And the impact it will have on Buffalo's refugee community.


U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Canada

The controversial immigration executive order signed Friday by President Trump does more than ban visitors from some Muslim-majority countries. It also requires a new tracking system for every traveler, including U.S. citizens, that could cause the Peace Bridge and local economy to suffer.  

Confidence among hundreds of chief executive officers is up across New York nine points. That's according to the 10th Annual Upstate New York Business Leader Survey.

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Some local state lawmakers want the public to help bring Uber and Lyft to Buffalo and all of upstate.

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Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation's controversial Elmwood Village project is undergoing a "major shift." The Williamsville based company is pulling its demolition permits for the Arbor site, on the west side of Elmwood Avenue, between Potomac and Bidwell.

The air along Scajaquada Creek, and some park lakes in Buffalo, should be easier to breathe soon. A restoration project is underway that should help eliminate odor and other problems along the waterway. 


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The list of refreshments available at local movie theaters may be expanded soon.


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Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is ramping up the fight against the growing opioid crisis by restoring a standalone narcotics bureau. Nineteen days into the new year, there have been 19 suspected overdose deaths in the county.

More than a dozen local groups plan to mark the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump by taking part in "Buffalo Resistance Weekend."


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The public's first chance to weigh in on a site for Buffalo's proposed new train station is Thursday in Common Council chambers. Plans will be presented for an alternative to the much talked about Central Terminal and Canalside locations. 

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A few hundred people took part in a Martin Luther King Day prayer vigil and rally to oust Carl Paladino from the Buffalo School Board on Monday. The effort is being sponsored by a broad-based coalition. Later that night, Buffalo parents, students, educators and community members gathered to draft official affidavits in support of the Buffalo Parent Teacher Organization appeal to New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia to remove Paladino.

 

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled new legislation in Cheektowaga Friday to protect seniors from financial scams.

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A landmark on Buffalo's West Side should remain standing for years into the future thanks in large part to New York taxpayers. WBFO's Chris Caya has more on a major restoration project slated for First Presbyterian Church, the home of Buffalo's oldest congregation.    

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A developer's plan to put a hole in the heart of the Elmwood Village is not sitting well with local residents.


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A series of fights between prison inmates forced state officials to lockdown the Attica Correctional Facility. In some cases, violent incidents involved illegal weapons.


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Starting this spring a company with local roots will be taking over event management at Canalside.


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If Congressional leaders follow through on their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, millions of New Yorkers could lose their coverage and local taxpayers may feel the pain. 


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Ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Regional State of the State Address in Buffalo Monday, there is a new push to make ridesharing a priority this session. A diverse group turned out at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Thursday to voice their support. 


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For the first time in more than 60 years, the City of Buffalo has updated zoning laws on its books. The new Green Code was been signed into law by Mayor Byron Brown on Tuesday.

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An internal investigation continues after a Buffalo Police Officer drove a patrol vehicle into a man threatening another officer with a butcher knife on Saturday.


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A new era in health care begins Tuesday, with the opening of the Oishei Children's Outpatient Center at Main and High Streets on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Thousands of people are expected downtown Saturday night to ring in the New Year. All systems are go for Buffalo's 29th annual Ball Drop.


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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown wants to see community leaders need to find ways to bring people together. But Brown said Carl Paladino's "terrible comments" about the President and First Lady hurt members of the community. 

Tesla's stock closed higher Tuesday after the company announced a deal with Panasonic to produce solar panels in Buffalo. The Japanese electronics giant is making a major investment in Tesla's giga-factory along South Park Avenue.


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North Tonawanda's historic Riviera Theatre is marking its 90th birthday this week. And the refurbished theater is playing an important role in the city's downtown revitalization.


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Under a new state law that takes effect Tuesday residents are encouraged to report zombie properties. And people facing foreclosure are encouraged to stay in their homes.


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The Food Bank of Western New York has seen an 11 percent increase in the number of families it serves over the past year.

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Some Buffalo Common Council members are concerned that city residents are being shut out of SolarCity's hiring process. But not everyone in City Hall feels that way.


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Labatt USA is teaming up with other local businesses to urge Albany to pass legislation that would allow ride-hailing in Western New York.


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