Chris Caya

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Crime
2:22 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Symphony violinist fatally shot in Westfield

A Google street view of 8448 Titus Rd., where the apparent homicide took place.
Credit Google Maps

An apparent homicide is under investigation in the Chautauqua County community of Westfield.

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Focus on Education
1:26 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

New South Buffalo Charter School allows room to grow

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Just ahead of the start of the school year, students cut the ribbon Thursday on the new South Buffalo Charter School. The $21 million facility on South Ogden Street opens Monday with an enrollment of about 800 students in grades K-8.

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City of Lockport
6:43 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Lockport facing financial crisis

Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey addresses city's fiscal problems.
Credit Photo by Chr / WBFO News

To help close a large deficit, Lockport Mayor Anne McCaffrey says the city will end its ambulance service next month. State auditors blame poor record keeping for the city's financial problems. 

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Environment
10:18 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Environmental group monitoring pollution from Dupont plant

Local activists are calling on state and federal agencies to help reduce the amount of toxic chemicals pumped into the air in Tonawanda. EPA data shows DuPont's Yerkes Plant, near the intersection of River Road and Sheridan Drive, is a major polluter.

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Local
12:37 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Yearly canal inspection begins in Buffalo

The "Tug Syracuse" left Canalside in Buffalo Tuesday morning for the start of the state canal system's annual inspection.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The annual mandated inspection of state canal system got underway in downtown Buffalo Tuesday morning.

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Sports
2:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Buffalo to host 2015, 2016 NHL Combine

HarborCenter will partially host the 2015 and 2016 NHL Combine.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The National Hockey League announced Monday that the league's annual scouting combine will be held in Buffalo in 2015 and 2016. 

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Local
1:19 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Kearns calls for Bills stadium group to hold open meeting

The New Stadium Working Group last met April 1.
Credit File photo

Assemblyman Michael Kearns is calling for an emergency meeting of the New Stadium Working Group be held in public. The advisory group, formed to explore whether a new stadium or a retrofit to Ralph Wilson Stadium is appropriate, last met April 1.

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Local
3:46 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

$42 million West Side rehabs a hometown 'labor of love'

The Red Jacket building at Main and Allen was first built in 1894.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Several rundown buildings on Buffalo's West Side, owned for years by an absentee landlord, are now in new hands.

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Local
9:30 am
Fri August 15, 2014

West Nile Virus found in Erie County

Local residents are being encouraged to take precautions before heading outdoors. That warning issued following the discovery that mosquitoes are once again infected with West Nile Virus.

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Crime
9:26 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Man arrested, charged with murder in shooting of 14-year-old

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Buffalo Police have made an arrest in connection with the Tuesday shooting near the Oakmont Avenue footbridge which claimed the life of 14-year-old Raymond Patterson III.

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Local
9:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Funding crisis hits Crisis Services

Crisis Services of Erie County operates a 24-hour hotline. The agency also helps victims of rape and domestic violence. But those programs will be lost soon due to funding cuts in Albany.

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Health
9:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Albany funds statewide health information network

Dr. Howard Zucker, New York's Acting Health Commissioner, announces funding for SHINNY
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

New York residents will soon be able to have their medical records follow them wherever they go across the state.

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Local
4:30 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Funding in place for Statler's exterior renovation

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Exterior restoration work on the Statler City building on Niagara Square is moving forward, now that $5.3 million in state development funding has been made available to developer Mark Croce.

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Local
3:12 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Joint repaving work resumes on Kenmore Avenue

Workers in Buffalo prepare the corner of Kenmore Ave and Colvin Blvd for repaving.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The second phase of the Kenmore Avenue repaving project is underway.

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Local
4:03 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Former Rainbow mall to become $150 million 'Wonder Falls' complex

Conceptual rendering of Wonder Falls at night
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office

A preferred developer has been chosen to transform the former Rainbow Centre mall in Niagara Falls into a major mixed-use complex. 

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Local
12:18 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

NFTA officer injured in morning crash

An NFTA police officer was injured in a three-car crash in Buffalo Friday morning.

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Local
9:22 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Bridge authority assailed for lack of transparency

The Clean Air Coalition has been at odds with the Peace Bridge Authority over environmental issues.

Governor Andrew Cuomo visits Niagara Falls today as another storm could be brewing for his administration. It appears some of Cuomo's appointees to the Peace Bridge Authority may have acted improperly.

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Cultural
2:26 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Leaders hoping to make African American Heritage Corridor a tourist draw

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Plans to turn a historic section of Buffalo's East Side into a tourist destination received a shot in the arm Thursday when Lt. Governor Robert Duffy presented a ceremonial $250,000 check to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission.

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Local
1:11 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Legislature approves contract with county workers

The Legislature voted 11-0 in favor of the new contract with CSEA Local 815.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A new contract for 2,600 Erie County employees was unanimously approved without discussion Thursday by the county Legislature.

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Local
9:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

New law looks to increase child abuse reporting

State Senator Tim Kennedy says the new law compels teachers and coaches to report their suspicions of child abuse.
Credit WBFO File Photo

There is a new law on the books that aims to better protect children across New York State. As a result, more school employees are now required to report suspected child abuse.

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Crime
11:33 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Alleged firebug arraigned on multiple arson counts

Alleged arsonist Christopher Syracuse faces several charges

A City of Tonawanda man has been arraigned in connection with a string of arsons Monday night in the cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.

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Local
6:57 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Schumer calls for action on water issues

Credit WBFO File Photo

The water may once again be safe in Toledo,but Senator Charles Schumer says that city's recent drinking water ban should be a wake-up call.

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Local
3:51 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Falls air base breaks ground on $5 million C-130 simulator

Officials broke ground on the C-130 simulator, which is expected to be complete in two years.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

U.S. Air Force pilots from around the world will soon be traveling to Niagara Falls for their annual training. Local elected officials and military brass broke ground Tuesday on a new flight simulator at the air base.

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Science/Technology
9:05 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Erie County exploring idea of municipal broadband

Broadband internet connection.
Credit Xeni Jardin / Some Rights Reserved

A cheaper alternative may be on the way to the broadband internet services currently available in Erie County. The Legislature is going to explore the possibility of starting its own county-wide network.

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Local
3:37 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

OSHA fines Tonawanda Coke

Outside Tonawanda Coke.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Tonawanda Coke after an explosion at the company's River Road plant, in the Town of Tonawanda, Jan. 31, 2014.

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Local
10:24 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Governor relents on start of marijuana program

Assemblymember Michael Kearns says by working together state officials can achieve "positive results."
Credit WBFO File Photo

Following the recent deaths of two young local girls who suffered from epilepsy, the push is on Albany to speed up the implementation of medical marijuana.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New HAWK signal part of walkable Williamsville effort

Williamsville Mayor Brian Kulpa shows off what the village's new HAWK signal will look like.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A critical piece of a proposed project to calm traffic on Main Street in the Village of Williamsville has been approved. The Village will soon have the first HAWK signal ever used in New York State. 

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Local
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.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

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 year.

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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

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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