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4:48 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Committee looks for improvement in 9-1-1 system

Smartphone dialing pad.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

If you need emergency help and call 9-1-1 on your cell phone, you have an 80 percent chance of the emergency system accurately figuring out where you are.  At their hearing Thursday, members of the Erie County Legislature Public Safety Committee discussed how to improve the situation.

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Local
5:04 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Public hearing reviews ban on e-cigarettes

As the county debates the issue, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center has initiated its own ban on e-cigarettes.
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It's up to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz now, as the fight over electronic cigarettes and a potential ban continues.

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Local
5:14 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Niagara County plan targets medical marijuana

Niagara County Legislators voted to support plans for a medical marijuana site.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Niagara County legislators Tuesday night backed a Lewiston site for a medical marijuana manufacturing plant.

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Local
5:05 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Judge rules against Sheriff's Department over FOIL request

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard appeared in May of 2014 before the Erie County Legislature where lawmakers questioned him on the cell phone tracker.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Erie County Sheriff's Department has been told it must release details on a device which can duplicate a cell phone tower and tell the Stingray where the phone owner is.

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Local
4:55 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Officials tracking railroad safety concerns

Train tracks in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Albany is continuing to push railroads about safety, in the wake of some serious accidents around North America. 

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Focus on Education
10:11 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Lancaster School District changing Redskins nickname

A large crowd gathered for Monday's meeting of the Lancaster School Board.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Lancaster School board had no intention to make a decision on the future of the district nickname of Redskins until the lacrosse team was hit with refusals to play from three other school districts with large Native American student populations. The board voted unanimously Monday night to drop the nickname immediately.

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Local
4:40 am
Tue March 17, 2015

New Yorkers embracing electronic tax returns

There's been a major shift in the way New Yorkers are filing their state income tax returns.

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Local
4:47 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Buffalo's annual Saint Patrick's Day parade draws 80,000

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Green was the dominant color Sunday, as the annual Saint Patrick's parade marched up Delaware Avenue, complete with Irish dancers, Irish setters and those who claimed to be Irish for the day.

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Local
4:41 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Districts remain in the dark over state school aid

Inside a classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The in-fighting in Albany over the state budget means school districts have no clue how much they will get in aid. Time is running short on budget planning and preparation.

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Local
4:35 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Schumer calling for ban on lasers

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants those powerful green hand lasers banned because they are a threat to pilots and airplanes.

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You & the Law: Structured Settlements
6:00 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

You & the Law: Structured Settlements

Credit File Photo / WBFO News

Not all civil court cases where the plaintiff wins lead to a check being handed to the winner.

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Local
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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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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.
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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.
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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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