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Local
7:55 am
Thu July 31, 2014

New stats place focus on city crime spots

A large crowd gathered to hear the results of study of crime data from UB's Regional Institute.
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Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood is fighting back against crime.

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Local
7:35 am
Thu July 31, 2014

D'Youville gets ready for new athletic complex

D'Youville College is spending $5 million on its new fields and facilities.
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Construction workers are racing to get D'Youville College's new athletics field and locker room ready for the start of the fall sports seasons.

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Local
7:46 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New schools superintendent answers parent questions

Interim school superintendent Donald Ogilvie answered questions with a panel of school board members.
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Buffalo's interim schools superintendent Donald Ogilvie had a chance to meet the public and listen to questions about the system and his plans Tuesday night.

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Business
3:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Planning board approves conversion of Curtiss Building into luxury hotel

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A long-vacant landmark building in downtown Buffalo will soon be converted into a luxury hotel.

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Local
9:14 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Buffalo developing new plan for bikes

The last time City Hall put together a master plan for cycling in Buffalo was in 1998. A kickoff meeting to develop a new plan is set for tonight at 6 at 640 Ellicott Street.

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Local
8:35 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Astorino blasts Cuomo over ethics investigation

Governor Cuomo's handling of his Moreland Act commission is providing ammunition for his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino.

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Local
8:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Canalside hosts "The Story of Buffalo"

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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports

Two centuries ago, Buffalo began to develop around the Commercial Slip and the mouth of the Buffalo River. That origin is being explored in a play being staged in the same area at Canalside.

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Local
7:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Crews continue cleanup of Commercial Slip debris

Debris often accumulates at the Commercial Slip at Canalside.
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Visitors to the Commercial Slip at Canalside can look into the slip and see floating logs and branches and boards and timbers floating. It's part of a constant battle between maintenance crews and Mother Nature.

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Local
7:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Crowds flock to annual Garden Walk

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The colors exploded far beyond just plain green over the weekend, as crowds filled the West Side for the 20th annual Garden Walk Buffalo.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

You & The Law: Problem-solving courts

Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden talks about problem-solving courts on this week's You & The Law.
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On this week's edition of You & The Law, Buffalo City Court Hon. Judge E. Jeannette Ogden talks about the many problem-solving courts that now exist in the local legal system.

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Focus on Education
8:44 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Pinnacle parents protest Harvey Austin merger

Parents and advocates discussed the merger of School 115 and Harvey Austin School Thursday night.
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A small group of parents and supporters turned out last night, trying to mobilize against the school board closing School 115, what was once Pinnacle Charter School.

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Local
8:32 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New agriculture complex coming to Erie County Fair

Credit Erie County Fair

With less than two weeks before the start of the Erie County Fair, construction workers yesterday were swarming across the new Agriculture Discovery Center.

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Focus on Education
9:39 am
Thu July 24, 2014

BTF leader says kindergarten 'absolutely critical'

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There may be hundreds more kindergartners in Buffalo Public Schools when classes start in six weeks. Kindergarten is now mandatory for 5-year-olds in city schools.

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Local
8:55 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Former cop gets 18 months for selling pot

A former probationary Buffalo police officer is going behind bars for growing and selling marijuana.  James Hamilton Senior will do 18 months in a federal prison.

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Local
10:01 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Urban planning study examines area's future options

Looking over future years to 2040 or 2050, what will this region look like? That depends, according to a study being conducted under the name One Region Forward.

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Local
8:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Hochul takes campaign to Tonawanda

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Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul was out meeting with Town of Tonawanda Democratic politicians Tuesday.

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Stratford Festival
8:43 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Actor Mike Shara discusses Stratford Festival roles

At the Stratford Festival this season, veteran actor Mike Shara is keeping busy, performing in three of the big shows.

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Focus on Education
8:23 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Charter school prepares for move to Holy Angels site

The Charter School for Applied Technologies makes the move this fall into the former Holy Angels Academy.
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The Charter School for Applied Technologies is working through the many preparations needed before classes start at the former site of Holy Angels Academy.

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Crime
3:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cartagena found guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter

Candance Cartagena was found guilty of murdering her daughter Monday in Erie County Court.
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A judge has found Candace Cartagena guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter Bianca in their East Amherst home in 2010.

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Local
7:45 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Niagara-on-the-Lake parking meters go high-tech

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Officials in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario say it's not a case of "Big Brother" that you have to register your car license number to use municipal parking spaces.

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Legal
1:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

You & The Law: Pregnant working women

On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Lindy Korn talks about legal issues and protections relating to pregnant women in the workplace.

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Local
7:43 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Arctic Edge construction progressing at The Buffalo Zoo

The Arctic Edge exhibit includes a new home for the polar bears at the Buffalo Zoo.
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The Buffalo Zoo's Siberian tigers and polar bears will have to keep sharing their swimming pool for another year until a massive construction project is complete.

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Focus on Education
7:25 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Ken-Ton prepares for reorganization

Retiring Ken-Ton superintendent Mark Mondanaro has been busy planning for the district's reorganization.
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The Ken-Ton school district is working through the details as it plans for next year's major reorganization.

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Local
8:57 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Former police officer awaits drug sentence

Defense attorney Tom Eoannou is representing James Hamilton in federal court.
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Sentencing of  James Hamilton, the Buffalo police officer fired for marijuana dealing, was delayed as a federal judge considers the case.

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Local
8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Author Mike Maccalupo returns with Buffalo murder mystery

Author Mike Maccalupo draws on some life experiences in his most recent work, "The Allentown Murders." In conversation with WBFO's Mike Desmond, Maccalupo explains that the Allentown recalled in the the murder mystery differs from than the neighborhood's current image.

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Local
8:57 am
Wed July 16, 2014

High-tech job training expands locally

With the increasingly high-tech economy developing around here, job training is preparing people for those jobs.

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Local
8:26 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Field narrowed in Buffalo business contest

Howard Zemsky is the co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.
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The state-sponsored contest 43North has reduced its field of contestants from 7,000 to 113 semifinalists. The businesses are looking to win a top prize of $1 million.

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Local
9:31 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Strike force seeks to stop tobacco smuggling

The Department of Taxation and Finance has established a strike force to combat tobacco smuggling.

New York State is fighting back against smugglers seeking to avoid tobacco taxes.

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Local
8:58 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Niagara Falls helping homeless vets

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster

Niagara Falls is joining the the push to end homelessness of veterans. It's part of a national push from the Federal Housing and Urban Development Department.

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Taste of Buffalo draws thousands
10:47 am
Sun July 13, 2014

Tantalizing tastes tempt throngs

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Rainy weather on Sunday didn't keep the crowds away from  Niagara Square for the 31st annual Taste of Buffalo.

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