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Focus on Education
7:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

School board approves teacher layoffs

The Buffalo School Board approved a plan for teacher layoffs by a vote of 6-to-2.
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The Buffalo Board of Education voted Wednesday night to lay off 63 teachers.

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Local
9:03 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Democratic primary foes debate city issues

Tensions were evident during the debate between State Senator Tim Kennedy and Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Democrats are fighting over State Legislature seats in Buffalo. The candidates debated Tuesday night in the Burchfield Penney Art Center during an event sponsored by the Buffalo Association of Black Journalists.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

State Republican hopefuls meet with local Conservatives

Republican candidate for Comptroller Robert Antonacci made a campaign stop in Buffalo Tuesday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and State Comptroller candidate Robert Antonacci were at the Erie County Conservative Party summer picnic yesterday, looking to ignite enthusiasm among local political activists.

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Local
8:45 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Landmark Ulrich's Tavern re-opens

The Hauptman-Woodword Medical Institute is visible in the background as partiers stand outside Ulrich's Tavern at their re-opening celebration.

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

A Buffalo landmark re-opened yesterday with a street party and a lot of beer. It may not have been the beer Ulrich's Tavern sold when it opened 146 years ago, but much of it was local, fitting for a neighborhood that was once known for its breweries.

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Local
7:16 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Public weighs in on proposed Elmwood Avenue project

Renderings of a four story retail and residential building proposed by Ellicott Development for the corner of Elmwood and Delavan.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

Over recent years, there have been a series of fights about development along Elmwood Avenue in the Elmwood Village. Some of the standard issues surfaced again last night as details of a major project at Elmwood and Delavan were explained at a public meeting at the Buffalo History Museum sponsored by the Elmwood Village Association.

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Local
9:56 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Developer seeks brownfield credit to renovate former Buffalo gas station

The gas station at Delaware and Delavan that Ellicott Development plans to operate under its own brand.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

Ellicott Development may be involved in a major project around the Fort Erie Race Track, but it's still adding much smaller projects to its portfolio.

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Local
9:24 am
Mon August 18, 2014

New transportation options coming for Niagara Falls visitors

Restored North Shore Trail that connects the Pedestrian Bridge to Luna Island.
Credit Photo from Niagara Falls State Park Facebook

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

You can once again walk a historic trail in Niagara Falls State Park and soon, there may be more bikes and biking trails to go with the Green Trolley system serving tourists.

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Developing
9:34 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Layoffs issued to dozens of Buffalo teachers

BTF Pesident Phil Rumore is blasting the timing of the teacher layoffs in the Buffalo School District.
Credit WBFO File Photo

With the opening of school only weeks away, at least 63 Buffalo teachers have received layoff notices.

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Buffalo Bills Future
9:14 am
Fri August 15, 2014

UB professor confident in Bills' future in WNY

An expert in sports law believes the new owner of the Buffalo Bills, whoever that might be, won't be leaving the area anytime soon.

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Local
3:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Small plane loses power, crash-lands in airport parking lot

Small plane crash-lands at BNIA.
Courtesy: Rachel Kingston WIVB

A small plane lost power and crash-landed in a mostly empty parking lot at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Thursday afternoon. No one was injured.

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Local
7:43 am
Thu August 14, 2014

New study examines the dangers of algae blooms

The Canadian group Environmental Defence joined Freshwater Future in a study on the water quality of the Great Lakes.

A report from two Canadian groups offers a harsh assessment of the future water quality of the Great Lakes. The findings indicate that major work is needed to stop the proliferation of toxic algae blooms.

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Local
9:28 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Paladino leads purchase of Fort Erie Race Track land

The schedule at Fort Erie Race Track has declined in recent years.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Local developer Carl Paladino says Fort Erie Race Track will stay open as a tourist attraction. He has a say now that he and his partners are buying the entire 338 acres of land from an Israeli firm.

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Local
9:25 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Library system reaching out to immigrant population

Credit WBFO File Photo

Multi-language pamphlets are among the tools the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library is using as it tries reach the area's new immigrants.

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Local
8:55 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Study examines effects of water chemicals on sleep troubles

Dr. Raj Rajnarayanan is studying the connection between certain chemicals and sleep troubles.
Credit Photo courtesy of UB

If you are having trouble sleeping, it might not be varying hours, eating at different times or drinking late. It might be the water you drink.

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Local
7:38 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Wallenda walks the wire at Erie County Fair

Nik Wallenda talked with reporters about his Sunday night stroll high above the Erie County Fair.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Outlined against the setting sun, Nik Wallenda walked the high wire Sunday night at the Erie County Fair while thousands watched

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Local
6:53 am
Mon August 11, 2014

New law addresses fire sprinklers

State Senator Cathy Young sponsored new legislation focused on fire safety.

Albany is taking a hard look at sprinklers, long regarded as a basic fire fighting tool in offices and factories and increasingly present in homes.

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Local
8:55 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Designers discuss ECC science facility

The architects and the engineers are meeting this morning to find out about the planned new science building at ECC North.

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Buffalo Waterfront
9:10 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Outer Harbor plans draw wide interest

Those attending Wednesday's meeting at WNED voted on their favorite Outer Harbor proposal.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Planners are closer to a final design for Buffalo's Outer Harbor. A Wednesday night meeting at the WNED studios gave the public a glimpse of what to expect.

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Local
9:02 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Arrest made in North Tonawanda arsons

Police used this photo to gather tips on the man suspected of setting several Tuesday morning fires.
Credit Photo provided by North Tonawanda Fire Department

Police say public tips after seeing a grainy surveillance photo from a fire scene led to the arrest of a 26-year-old City of Tonawanda man. Authorities say the man has admitted to starting eight fires late Monday night and early Tuesday.

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Local
8:32 am
Wed August 6, 2014

City groups celebrate National Night Out

Buffalo firefighters interacted with kids during National Night Out at Cazenovia Library
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The day started out a little wet but the weather didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of city participants in National Night Out.

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Local
8:57 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Leaders keeping watch on Lake Erie water

For years, environmentalists have warned of the damaging effects of agricultural runoff and sewage overflows into the Great Lakes. The intensity of that warning has increased following last weekend's water crisis near Toledo.

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Art/Theater
7:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Stratford actor Jonathan Goad tackles two Shakespeare classics

Jonathan Goad stars in two Shakespeare plays at Stratford this year.
Credit stratfordfestival.ca

For the Stratford Festival this season, actor Jonathan Goad is starring as the Earl of Kent in King Lear and Titania/Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Local
6:30 am
Tue August 5, 2014

State program provides bulletproof vests to local police

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Hundreds of police officers in Western New York are to get new body armor under a new state program.

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Environment
3:40 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Erie County testing lake water for toxic algae

Credit File photo

Erie County is conducting special water sampling in Lake Erie along the shoreline to look for the toxic algae that shut down the water in Toledo, Ohio over the weekend.

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Local
9:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Supporters tout benefits of mandatory kindergarten

The new mandatory kindergarten classes in Buffalo are expected to help two academically struggling groups of city students: the poor and those who have English as a second language.

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Local
8:44 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Improvements planned for Statler exterior

Protective scaffolding has been a fixture at the Statler for many years.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

That safety scaffolding might be gone from Delaware Avenue side of Statler City soon, with money finally coming through for some repairs on the building facade.

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Local
7:55 am
Thu July 31, 2014

New stats place focus on city crime spots

A large crowd gathered to hear the results of study of crime data from UB's Regional Institute.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood is fighting back against crime.

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Local
7:35 am
Thu July 31, 2014

D'Youville gets ready for new athletic complex

D'Youville College is spending $5 million on its new fields and facilities.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Construction workers are racing to get D'Youville College's new athletics field and locker room ready for the start of the fall sports seasons.

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Local
7:46 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New schools superintendent answers parent questions

Interim school superintendent Donald Ogilvie answered questions with a panel of school board members.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo's interim schools superintendent Donald Ogilvie had a chance to meet the public and listen to questions about the system and his plans Tuesday night.

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Business
3:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Planning board approves conversion of Curtiss Building into luxury hotel

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A long-vacant landmark building in downtown Buffalo will soon be converted into a luxury hotel.

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