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11:28 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Residents share thoughts on plans for former school

Residents voiced their concerns over a proposal to build housing units inside the former St. Rose of Lima school.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A proposal to convert the former St. Rose of Lima School in North Buffalo into market-rate housing drew some occasional angry words Thursday night, during a public meeting to discuss the proposal.

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Focus on Education
4:49 am
Fri March 13, 2015

College students preparing for professional life

Hundreds of students chatted with job recruiters at UB's Alumni Arena Thursday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With graduation looming, hundreds of UB students were in Alumni Arena Thursday looking for jobs.

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Local
4:43 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Grand Island hears details of state's property tax plan

State Tax Commissioner Ken Adams discusses the Governor's property tax plan with Beverly Kinney.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

State Tax Commissioner Kenneth Adams was in Beverly Kinney's Grand Island home Wednesday to pitch for Governor Cuomo's property tax relief program. The plan is part of the ongoing budget debate in Albany.

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Focus on Education
9:23 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Ken-Ton district continues to weigh test policy

The KenTon school board discussed its test policy with a large gathering Tuesday night.
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Faced with the prospect of no state school aid and possible loss of licenses and jobs for teachers and administrators, the Kenmore-Tonawanda School Board held off Tuesday  night on refusing to administer standardized exams on the youngest test-takers.

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Focus on Education
4:56 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Decisions delayed on daytime curfew

Common Council Member Rasheed Wyatt believes a daytime curfew would ease several problems.
Credit photo courtesy of city of Buffalo

The push for a daytime curfew on Buffalo school days is slowing, with details still to be decided.

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Local
7:40 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Catherine Fisher Collins to take Board of Regents post today

Catherine Fisher Collins.
Credit Photo from Empire State College website.

Catherine Fisher Collins is slated to be elected to the Board of Regents Tuesday, meaning one of the bosses of all education in New York State is someone who started out as a school nurse before going back to school for many degrees and moving up to her SUNY Empire State College teaching position.


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Local
7:06 am
Tue March 10, 2015

The "Redskins" debate rages on in Lancaster

Banner strung over Central Avenue in Lancaster
Credit Credit Photo from Keep The Tradition Alive Organization Facebook page.

The Lancaster School Board once again found itself dealing with arguments surrounding its controversial "Redskins" mascot at the board's regular meeting last night.


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Politics
9:30 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Panepinto enters into first budget process as senator

NYS Senator Marc Panepinto.
Credit WBFO News file photo

In his first encounter with New York's arcane budget process, new State Senator Marc Panepinto of Buffalo isn't sure the entire spending plan can fall into place over the next three-weeks to be on-time. WBFO's Mike Desmond talked with the Senator.

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Crime
9:30 am
Mon March 9, 2015

A call for an end to violent crime in Niagara Falls

Remembering Franchot Wallace, gunned down at a private party inside the bar early on Saturday at 3M's Bar at Highland and College in city of Niagara Falls.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

A shooting inside a Highland Avenue bar in the city of Niagara Falls brought out a small crowd  to pray for a resolution to crime and economic problems in a troubled section of the Cataract City.  

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You & The Law: Medical Malpractice
12:26 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

You & The Law: Medical Malpractice

Credit File Photo / WBFO News

Medical malpractice law is complicated, tangled, and expensive.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Teachers demand change at Riverside

Teachers held a press conference outside Riverside High School Thursday afternoon.
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Buffalo school teachers and the school district are at odds about how many fights occurred Tuesday in Riverside high school.

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Local
4:53 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Leaders seek state surplus for local infrastructure

Much of the region's state delegation joined together to call for more investment into local infrastructure.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With New York sitting on on a $5 billion budget surplus, local officials are calling for a major investment into Upstate's deteriorating roads and bridges.

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Focus on Education
9:08 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Teachers union raises concerns at Riverside

Students heading into Riverside High School.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Teachers Federation says there were 10 fights in Riverside High School on Tuesday. Union President Phil Rumore said it has to stop, but City Hall isn't responding.

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Local
5:01 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Sports tourism brings dollars to local economy

The presence of HarborCenter is helping to draw tourist dollars to Western New York.
Credit WBFO File Photo

With tournaments involving bowling, swimming and diving, and lots of hockey, sports tourism is expected to pump $3 million into the region's economy this weekend.

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Local
9:24 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Nickname debate draws hundreds to Lancaster High School

The cafeteria at Lancaster High School hosted a large crowd on Tuesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Passions are running high in the ongoing discussion regarding the nickname for Lancaster High School. On Tuesday night, supporters and detractors sat down to share their thoughts on the matter.

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Local
5:14 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Increased tourism boosts demand for city cabs

Buffalo is going to get 25 new cab licenses and 25 livery cab licenses. Officials say they are responding to a growing demand.

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

Officials discuss merits of daytime curfew

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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.
Credit WBFO File Photo

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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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.
Credit WBFO File Photo

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.
Credit WBFO File Photo

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

Credit WBFO File Photo

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.
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

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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