Jay Moran

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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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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Local
8:20 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Western New Yorkers head downstate for storm support

Times Square, NYC, Morning of January 27, 2015
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Western New Yorkers from the State Department of Transportation, National Guard and National Grid are headed downstate to help with winter storm clean up efforts in New York City. Most of the downstate region appears to have dodged a bullet, with the worst of the storm hitting Boston to the north.


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Local
9:50 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Blizzard to hit East Coast, but just light snow in WNY

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A major winter storm is expected to hit the Northeastern Seaboard.


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Local
7:37 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Local congressional delegation weighs in on State of the Union

President Obama during last night's State of the Union Address
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The Western New York congressional delegation is predictably split along party lines when it comes to their thoughts on President Obama's State of the Union address.


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Local
8:45 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Pros and cons of downtown stadium sites

Outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
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A state-backed study lists three downtown locations as possible sites for a new football stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

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Local
8:33 am
Fri January 16, 2015

New $15 million ice arena opens in Lockport

Cornerstone CFCU Arena in Lockport
Credit Courtesy of Cornerstone CFCU Arena Facebook Page

Officials in Lockport are touting the new $15 million Cornerstone CFCU Arena this weekend as a "game changer" for the city.  


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Local
9:25 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Does Buffalo 'own winter?' Tourism group thinks so

An entry in Visit Buffalo Niagara's winter photo contest
Credit Courtesy of Visit Buffalo Niagara Twitter Page

One glance at Visit Buffalo Niagara's website finds three simple words on the homepage: "Buffalo owns winter."


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Sports
8:26 am
Tue January 13, 2015

U.S. women win gold at HarborCenter

U.S. Women U18 team wins gold in Women's World Hockey Championship at HarborCenter, Buffalo, NY
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A sold-out crowd of 2,000 people were on hand to see the U.S. Women's Under 18 team win gold in hockey at Buffalo's HarborCenter Monday night.


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Cultural
2:45 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Bitter cold provides ideal conditions for ice wine

Picking grapes for 2015.
Credit Photo from Leonard Oakes Estate

The bitter cold January temperatures are ideal for harvesting grapes for ice wine. But it demands that grape pickers head out to the vineyards in the coldest weather.  Wednesday morning, they gathered nearly   grapes from an Orleans County field.   WBFO'S Jay Moran spoke with Jonathan Oakes, winemaker for Leonard Oakes Estate Winery

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Local
9:32 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A windy, not white, Christmas in the forecast

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Forecasters with the National Weather Service are expecting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to be windy rather than white this year. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock about the holiday forecast.

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Press Pass
5:46 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Press Pass: Canalside spending raises questions

A surprising amount of spending on Canalside operations has prompted calls for an audit. On WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First discusses Global Spectrum, the operator of Canalside, and provides information on a housing complex planned at a former Catholic school building.

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Local
8:28 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Beyond the Playbook: Bills loss dashes playoff hopes

Buffalo Bills
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The Bills 26-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders dashes any hopes for the playoffs this season. Analyst Matt Sabuda spoke with WBFO's Jay Moran about the game and how the theme "next year" is getting old.

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Local
9:14 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Albany correspondent offers insight on fracking decision

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Environmentalists are celebrating while gas companies are fuming over Governor Cuomo's decision to ban hydro fracking in New York State for the near future. Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt provides some insight into the decision in an interview with WBFO's Morning Edition host Jay Moran.

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Local
11:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Divided opinions uncovered over Olean street reconstruction

Olean residents will become accustomed to the sounds of road construction over the next two years as the city's main thoroughfare, North Union Street, undergoes a $9 million reconstruction. The impact of the project has been the subject of community debate.

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