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Legal
6:00 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

You & The Law: Workers' compensation

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Workers injured on the job are eligible for workers' compensation benefits, from medical care to one-shot payments. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Henry Tilson talks about how complicated it can all be.

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Local
5:14 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Start Up NY drawing mixed reviews

The Start Up New York program received different reviews Thursday, at opposite ends of downtown Buffalo. Some Erie County legislators doubt the program's effectiveness while opinions were more favorable along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Local
4:30 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Legislature calls for legalization of Mixed Martial Arts

Erie county legislators want Mixed Martial Arts legalized in New York, the last state not to completely allow the matches.

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Focus on Education
4:58 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Buffalo schools dealing with budget shortfall

Barbara Smith, Chief Financial Officer for Buffalo schools, delivered budget news to the school board Wednesday night.
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Despite a budget approaching $1 billion, Buffalo schools are facing a deficit. Officials announced a $10 million shortfall at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

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Local
4:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Local federal judge nominees await confirmation

Denise O'Donnell, a former U.S. attorney, is awaiting her confirmation as a federal judge.
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In recent years, presidential nominations of federal judges have become tangled in the politics of Washington. Locally, there are two federal court nominations stalled in process, Lawrence Vilardo and Denise O'Donnell.

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Local
4:59 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood showing positive developments

It's getting safer and better to live in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood in the city's northeast corner. The latest crime reports were delivered to a public meeting Tuesday night in Westminster Community Charter.

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Local
4:53 am
Wed April 15, 2015

City officials consider mandatory sick time

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City Hall is starting to look at requiring some employers to provide sick days for workers.  Councilmember Michael LoCurto says many cities are now requiring some sick leave, mostly to keep sick people from showing up at work and infecting others.

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Focus on Education
4:42 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Elected officials calling for students to "opt out" of state tests

State legislators Michael Kearns, Ray Walter and Marc Panepinto shared their concerns about standardized tests during a Monday rally.
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State Senator Marc Panepinto returned to his roots in the Ken-Ton school district Monday to push for opting out of today's ELA tests.

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Sports
4:35 am
Tue April 14, 2015

New UB coach Oats hoping to make a name for himself

UB's new head basketball coach Nate Oats addressed the media Monday.
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UB's new men's basketball coach, Nate Oats, admits he's a no-name coach but he believes he's inheriting a strong program that is poised to be build upon one of the best seasons in school history.

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Sports
5:04 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Sabres fire head coach Ted Nolan

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray fired Head Coach Ted Nolan on Sunday.
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The day after the Sabres finished last in the National Hockey League for a second straight year, head coach Ted Nolan paid the price by being fired from the rebuilding hockey team.

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Local
4:57 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Erie County Democrats quick to embrace Clinton's candidacy

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To no one's surprise, Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president and Erie County Democrats are rushing to push her candidacy.

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Local
4:51 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Eden farmers recovering from winter's wrath

Sunday's weather allowed Eden farmers to continue the work of planting and re-building.
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Eden Valley farmers like the Zittels were hammered by the November 2014 storm, a storm which hit the agricultural heartland of Erie County so rapidly that several greenhouses were left in ruins. They still sit there as farmers focus on preparing this year's crops.

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Legal
6:00 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

You and the Law: Federal Court House Magna Carta Exhibit

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It was 800-years ago that King John signed the Magna Carta under pressure from nobles.

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Local
8:14 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Harsh winter amounts to more road and bridges projects in Erie County

Recent city crews filing potholes in Buffalo.
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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is out with a nearly $30 million road and bridge plan for the 2015 construction season, that's more than $8 million over what is included in the county budget.

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Local
5:02 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Support building for participatory budgeting

A vocal crowd was on hand Thursday night in Council chambers to discuss participatory budgeting.
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The Common Council chamber Thursday night was full supporters of participatory budgeting as they offered thoughts on how to give the public a voice in how the city spends its capital money.

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Local
4:55 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Advocates say Verizon not hearing calls for high-speed service

A small group of protesters gathered near Verizon headquarters in Buffalo.
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The push for FIOS is on again in Buffalo, with activists pushing the Public Service Commission to order Verizon to install the high-speed internet cabling in the city.

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Local
6:25 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Issues await legislators following passage of state budget

State legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are on vacation after the state budget was approved in the early hours of the new fiscal year, but that doesn't mean everything is settled.

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Local
8:41 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Sheriff's Department disputes NYCLU on cell phone tracking

Sheriff Tim Howard is contesting the NYCLU's accusations regarding the use of the department's Stingray device.
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According to documents obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Erie County Sheriff's Department used its high-tech Stingray device to track cell phones 47 times in the last four years.  However,  there is some dispute over what the documents say.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Educator outlines boarding school proposal

Tanika Shedrick discusses her proposed Buffalo Institute of Growth Charter High School.
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There is much interest in Buffalo having a charter boarding school and the idea drew a crowd Tuesday night to review the proposal at the Merriweather Library.

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Local
12:40 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Magna Carta exhibit brings history to life

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History buffs, rejoice. A traveling Magna Carta exhibit in the atrium of Buffalo's federal courthouse opens on Tuesday. 

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Local
5:03 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Housing violations lodged against owners of Towne Gardens

Town Gardens Housing complex in Buffalo.
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After years of effort, the long fight over conditions at the Towne Gardens housing complex in Buffalo is in court.

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Local
4:54 am
Tue April 7, 2015

State money could ease water problems in Niagara Falls

Sink water.
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The Niagara Falls Water Board would like some of the $200 million in the new state budget for grants to aging water systems across New York.

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Politics
5:56 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Jacobs decides not to run for county executive

Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs has opted against running for county executive.
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Another top Erie County Republican official has decided not to run against Democratic County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Cultural
4:59 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Buffalo celebrates Dyngus Day

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The Dyngus Day Parade may kick off today but the party kicked off Sunday night in the heartland of modern Polonia, Cheektowaga, where hundreds celebrated at the VFW Leonard Post on Walden Avenue. 

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Local
4:41 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Common Council going paperless

As legislation becomes digitized, Common Council members won't need to be sifting through piles of paper.
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Buffalo's Common Council is going electronic, replacing vast piles of paper.

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Legal
5:50 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

You & The Law: The impact of the Magna Carta

The Magna Carta will be in Buffalo starting next Tuesday.
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On Tuesday, a Magna Carta exhibit is coming to Buffalo for a two-week visit to the Robert H. Jackson Federal Courthouse. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Eric Bloom talks about how the 800-year-old document affects us today.

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Local
4:56 am
Fri April 3, 2015

County project looks to stop sewage runoff

Work is underway on another project to eliminate sewer line overflows going into area rivers and streams.  Erie County is in the early stages of a $17 million dollar project to end overflows into Rush Creek through Blasdell and the Town of Hamburg.

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Local
4:52 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Gillibrand seeks system to fund paid family leave

Sen. Gillibrand talked about paid family leave at Spot Coffee in downtown Buffalo on Thursday.
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Every worker in the country would be able to get paid medical or family leave under a proposal from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to establish an insurance system.

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Focus on Education
9:09 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Board divided over superintendent search

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The dispute between the two factions of the Buffalo Board of Education is heating up over whether to move up someone inside the school system to be superintendent or go through a long process in search of an outside candidate.

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Local
4:57 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Milder weather allowing for more road work

Many potholes all across the region.
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Commuters should begin seeing crews out there fixing potholes but the work will appear different because there will be steam coming off the patch. With area asphalt plants starting to open, permanent road repairs can begin.

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