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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

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

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
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

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.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

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.
Credit WBFO News file photo /

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

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

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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Local
4:38 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Phillips Lytle moves into new Canalside home

Credit Phillips Lytle

The anchor tenant of One Canalside cut the ribbon Monday on its new home. The Phillips Lytle law firm now occupies the top four floors of the former Donovan State Office Building in downtown Buffalo.

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Local
2:40 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Speakers decry Uniland tax break request

Ellen Kennedy spoke against the proposed tax break.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Several people urged the Erie County Industrial Development Agency Monday morning to reject a more than $3 million tax break for Uniland Development.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Buffalo poised to fill new high-tech/green energy jobs

RiverBend model
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

The recently announced RiverBend project is expected to create hundreds of new jobs in the high-tech/green energy arena. The Buffalo area is now well-positioned to fill the needs of the California based companies anchoring the $1.7 billion project. 

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Local
3:19 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

National Grid investing $4.2 million in Ohio Street transformation

Ohio Street is being transformed from a barren industrial site to a tree-lined parkway.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The positive spin-off from Canalside is continuing. Ground was broken Wednesday on a project designed to revitalize Ohio Street between Buffalo's Inner and Outer Harbors.

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Cultural
9:45 am
Wed November 20, 2013

State Department official says Buffalo 'fantastic' at refugee resettlement

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw
Credit state.gov

Given the high number of refugees the federal government has helped resettle in Buffalo, officials with the U.S. State Department were in town this week to assess the program.

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Local
5:38 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Lost Olmsted garden being restored at Riverside Park

Ground was broken Tuesday for the restored RiverRock Gardens at Riverside Park.
Credit Facebook

Visitors to Riverside Park in Buffalo next summer will see a redesigned landscape that fits the vision of renowned architect Frederick Law Olmsted. 

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Local
2:07 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Senior housing campus to anchor reuse of former Gates Circle Hospital

An artist rendering of Canterbury Woods at Gates Circle

Plans unveiled Monday show much of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital being replaced with a new mixed-use, senior housing development.

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Local
9:56 am
Mon November 18, 2013

NFTA studying transit options for Buffalo-Amherst corridor

Credit File photo

Given the large number of people currently using public transportation between Amherst and downtown Buffalo, a study is being done to determine what the best options are for meeting future demand.

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Local
5:24 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Lawmakers probe local CPS following child deaths

Robin Hart, Eain Brooks' grandmother, spoke emotionally at Thursday's hearing.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

State lawmakers investigating Erie County Child Protective Services in the wakes of two child murders heard testimony from nearly two dozen people in Buffalo Thursday.

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Delaware North Expansion
10:01 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Brown and Collins urge tax breaks for Delaware North project

Mayor Byron Brown at news conference in support of Delaware North tax incentives.
Credit Photo by Chris Caya

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Rep. Chris Collins are teaming up in support of doing "what's necessary to keep Delaware North in downtown Buffalo."

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Buffalo Niagara International Airport
5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Airport now has therapy dogs

Therapy dogs come to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

A new program designed to comfort travelers is up and running at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

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Environment
3:44 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State seeks to prevent reopening of Amigone crematory

Credit File photo

An attorney for Amigone Funeral Home told State Supreme Court Judge Henry Nowak Wednesday that Amigone has no plans to reopen its crematory on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda.

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