Chris Caya

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7:55 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Plans moving forward for state harbor park

An artist's rendering of the "destination playground" planned for the state park along the Outer Harbor.

A new state park on Buffalo's waterfront is another step closer to reality. The NFTA's long-vacant property along Furhmann Boulevard is now in the hands of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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Local
3:20 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Sheriff defends use of phone tracking equipment

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Cell phone tracking equipment used by the Erie County Sheriff's Department does not store data, according to Sheriff Timothy Howard.

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Ameer Al Shammari Murder
9:49 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Detective says teen murder victim was strangled

Scene outside Ameer Al Shammari's funeral this week
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New information into last week's murder of a 13-year-old Iraqi refugee was revealed Friday afternoon during a felony hearing for his accused killer.

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Local
4:46 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Wallenda, BPO announce performances at county fair

Daredevil Nik Wallenda will perform at this summer's Erie County Fair.
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Special events planned for the 175th Erie County Fair in August include a high-wire act by daredevil Nik Wallenda and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's first solo concert at the fair in nearly 60 years.

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Politics
3:17 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Local names believed to be on Cuomo's running mate short list

Former Rep. Kathy Hochul could be considered as Andrew Cuomo's lieutenant governor.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have to pick a new running mate now that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy has decided not to seek another term. Speculation over whom Cuomo may choose includes some familiar local names.

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Local
5:27 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Officials respond to Goodell's call for new Bills stadium

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is leading the chorus of those calling for the construction of a new football stadium for the Buffalo Bills.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he believes the Buffalo Bills will need a new stadium to remain viable in Western New York.  That comment spurred quick reaction, including calls to ensure a transparent process as state officials explore spending hundreds of millions on a new home for the Bills. 

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Local
5:17 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Schumer voices water quality concerns

With Lake Erie as the back drop, Senator Charles Schumer on Monday called for new laws to protect local water quality.
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Senator Charles Schumer says "conditions are ripe" for a record toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie that could threaten local drinking water.

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Crime
4:25 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Hidden camera used to catch alleged nursing home neglect

The alleged abuse took place at the Highpointe on Michigan nursing home.
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The former Kaleida Health employees accused of neglecting a nursing home patient were arraigned in Buffalo City Court Friday.

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Cultural
1:22 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Candle lighting marks Holocaust remembrance

Each of the six candles lit on Friday represents one million Holocaust victims.
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A ceremony marking Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, was held in Erie County's Rath Building on Friday.

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Local
8:55 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Enthusiasm building at HarborCenter site

Exterior panels have been erected at the HarborCenter construction site.
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Another milestone has been reached in the construction of HarborCenter. Exterior wall panels have started going up around the facility and crews are preparing the wood beams that will be installed to hold the roof up over the ice rinks.

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Focus on Education
12:45 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

High-demand charter school begins expansion project

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A Buffalo elementary school with a lengthy waiting list will soon be able to accept more students.

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Local
4:47 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

$21 million in federal grants going to local Head Start program

Rep. Brian Higgins, CAO Early Childhood Administrator Phyllis McBride, and CAO President Nathan Hare announced the grants.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Erie County's Head Start/Early Head Start early childhood education program is getting a big boost from Washington.

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Local
8:25 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Clergy members call on county for jail release program

Clergy members made a surprise appearance at the office of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

After being rebuffed for several weeks dozens of local clergy showed up unannounced at Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's office to push for the reinstatement of a conditional release program at the county jail.

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Local
1:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Rural Metro makes its case for continued ambulance service

Several Rural Metro employees visited Council chambers Tuesday to make their voices heard.
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With its contract in the City of Buffalo set to expire in June, Rural Metro Medical Services is defending its ambulance service.

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Local
8:23 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Federal changes could impact Falls funding

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer appeared Monday with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and other officials
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During a stop in Niagara Falls, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer pledged Monday to fight a plan that could cut off vital funding for the city.

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Local
12:53 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Reed joins fan group's fundraising effort to keep Bills in Buffalo

An effort to keep the Bills in Buffalo has gained the support of some former players, including Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed and kicker Steve Christie. They've joined the advisory board of the Buffalo Fan Alliance in an effort that allows fans to contribute to a fund that would lend to new ownership.

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Local
5:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

New access coming to Scajaquada Creek

Removing a series of aging properties will improve access to Scajaquada Creek.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Plans are moving forward to improve public access to an often overlooked section of the Buffalo waterfront. A new micro-park is in the works along the Scajaquada Creek in Black Rock.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Late removal of ice boom expected

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Warmer temperatures have returned, but it appears the ice boom is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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Local
9:32 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Reformers target state parole system

Protesters believe changes are needed in the state parole system.
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Local activists rallied outside the state parole office in downtown Buffalo Wednesday,  calling on Albany to reform the parole process.

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Politics
2:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cheektowaga councilwoman running for vacant Assembly seat

Angela Wozniak is running on a platform of ethics reform.
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The race for the State Assembly seat formerly held by Dennis Gabryszak has its first contender. Angela Wozniak, a Cheektowaga town councilwoman, declared her Republican candidacy Wednesday.

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Child Abuse
8:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Poloncarz proposes child protection measures

County Executive Mark Poloncarz with Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer and Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

An overhaul of the state's Child Protective Services law is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He says the county has taken steps to improve its procedures -- but New York's current law hasn't changed much since it was enacted more than 40 years ago.

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Environment
9:25 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Sewer Authority to invest $380 million for system upgrades

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should help improve local water quality. The Buffalo Sewer Authority is planning to reduce sewer and stormwater runoff into the Niagara River and its tributaries.

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Focus on Education
4:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Schumer urges restoration of school safety cuts

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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for the Department of Education to restore federal funding for school safety programs.

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Local
9:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Extra funding from Albany to fix winter-damaged roads

Crews making pothole repairs on area roads.
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Local governments are getting some extra funding from Albany to fix roads badly damaged by this winter's brutal weather. The new state budget provides an extra $40 million for road repair.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on the funding for much needed road repair in Erie County.

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Local
9:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Cuomo touts property tax relief plan in Amherst

Gov. Cuomo speaking Thursday in the Town of Amherst
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Governor Andrew Cuomo told hundreds of invited guests at the Main Transit Fire Hall in Amherst Thursday the new state budget provides more than $100 million in property tax relief over three years.

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Local
4:09 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

ECC hockey team to call HarborCenter home

HarborCenter officials joined with ECC Kats players Tuesday in making the announcement.
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Downtown Buffalo's under-construction HarborCenter is going be the new home of Erie Community College's Kats Hockey Program, it was announced Tuesday.

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Local
1:59 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Nearly $8 million collected so far in Catholic Charities Appeal

Sister Mary McCarrick and Bishop Richard Malone (r.) updated the 2014 Appeal on Tuesday.
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The Diocese of Buffalo's 90th annual Catholic Charities Appeal has collected over $7.9 million of its $10.8 million goal, officials said Tuesday.

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Local
5:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Lawmaker calls for investigation into auto insurance rates

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A local member of the state delegation is calling for an investigation into the practices of big auto insurers. A recent study shows some companies hike their rates as much as $400 a year for drivers without  a college degree.

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Local
4:57 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Computers are learning to read human emotions

UB Communications Professor Mark Frank
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A University at Buffalo professor has taken part in a study with a computer system that reads emotions better than humans.

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Peace Bridge
8:46 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Peace Bridge plaza plans open for public review

Plans for improving traffic flow on the Peace Bridge plaza in Buffalo continue moving forward.

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