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9:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Should inmates pay healthcare co-pays?

County legislators discuss ways of reducing the health care costs of inmates at the county's jails.
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There is a push in Erie County government to have inmates pay part of their medical costs while behind bars.

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Local
4:47 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Williamsville forum reviews village's historic structures

Leslie Zemsky of Larkinville shares some thoughts on preservation at a public forum in Williamsville Thursday night.
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Williamsville and Larkinville got together last night to talk about building on the past for the future. The public meeting at Williamsville South High School focused on how a community's history can be a spark for a better economic future.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Thu January 29, 2015

School board delays decision on failing schools

A large crowd gathered at Performing Arts school for Wednesday night's school board meeting.
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The Buffalo School Board postponed a decision Wednesday night on the future of four city schools Albany has ordered closed. The issue brought a huge crowd to the school board meeting that was held at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts School. 

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ryan says Silver's fall will lead to more democracy in the Assembly

NYS Assembly Member Sean Ryan
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Dumping Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a result of public corruption charges could open the way for more democracy in the Legislature, according to Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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Local
4:51 am
Wed January 28, 2015

More work needed at Ralph Wilson Stadium

New entries to Ralph Wilson Stadium were part of the $130 million renovation.
Credit WBFO file photo

Ralph Wilson Stadium has been updated in the $130 million rehab and reconstruction program. That doesn't mean it doesn't need even more work. 

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Focus on Education
6:40 am
Tue January 27, 2015

City school board hears proposals from charter schools

A small audience gathered for Monday's public hearing on three charter school proposals.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Three charter schools shared their plans Monday night over how they would use current public school buildings.  The public hearing at West Hertel Elementary School sets the stage for a key decision at Wednesday's meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education.

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Local
4:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

County decision approaching on e-cigarette regulation

Vendors of electronic cigarettes voiced their concerns at Monday's hearing in Legislature Chambers.
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As early as Thursday, Erie County legislators can decide if they want to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes.

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Local
4:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Silver steps back as legal troubles mount

Sheldon Silver will hand over many of his duties to other members of the Assembly.
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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is backing away from power as he deals with public corruption charges facing him in federal court. Silver is appointing five Assembly members to share in his duties.

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Local
4:42 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Business owners welcome new Main Street traffic

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Main Street in Buffalo was reopened for cars on Friday after $8 million and decades of pedestrian mall status.

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Focus on Education
9:16 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Proposals made for Bennett and East high schools

The front of East High School in Buffalo.
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With the Buffalo School Board less than a week away from deciding the future of four city schools, two of them were making that final pitch for support Thursday night.


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Cultural
9:09 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Road Less Traveled Theater opens new show; Venue change possible

The Road Less Traveled Theater opens another show in its season Friday night, unsure how long it will be in its longtime home in the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center.


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Local
6:41 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Buffalo's waterfront attracts more upscale housing

Ciminelli Development in Waterfront Village

The coming of spring is likely to bring more new housing to Buffalo's Waterfront, with a continuing demand to live on waterways.


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Local
7:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

State lawmakers weigh in on Governor Cuomo's budget plans

Governor Cuomo outlines his New York State of Opportunity, 2015
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State legislators are wading through the vast array of proposals thrown at them yesterday when Governor Cuomo did both his state budget and State of the State messages at the same time in a 90-minute long address.


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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Wilmers blasts city school board

Robert Wilmers delivering "State of Public Education in Buffalo."
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Buffalo banker Robert Wilmers read the riot act to the Buffalo School Board Wednesday night, saying it is failing and not much appears to be going on to turn it around.  Wilmers' comments came during an address at Canisius College's Montante Center on the State of Public Education in Buffalo.


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Local
9:54 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Renaming of Squaw Island appears likely

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It a near certainty that Buffalo's Squaw Island will soon have a new name, but it's not certain what the name will be or when the change will come.

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Local
8:38 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Medina voters choose not to dissolve village

Medina will remain a village after voters rejected dissolution Tuesday.
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Medina will survive, as village voters decided Tuesday not to dissolve the nearly two-century old community into two towns.

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Cultural
10:02 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Remembering Buffalo's Michigan Avenue YMCA

A display on the Michigan Avenue YMCA was set up Monday at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Today, 585 Michigan Avenue is a rarely-used vacant lot, but the location holds a key place in the history of the Buffalo African-American community.

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Focus on Education
9:57 am
Tue January 20, 2015

City rolling out online student management system

Buffalo Public School students.
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Buffalo teachers will soon be able to find out everything about their students as school records and Say Yes to Education records are combined in a new computerized Student Management System.

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Local
10:38 am
Mon January 19, 2015

MLK's legacy extolled at Kleinhans celebration

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

For a large crowd in Kleinhans Music Hall Sunday night, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. remains strong and needs to be passed on to the new generation.

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You & The Law
5:50 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

You & The Law: Insurance policies

It's the time of year for many to receive their insurance policies for 2015. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Elizabeth Kraengel talks about the importance of reading your policy to see what is covered and what is not.

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Science/Technology
10:08 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Tablet maker Bak USA opens Buffalo operation

Bak USA workers assemble tablets in the company's new Buffalo facility
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The windows on the fifth floor of the building on Michigan Avenue used to look out on the parking lot of Sheehan Hospital. Now, the windows are in a clean room of a tablet PC manufacturing firm, perhaps the only one in the U.S.

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Local
4:42 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Higgins says region's momentum stems from 'internal growth'

Rep. Brian Higgins says the success of Canalside reflects how recent growth has come from local initiatives.
Credit File photo

Rep. Brian Higgins believes the region's psychology is changing as residents see the emergence of new buildings and an active waterfront. The congressman delivered that message at a talk at Medaille College Thursday night.

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Cultural
9:42 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Kleinhans 'right-sizing' with installation of new seats

Chairman Christopher Brown shows off the new seats that will soon be installed at Kleinhans Music Hall.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

For 75 years, music lovers for all kind of performers have packed the seats in Kleinhans Music Hall, with the current chairs there for 46 years. The hall will soon have new seats but there will be fewer of them.

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Focus on Education
5:30 am
Thu January 15, 2015

State audit criticizes Buffalo school board president

Wednesday's school board meeting at Waterfront School turned into another contentious affair.
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A long and contentious meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education Wednesday night turned loud in criticism of  school board President Jim Sampson.

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Crime
5:05 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Former school administrator, son, probed in theft of anti-poverty funds

The son of a disgraced former top administrator in Buffalo schools has been charged with stealing money intended to help the education of low-income people.

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Cultural
4:59 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Orchestra's finances striking right chord

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is reporting a balanced budget for the last fiscal year, reflecting record season ticket sales and subscription revenues for the third consecutive year. Ticket sales were up 17 percent.

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Local
4:48 am
Tue January 13, 2015

City Council considers daytime curfew

Council members have raised several issues relating to daytime curfews.
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University District Common Council member Rasheed Wyatt told a Buffalo Common Council committee he still wants a daytime curfew for young people in the city when they should be in school. During a public hearing Monday Wyatt said details still need to be worked out.

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Sports
5:10 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Amherst native playing key role for U.S. women's hockey team

An Amherst native, Ben Kogut (left) is helping to prepare the U.S. team for tonight's Women's U-18 World Hockey Championship.
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Tonight, the U.S. meets Canada at HarborCenter for the gold medal in Women's Under-18 World Hockey Championship. One person behind the USA bench holds a local connection.

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Local
5:08 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Erie County adapts to growing local food movement

County Legislator John Mills believes local farms have earned a solid reputation among area grocers.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Farming continues to be a significant industry in Erie County, although it's changing to reflect the rise of home-grown beers and a consumer push for more locally-grown food.

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Local
10:42 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Center for Inquiry responds to freedom of speech & press

Credit Photo from Twitter feed.

The head of the Amherst-based Center for Inquiry is expressing hope the mass murder in Paris doesn't scare people into giving up fundamental freedoms like speech and press.

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