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5:27 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

National Guard called in to deal with massive snowstorm

Police have blocked off sections of South Buffalo, which has been slammed with three feet of snow.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A state of emergency remains in effect in Erie County and the National Guard is being deployed to the region to deal with a snowstorm that has paralyzed parts of Western New York.

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Business
4:45 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Capacity challenge for economic development council

WNY Regional Economic Council
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Through the Buffalo Billion and a number of other programs, there is a lot of state money pouring into Western New York . But there is a problem for small local governments without the staff to look for cash.

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Niagara Falls development
7:51 am
Fri November 14, 2014

$35 million Niagara Falls hotel project faces key vote

Rendering of $35 million hotel proposed in Niagara Falls
Credit Hamister Group Inc.

A major new addition to Niagara Falls' historic core may be only a few days from final approval, with construction expected to start by late next spring.

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Local
6:30 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Local VA care compares favorably to national average

The head of the Buffalo VA hospital says things are getting better but there is a ways to go.

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Local
5:07 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Council members look to expand community center services

Council members Chris Scanlon and David Franczyk discussed the benefits of expanding hours at community centers.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo has a strong network of community centers for young people, now open Monday through Friday. Common Council members are asking about opening on weekends.

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Focus on Education
4:59 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Protesters push back against charter schools

Naomi Cerre is the principal at Lafayette High School.
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Supporters of public schools protested outside the Buffalo school board meeting room Wednesday.

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Local
8:50 am
Wed November 12, 2014

A worldwide call for new lights for Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls at night
Credit Courtesy NiagaraFallsLive.com

Lighting companies around the world are being asked to design a new lighting plan for Niagara Falls.

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Sports
8:45 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Roomier seats being installed for Bisons fans

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Buffalo Bisons' fans may be a little more comfortable next season with new more roomy seats being installed at Coca-Cola Field.

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Focus on Education
7:03 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Restructuring plan offered for Lafayette High School

Several interested parties were on hand for Monday's meeting at Lafayette High School.
Credit courtesy of Brian Trzeciak

With Lafayette High School under orders from Albany to close because of poor test scores, the school is proposing a re-structuring of itself.

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Local
9:29 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Audit to shed light on Buffalo's street lamps

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Buffalo has 32,000 street lights. How many of them work? The city will know soon when a consultant reports.

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Local
5:09 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Officials search for solutions for crumbling county roads

Erie County has more roads of its own than almost any county, a situation that many would like to resolve.

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Local
4:44 am
Fri November 7, 2014

HarborCenter celebrates its grand opening

HarborCenter president John Koelmel addresses the gathering as the Pegula family looks on.
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Kim and Terry Pegula, the owners of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, welcomed thousands Thursday night to the official opening of the HarborCenter.

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Local
5:18 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Legislature rejects pay raises for top elected officials

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Proposals from Erie County's Salary Review Commission for substantial pay raises for four of the county's top elected officials crashed and burned unanimously on the floor of the Legislature Thursday afternoon.

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Local
4:59 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Authorities break up gun scheme

Officials display some of the guns confiscated in the case against Juan Lopez.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Law enforcement officials say they've broken up an illegal gun-dealing scheme. In some cases, people with drug problems were recruited to buy guns so they could be sold on Buffalo streets.

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Focus on Education
4:48 am
Thu November 6, 2014

School board members clash in chaotic session

The Buffalo School Board met Wednesday at Waterfront School.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Even by the often-chaotic standards of Buffalo school board meetings, last night's was unusually hectic.

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HarborCenter
9:33 am
Mon November 3, 2014

First hockey games at HarborCenter draw rave reviews

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

For local hockey fans and parents, the opening weekend of HarborCenter was a big success.

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Hawkins rallies Green Party with BTF
5:32 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Hawkins rallies for Green Party with support of Buffalo Teachers Federation

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor, rallies for support at the Buffalo Teachers Federation.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

It is three gubernatorial candidates in three days, with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins rallying a small group of supporters on Sunday at the Buffalo Teachers Federation headquarters.

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Politics
12:25 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Astorino encourages WNY'ers to get out to vote

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino
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With the election only days away, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and lieutenant governor candidate Chris Moss headlined a GOP get-out-the-vote rally this morning in the Main-Transit Fire Hall.

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You & The Law
5:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

You & The Law: Protecting your assets from nursing home costs

Many people worry about the cost of nursing home care through Medicaid costing them their house. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Richard Rosso talks about planning ahead to preserve your assets.

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Local
7:54 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Tonawanda company named $1 million winner of 43North competition

Glenn Thomas was named the winner of the 43North business competition.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

After reviewing 7,000 applicants from around the world, the 43North business competition found its winner in the Town of Tonawanda.The announcement was made Thursday night at Shea's.

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Local
6:45 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Changes taking off at Jamestown Airport

There's a new airline flying out of Jamestown offering connections to Pittsburgh.

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Focus on Education
6:31 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Expanded vocational programs coming to Buffalo schools

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When eighth graders in Buffalo go to pick their high schools next year, their choices will be different from what they were this year.

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Local
5:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Local officials sorting through Ebola guidelines

Dr. Gale Burstein is Erie County's Health Commissioner.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

State and federal officials disagree on the guidelines for those who may have been exposed to Ebola. The disagreement is not preventing local officials from being prepared.

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Local
5:15 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Medaille president leaving post

Citing unspecified health reasons, Medaille College President Richard Jurasek says he's retiring at the end of the academic year.

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Cultural
9:45 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Members weigh in on Albright-Knox expansion

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For Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Janne Siren, it's time for a listening tour as the cultural center looks to an expanded future.

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Local
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Access concerns raised over Michigan Avenue plan

Common Council members are expected to vote on a plan that would grant control of a portion of Michigan Avenue to General Mills. The issue has raised concerns over public access to the City Ship Canal.

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Local
5:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Support shown at rally against domestic violence

Mayor Byron Brown was among the many officials on hand for Monday's rally against domestic violence.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Many recent stories have placed the spotlight on the dangerous realities of domestic violence. Advocates on Monday paid honor to victims during a rally on the steps of Buffalo City Hall.

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Local
9:53 am
Mon October 27, 2014

General Mills seeking control of part of Michigan Avenue

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General Mills and the City of Buffalo are considering a deal to limit access to a section of Michigan Avenue which is heavily used by grain trains and trucks going into the plant.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Higgins weighs new realities of border security

With the emergence of lone wolf terrorists and the arrival of Ebola from West Africa, protecting America's borders is getting more difficult, so says Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins.

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Legal
5:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

You & The Law: Rating judicial candidates

Every year, members of the Erie County Bar Association rate candidates for high judicial office and release those ratings. On this week's edition of You & The Law, Bar Association President Laurie Styka Bloom talks about the process.

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