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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Officials discuss merits of daytime curfew

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Some believe a daytime city curfew for students 17 and under would improve Buffalo Public School attendance and reduce youth crime. The concept was discussed at a Monday meeting.

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Focus on Education
4:52 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Questions raised in review of school construction costs

Since joining the Buffalo School Board, Carl Paladino has been reviewing the money spent on school reconstruction.
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Buffalo's Joint Schools Construction Board is involved in an escalating fight over how much profit LP Ciminelli made in managing the 11-year old project. Nearly $1.5 billion was spent in updating Buffalo schools.

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Local
5:01 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Demand continues for city apartments

This building on Niagara Street could be transformed into an apartment complex.
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The push for new apartments in downtown Buffalo appears to be moving farther and farther out from the Central Business District.

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Focus on Education
10:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Anti-Cuomo rally draws hundreds

The 1,000-seat auditorium at West Seneca West couldn't hold all who attended Thursday's rally.
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Thursday night's rally against Governor Cuomo's education policies drew a massive crowd to West Seneca West High School.

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Local
9:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Commission linking Underground Railway heritage to Canalside

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While the historic Michigan Street corridor in Buffalo is a few blocks from the city's Waterfront, they have been tied together for centuries and will be tied together moving forward.

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Local
4:47 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Legislature approves restrictions on e-cigarettes

All but one member of the Erie County Legislature voted to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
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County legislators voted Thursday to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Thu February 26, 2015

School board members clash again

Wednesday's school board meeting proved to be another contentious affair.
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The Buffalo School Board twists and turns continue, with the general counsel suing School Board Member Carl Paladino. In turn, Paladino is threatening to go after her license to practice law.

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Local
5:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

City officials review status of Buffalo street lights

City Comptroller Mark Schroeder is tracking the costs of city street lights.
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There's some light being shed on how many Buffalo street lights are out and what National Grid will do about it.

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Local
4:52 am
Wed February 25, 2015

City leaders hear call for public campaign financing

There's a continuing push for public financing of campaigns, arguing it removes the influence of big money and allows challengers who would have trouble raising money to run. That push made its way to Council Chambers in Buffalo's City Hall Tuesday.

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Local
4:44 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Questions linger over housing enforcement issues

Crumbling structures in Buffalo continue to plague city leaders.
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There was a lot of finger pointing in City Hall yesterday about the slum housing problem; most fingers were pointed toward the courts.

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Local
4:52 am
Tue February 24, 2015

County Clerk highlights changes to real estate closings

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Those who have purchased a home are familiar with the lengthy, paperwork-filled closing process. The Erie County Clerk says he's working to change that.

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Local
5:12 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Costs piling up from November snow

The November snows pushed Western New Yorkers to the maximum.
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The bills for the November storm still aren't all in, but Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says he has some questions.

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Local
5:08 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Firm focuses on advanced manufacturing

With a manufacturing renaissance underway in the U.S., a new local agency wants to make sure the high-tech behind much of it benefits industry in Western New York.

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Local
4:59 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Hundreds compete in pond hockey tournament

The annual Labatt Blue Pond Hockey tournament enjoyed a successful weekend at RiverWorks.
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While the Sabres and Predators battled a short distance away inside First Niagara Center, dozens of teams were battling outside on the RiverWorks rinks during the Labatt Buffalo Pond Hockey tournament.

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Legal
5:50 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

You & The Law: Teenage jobs

That first teenage job can seem like a great thing -- the money, the freedom and new people to hang out with. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Lindy Korn says there can also be some serious problems.

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Local
9:22 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Debate over e-cigarette ban expands

Smoking E-cigarettes in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

The fight over banning the public use of electronic cigarettes began as a struggle to compare them to tobacco smoking. As WBFO's Mike Desmond reports, the more the issue drags out before the Erie County Legislature, the more the issues expand.


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Local
11:05 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Niagara Falls Mayor says city is now building a better future

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
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Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said his city has shifted from planning for a better future to building one.


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Local
6:07 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament ready to go despite extreme cold temperatures

The 8th annual Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament will take place at RiverWorks in Buffalo.
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

This weather is so bad ice for this weekend's Labatt Blue Pond Buffalo Hockey Tournament has to be warmed slightly to allow for hockey games.


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Local
9:07 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Peace Bridge work may be easing traffic problems

Peace Bridge from the I-190.
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The head of the Peace Bridge Authority says travelers on the span are already benefiting from major construction projects which are underway on the U.S. plaza.  

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Local
4:55 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Waterfront plan draws debate

Some neighbors say a proposed development on the last available residential parcel of land on Buffalo's Waterfront is maybe a little tall.

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Local
4:53 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Buffalo Harbor Museum sets new course

Inside Buffalo Harbor Museum.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Harbor Museum website

In an obscure corner of Downtown Buffalo, the area's museum of the Great Lakes wants to gain new attention. It's now changing the name from the Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society to the Buffalo Harbor Museum.

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Local
4:45 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Peoples-Stokes gaining more influence in changing Albany

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In Albany this weekend,  the annual Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus reception drew appearances from Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

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Local
8:24 am
Mon February 16, 2015

City crews moving snow off side streets

A high lift worked to remove snow piles along LeRoy Avenue in Buffalo on Sundat.
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With heavy snowfall easing off, city crews are out there plowing streets back to the curbs and hauling snow away because there is no place to put much more along the pavement.

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Local
4:53 am
Fri February 13, 2015

New master plan unveiled

Graphs and maps offered a look at how poor planning has impacted the region in recent decades.
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There's a new master plan for Erie and Niagara Counties. "One Region Forward" looks to provide ordinary citizens the tools to balance proposals from planners and developers.

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Local
5:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

'Technical error' causes Legislature to delay action on e-cigarettes

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An issue described as a technical error meant the Erie County Legislature could not vote Thursday on electronic cigarette regulations and has to go back through the entire process.

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Local
5:05 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Trayvon Martin's father says many black teens are 'lost'

Tracy Martin addressed a large crowd Wednesday at Fredonia State College.
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Trayvon Martin's father says he was a good kid who collided with a bad law in a society which doesn't give young black males equal opportunity. Tracy Martin shared his message with a packed house Wednesday night at Fredonia State College.

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Local
4:56 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Area roads suffering in extreme weather

With pot holes popping up on area roads, local drivers are feeling the effects of the long winter. Erie County is already starting to prepare for the work ahead.

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Local
4:48 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Lawsuit filed against Niagara County District Attorney

Michael Violante is Niagara County District Attorney

A Niagara County assistant District Attorney has sued District Attorney Michael Violante, alleging sexual harassment.

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Local
5:15 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Operator chosen for waterfront park

The Buffalo Outer Harbor features little activity during the winter months.
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Another piece of the new Buffalo Harbor State Park fell into place Monday, with the hiring of a Tennessee firm to run the small boat harbor.

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Health
4:45 am
Tue February 10, 2015

DEC proposes new air quality laws

A small crowd turned out for a public meeting Monday night at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center.
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The State Environmental Conservation Department is making apparent major changes in its rules for air emissions. The matter was discussed Monday night at a public meeting in the Town of Tonawanda's Sheridan Parkside Community Center.

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