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Vincentian Heritage Week at Niagara
9:43 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Niagara explores immigration from Vincentian perspective

St. Vincent de Paul

Niagara University is observing its Vincentian heritage this week.  Saint Vincent de Paul, a 17th century French priest, was best known for his devotion to helping those most in need.  Wednesday, Niagara staged a panel discussion to explore a timely social topic from a Vincentian perspective by delving into the immigration issue.

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Local
9:21 am
Wed September 24, 2014

FedEx Trade opens Tonawanda facility

The new FedEx Trade site is located in Tonawanda at the Riverview Solar Technology Park.
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On what was once waste ground in the Town of Tonawanda, FedEx Trade Networks unveiled its new local office on Tuesday. While adding 100 jobs, the company consolidated a series of offices in Riverview Solar Technology Park.

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Local
7:44 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Fire smolders at Niagara Falls plant

Fire crews have been busy since Saturday at the Norampac facility in Niagara Falls.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Now that the expensive fire is nearly extinguished at a Niagara Falls cardboard manufacturing plant, operations are slowly returning to normal.

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Local
5:48 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Firefighters remain on scene at Niagara Falls blaze

Tankers were needed to transport extra water to the Norampac site.
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With half of Niagara Falls' firefighters tied up at the Norampac cardboard mill fire, the city reached out to volunteer companies from around the area.

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Local
5:48 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Bishop Malone reflects on Holy Land visit

Bishop Richard Malone met with the media following his tour of the Holy Land.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Catholic Bishop Richard Malone says the situation in the Holy Land is more complex than they thought, after returning from a visit with a delegation of bishops from across the country.

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Legal
3:20 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

You & The Law: Wills in the modern age

While people have been writing wills for a very long time, some things have changed. On this week's edition of You & The Law, Erie County Surrogate Court Judge Barbara Howe talks about how e-mail, the Web and a new state law are adding complexities.

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Art/Theater
11:20 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Revitalized downtown a boost for Curtain Up!

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Since several theaters have already opened up their schedules, tonight's Curtain Up! isn't truly the beginning of the theater season, but it will be a great party anyway.

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Health
7:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

CDC officials encouraging flu shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu season is upon us.

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Local
9:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Rochester man charged with supporting ISIS

U.S. Attorney William Hochul
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The manager of a Rochester convenience store is behind bars on allegations he was promoting terrorism by trying to send people to Syria to fight with the militant group ISIS.

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Local
9:52 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Council looking at GPS tracker to avoid police chases

A compressed-air launcher uses a laser to target the fleeing vehicle and then deploys a GPS tag.
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Buffalo Police may start using a gadget right out of James Bond movies to help get away from potentially-dangerous high-speed chases.

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Local
9:40 am
Wed September 17, 2014

More funding coming to Williamsville Water Mill

Renovations are coming to Williamsville's historic water mill.
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Just off the rush and traffic of Main Street, the Village of Williamsville is continuing its push to build a public plaza around its landmark water mill.

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Focus on Education
9:15 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Longer school days coming to Hamburg

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Education advocates in recent years have been pushing for longer school days to boost academic achievement. That effort has prompted a change in Hamburg where elementary students will spending more time in class starting next year.

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Local
5:51 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Battle lines being drawn in 60th Senate district

After losing Tuesday' Republican primary, Senator Mark Grisanti vowed to supporters that he would campaign on the Independence Party line.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Control of the State Senate next year may be decided in the 60th Senate district. After a pair of bruising primary battles, the race to the November election is expected to be fierce and expensive.

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Local
5:22 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Sen. Marco Rubio meets with supporters in WNY

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has strong support for a Presidential run in 2016.
Credit photo from Sen. Rubio website

Senator Marco Rubio apparently raised a lot of money yesterday for his "Reclaim America" political action committee during a visit to the region Sunday.

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Legal
5:46 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

You & The Law: Removing educators

When a school district wants to fire a teacher or an administrator, there is a legal process to follow. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Andrew Freedman talks about how firings are done and how that process is changing.

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Art/Theater
9:30 am
Fri September 12, 2014

With Market Arcade sale, Road Less Traveled needs new home

A local theater company will be pushed out of the Market Arcade Film & Arts Center, with the city's sale of the multiple-screen and fiscally-troubled movie complex to Benchmark Group.

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Local
8:55 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Stadium allows for more handicapped accessible parking

Sheriff Tim Howard warns drivers of fines for the illegal use of handicapped parking tags.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Among the many changes to Ralph Wilson Stadium are two new parking lots for the disabled.

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Focus on Education
9:20 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Teachers picket Buffalo School Board

Teachers made their presence felt at Wednesday's meeting of the Buffalo School Board.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The decade-long fight between Buffalo's school system and the Buffalo Teachers Federation over a contract surfaced at Wednesday's Buffalo Board of Education  meeting where hundreds of teachers protested.

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Local
9:15 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Cuomo and Hochul celebrate in Buffalo

Governor Cuomo celebrated his Democratic primary victory with fellow Democrats, LG candidate Kathy Hochul and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A happy Governor Cuomo celebrated his primary election victory during a rally yesterday in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. He reminded supporters that the race is a marathon and is not over until November.

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Local
9:01 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Plans forming for Outer Harbor

A large crowd gathered at the WNED studios for a look at plans for the Outer Harbor.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The final design plan for Buffalo's Outer Harbor should be ready in about a month. The next step will focus on how to pay for the plan.

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Local
8:23 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Primary Day features several tight races

While the gubernatorial struggle between Andrew Cuomo and Zephyr Teachout has been the most high profile, there are many Primary Day battles that could spark big voter turnouts today.

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Local
7:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

City Mission unveils expansion plans

Inside the City Mission when meals are being served.
Credit WBFO News file photo

City Mission wants to expand at its current location, a move officials believe will continue to thin the ranks of the area's homeless.

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New York Governor
6:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Cuomo, Hochul rally Democrats on primary eve

Governor Cuomo is flanked by Kathy Hochul and Mayor Byron Brown at Monday rally.
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond / WBFO News

A day before the primary, Governor Andrew Cuomo swept through Western New York late Monday afternoon to rally the troops and stress the importance to the region of having Kathy Hochul as lieutenant governor.

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Local
9:17 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Leadership change announced at Crisis Services

Crisis Services has a new boss today following the abrupt dismissal of its former executive director.

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Local
9:03 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Council reviews discretionary spending process

Common Council Member Michael LoCurto
Credit Photo taken from Common Council webstream

The Common Council is looking at giving the public a larger voice in how city funds are spent.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

You & The Law: Realtor representation

The home buyer has a lawyer and the home seller has a lawyer, but the realtor in the middle of the transaction doesn't usually have a lawyer. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Marc Brown argues the person in the middle needs an attorney, as well.

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Local
8:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Crime maps highlight promise in Buffalo neighborhood

Tracking crime in troubled neighborhoods is becoming a high-tech endeavor. New mapping software is helping to identify the best places to live and those sections where troubles tend to emerge.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

You & The Law: Paying back college loans

The biggest difficulty with college loans is that they have to be paid back. This week on You & The Law, attorney Karen Welch talks about some of the problems of paying back those loans.

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Politics
5:40 am
Fri August 29, 2014

A conversation with Attorney General candidate John Cahill

Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

John Cahill is the Republican candidate for New York Attorney General in this fall's election. Cahill, the former chief of staff for Governor George Pataki, is challenging Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman for one of the state's top elected offices.

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Local
10:46 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Bail denied for alleged Oakmont Avenue shooter

Accused killer Joseph Gant was denied bail before led away in Erie County Court.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

An East Side man will stay in the Holding Center on a string of felony charges which could send him to prison for 100 years. He is accused of the August 12 shootings near the Oakmont Avenue footbridge that left one teenager dead. 

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