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Focus on Education
7:09 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Successful Emerson school expanding into new building

With new restaurants coming on line all of the time and more hotels in the works or under construction, Buffalo schools are preparing to train even more kids for those jobs of the future.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Recalling Lincoln's sad, final visit to Buffalo

A somber Buffalo said farewell to Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago today.
Credit Photo from White House.gov

It was 150 years ago today when Buffalo was filled to overflowing with people waiting to grieve over murdered President Abraham Lincoln.

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Environment
5:10 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Buffalo River dredging project continues

A cleaner Buffalo River glistens on a recent spring afternoon.
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The dredges are coming again to the Buffalo River, as a ten-year, $100 million project to clean the river winds down.

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You & The Law
6:00 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

You & The Law: Contracts

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It's a word people hear all of the time: contract. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Justin Kloss talks about what that means

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Local
5:05 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Landscape rehab set for Darwin Martin House

Plans are in place to return Frank Llloyd Wright's original landscape design to the Darwin Martin House.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

When Frank Lloyd Wright designed the landmark Darwin D. Martin House in North Buffalo, he also designed the surrounding landscaping to maximize the effect of the combined building and vegetation. Most of it is gone, but not all.

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Local
4:54 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Legislature approves funding for road repairs

With little debate, the Erie County Legislature approved spending $30 million on road repairs.
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Erie County legislators have unanimously approved an expanded budget for repairing the county's tattered roads and bridges, badly dented by a winter which never seemed to end.

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Local
5:06 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Plane makes emergency landing at Buffalo airport

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A United Express flight Wednesday abruptly declared an emergency and landed at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

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Local
5:04 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Olmsted celebrated during Earth Day event

Central Park Conservancy President Douglas Blonsky was in Buffalo Wednesday to celebrate the work of Frederick Law Olmsted.
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Pioneer landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted was celebrated Wednesday on Earth Day and for his birthday coming up on Sunday.

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Politics
7:30 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Poloncarz officially announces re-election bid

At Lucarelli's in Lackawanna Tuesday, Mark Poloncarz announced his bid for re-election.
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With a packed house of Democrats in the hall in County Executive Mark Poloncarz' home city of Lackawanna, the incumbent made his re-election candidacy official with a rousing call for another term Tuesday evening.

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Local
5:08 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Supporters rally for legalization of marijuana

A supporter of legalizing marijuana was part of a small rally outside City Hall Monday.
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The small crowd endured the rain Monday afternoon outside City Hall as they called for legalizing marijuana in New York State.

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Local
4:58 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Buffalo News cartoonist Zyglis wins Pulitzer Prize

Buffalo News cartoonist Adam Zyglis is a 2015 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.
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Citing the use of "strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words," Buffalo News editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis won a Pulitzer Prize on Monday.

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Politics
4:29 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Party leaders plotting strategies for county races

GOP chairman Nick Langworthy announced Ray Walter as the party's county executive candidate on Saturday.
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With the top of party tickets set, the political campaign for 2015 is underway. Democratic incumbent Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz will face off against Republican state Assemblyman Ray Walter.

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Local
4:20 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Sister Simone Campbell carries social message to Buffalo

Sister Simone Campbell visited Buffalo Sunday for the annual Sister Karen Klimczak Center for Nonviolence Fundraiser.
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Sister Simone Campbell is best known for organizing the Nuns on the Bus campaigns against social ills. As she continues to press her message, she made a stop in Buffalo Sunday.

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Legal
6:00 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

You & The Law: Workers' compensation

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Workers injured on the job are eligible for workers' compensation benefits, from medical care to one-shot payments. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Henry Tilson talks about how complicated it can all be.

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Local
5:14 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Start Up NY drawing mixed reviews

The Start Up New York program received different reviews Thursday, at opposite ends of downtown Buffalo. Some Erie County legislators doubt the program's effectiveness while opinions were more favorable along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Local
4:30 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Legislature calls for legalization of Mixed Martial Arts

Erie county legislators want Mixed Martial Arts legalized in New York, the last state not to completely allow the matches.

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Focus on Education
4:58 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Buffalo schools dealing with budget shortfall

Barbara Smith, Chief Financial Officer for Buffalo schools, delivered budget news to the school board Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Despite a budget approaching $1 billion, Buffalo schools are facing a deficit. Officials announced a $10 million shortfall at Wednesday night's school board meeting.

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Local
4:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Local federal judge nominees await confirmation

Denise O'Donnell, a former U.S. attorney, is awaiting her confirmation as a federal judge.
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In recent years, presidential nominations of federal judges have become tangled in the politics of Washington. Locally, there are two federal court nominations stalled in process, Lawrence Vilardo and Denise O'Donnell.

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Local
4:59 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood showing positive developments

It's getting safer and better to live in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood in the city's northeast corner. The latest crime reports were delivered to a public meeting Tuesday night in Westminster Community Charter.

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Local
4:53 am
Wed April 15, 2015

City officials consider mandatory sick time

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City Hall is starting to look at requiring some employers to provide sick days for workers.  Councilmember Michael LoCurto says many cities are now requiring some sick leave, mostly to keep sick people from showing up at work and infecting others.

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Focus on Education
4:42 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Elected officials calling for students to "opt out" of state tests

State legislators Michael Kearns, Ray Walter and Marc Panepinto shared their concerns about standardized tests during a Monday rally.
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State Senator Marc Panepinto returned to his roots in the Ken-Ton school district Monday to push for opting out of today's ELA tests.

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Sports
4:35 am
Tue April 14, 2015

New UB coach Oats hoping to make a name for himself

UB's new head basketball coach Nate Oats addressed the media Monday.
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UB's new men's basketball coach, Nate Oats, admits he's a no-name coach but he believes he's inheriting a strong program that is poised to be build upon one of the best seasons in school history.

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Sports
5:04 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Sabres fire head coach Ted Nolan

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Tim Murray fired Head Coach Ted Nolan on Sunday.
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The day after the Sabres finished last in the National Hockey League for a second straight year, head coach Ted Nolan paid the price by being fired from the rebuilding hockey team.

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Local
4:57 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Erie County Democrats quick to embrace Clinton's candidacy

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To no one's surprise, Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president and Erie County Democrats are rushing to push her candidacy.

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Local
4:51 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Eden farmers recovering from winter's wrath

Sunday's weather allowed Eden farmers to continue the work of planting and re-building.
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Eden Valley farmers like the Zittels were hammered by the November 2014 storm, a storm which hit the agricultural heartland of Erie County so rapidly that several greenhouses were left in ruins. They still sit there as farmers focus on preparing this year's crops.

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Legal
6:00 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

You and the Law: Federal Court House Magna Carta Exhibit

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It was 800-years ago that King John signed the Magna Carta under pressure from nobles.

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Local
8:14 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Harsh winter amounts to more road and bridges projects in Erie County

Recent city crews filing potholes in Buffalo.
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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is out with a nearly $30 million road and bridge plan for the 2015 construction season, that's more than $8 million over what is included in the county budget.

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Local
5:02 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Support building for participatory budgeting

A vocal crowd was on hand Thursday night in Council chambers to discuss participatory budgeting.
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The Common Council chamber Thursday night was full supporters of participatory budgeting as they offered thoughts on how to give the public a voice in how the city spends its capital money.

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Local
4:55 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Advocates say Verizon not hearing calls for high-speed service

A small group of protesters gathered near Verizon headquarters in Buffalo.
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The push for FIOS is on again in Buffalo, with activists pushing the Public Service Commission to order Verizon to install the high-speed internet cabling in the city.

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Local
6:25 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Issues await legislators following passage of state budget

State legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are on vacation after the state budget was approved in the early hours of the new fiscal year, but that doesn't mean everything is settled.

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