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8:42 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Congressman warns of cuts to federal arts funding

Tod Kniazuk, executive director of Arts Services Initiative of WNY
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Some prominent arts and cultural groups could be in for a major funding cut. A bill working its way through Congress could slash funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to its lowest level since the 1970s.

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Local
9:56 am
Mon September 16, 2013

International students continue to flock to UB

The University at Buffalo is bursting at the seams this fall and the largest ever student body ever is made up of a record number of international students.

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Local
5:46 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

$3.5 million Children's Academy opens in 'Promise Neighborhood'

Dr. Yvonne Minor-Ragan, President of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, is joined by dignitaries for the ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children’s Academy.

The latest addition in a $31 million public-private investment in one of Buffalo's poorest neighborhoods is officially open. The ribbon was cut Friday on The Buffalo Promise Neighborhood Children's Academy.

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Local
3:21 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

City rebidding marina contract following audit

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Changes are already being made at The Hatch restaurant and other Erie Basin Marina operations, according to Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

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Education
1:42 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Education Commissioner says Buffalo district has 'responsibility to lead'

Regents Chancellor Robert Bennett and Education Commissioner John King visited Amherst Thursday morning.
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State Education Commissioner John King says he is disappointed there hasn't been more progress on a transfer plan for all Buffalo Public Schools students, as required by federal law.

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Politics
10:31 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Mayor Brown defeats Tolbert in democratic primary

Incumbent Mayor Byron Brown declares victory in the 2013 Democratic Primary against opponent Bernie Tolbert. Brown is joined by his wife Michele and son Byron Jr.
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has emerged victorious in the Democratic primary against opponent Bernie Tolbert.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on the Brown victory.

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Local
9:38 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Protesters voice opposition to action in Syria

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About three dozen sign-carrying protesters chanting "No More War" held a noon-time rally Monday in downtown Buffalo outside the federal courthouse.

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Local
9:27 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Career fair attracts hungry local job seekers

Career fair in downtown Buffalo.
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Though the Labor Department reports the lowest unemployment rate in nearly five years,  the turnout at a recent career fair indicates many Buffalo-area residents are still searching for a job.

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Local
6:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Outer Harbor land to become a state park

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Thursday morning at Templeton Landing on Buffalo's waterfront.
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After nearly 60 years, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is getting out of waterfront development.

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Local
2:30 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

New railway at Bethlehem Steel site opens up development opportunities

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A locomotive smashed through a banner as part of the official opening of a new rail line on the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna Wednesday.

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Local
8:04 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Main Street transformation progressing, block by block

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The next phase of the Cars Sharing Main Street project was officially kicked off in downtown Buffalo Tuesday.

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Education
12:30 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Attendance key to success, school officials say

Superintendent Pamela Brown (l.) stressed the importance of good attendance just before the start of the new school year.
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A month-long campaign stressing the importance of attendance is underway in the Buffalo Public Schools.

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Local
8:16 am
Tue September 3, 2013

State working to reform STAR program

Application for STAR program
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Homeowners in Western New York should have received a letter in recent days urging them to register for the Basic STAR program. The Cuomo administration calls it an effort to cut fraud and save taxpayer dollars.

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Local
5:50 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

More people traveling for holiday weekend this year

The last long weekend of the 2013 summer is upon us and it should be a busy one on highways across the region and the country.

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Education
12:25 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Judge declines restraining order for Pinnacle Charter closing

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Lawyers for Pinnacle Charter School will be back in court next week to try and save the school.

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Local
12:04 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Higgins says 'no good options' for U.S. in Syria

Rep. Brian Higgins says U.S. involvement in Syria should be limited.
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It appears likely the U.S. will use force in response to alleged chemical weapons attacks by the regime of Syria's Bashar Assad. But the White House does not have the support of at least one member of the Western New York congressional delegation.

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Local
12:37 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Higgins calls on Thruway Authority to eliminate 15-cent toll to Transit Road

Higgins hopes to eliminate the toll from Williamsville to the Transit Road toll barrier on the New York State Thruway.
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In a push to eliminate what some drivers call a commuter tax on local residents, Rep. Brian Higgins is leading a fight to eliminate a 15-cent Thruway toll just outside of Buffalo.

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Local
9:14 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino opens tonight

The Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino opens tonight.
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There will be fireworks over downtown Buffalo tonight as part of the grand opening of the new Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino. 

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Crime
11:29 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Man sentenced to 25 years for Cheektowaga Town Park killing

Dontre Jones, 19, has been given 25 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed, for the 2011 shooting death of Ira Watkins, Jr. in Cheektowaga Town Park.

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Local
4:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Tonawanda GM plant celebrates 75 years

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A festive mood is in the air at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plant Friday as the company and its employees are celebrating the River Road facility's 75th Anniversary with an open house.

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Local
6:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Obama stresses college affordability in Buffalo speech

President Obama speaking at UB's Alumni Arena
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President Barack Obama came to Buffalo to deliver a speech on affordable higher education at the University at Buffalo.

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Education
3:18 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Union says Buffalo teachers substantially underpaid

BTF President Phil Rumore says data shows major discrepancies in teacher pay between the city and its suburbs.
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A study released by the union representing Buffalo school teachers shows they earn considerably less than their suburban counterparts.

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Local
8:30 am
Tue August 20, 2013

More details of presidential visit emerge; tickets available Tuesday

President Obama will speak Thursday at UB's Alumni Arena.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo will join President Barack Obama in Buffalo Thursday. Ticket information for the president's speech at the University at Buffalo has been made public.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on the President's visit to UB.

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Local
7:56 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Buffalo firefighters awaiting back pay

Buffalo Fire truck
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More than a month-and-a-half after approving a new contract with the City of Buffalo, firefighters are still waiting for some money that they're owed.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on firefighters back pay.

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Education
10:55 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Buffalo Center For Arts and Technology ready for fall classes

Buffalo Center For Arts and Technology located at the Artspace Buffalo Lofts on Main Street.
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Construction crews still have some work to do, but classes are set to begin this fall at the new Buffalo Center For Arts and Technology.

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Local
1:13 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Prescription discount card available to all WNYers

Council President Richard Fontana shows off the WNY Rx card.
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A prescription drug discount card, accepted at thousands of pharmacies, is now available free for anyone in Western New York.

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Local
12:53 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

White House: Obama visit to focus on education

The White House has officially confirmed that President Barack Obama will be in Buffalo next Thursday, August 22, to kick off of a two-day bus tour.

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Local
3:05 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Annual canal inspection starts at Buffalo waterfront

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The legally-mandated inspection of the New York State Canal system is underway. Officials boarded the Tug Syracuse at Canalside in downtown Buffalo Tuesday morning to begin the first leg of the waterborne tour.

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Education
5:31 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

School board approves transfer plan

District Parent Coordinating Council Vice President Bryon McIntyre voiced his displeasure following a special meeting of Buffalo's school board.
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The Buffalo Board of Education approved a plan Monday that will only accommodate a fraction of the students seeking a transfer.

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Health
9:07 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Electronic cigarettes, are they safe?

E-cigarettes
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The use of electronic cigarettes appears to be growing - which raises the question are they safe? and should they be regulated?  WBFO's Chris Caya has reaction from a researcher at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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