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4:47 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Council discusses changes to city government structure

Councilmember Michael LoCurto believes there may be merit to adding a "public advocate" into city government.
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Common Council members are looking at changing some of the ways city government works, potentially taking some administrative duties away from the mayor and making that more of a policy position.

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Focus on Education
5:01 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Expert shares thoughts on higher education

Laura Perna (left) shared her thoughts on higher education Monday at the University at Buffalo.
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American higher education suffers from two main problems: getting kids in and keeping them there to get their degrees. That was the message delivered Monday at UB by University of Pennsylvania Higher Education Professor Laura Perna.

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Local
4:54 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Crop insurance change could boost local distilleries

Federal crop insurance for malted barley could benefit local companies like Buffalo Distilling.

The rising number of local craft brewers and craft distillers have one thing in common: a need for malted barley. It's hard to get because of rapidly rising demand and because New York farmers are reluctant to grow it since there is no federal crop insurance.

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Local
4:30 am
Mon March 30, 2015

City sewers receiving long overdue upgrades

Street storm sewer grate in the city of Buffalo.
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The Buffalo Sewer Authority's long-term plan to end overflows from the sewer system when there is heavy precipitation is moving ahead.

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Local
4:25 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Pieces falling together along Ohio Street

Peg Overdorf of the Valley Community Association has been a force behind improvements along Ohio Street and the adjacent neighborhood.

Go back two years and Ohio Street in Buffalo's First Ward was a crumbling road in a dying neighborhood, flanked by buildings which were either falling down or looking in danger of falling. Today, the community's prospects are considerably brighter.

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Local
5:11 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Poloncarz highlights the positive in State of the County address

A large crowd gathered at the Central Library for the State of the County address delivered by County Executive Poloncarz.
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Erie County Executive Poloncarz on Thursday kicked off his re-election campaign with his State of the County address while two potential challengers stood just a a few feet away.

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Local
5:01 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Maple producers adapting to new rules as harvest arrives

It's the busy time of year for area maple producers, like Maple Glen Sugar in Gowanda.
Credit photo courtesy of Maple Glen

Across Upstate New York and much of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec, this is Maple Week.

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Focus on Education
11:16 am
Thu March 26, 2015

City school parents get warning letter on state tests

Copy of letter sent by interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent Don Ogilvie to city parents regarding state assessments.
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As many school districts around the region struggling with the fight over high-stakes testing, Buffalo School Board members discussed the issue at Wednesday night's lengthy meeting.

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Focus on Education
10:20 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Buffalo School Board battles through marathon session

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The Buffalo Board of Education convened Wednesday's meeting at 5:30 p.m. After a session of issues, controversy and some name calling, the meeting was adjourned around midnight.

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Sports
4:45 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Bisons prepared for approaching season

The Bisons showed off some of the new food items coming to Coca-Cola Field.
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Baseball fans have two more weeks to wait for the 130th season of professional baseball in Buffalo. As a sign that first pitch is warming up, the Coca-Cola Field grass was cut for the first time Wednesday.

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Local
4:28 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Restaurant owner discusses Hepatitis A scare

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The owner of Casa di Pizza in the Elmwood Village said he knew a server was ill but didn't know he was infected with Hepatitis A.

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Focus on Education
4:20 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Teachers blast Cuomo at Tuesday rally

Teachers were not hiding their feelings about Governor Cuomo during Tuesday's rally at Kleinhans Music Hall.
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Angry teachers held a mock grand jury Tuesday night and indicted Governor Cuomo for such things as depriving students of enough school aid to meet the State Constitution and forcing standardized tests on students.

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Focus on Education
5:04 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Nickname debate continues in Lancaster

Lancaster residents shared their views at Monday's school board meeting.
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Even a meeting over the school budget turned into a battleground last night for the continuing fight over Lancaster schools use of Redskins as the sports team nickname.

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Local
4:57 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Albright-Knox looks to the future

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With a main building more than a century old, a wing more than a half-century old and public schools not teaching art as much as they used to, the Albright-Knox is looking to upgrade its physical plant while helping students learn about their artistic heritages.

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Sports
4:50 am
Tue March 24, 2015

UB welcomes back its winning basketball teams

UB Men's Basketball Coach Bobby Hurley and his team enjoy the moment Monday at Alumni Arena
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UB's men's and women's basketball teams finished their seasons early in the post-season tournaments but that didn't stop the party Monday in Alumni Arena.

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Focus on Education
8:51 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Ogilvie's future in Buffalo schools remains in doubt

Donlad Ogilvie remains as the interim Superintendent of Buffalo troubled school district.
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The Buffalo School board's fighting continues. The situation could push out Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie before the board has settled on a replacement

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Local
5:16 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Special clinic to address Hepatitis A concerns

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein
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The Erie County Health Department says up to 2,000 people should visit a special clinic at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Monday or Tuesday because they ate at Casa di Pizza. A server there has been found to have Hepatitis A.

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Local
4:52 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Authors recall Buffalo's brewing history

Simon Pure is one of Buffalo's legendary beers.

When it comes to beer in Buffalo, everything old is new again. That's the view of two authors, Ethan Cox and Michael Rizzo, who say the emergence of microbreweries in Buffalo, in some ways, reflects the atmosphere of decades ago when there was a heavy presence of beer makers throughout the city.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Sun March 22, 2015

BPTO speaks out against proposed takeover of schools

Inside the Makowski School in Buffalo.
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One of two-competing parent groups in Buffalo is opposed to Albany or Washington stepping in to turn around troubled city school District.  Over the weekend the Buffalo Parent Teachers Organization met with reporters saying it does not support a federal take over of Buffalo Public schools. 

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

You & The Law: The increasing complexity of DWI cases

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D-W-I charges are still filed by police and prosecuted. On this week's edition of...You and the Law, attorney Nicholas Michael Rossi talks about the increasing complexity of these cases.

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Local
4:48 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Committee looks for improvement in 9-1-1 system

Smartphone dialing pad.
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If you need emergency help and call 9-1-1 on your cell phone, you have an 80 percent chance of the emergency system accurately figuring out where you are.  At their hearing Thursday, members of the Erie County Legislature Public Safety Committee discussed how to improve the situation.

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Local
5:04 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Public hearing reviews ban on e-cigarettes

As the county debates the issue, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center has initiated its own ban on e-cigarettes.
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It's up to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz now, as the fight over electronic cigarettes and a potential ban continues.

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Local
5:14 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Niagara County plan targets medical marijuana

Niagara County Legislators voted to support plans for a medical marijuana site.
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Niagara County legislators Tuesday night backed a Lewiston site for a medical marijuana manufacturing plant.

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Local
5:05 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Judge rules against Sheriff's Department over FOIL request

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard appeared in May of 2014 before the Erie County Legislature where lawmakers questioned him on the cell phone tracker.
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The Erie County Sheriff's Department has been told it must release details on a device which can duplicate a cell phone tower and tell the Stingray where the phone owner is.

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Local
4:55 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Officials tracking railroad safety concerns

Train tracks in downtown Buffalo.
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Albany is continuing to push railroads about safety, in the wake of some serious accidents around North America. 

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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Lancaster School District changing Redskins nickname

A large crowd gathered for Monday's meeting of the Lancaster School Board.
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The Lancaster School board had no intention to make a decision on the future of the district nickname of Redskins until the lacrosse team was hit with refusals to play from three other school districts with large Native American student populations. The board voted unanimously Monday night to drop the nickname immediately.

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Local
4:40 am
Tue March 17, 2015

New Yorkers embracing electronic tax returns

There's been a major shift in the way New Yorkers are filing their state income tax returns.

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Local
4:47 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Buffalo's annual Saint Patrick's Day parade draws 80,000

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Green was the dominant color Sunday, as the annual Saint Patrick's parade marched up Delaware Avenue, complete with Irish dancers, Irish setters and those who claimed to be Irish for the day.

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Local
4:41 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Districts remain in the dark over state school aid

Inside a classroom.
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The in-fighting in Albany over the state budget means school districts have no clue how much they will get in aid. Time is running short on budget planning and preparation.

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Local
4:35 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Schumer calling for ban on lasers

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants those powerful green hand lasers banned because they are a threat to pilots and airplanes.

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