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You and the Law
8:39 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

You and the Law: Escaping NYS estate taxes

If you don't want to pay estate taxes in New York, you probably have to stop being a New Yorker.  On this week's edition of You and the Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Leah Adamucci about giving up your New York residency for legal purposes.

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Focus on Education
9:39 am
Fri April 18, 2014

School Board candidates debate education issues

Ten of 15 school board candidates took part in Thursday's debate.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With the fight over three at-large seats on the Buffalo school board heating up and the election three weeks away, ten of the candidates turned up last night before a large crowd in First Shiloh Baptist Church on Thursday night.

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Cultural
9:30 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks reflects on stage success

Credit achievement.org

Writer Suzan-Lori Parks has become a player on the American cultural scene with novels, plays and musicals. Parks was recently in town for the Babel speakers series and spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

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Local
4:47 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Fewer homeowners receiving STAR tax breaks

For the first time in 15 years, Albany decided to review homeowners across the state who get STAR tax exemptions. Now, the state is handing out 150,000 fewer property tax breaks.

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Cultural
10:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Buffalo United Artists moving into Alleyway Theatre

BUA is moving into the Alleyway Theatre
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Buffalo United Artists is coming back to the Theater District, moving into the Alleyway Theatre.

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Local
8:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

City seeking protection against absentee property owners

Credit File photo

Buffalo is looking for a new weapon against some of the city's bad property owners and landlords. The Common Council is asking for a change in the tax lien law for city properties.

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Local
5:01 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gun rights supporters rally in Buffalo

Gun rights advocates rallied in Buffalo Tuesday.
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond

On a bitterly cold and snowy afternoon, gun rights supporters rallied Tuesday outside the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo to voice opposition to long gun registration rules which kicked in at midnight.

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Local
8:35 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Council approves new Canalside operator

Plans for Canalside continue to become reality.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The Common Council cleared the way yesterday for Global Spectrum to take over operations in Canalside.

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Environment
10:38 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Army Corps seeks to avoid spread of invasive hydrilla plant

Army Corps Project Manager Mike Greer discusses the effort to rid local waterways of the hydrilla plant.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

There is yet another invasive species starting to spread across area waterways and the Army Corps of Engineers has an herbicide ready as the plant blossoms in Tonawanda Creek.

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Focus on Education
9:44 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Massive school reconstruction project coming to an end

Buffalo's vast school rehab program is winding down, with the Joint Schools Construction Board slated to go out of business June 30.

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Focus on Education
9:26 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Building a mobile solar house on UB's South Campus

UBs GRoW House. This photo shows the Garden Box room.
Credit Photo from UB's Architecture and Planning School.

A mobile, solar house GRoW house is being constructed on the University at Buffalo's South Campus.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

High lake levels exist after heavy winter snows

Lake Erie ice and snow cover from winter 2013-14 in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Somewhere out under the thousands of square miles of ice on the Great Lakes is water, much of it visible on the Buffalo Waterfront as it eventually flows under the ice boom. It will be a little higher this year for boating season.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

You & The Law: Foreign bank accounts

Do you have a bank account outside the United States? On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney James Bandoblu talks about foreign accounts and foreign income.

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Local
9:31 am
Fri April 11, 2014

County leaders reject library district

Erie County Legislators rejected a resolution of support for a new library district.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and eight members of the Erie County Legislature agree on one issue: they don't want the library system turned into a separate taxing district.

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Local
8:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Hawkins brings Green campaign to Buffalo

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Saying he's the candidate of New York's political left, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins says his party will have a good year because there is discontent against Governor Cuomo.

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Focus on Education
11:15 am
Thu April 10, 2014

School Board seeks approval for mandatory kindergarten

School Board Member Carl Paladino exchanged insults with fellow Board Member Sharon Belton Cottman at Wednesday night's meeting.
Credit WBFO File Photo

There was some name-calling and a call for a basic change in city schools Wednesday night, as the Buffalo Board of Education held a meeting at the Makowski School.

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Local
8:55 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Plan looks to transform Scajaquada Expressway

A new concept would slow the travel speeds of the Scajaquada Expressway by adding a roundabout and more grade crossings.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

After seven years of study, the State Department of Transportation has developed a concept that would change the current Scajaquada Expressway into a boulevard.

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Local
8:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Labor Secretary calls for extension of unemployment benefits

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is a native of Buffalo.
Credit File photo

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is calling on the House of Representatives to vote this week on legislation that would extend benefits to the long-term unemployed.

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Local
4:49 am
Wed April 9, 2014

City officials have plans for federal dollars

Officials offered an overview of how federal money will be spent in Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo officials were in the Central Library Tuesday night explaining how millions of dollars in federal block grant money will be spent.

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Local
4:50 am
Tue April 8, 2014

More plans on the way for the Outer Harbor

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Another step in the transformation of the Outer Harbor takes place today. Development companies will be receiving requests for proposals, gauging their interest in planning the use for 150 acres of waterfront property.

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Cultural
10:09 am
Mon April 7, 2014

UB students dine as the Romans did

A cook prepares part of the Roman feast.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

University at Buffalo students attended a special event Sunday night, one that encouraged them to immerse themselves in the food, traditions and clothing of a legendary culture.

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Focus on Education
4:58 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Science Week begins in Buffalo schools

UB's Dr. Joseph Gardella is a SUNY Distinguished Professor.

The Buffalo Public School District's first Science Week kicks off  Monday at School 19, the Native American Magnet School, with students showing what they are learning in an innovative program.

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You and the Law
8:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

You and the Law: Starting your own company

There are always people who want to start their own businesses.  This was especially true in the wake of the Great Recession.  On this week's You and the Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Diane Tiverson about the legal issues of starting your own company.

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Local
3:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Large crowd attends hearing on the future of School 63

School 63 is showing signs of neglect and vandalism
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo's University Heights community is grappling with a problem familiar to most city residents: What to do with a vacant landmark school right in the middle of a residential area?

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Local
5:18 am
Fri April 4, 2014

MusicalFare Theatre unveils cabaret space tonight

The finishing touches are bring applied to MusicalFare Theatre's new cabaret space at Daemen College.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The area's cultural scene is expanding Friday evening, as MusicalFare Theatre opens its new cabaret space with "A Tribute to the Music of Louis Prima."

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Local
9:36 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Researchers examine museum mummy

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Using a C-T scan, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute had a chance Wednesday to examine a mummy from the Buffalo Museum of Science.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ken-Ton board votes to close three schools

A small crowd of community members gathered at Kenmore East High School Tuesday night to hear the school board's decision to close three schools.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Two years into a study about the Kenmore-Tonawanda Public school system, and the school board voted Tuesday night to close three schools. The closings are scheduled for the fall of 2016.

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Local
7:33 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

HarborCenter Tim Hortons honors late Sabre

A massive portrait of Tim Horton as a Buffalo Sabre will adorn the new HarborCenter restaurant.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There was a special resonance yesterday as the Sabres announced a new addition to the HarborCenter complex coming to the Waterfront.

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Focus on Education
10:09 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Protesters rally against Common Core tests

Parents, students and teachers protested against Common Core-based state testing outside Williamsville North High School.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Opponents of New York's standardized tests were picketing outside Williamsville North High School Monday, attacking a district policy that students who don't take the tests are required to "sit and stare."

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Local
5:01 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Tailgating fans honor Ralph Wilson

A special tailgate party paid honor to Ralph Wilson, the late owner of the Buffalo Bills.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The music rocked and the hotdogs grilled as hard-core Bills fans remembered team owner Ralph Wilson yesterday during a party within sight of the football stadium.

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