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11:02 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Brown says no discussions on Lt. Governor job, but 'never say never'

Mayor & his wife celebrated his reelection in November 2013.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among the elected officials from across New York who made the trip to Albany for Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. Considering the City is still digging out from a major storm, could Brown's decision to travel to Albany be a hint of things to come?

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

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Local
2:17 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Thruway closing; crews prepared to battle winter storm

Pericak and Kaminski braved the cold to discuss their plans to keep the area's highways clear of ice and snow.
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Given the severe weather that is moving in to the region, officials in charge of maintaining the region's highways are advising motorists to avoid all unnecessary travel.

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Health
10:05 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Flu cases on the rise in Erie County

Dr. Gale Burstein says it's not too late to get a flu shot, as she did this past fall.
Credit File photo

Along with dangerously cold temperatures, Erie County is also being hit with influenza.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Pridgen elected Common Council president

Rev. Darius Pridgen is the new president of the Common Council.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

By a unanimous vote, Rev. Darius Pridgen has been elected president of the Buffalo Common Council.

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Local
1:32 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Brown vows to take more active role in city schools in third term

Byron Brown was sworn in Tuesday to his third term as mayor.
Credit City of Buffalo

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown took the oath of office for his third term in a swearing-in ceremony Tuesday morning at City Hall. During his inaugural address, Brown said his priorities for the next four years include greater visibility in assisting Buffalo's struggling public schools.

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Local
3:18 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Record amount recovered by U.S. Attorney's Office

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

It has been a banner year for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo.

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Local
10:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

City says concrete crack won't affect ice skating at MLK Park

The splash pad at MLK Park will be converted into a skating rink this winter.
Credit File photo

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Even though defects are now showing up in the city's new multi-million-dollar splash pad at Martin Luther King Park, Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown says activities will continue as planned.

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Local
2:53 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Plans unveiled for annual Ball Drop

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With New Year's Eve less than two weeks away, plans were announced Thursday for the 26th annual Buffalo Ball Drop and Fireworks.

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Local
5:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Opening of East Canal marks latest waterfront milestone

An artist rendering of the site
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

More outdoor activity space is now open to the public at Canalside in downtown Buffalo. Officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the East Canal at Main and Scott streets. 

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Local
1:22 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Rose Bowl Parade honoring late trooper's gift of life

Members of the Dobson family display a portrait of late Trooper Kevin Dobson, who is being honored for his organ donation.
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A local New York State Trooper who was killed in an accident more than two years ago is being honored for his gift of organ donation.

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Local
5:32 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Planning Board OKs Buffalo RiverWorks project

A conceptual rendering of Buffalo RiverWorks.
Credit File photo

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Despite opposition from some industries along Ganson Street and Michigan Avenue, the city's Planning Board has approved the proposed Buffalo RiverWorks project.

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Local
12:14 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

City snow plow driver in court on DWI charge

Buffalo snow plow
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A City of Buffalo snow plow driver was arraigned Monday after being arrested early Sunday morning and charged with DWI.

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Legal
9:25 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Frosty grip: Winter Weather Advisory

Crews clearing sidewalks from snow and ice Friday morning on Parkside & Amherst Street near the Buffalo Zoo.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

There's a winter weather advisory across the Western New York Region. 

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Environment
9:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Erie County Legislature to vote on fracking ban today

Several fracking protests have taken place in the area in recent years, including when President Obama came to visit UB in August.
Credit File photo

Legislation that would ban hydrofracking on county-owned land is expected to be voted on today by the Erie County Legislature.

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Local
12:51 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

WNY awarded nearly $61 million in economic development funding

The state has awarded the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council $60.8 million. The latest round of funding will come in the form of grants and tax breaks to spur growth.

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Local
9:30 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Reformers seek changes for young offenders

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

About two dozen people braved a biting wind outside the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo Tuesday to call on Albany to "Raise the Age."

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Local
1:37 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Sergio Rodriguez running for school board seat

Sergio Rodriguez has set his sights on another floor of City Hall.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Fresh from losing the mayor's race last month, Sergio Rodriguez is ramping up another campaign.

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Education
12:28 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Day of Action spurs calls for state education reform

West Seneca Superintendent Mark Crawford
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

In a show of solidarity, parents, teachers and students across New York are dressed in blue today as part of the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education.

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Local
5:47 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

New student arts center looks to replicate Pittsburgh model

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The founder of a successful after-school program for at-risk urban high school students helped cut the ribbon on the new Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology Friday.

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Local
3:38 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Medical marijuana hearing draws impassioned arguments

About 100 people turned out for an Assembly hearing on the use of medical marijuana in Council Chambers.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Advocates and opponents of legalizing medical marijuana turned out for a state Assembly hearing Thursday in Buffalo City Hall.

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Local
9:30 am
Thu December 5, 2013

County executive wants all Bills home games in OP

Outside Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, home of the Buffalo Bills.
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During his weekly radio show Wednesday, Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon expressed concern over whether the Bills lose a competitive edge playing home games in Toronto. Brandon says the series held in the Rogers Centre will "be reviewed in a grand manner." Meanwhile, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he would like to see all Bills home games played in Orchard Park.


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Local
1:46 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Poloncarz defends use of borrowing in newly-passed budget

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Democratic Legislator Timothy Hogues
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is praising fellow Democrats in the Legislature majority for approving the 2014 county budget by a 6-5 vote Tuesday.

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Local
8:18 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Holidays expected to remain bright in Elmwood Village

Despite widespread reports, city officials say they are not looking to pull the plug on a holiday tradition in Buffalo's popular Elmwood Village shopping district.

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Local
2:10 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Lake Shore hospital may reorganize under Chapter 11

Credit File photo

The effort to save Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving continues. One current plan involves letting the hospital first go bankrupt.

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Local
5:00 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Local group reacquires Tops Markets

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

After being owned by outside interests for several years, Tops Friendly Markets is now back in the hands of local ownership.

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Business
1:36 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

IDA committee approves Uniland tax breaks

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Uniland Development's tax break request for a new office building in downtown Buffalo has one more hurdle to clear.

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Local
9:28 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Food processing program in the works at ECC

The new program will soon be up and running at ECC.
Credit File photo

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

To help fill a growing demand for qualified workers, Erie Community College is preparing to launch a new program in food processing. The industry employs thousands of Western New Yorkers, but there could be a shortage of workers in the near future.

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Local
1:03 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Regional tourism agency names new leader

Patrick Kaler will take his new position early next year.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

After a national search, Visit Buffalo Niagara has named Patrick Kaler its new President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Trooper Funeral
9:19 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Funeral service for Trooper Ross Riley

Funeral procession arrives.
Credit Pool photo courtesy of Buffalo News

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at St. Bonaventure University’s Reilly Center for State Police Trooper Ross Riley.

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Local
8:12 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Bon Jovi report worrying Bills fans

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The Buffalo Bills may not be for sale, but a report by CBSSports that rocker Jon Bon Jovi is "positioning himself to purchase the team" is raising concerns among some fans.

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