Jay Moran

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Local
7:05 am
Fri April 17, 2015

How would you pitch Buffalo? A high-tech value for some

A snapshot from the VBN video "Why Choose Buffalo?"
Credit Courtesy of www.VisitBuffaloNiagara.com

Officials from Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and several area hotels are in Albany this week to promote Buffalo to those making decisions about where to hold meetings, conventions and sporting events.

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Cultural
8:19 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Actor Stephen McKinley Henderson speaking at UB tonight

Stephen McKinley Henderson
Credit Courtesy of the University at Buffalo

Stephen McKinley Henderson is known as a distinguished actor, director and professor in the University at Buffalo's Department of Theater and Dance. Tonight, Henderson will speak candidly about his career during an appearance on UB's North Campus. 

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Press Pass
11:29 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Press Pass: Concerns over redevelopment of the AM&A's site

The project represents a $70 million investment, but redeveloping the long-abandoned AM&A's store in downtown Buffalo has hit a snag. Last week, the Buffalo Planning Board delayed a vote on the project for two weeks.

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Local
9:07 am
Tue April 14, 2015

U.S. Border Patrol offers Citizens Academy

U.S. Border Patrol agents conduct a routine interview with the pilot of small aircraft.
Credit Courtesy of U.S. Border Patrol website http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom

It's billed as a chance to get a first-hand look at how our international borders are protected. The Citizens Academy offered by the U.S. Border Patrol provides the public with a behind the scenes look at how the agency operates in Western New York.

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Local
9:15 am
Mon April 13, 2015

State streamlines support online for crime victims

The NYS Office of Victim Services has launched an online portal to aid victims of crime in applying for support.
Credit Courtesy of the State Office of Victim Services www.ovs.ny.gov

Crime victims in need of help paying medical bills or other related expenses can now apply for support from New York State online.

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Sports
1:37 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Hurley departs: What's next for UB basketball?

Paul Gotham chats with Bobby Hurley
Credit Courtesy of Paul Gotham Twitter Feed

As Arizona State University introduces Bobby Hurley as its new head basketball coach Friday, the University at Buffalo is already searching for Hurley's replacement.

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Local
8:36 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Alive Inside: The link between music and dementia

The movie Alive Inside examines how music helps those suffering with dementia.
Credit Courtesy of Alive Inside/YouTube

Is there a link between music and dementia? As part of the University at Buffalo's Public Health Week, experts are screening a movie examining the connection between music and humanity.

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Local
7:32 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Play ball! What to expect from the Bisons in 2015

Coca-Cola Field ready to go on opening day
Credit Courtesy of Ben Wagner, the "Voice of the Bisons"

It's opening day at the ballpark as The Buffalo Bisons host the Rochester Red Wings at Coca Cola Field Thursday afternoon.

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Politics
12:39 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Wanted: GOP candidate for Erie County Executive

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Top officials from Erie County's Republican Party are in the market for someone to run against the Democratic incumbent, Mark Poloncarz. Earlier this week, County Clerk Chris Jacobs announced he would not run. County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw previously made his intentions clear also not run.  So who will it be and why is no one eager to run for the office?

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Local
8:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Erie County's water infrastructure could use some help from the state

Officials with the Erie County Water Authority are pleased with an announcement from State officials indicating New York's new budget includes $200-million dollars for communities interested in upgrading frail water infrastructures.

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Local
12:30 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Parkinson's Awareness Month turns landmarks blue: What you should know about Parkinson's Disease

The Peace Bridge turned blue for Parkinson's Awareness Month
Credit Courtesy of Facebook/National Parkinson Foundation WNY Chapter

Parkinson's Disease can be overwhelming physically, emotionally and mentally.  The National Parkinson's Foundation of Western New York wants you to know there is help and there is hope.


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Local
10:59 am
Wed April 1, 2015

An educator's insight on state policies regarding students, teachers and schools

Credit WBFO News File Photo

The State Legislature overnight approved a 2015-2016 budget that includes new education policies.  The reforms sought by Governor Cuomo in recent weeks linking state aid, teacher evaluations and standardized testing for students proved to be very controversial.

With details of the new budget plan still emerging, WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board President Bob Dana about the direction the state is taking on education.

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Focus on Education
8:59 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Insight into choosing a career for high school grads

Student in a Western New York Classroom
Credit Courtesy of WBFO/Eilene Buckley

It's that time of year when many households with high school seniors are wrestling and wrangling with career paths, college choices, or, perhaps, the choice of no college at all. Arlene Kaukus, Director of the Career Office at the University at Buffalo, provides some encouraging thoughts for those who may find themselves at a dispiriting time.

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Local
7:39 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Kenmore Tonawanda School Board takes a stand against Governor's education policies

Kenmore Tonawanda School Board.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Members of the Kenmore-Tonawanda Board of Education have voted to "seriously consider" boycotting State mandated testing for third through eighth graders.  The moves is aimed at protesting Governor Cuomo's education policies regarding funding and teacher evaluations.  Meanwhile, Ken-Ton Superintendent Dawn Mirand did not support the matter.  In a written statement, Mirand says the vote puts the district at risk for sanctions that would likely have a negative impact on the community. 

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Local
7:19 am
Wed March 25, 2015

43 North gears up for another World's Largest Business Idea Competition

43 North holds the second World's Greatest Business Idea Competition
Credit Courtesy of www.43north.org

Have a new idea for a business?  Here's your chance to "turn your dreams into reality." 43 North launches the second year of its World Largest Business Idea Competition today. 

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Local
8:03 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Buffalo Schools and Receivership: What's it all about?

Inside a Buffalo school classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

As the Buffalo Public School District continues to struggle with numerous issues, there have been calls by parents and even Governor Cuomo for the district to enter into "receivership." So what exactly does that mean and will it help Buffalo's students? 

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Local
9:13 am
Fri March 20, 2015

UB Bulls take on West Virginia: Insider look at Hurley's fast track to the NCAA

Basketball Writer Paul Gotham chats with U.B. Bulls Head Coach Bobby Hurley
Credit Courtesy of Paul Gotham Twitter Feed

As the University at Buffalo is gearing up for the Bulls first game of the NCAA Tournament Friday, many are looking to Head Coach Bobby Hurley to show the Bulls the way to victory. 

The number 12 seed Bulls take on the fifth seed West Virginia Friday afternoon at 2:10. 

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Focus on Education
9:26 am
Wed March 18, 2015

UB solar house selected to be part of federal competition

Fall 2014 Solar Decathlon studio at UB; rendering work by Nate Heckman, Michael Tuzzo and Duane Warren.
Credit Courtesy of the University at Buffalo

A group of students and faculty at the University at Buffalo are among 17 intercollegiate teams chosen worldwide to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

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Local
11:23 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Niagara poverty conference focuses on economic development

A Community Missions of Niagara Frontier soup kitchen
Credit Courtesy of Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc.

The 3rd annual Poverty Conference  takes place Friday at Niagara University focusing on economic development. 

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Local
11:07 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Lancaster Schools to hold forum to discuss controversial "redskins" mascot

Banner over Central Avenue in Lancaster in support of keeping the name.
Credit Photo from Keep The Tradition Alive Organization Facebook page.

Lancaster School District officials are slated to hold a forum Tuesday night inviting public comment about its controversial mascot.

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Local
8:07 am
Mon March 2, 2015

February 2015 was the coldest month of all time in Western New York

Icy view of Niagara Falls, February 2015
Credit Courtesy of Jenna Hagen

How cold was it in Western New York last month? National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Ansuini says February of 2015 will go down in the record books as being not only the coldest February on record, but the coldest calendar month ever in the history of record keeping here in Buffalo

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Local
8:09 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Movie shoot issues casting call for "extras"

An East Aurora Victorian decked out for the Christmas movie shoot #SmallTownPrince
Credit Courtesy of Markus Hill Twitter Feed

Frigid temperatures haven't stopped a California production crew from filming in East Aurora this week.  In fact, they're moving right along and have put out a casting call for "extras" for scenes next week in the Wyoming County village of Arcade.


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Local
7:51 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Best vantage points to see Niagara Falls frosted over?

Credit Courtesy of YouTube/Niagara Falls USA Winter 2015

Niagara Falls is not completely frozen over, but the snow and ice that's blanketed the area has made it a sight to see.  Photos of the wintry Falls have been trending across social media sites, gaining national media attention and attracting folks to see for themselves.

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Local
8:02 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Could February be the coldest month ever in Western New York? Maybe...

Cold images from Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

February is very close to becoming the coldest month ever in Western New York. 


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Local
8:53 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Extreme cold triples "Triple A" calls for help

Credit WBFO News File Photo

The extreme cold gripping the Western New York area has lead to a more than 300% spike in calls to AAA according to one of their local car care experts.  WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Brian Dadswell about how the frigid air is impacting motorists locally.

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Local
9:55 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Neurologist examines Presidential maladies

Dr. Nicholas Silvestri looks at the many neurological disorders that U.S. Presidents have endured.
Credit Jay Moran/WBFO

From migraine headaches to strokes to Alzheimer's Disease, U.S. Presidents have endured an array of neurological problems. Dr. Nicholas Silvestri, assistant professor of neurology at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been taking a closer look at the connection in what he calls a "hobby."

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Local
9:02 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Buffalo Auto Show opens today

Polaris Slingshot at the Buffalo Auto Show
Credit Courtesy of the Buffalo Auto Show Facebook page

The Buffalo Auto Show runs today through Sunday at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  The annual event draws thousands to downtown Buffalo.  WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with organizers about the show - and some new elements this year.

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Local
8:06 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory; Slippery road conditions

The Kennsington Expressway (33) this morning
Credit Courtesy of Nittec.org

There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect across Western New York until 4 a.m. on Thursday.

WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with National Weather Service Meteorologist John Hitchcock early this morning about what to expect.

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Local
6:15 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Jury selection proving difficult in Corasanti civil trial

Dr. James Corasanti
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Jury selection in the civil trial of Dr. James Corasanti may be a difficult process. 


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Politics
9:17 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Assemblyman Kearns: 'People knew Sheldon Silver was corrupt'

NYS Assemblyman Mickey Kearns
Credit WBFO News File Photo

New York State Assemblyman Mickey Kearns claims "People knew Sheldon Silver was corrupt" and says he has long sought the removal of the State Assembly Speaker from office. Kearns comments follow word that Silver will step down as Speaker on Monday as he faces federal corruption charges.


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