Chris Caya

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Local
2:52 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

MAP looks to keep growing

Dabreon Darby among the teens employed by MAP to grow food for the community.
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To continue growing its operation, the Massachusetts Avenue Project is looking to build a new Farmhouse and Community Food Resource Center.

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Crime
7:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Police say accused Lewiston kidnapper had more victims

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Investigators with Lewiston and state police believe more people may have suffered at the hands of Iver  "Jay" Phallen and they're asking for the public's help. 

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Local
5:15 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Schumer assails local demolition company, calls for federal help

Senator Charles Schumer says Battaglia Demolition is causing air quality issues in Buffalo.
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Help may be on the way for Buffalo residents plagued by dust clouds from a concrete recycling facility. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to "send a message" to Battaglia Demolition.

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Local
5:42 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Schumer calls for Secret Service 'housecleaning'

Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday under heavy pressure.
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In Buffalo Wednesday just hours before Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned, Sen. Charles Schumer said there needs to be a "whole housecleaning" at the agency.

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Local
4:54 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Council approves new regulations for e-cigarette retailers

Common Council Member Chris Scanlon
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Shops selling electronic cigarettes will soon need a permit to operate in the city of Buffalo.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Buffalo River cleanup continues

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More cleanup funding is flowing for the Buffalo River. Great Lakes Commission policy director Matt Doss announced a $4.7 million award for shoreline and habitat restoration along the river at Smith Street Park, Monday morning.

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Local
9:07 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Falls air base says goodbye to C-130s

The 107th Airlift Wing will no longer fly C-130 planes.
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An era came to an end Thursday at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Members of the New York National Guard's 107th Airlift Wing made their final flight in a C-130 transport plane.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Solar plan proposed for Niagara Falls Air Base

Congressman Brian Higgins says a commitment to solar energy at the Niagara Falls Air Base could provide a bright future for local veterans.
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A new mission could be coming to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. As part of President Obama's recently announced initiative to advance solar deployment and energy efficiency, the base could become a training site for veterans seeking a career in the growing field.

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Local
2:44 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

New law improves tracking, reporting of child abuse cases

Eain Brooks's great grandmother Carolyn Spring (c.) says the new CPS law will save the lives of children.
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Local Child and Protective Services agencies are now better informed when investigating reports of abuse and neglect. A new law requires the state to track repeat cases and notify local authorities.

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Local
8:45 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Legislators, business owners debate e-cigarette regulation

Dr. Mark Travers (seated right), a research scientist at Roswell Park, appeared at an Erie County Legislature committee meeting on e-cigarettes.
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The growing popularity of electronic cigarettes may lead to new restrictions on where users can "vape" in Erie County.

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Health
11:14 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Decline in NIH funding affecting local researchers

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Jobs and medical breakthroughs could be at stake unless Washington boosts funding for the National Institutes of Health.

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Local
8:55 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Opening arguments heard in Flight 3407 civil case

The Wielinski home was destroyed when Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center.
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Members of the Wielinski family are reliving the crash of Continental Flight 3407, this time in State Supreme Court.

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Focus on Education
8:27 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Bond act offers tech upgrades for New York schools

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy discusses the "Smart Schools" initiative in Buffalo Wednesday.
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In November, New York voters will be asked to approve a $2 billion bond act to fund technology upgrades in schools across the state. The "Smart Schools" initiative option was first proposed during Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014 State of the State address.

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Local
9:11 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Wal-Mart fined for false advertising

False advertising has landed the nation's largest retailer in hot water with New York State.  Wal-Mart, as part of its settlement, will pay thousands of dollars in penalties.

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Local
9:42 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off in Buffalo

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There was a festive atmosphere in Buffalo's Central Library Monday for the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Several local events are planned over the next 30 days to  highlight the contributions of Hispanic Americans to Western New York and the United States.

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Local
6:16 am
Mon September 15, 2014

DEC restudying Peace Bridge neighborhood air quality

The exhaust fumes from traffic on the Peace Bridge are being blamed for respiratory problems on Buffalo's west side.
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A new air quality study is underway on Buffalo's West Side near the Peace Bridge. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation will provide more information during a public meeting tonight.

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Local
12:19 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Solemn ceremonies mark 13th anniversary of 9/11

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To mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, ceremonies were held across Western New York on Thursday.

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Local
8:23 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Respiratory virus may have spread to Buffalo

A respiratory virus that's sickened hundreds of children in several Midwest states has apparently arrived in Buffalo.

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Sports
3:25 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Pegulas reach 'definitive agreement' to buy the Buffalo Bills

Terry Pegula and his wife Kim are in line to buy the Bills, pending league approval.
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The owners of the Buffalo Sabres have been chosen to be the new owners of the Buffalo Bills. Terry and Kim Pegula have made the winning bid to take ownership of the storied NFL franchise.

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Crime
3:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Trial begins for man accused of killing 5-year-old boy

Matthew Kuzdzal faces a murder charge in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks.
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The trial of alleged child killer Matthew Kuzdzal got underway in downtown Buffalo Monday morning. Kuzdzal is charged with Murder in the Second Degree and Predatory Sexual Assault of a Child in the death of 5-year-old Eain Brooks, his girlfriend's son, nearly one year ago.

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Local
8:16 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Gillibrand backs minimum wage boost

The movement to increase the federal minimum wage is gaining momentum. President Obama has championed the idea. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joining the wave.

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Local
8:32 am
Fri September 5, 2014

West Seneca receives state aid for flood damage

Winter floods caused major damage in West Seneca.
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Nearly six months after a blizzard and flooding wreaked havoc in the Town of West Seneca, help is on the way from Albany.

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Environment
2:54 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Funding secured for college's Great Lakes research center

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Improvements are on the way for a facility used by researchers who track the health of local waterways.

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Local
4:54 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Higgins calls for action on ISIS

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Shortly after the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff was confirmed,Congressman Brian Higgins joined the growing call for an international response.

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Local
2:49 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

After just a year, MLK Park splash pad needs repair

The splash pad at MLK Park is in need of repair, after just one year.
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After just one year in operation, a section of the splash pad in Martin Luther King Park is slated to be torn up to make repairs.

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Local
2:43 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Attorney general accuses Evans Bank of 'redlining' black neighborhoods

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman showed a map that he says shows Evans Bank's "redlining" policy on Buffalo's East side.
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State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is accusing Evans Bank of refusing to offer mortgages to African-Americans in Buffalo.

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Focus on Education
9:16 am
Tue September 2, 2014

New law focuses on school threats

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With schools reopening this week, a new law is being proposed to make the learning environment as safe as possible.

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Local
2:27 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

More travelers hitting the road this Labor Day weekend

Many travelers will be hitting the Thruway this long weekend.
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The last long holiday weekend of the 2014 summer travel season is underway and the AAA is projecting this Labor Day will be one of the busiest for the holiday in several years.

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Buffalo Bills
9:25 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Stadium group leaders defend process

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy says the New Stadium Working Group has only met once.
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Some leaders of the New Stadium Working Groups say they have no plans for a public meeting. That's despite the call earlier this week by nearly two dozen elected officials for more transparency in the process.

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Business
2:52 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Coming to Buffalo an 'easy decision' for finance company

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More new jobs are coming to downtown Buffalo. Blue Bridge Financial has officially opened its new national headquarters in the Electric Tower on Washington Street.

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