Chris Caya

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11:37 am
Wed February 19, 2014

West Seneca prepares for potential flooding

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With the possibility of more flooding on the way West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan says the town is on "high alert." It was just a little over a month ago that dozens of homes were severely damaged in the Lexington Green neighborhood.

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Cultural
4:13 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Grants awarded to Explore & More, Roosevelt Site

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The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor has awarded grants the Explore & More Children's Museum and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

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Local
12:42 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

CSEA workers reject fourth contract with Erie County

Members of the CSEA Local 815 have rejected another tentative contract negotiated with Erie County.

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Local
1:17 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Wallenda taking up summer residency at Darien Lake

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The "King of the High Wire" is returning to Western New York this summer for an extended stay.

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Sports
1:00 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Sabres representing in Sochi, both on and off the ice

Gilbert with interim Sabres coach Ted Nolan, who is coaching Team Latvia in Sochi.
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Several members of the Buffalo Sabres organization are in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics, but not all will be playing hockey.

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Local
9:22 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Bomb threat disrupts school in two Niagara County districts

Outside Niagara Wheatfield where students were evacuated Monday morning.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A bomb threat disrupted classes at Niagara Falls High School and in the Niagara Wheatfield School District yesterday. Students in Niagara Falls sheltered in place, while Niagara Wheatfield bused its students to a nearby shelter site.

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Environment
9:01 am
Mon February 10, 2014

UB launches environmental institute

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A major research initiative is being launched by the University at Buffalo to tackle some of the world's biggest environmental challenges.

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Local
1:15 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Armed man at school was an anti-violence 'Peacemaker'

Brown and Brinkworth commented Friday on Thursday's lockdown at Harvey Austin School in Buffalo.
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The man arrested for carrying a loaded gun in Harvey Austin School Thursday had "no ill intent," according Buffalo Schools Police Chief Kevin Brinkworth.

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Local
10:04 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Summer jobs program encouraged for Buffalo youth

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

It may be cold outside, but Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says now is the time to apply for the city's Summer Youth Employment Program. More than 1,400 young people took part in the 2013 program.

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Crime
2:36 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Husband and wife indicted in Attica prison ODs

Officials announced the charges at a news conference Wednesday at the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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The deaths of two Attica Correctional Facility inmates has led to the indictment of a fellow inmate and a his wife, a Buffalo woman.

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Local
11:40 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Parent claims gun holster found at Starpoint

Things are back to normal at Starpoint Central. The School District delayed opening this morning after staff found an empty ankle-holster outside of the school around 7 a.m.

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Local
3:46 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Former supervisor calls on Amherst to regulate drone use

Amazon recently unveiled its Amazon Prime Air program, which it hopes can soon be used to deliver packages via drone.
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With talk of using drones in the not too distant future to deliver pizzas, packages and more,  former Amherst Supervisor Dan Ward says now is the time to regulate the technology.

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Politics
10:09 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Call for secret Peace Bridge documents to be revealed

Truck entering Peace Bridge Plaza off 190 in Buffalo.
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The Buffalo Common Council could weigh in Tuesday afternoon on secret talks federal officials reportedly had about removing truck traffic from the Peace Bridge.

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Local
4:14 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Environmental group seeking investigation into Tonawanda Coke blast

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Some Town of Tonawanda residents are waiting to learn more about what caused their homes to rattle around noon Friday.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Buffalo schools dealing with $50 million budget gap

Superintendent Pamela Brown discusses the district's budget hole.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Superintendent Pamela Brown says there are some "tough decisions" to be made about Buffalo's public schools because the district has a large budget hole to fill.

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Local
12:46 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Oishei Foundation donates $5 million toward new UB medical school

A rendering of the new UB Medical School in downtown Buffalo
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The University at Buffalo's goal of building a new medical school downtown is one step closer to reality. UB announced Wednesday it has received a $5 million gift from the Oishei Foundation.

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Crime
3:49 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Double drug bust nets 40 arrests

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Two separate drug trafficking rings in Western New York were dealt major blows Tuesday when sealed indictments were opened and 40 people were arrested.

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Local
9:41 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Dangerous wind chills continue in WNY

Deep freeze in Buffalo.
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Concerns over severe wind chills prompted dozens of area schools to close Tuesday.

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Local
3:29 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Chef's closed thanks to burst water pipe

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A popular Buffalo restaurant has been forced to close temporarily. Chef's co-owner Lou Billittier says water damaged four floors of his building Sunday when a faulty furnace caused a pipe to freeze and burst.

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Local
8:40 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Higgins says Peace Bridge still needs to be replaced

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A pilot project designed to reduce congestion on the Peace Bridge got underway last week, but Rep. Brian Higgins says pre-inspection is not enough. Higgins is once again calling for a new span between Buffalo and Fort Erie.

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Focus on Education
6:13 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Call for education reform in NYS growing louder

Assembly woman Jane Corwin of Clarence talks about reforming education in NYS.
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The call for changing New York's education reform effort is growing louder. Testimony from concerned citizens statewide has led the Assembly's Minority Conference to issue a new report and several solutions.

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Local
4:25 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Erie County reveals fraudulent Medicaid claims

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announces Medicaid fraud with County's Medicaid Inspector General.
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A closer look at Medicaid spending by Erie County shows taxpayers are being ripped off.  Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced Thursday that an investigation by the County's Medicaid Inspector General found $127,000 worth of fraudulent claims by some recipients.

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Local
4:17 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Congressman Higgins to seek legislation for Canadians to own U.S. homes

U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins discusses Canadian home ownership in the U.S.
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Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins is planning to propose legislation to make it easier for Canadians to own a home and live in the United States while working in Canada. Higgins noted that the economies of Western New York and Southern Ontario are deeply connected, and that the new "W" visa for Canadian nationals would boost the local economy and create jobs.

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Local
2:46 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

State resource in place to help victims of West Seneca flooding

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

State officials have arrived in West Seneca to help the victims of recent flooding along Buffalo Creek. New York's Department of Financial Services has opened a mobile command center on Harlem Rd.

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Local
5:30 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

New pedestrian-friendly streetscape moving forward in Williamsville

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The Village of Williamsville is moving ahead with plans to improve Main Street. Rep. Brian Higgins has helped to secure millions of dollars in funding for the project.

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Local
12:53 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Schumer envisions Buffalo as a craft beer destination

Sen. Schumer speaking Tuesday at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery
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Local craft brewers would pay less in taxes under a bill unveiled by Senator Charles Schumer in Buffalo Tuesday, which he says will spur investment and tourism.

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Crime
3:58 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Amherst Police: Abused 3-year-old died from blunt force trauma

Amherst Police are investigating the death of a young girl.
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Amherst Police are investigating the suspicious death of a young girl who was found unresponsive this past weekend in an apartment on Allenhurst Road.

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Local
3:17 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Gillibrand agenda seeks to help working families

Sen. Gillibrand says working families need a paycheck during hard times.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled a five-point plan in Buffalo Friday that she says would update workplace rules to strengthen middle-class families.

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Politics
10:43 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Should Gabryszak legal bills be paid by taxpayers?

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Should the legal bills of former Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak be paid for by taxpayers? Gabryszak resigned his seat Sunday nearly a month after his former staffers accused him of sexual harassment.

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Business
4:01 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Partnership endorses Cuomo's tax relief plan

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The Buffalo Niagara Partnership and a bipartisan group of the region's state delegation are endorsing Governor Andrew Cuomo's business tax relief plan.

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