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5:02 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Bisons pitch new features for 2014 season

Bisons GM Mike Buczkowski says new food items reflect "trends across others stadiums."
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The Buffalo Bisons open the new baseball season in a little more than a week, with new food options ready to go for fans.

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Local
5:15 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Prospects improving for Tonawanda Street neighborhood

Like many revitalized urban areas,  volunteers are leading the effort to return Tonawanda Street to its former heights.

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Local
5:01 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Tourism group gives high marks to hoops tourney

Fans head to the First Niagara Center during the NCAA tournament.
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While some NCAA fans left disappointed because their teams didn't advance past Buffalo, Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler says he's happy because things went well and the visitors left behind more than $5 million.

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Local
9:52 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Ken-Ton explores school closings

Ken-Ton Superintendent Mark Mondanaro and School Board President Bob Dana provide overviews of four district reorganization plans.
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The Kenmore-Tonawanda School District released four reorganization plans, all of which would close one or more school buildings.

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Cultural
10:37 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Shea's hosting 'Kinky Boots,' 'Book of Mormon' in '14-'15 season

Tony winner Kinky Boots is part of the 2014-2015 Shea's schedule.
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Shea's unveiled its 2014-2015 season Wednesday night, in a schedule that mixes recent Broadway hits with old favorites.

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Focus on Education
8:53 am
Thu March 20, 2014

School board deals with closings, struggling finances

CFO Barbara Smith delivered bad financial news at Wednesday's School Board meeting.
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The Buffalo Public School finances are bleak and drastic measures are being taken to deal with academic troubles.

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Local
8:45 am
Thu March 20, 2014

West Side housing program receives federal funds

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Washington is sending $169,000 into Buffalo's West Side to help with the improving housing picture.

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Local
10:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Council approves new operator for Hatch restaurant

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City Hall is working to make sure the Erie Basin Marina is fully operational this summer with new operators for some popular attractions.

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Focus on Education
9:53 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Tumultuous transfer period expected in Buffalo schools

DPCC President Sam Radford is pushing for 10,000 student transfers in Buffalo schools.
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With so many failing schools in the city of Buffalo, the District Parent Coordinating Council is pushing for 10,000 students to file for transfers.

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Local
4:36 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

County unveils upgrades to 9-1-1 system

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Erie County is upgrading the technology in its 9-1-1 system to keep up with increasingly high-tech cell phones.

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Local
5:06 am
Mon March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Parade brings crowds downtown

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The crowds were clearly thinned by the cold weather, but under a clear blue sky the Saint Patrick's Parade marched up Delaware Avenue Sunday.

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Focus on Education
9:48 am
Mon March 10, 2014

City schools looking to build on college admission success

Last year was good and this year will be even better. That's the promise from the Buffalo school system which helped the college admission rate jump nine points, from 57 percent of graduates in 2012 to 66 percent last year.

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Legal
5:26 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

You & The Law: Intellectual property

This week edition of You & The Law examines the topic of  intellectual property.  WBFO'S Mike Desmond talks with attorney Josef Mejido about trademarks

WBFO'S Mike Desmond with You & The Law

Local
5:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Collins endorses Astorino's gubernatorial campaign

Rob Astorino started his run for governor in Buffalo with a key endorsement from Congressman Chris Collins.
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In his first campaign stop of his fledgling gubernatorial campaign, Rob Astorino appeared at Zeptometrix in Buffalo, the medical supplies company that is co-owned by Congressman Chris Collins.

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Local
12:14 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Superintendent Brown offers job assessment

Superintendent Pamela Brown offered a lengthy assessment of her job performance on Wednesday night.
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Though the approaching School Board elections will likely determine her future as Buffalo Schools Superintendent, Dr. Pamela Brown took a proactive approach Wednesday night during a review of her job performance.

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Local
12:14 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Paladino quick to criticize Astorino candidacy

Carl Paladino supports a Donald Trump candidacy over Rob Astorino.
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A day after he announced that he will seek the GOP nod in the 2014 governor's race, Rob Astorino will make his way to Buffalo. His candidacy, however, is not getting the endorsement of one notable area Republican, Carl Paladino.

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Local
8:51 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Council chooses new management for marina, Hatch restaurant

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City Hall moving quickly to put in place a new operator at the Erie Basin Marina, with a new company to manage The Hatch restaurant.

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Local
10:01 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Soil testing finds toxicity near Tonawanda Coke plant

A large crowd came out Tuesday night to hear about issues related to Tonawanda Coke.
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A large crowd of neighbors to the Tonawanda Coke plant were told Monday night there needs to be more testing for pollutants in the soil and water around the plant. When the company is sentenced March 19, the judge is being asked to order a $700,000 study.

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Local
9:44 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Library hopes to again avoid budgeted funding cut

The Central Library in downtown Buffalo could face a budget cut.

With the deadline for the state budget four weeks away, a push is on to block a proposed cut in state aid to libraries.

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Health
10:07 am
Mon March 3, 2014

West side rep says bridge traffic being prioritized over neighborhood health

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An opponent of Peace Bridge expansion says government is working to run more trucks across the bridge and not doing enough to protect the health of West Side residents damaged by diesel truck exhaust.

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Local
8:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Railroads under closer scrutiny due to increase in oil freight

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With increasing concern about the dangers of long freight trains carrying tanks of crude oil or methanol, Albany is cracking down on track conditions and local emergency services are watching carefully.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

You & The Law: Youth employment

For young people, that first job opens up a new world of paychecks, co-workers, and opportunities. This week, on a previously aired edition of You & The Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond speaks with lawyer Lindy Korn about the risks associated with those new jobs.

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Local
10:27 am
Fri February 28, 2014

NFTA turns over Outer Harbor land for waterfront development

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For the grand sum of $2, the entire picture of Buffalo's Outer Harbor changed Thursday when the NFTA signed legal papers turning over 354 acres of land to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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Business
10:12 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Manufacturing hub aims to assist companies big and small

The former SmartPill facility at Main and Virginia will be the temporary site of the new operation.
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Manufacturing remains a key part of the local economy, with 50,000 jobs, 2,000 companies, and $5 billion in gross regional product. That's why Governor Cuomo is putting $45 million into the Buffalo Niagara Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Competitiveness.

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Focus on Education
11:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Mayor discusses possible control of Buffalo School District

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is saying it's time for a debate to turn control of Buffalo's Public School system to the mayor.

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Politics
11:51 am
Thu February 27, 2014

State of the County: Poloncarz calls for ‘War on Poverty'

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz delivered his State of the County Address in downtown Buffalo Wednesday evening.
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In his State of the County address Wednesday night, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for an 'War on Poverty', saying something needs to be done to deal with the issue that is effecting children in school to seniors who are fiscally on the edge.  The county executive  delivered his address from the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library in downtown Buffalo.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's entire 2014 State of the County Address.

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Focus on Education
5:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Larry Quinn will run for at-large school board seat

Larry Quinn appeared at Bacchus Restaurant on Chippewa Wednesday afternoon to announce his run for an at-large city school board seat.
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The former co-owner of the Buffalo Sabres has thrown his hat into the rink for the Buffalo School Board elections.  Larry Quinn, a long-time business leader, said he will run for an at-large seat.

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Local
10:23 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Plans ready for Central Park Plaza site

Central Park Plaza awaits redevelopment.
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What could be the largest private housing development in Buffalo in years is close to starting construction on the 27 acres in North Buffalo, the site of the former Central Park Plaza.

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Local
3:13 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Time Warner Cable rates going up

Rates are going up for Time Warner Cable TV and Internet subscribers, with an average increase of 6.4 percent.

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Local
9:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Pridgen seeks change on Greenway Commission

Common Council President Darius Pridgen has accepted an appointment on the Niagara River Greenway Commission.
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Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen said as a new appointee to the Niagara River Greenway Commission he will push for use of education to tell all residents of the value and opportunities of the local waterfront.

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