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1:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Sheriff Howard working on gun issues

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When someone dies leaving behind guns or loses a pistol permit, there is very little done to put those guns into safer or legal hands.  Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard says he is actively working to get the weapons into the legally correct hands.

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Local
5:28 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Underground infrastructure creates problems on city streets

Buffalo Public Work crews
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Buffalo really doesn't like those shoddy road patches covering new underground work like telecommunications lines. The city has rules covering such problems and the Public Works Commissioner says they are enforced.

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Local
7:47 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Health Commissioner's unique experience helpful in Ebola preparedness training

The epicenter of the Ebola virus outbreak is in several West-African countries.
Credit Courtesy: Sierra Leone Cultural Alliance of Western New York, Inc./WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Health Commissioner Doctor Gale Burstein is watching Ebola with professional knowledge, both as a former epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and someone who spent part of her medical training working in a hospital in the African nation of Zambia.


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Environment
4:42 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Legislature blocks reopening of Amigone crematory

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Erie County legislators on Thursday blocked the reopening of a controversial crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.


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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Thu October 16, 2014

School Board begins search for permanent superintendent

Tim Kremer of the State School Boards Association, foreground, discussed the city's superintendent vacancy Wednesday night.
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With the Buffalo Public School system once again operating under an interim superintendent, the school board is starting the process of looking for a permanent boss.

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Local
9:45 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rebuilt Ferry Street Lift Bridge part of West Side rehab effort

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Work is starting on the rebuilding of the Ferry Street Lift Bridge, the latest project in a $36 million West Side construction effort.

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Local
5:32 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Forum focuses on East Side crime

Some of the area's top law enforcement officials joined in a panel discussion at Olmsted School.
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Late Tuesday afternoon, a man was gunned down on Erb Street on the East Side, little more than an hour before a panel discussion looked at crime on the East Side.

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Crime
3:57 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Man found guilty in killing of Kenmore bar owner

The home of the late Vincent Cottone on Landers Road in Kenmore.
Credit File photo

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia says Antonio Martin-Brown was guilty of murder in the brutal stabbing death last year of Kenmore bar owner Vincent Cottone.

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Local
5:26 am
Tue October 14, 2014

New food options reflect downtown growth

New eating options are popping up around the new headquarters of Catholic Health Services.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Catholic Health recently opened its new headquarters on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. But, its cafeteria can't hold what will be 700 building workers by August, prompting the emergence of new food offerings to meet that demand.

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Sports
5:24 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Fans celebrate the return of the Buffalo Sabres

Fans gathered Thursday for a Party in the Plaza outside First Niagara Center.
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Hockey fans gathered in Alumni Plaza outside of First Niagara Center Thursday night. The Party in the Plaza preceded the return of the Buffalo Sabres for another season in the NHL.

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Local
5:12 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Grant aids Southern Tier homeless effort

Albany is kicking in some money to provide better housing for some of Cattaraugus County's homeless.

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Focus on Education
10:59 am
Thu October 9, 2014

School Board moves towards more charter schools

The Buffalo School Board met at Performing Arts Wednesday night.
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The Buffalo Board of Education has potentially cleared the way for conversion of many city schools to charters.

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Local
7:15 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Most damaged county roads from last winter repaired

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With long-range weather forecasts starting to talk about winter weather, Erie County's commissioner of public works says the county's roads are in pretty good shape with most of last winter's damage repaired.

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Local
5:23 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Falls youth encouraged to 'snitch' on violent peers

Leaders pause for a moment before addressing youth violence during a meeting at New Hope Baptist Church in Niagara Falls.
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Niagara Falls is looking for new ways to deal with a sudden surge in violent crime. The subject was debated at length Tuesday night at New Hope Baptist Church.

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Local
5:03 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Planning Board reviewing proposed housing complex

Pilgrim Village, Buffalo, NY.
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The Buffalo Planning Board gets a look Tuesday morning at a major housing development to be located where a much smaller housing complex sits now.  A proposed development called Campus Square will be replacing much of Pilgrim Village.

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Local
4:46 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Grape growers feeling impact of last winter

21 Brix Winery is among the local grape growers who have been impacted by last winter.

For most, the bitter cold and snow of last winter provide bad memories. Area grape growers, however, are living with daily reminders of the effects of winter.

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Focus on Education
5:22 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Say Yes program provides lessons for college applicants

Say Yes wall at I-Prep in Buffalo.
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As Buffalo students enter the third year of the Say Yes to Education program, a UB researcher is learning about students and the college application process.

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Science/Technology
5:12 am
Mon October 6, 2014

UB research has a clear focus on drinking water

Jim Jensen is an Engineering Professor at the University at Buffalo.
Credit photo from the University at Buffalo

Across the world, there are problems with getting clean drinking water. At the University at Buffalo, a group of undergraduates is working with an engineering professor to provide clean water for a few pennies and no cost for fuel.

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Politics
4:59 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Green Party Lieutenant Governor candidate visits Buffalo

Brian Jones is the Green Party's candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Credit from Green Party website

New York's Green Party is pressing hard against Governor Cuomo from his political left as it seeks to hold its place on the election ballot."We have to return to a more progressive tax structure," said Brian Jones, the Green Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor.

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Focus on Education
5:24 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Push continues for more afterschool programs

Inside a hallway at International Prep.
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Around half of Buffalo's public schools are open after the regular school day and there's a push to open them all.

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Local
5:14 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Catholic Health opens new headquarters

It took just under two years and $48 million to turn an open field in the curl of the end ramp of the Kensington Expressway into the new headquarters for Catholic Health System.

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Local
9:18 am
Thu October 2, 2014

'Save Our Sons' meeting focuses on youth violence

Frank E. Merriweather Library "Save Our Sons" meeting
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The theme for the evening was "Save Our Sons." The event attracted a crowd looking for ways to deal with murders of young black men in Buffalo.

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Focus on Education
5:27 am
Thu October 2, 2014

School 82 incident prompts policy change proposal

Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie discussed the School 82 incident at a Wednesday night committee meeting.
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When a five-year-old special education student at School 82 put on his coat and backpack and left school, no one noticed until he was found wandering by a police officer. Officials are moving to prevent such situations from occurring again.

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Local
8:47 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Texas governor Rick Perry campaigns for Astorino in Buffalo

Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke on behalf of his fellow Republican, New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With the gubernatorial election little more than a month away, Republican Rob Astorino continues on the campaign trail. His Tuesday night fundraiser at Buffalo's Ellicott Square Building featured Texas Governor and probable presidential candidate Rick Perry.

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Crime
8:15 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Chautauqua County designated a high-intensity drug trafficking area

Chautauqua County has been given the designation as a high-intensity drug trafficking area, a label that could actually be helpful in the fight against drugs.

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Local
8:00 am
Mon September 29, 2014

NTSB says initial plane crash investigation could wrap up quickly

Rescue vehicles from the Townline Fire Department at scene of Lancaster plane crash.
Credit Mark Scott / WBFO

Two planes collided in mid-air Saturday morning. Two passengers who were on one of the planes are dead. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board say there are a lot of other things that are still unknown and might not be known for more than a year.

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Mid-Air Plane Collision
6:00 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Lancaster superintendent says crash victim was well liked

James Metz

Lancaster school students are grieving the death of one of their own in a Saturday morning plane crash.

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Local
8:27 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Legislators try to bring an end to Tonawanda crematory

The Government Affairs Committee discussed the crematory issue on Thursday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

An Erie County Legislature committee delayed action yesterday on barring a Town of Tonawanda funeral home incinerator from ever starting up again.

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Local
9:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Modern warfare expert analyzes battle against ISIS

Peter Singer of the Brookings Institution has ties to the Obama Administration.
Credit photo from Brookings Institution

An expert on modern wars says the situation in the Middle East is so tangled because there are so many players and so many interests. Peter Singer of the Brookings Institution spoke Wednesday at Canisius College.

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Focus on Education
9:44 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Principal placed on leave after student wanders from building

Hector Ortiz, parent is joined by Sam Radford outside PS 82 Monday.
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A Buffalo school principal under fire for suspending a 5-year old who walked out of school has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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