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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.
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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.
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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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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Crime
11:46 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Grucza sentenced to 25 years for Toys R Us murder

Grucza, seen in the blue shirt in the background, will spend the next 25 years in prison.
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Bernard Grucza, the admitted killer of Toys R Us manager Laurence Wells, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and five years probation.

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Crime
8:55 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Authorities round up members of gang tied to City Grill shootings

Prosecutors and law enforcement officials announced the arrests on Wednesday.
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Several members of what is described as the most violent drug trafficking gang in Western New York have been taken off the streets.

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Business
7:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Praxair expanding with help from state taxpayers

Albany has agreed to provide $10 million worth of performance based incentives to help Praxair expand and modernize its Town of Tonawanda facility. Praxair, the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, had worldwide sales last year of $12 billion.

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Health Care Coverage
6:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

BlueCross BlueShield drops local Medicaid program

Thousands of people across the region will soon have to find a new Medicaid provider. BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York is getting out of the business.

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Focus on Education
12:53 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Daemen makes list of 'Great Colleges To Work For'

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Daemen College in Amherst has made the Chronicle for Higher Education's "Honor Roll" as one of the Top Ten small four-year institutions to work for in the United States.

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Local
4:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Foundations donate $700K to new waterfront children's museum

An artist rendering of a portion of the planned Explore and More Children's Museum, which is slated to open in 2016 near Canalside.

With hundreds of Canalside visitors as a backdrop, Explore & More Children's Museum announced several generous gifts on Friday.

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Local
2:47 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

New Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk opens on Outer Harbor

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The public now has greater access to Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Officials cut the ribbon Friday on the new Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk along Furhmann Boulevard.

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Business
2:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Niagara Lubricants reopens in new location after 2011 fire

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New products are once again rolling out the door at Niagara Lubricant. Three years after the 91-year-old company's original factory in Black Rock was destroyed by fire, it has officially reopened in the former American Axel plant on East Delevan Avenue.

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Local
7:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Mayor Brown offers thoughts on stadium plans

Mayor Brown addressed several issues at an appearance Wednesday.
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The developer who hired Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown's right-hand man, Steve Casey, has also hired one of the nation's top stadium design firms. The moves have sparked more speculation regarding the possible location of a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

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Local
4:57 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Buffalo spending $4 million to improve courts, playgrounds in city parks

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Upgrades are on the way for 22 parks across the City of Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown says the city is spending an additional $4 million this year in improving parks and playgrounds.

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Health
1:17 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

African American leaders sound the alarm on the rise of Hepatitis C

Dr. Raul Vazquez and local African Americans leaders talk about the spread of Hepatitis C in the black community.
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Healthcare professionals and community leaders in Buffalo are helping to raise awareness about the impact of Hepatitis C in the African American community.

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Politics
11:09 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Deputy Mayor Steve Casey leaving Brown's administration

Deputy Mayor Steve Casey.
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First Deputy Buffalo Mayor Steve Casey is leaving City Hall. Casey will be departing his longtime position in Mayor Byron Brown's administration to work on a major development project in West Seneca.

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Local
7:53 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Study examines county's child neglect issues

Erie County Commissioner of Social Services Carol Dankert-Maurer hopes the study will help "interrupt this cycle" of child neglect.
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Erie County's Department of Social Services is teaming up with the University at Buffalo to study the chronic neglect of children in the county.

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Local
3:26 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Plan calls for turning former country club into $238 million 'neighborhood'

Mensch Managing Partner Andrew Shaevel unveiled the proposed Westwood Neighborhood Thursday.
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The Westwood Country Club in Amherst could be the site of what is being called a "new traditional neighborhood."

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Cultural
10:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Buffalo River boat tour offers history lesson on water

A view from The River Queen
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The sound of cannon fire will mark the arrival of an historic tall ship on the downtown Buffalo waterfront Thursday as the nearly 200-foot-long U.S. Brig Niagara arrives at Canalside. The Niagara helped defeat six British vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. But that's not the only piece of history visitors will find on the city's waterfront. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a new boat is providing narrated tours of the Buffalo River.

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Local
11:18 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Residents to help shape plan for Outer Harbor

Buffalo's undeveloped Outer Harbor

The first of three public meetings this week on the future of Buffalo's Outer Harbor is being held Wednesday night. A master plan for the long-vacant property along Fuhrmann Boulevard is scheduled to be released this fall.

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Local
2:47 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Schumer suggests new veterans cemetery be named for 'Wild Bill' Donovan

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The state's next National Veterans Cemetery could be named for a military hero from Buffalo.

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Crime
3:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Man spared jail time in 'unusual' fatal DWI crash

Robert Styn was given probation in State Supreme Court Wednesday in the crash that killed Daniel McParlane.
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The West Seneca man involved in a crash that killed off-duty Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel McParlane last November has been sentenced to probation.

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