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5:08 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Erie County adapts to growing local food movement

County Legislator John Mills believes local farms have earned a solid reputation among area grocers.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Farming continues to be a significant industry in Erie County, although it's changing to reflect the rise of home-grown beers and a consumer push for more locally-grown food.

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Local
10:42 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Center for Inquiry responds to freedom of speech & press

Credit Photo from Twitter feed.

The head of the Amherst-based Center for Inquiry is expressing hope the mass murder in Paris doesn't scare people into giving up fundamental freedoms like speech and press.

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Focus on Education
10:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Charter schools seek to use Buffalo School buildings

Outside the MLK School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Buffalo Public School District has received four-proposals from charter schools to use district-owned buildings.

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Local
11:12 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Delaware North moves forward with new leadership

Jacobs' brothers.
Credit Photo provided by Delaware North.

There's been a big change on the local business scene: Delaware North CEO Jeremy Jacobs is stepping back; sons Lou Jacobs and Jeremy Jacobs Junior are becoming co-CEOs.

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Focus on Education
11:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Parent group seeks role on Buffalo School Board

The District Parent Coordinating Council outlined its plan at a Tuesday night meeting.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A student representative currently occupies a spot on the Buffalo School Board. The District Parent Coordinating Council seeks a similar non-voting role for a parent.

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Local
9:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

World Hockey Championships underway in Buffalo: Americans beat rival Canada 2-1 in shootout

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The World Women's Under 18 Championship in HarborCenter features teams from eight different nations.

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Local
5:01 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Panepinto sworn in as State Senator

New State Senator Marc Panepinto was sworn in at a Monday ceremony.
Credit courtesy of Sen. Panepinto's office

Republicans may have a solid majority in the State Senate but this area's newest Senate Democrat says he can work across the aisle and get things done.

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Local
5:03 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Tonawanda engines prove to be fast sellers for Corvette

Credit photo from General Motors

Coming out of November, General Motors sold more than 31,000 Corvettes last year. Every one of the cars featured an engine from the Town of Tonawanda.

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Local
4:49 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Broadway Barn faces uncertain future

Now home to city plows, the Broadway Barn once hosted major sporting events in Buffalo.
Credit photo courtesy of Campaign for Greater Buffalo

What is often referred to as the "Broadway Barn" is likely the oldest public building in Buffalo. Now, it may be facing a short future.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

You and the Law - Friday Jan 2 2015

Everyone has heard references to bail when there is a story or news coverage of a crime. On this week's previously-aired edition of You and the Law, Now-State Supreme Court Justice E. Jeanette Ogden talks about who gets bail and how it's set.

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Local
11:10 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Local group releases legislative agenda

The pro-business advocacy group Unshackle Upstate has listed its agenda for 2015. While the group's leader says Albany has done some good things, more needs to be accomplished.

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Local
8:37 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Flu outbreak places strain on emergency rooms

The badge belonging to Dr. David Pierce displays a special "flu" designation.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The recent surge in flu cases is showing up in area hospital emergency rooms.

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Local
4:53 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Brownfield projects have uncertain future

The Avant in downtown Buffalo is one local project that benefited from Brownfields tax credits.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Some proposed major developments in this area may not move forward, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's veto of legislation which would help pay for them.

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Local
8:40 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Lessons learned from the November storm

Elected officials gathered with block club leaders Monday night at Tosh Collins Center in South Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Though the cleanup of the November storm went relatively well, there was ample room for improvement. On Monday night at the Tosh Collins Center in south Buffalo, block club leaders and government officials shared notes on the storm and how to be better prepared for future emergencies. 

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Cultural
10:04 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Kwanzaa message resonates in wake of recent violence

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

With Kwanzaa approaching its 50th anniversary, the cultural event filled New Covenant Church Sunday night for its third night celebrating Ujima, Collective Work and & Responsibility.

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Local
2:00 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Last-minute shoppers out in force

Elmwood Avenue was busy with last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The hours are running down and the plastic is warming up as last-minute shoppers head into the final hours before Christmas.

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Crime
11:25 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Pastor weighs causes of recent city violence

Pastor James Giles says only the public can bring the spate of killings in Buffalo to an end.
Credit Twitter

Two men who were shot Tuesday evening are the latest victims in a recent burst of street violence in the City of Buffalo.

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Local
8:09 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Council offers show of support for city police

The assembled crowd, including many police officers, gave a standing ovation to the council's support of city police.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

With a large group of police officers sitting in the Common Council Chambers, council members praised the work the cops do and some warned of the risks of putting limits on their actions.

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Local
5:51 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Two-way traffic planned for Pearl Street

Credit Courtesy Google Maps

Downtown Buffalo will have one less confusing one-way street, possibly by the end of next year, when Pearl Street converts to two-way traffic.

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Local
5:50 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Niagara Falls police to wear body cameras

Niagara Falls police will soon wear body cameras.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Late in January, patrol police officers in the city of Niagara Falls should be wearing cameras on the streets, after the City Council voted Monday night to buy 48 of the cameras.

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Local
5:08 am
Mon December 22, 2014

More development coming to Ohio Street

This freight house on Ohio Street is targeted for re-development.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There are signs of yet another building project along Buffalo's burgeoning Ohio Street Corridor.

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Focus on Education
5:01 am
Mon December 22, 2014

City school prepares students for growing hospitality industry

Emerson's facility on Chippewa Street in Buffalo has been training students in the hospitality industry.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo has an increasing number of hotels and restaurants and an increasing demand for people to work in them. City schools are looking at that as a way to deal with the demand for more vocational training and the demand for successful schools.

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Local
4:52 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Cyclists celebrate winter in Buffalo

Members of Buffalo by Bicycle celebrated a cold Sunday with a bike ride.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

While many were inside staying warm on a chilly Sunday in Western New York, a few local residents celebrated the Winter Solstice with a bicycle ride from Front Park.

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Legal
5:55 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

You & The Law: Asbestos and worker safety

Across the region over the years, a lot of workers and their families have been exposed to asbestos and face the twin lethal risks of lung cancer and mesothelioma. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney John Lipsitz talks about the issues.

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Local
9:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Large crowd flocks to opening of Canalside ice canals

Skaters, young and old, took to the ice at Canalside Thursday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

After politicians were finished with their speeches and former Buffalo Sabres did a symbolic face-off at what was the site of center ice in the old Memorial Auditorium, onlookers swarmed the new ice rink at Canalside Thursday night.

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Local
4:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Legislators propose database for future emergencies

Legislators spent Thursday's session reviewing lessons learned during the November storm.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

During the Snowvember storm, emergency workers were busy, ferrying people stuck in their homes to medical treatment. Officials are now developing a plan to have a list of those needing long-term help.

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Local
8:37 am
Thu December 18, 2014

School board questions teacher, principal and school ratings

Buffalo School Board Members discuss teacher evaluations
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The Buffalo school board debated issues surrounding the state's teacher and principal evaluation system Wednesday night.


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Local
7:53 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Local artist gets probation for transporting child porn

A prominent local artist who lost his post after a child pornography arrest has been sentenced to two years probation after pleading to a lesser charge.


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Local
11:29 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Buffalo Police forum draws large crowd; Commissioner supports body cameras

A wide range of opinions on Buffalo Police were heard at Mount Olive Baptist Church Tuesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There were many opinions on policing in Buffalo Tuesday night, many of which were shouted out during a raucous forum in Mount Olive Baptist Church sponsored by Mayor Byron Brown.

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Local
4:55 am
Wed December 17, 2014

UB research examines melting ice cap

Beata Csatho is an associate professor in UB's Geology Department.
Credit Photo courtesy of UB

A UB professor says computer programs are not accurately measuring the melting of the Greenland ice cap.

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