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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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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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Legal
5:50 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

You & The Law: Teenage jobs

That first teenage job can seem like a great thing -- the money, the freedom and new people to hang out with. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Lindy Korn says there can also be some serious problems.

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Local
9:22 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Debate over e-cigarette ban expands

Smoking E-cigarettes in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

The fight over banning the public use of electronic cigarettes began as a struggle to compare them to tobacco smoking. As WBFO's Mike Desmond reports, the more the issue drags out before the Erie County Legislature, the more the issues expand.


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Local
11:05 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Niagara Falls Mayor says city is now building a better future

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said his city has shifted from planning for a better future to building one.


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Local
6:07 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament ready to go despite extreme cold temperatures

The 8th annual Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament will take place at RiverWorks in Buffalo.
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

This weather is so bad ice for this weekend's Labatt Blue Pond Buffalo Hockey Tournament has to be warmed slightly to allow for hockey games.


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Local
9:07 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Peace Bridge work may be easing traffic problems

Peace Bridge from the I-190.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The head of the Peace Bridge Authority says travelers on the span are already benefiting from major construction projects which are underway on the U.S. plaza.  

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Local
4:55 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Waterfront plan draws debate

Some neighbors say a proposed development on the last available residential parcel of land on Buffalo's Waterfront is maybe a little tall.

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Local
4:53 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Buffalo Harbor Museum sets new course

Inside Buffalo Harbor Museum.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Harbor Museum website

In an obscure corner of Downtown Buffalo, the area's museum of the Great Lakes wants to gain new attention. It's now changing the name from the Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society to the Buffalo Harbor Museum.

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Local
4:45 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Peoples-Stokes gaining more influence in changing Albany

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In Albany this weekend,  the annual Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus reception drew appearances from Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

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Local
8:24 am
Mon February 16, 2015

City crews moving snow off side streets

A high lift worked to remove snow piles along LeRoy Avenue in Buffalo on Sundat.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With heavy snowfall easing off, city crews are out there plowing streets back to the curbs and hauling snow away because there is no place to put much more along the pavement.

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Local
4:53 am
Fri February 13, 2015

New master plan unveiled

Graphs and maps offered a look at how poor planning has impacted the region in recent decades.
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There's a new master plan for Erie and Niagara Counties. "One Region Forward" looks to provide ordinary citizens the tools to balance proposals from planners and developers.

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Local
5:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

'Technical error' causes Legislature to delay action on e-cigarettes

Credit File photo

An issue described as a technical error meant the Erie County Legislature could not vote Thursday on electronic cigarette regulations and has to go back through the entire process.

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Local
5:05 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Trayvon Martin's father says many black teens are 'lost'

Tracy Martin addressed a large crowd Wednesday at Fredonia State College.
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Trayvon Martin's father says he was a good kid who collided with a bad law in a society which doesn't give young black males equal opportunity. Tracy Martin shared his message with a packed house Wednesday night at Fredonia State College.

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Local
4:56 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Area roads suffering in extreme weather

With pot holes popping up on area roads, local drivers are feeling the effects of the long winter. Erie County is already starting to prepare for the work ahead.

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Local
4:48 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Lawsuit filed against Niagara County District Attorney

Michael Violante is Niagara County District Attorney

A Niagara County assistant District Attorney has sued District Attorney Michael Violante, alleging sexual harassment.

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Local
5:15 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Operator chosen for waterfront park

The Buffalo Outer Harbor features little activity during the winter months.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Another piece of the new Buffalo Harbor State Park fell into place Monday, with the hiring of a Tennessee firm to run the small boat harbor.

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Health
4:45 am
Tue February 10, 2015

DEC proposes new air quality laws

A small crowd turned out for a public meeting Monday night at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The State Environmental Conservation Department is making apparent major changes in its rules for air emissions. The matter was discussed Monday night at a public meeting in the Town of Tonawanda's Sheridan Parkside Community Center.

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Local
5:04 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Demolition set for Gates Circle hospital

The demolition process begins this week at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

It's been almost three years since Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital closed its doors after more than a century of care. Actual clean-up and demolition of the site starts this week.

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Local
4:47 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Locals embracing winter at Delaware Park

Sledders have transformed Shakespeare Hill at Delaware Park.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The stage at Shakespeare Hill in Delaware Park is gone for the winter, replaced by sledders looking to make the best of the snowy weather.

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Legal
5:50 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

You & The Law: Bankruptcy for older adults

Bankruptcy is always a possibility for those who are financially strapped. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Denis Kitchen talks about issues for older people with fiscal problems.

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Health
4:45 am
Wed February 4, 2015

UB research focused on cancer treatments

UB researcher Jennifer Surtees
Credit Photo courtesy of UB

The yeast which has been used for thousands of years to make beer is providing material for a cancer research study deep inside human genes.

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Local
9:02 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Housing outlook improves on Buffalo's West Side

West side housing.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Not only is the West Side of Buffalo  a hot market for house purchases, it's getting some market-rate housing. 

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Local
9:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Should inmates pay healthcare co-pays?

County legislators discuss ways of reducing the health care costs of inmates at the county's jails.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There is a push in Erie County government to have inmates pay part of their medical costs while behind bars.

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Local
4:47 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Williamsville forum reviews village's historic structures

Leslie Zemsky of Larkinville shares some thoughts on preservation at a public forum in Williamsville Thursday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Williamsville and Larkinville got together last night to talk about building on the past for the future. The public meeting at Williamsville South High School focused on how a community's history can be a spark for a better economic future.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Thu January 29, 2015

School board delays decision on failing schools

A large crowd gathered at Performing Arts school for Wednesday night's school board meeting.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Buffalo School Board postponed a decision Wednesday night on the future of four city schools Albany has ordered closed. The issue brought a huge crowd to the school board meeting that was held at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts School. 

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Ryan says Silver's fall will lead to more democracy in the Assembly

NYS Assembly Member Sean Ryan
Credit New York State Assembly / WBFO News

Dumping Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a result of public corruption charges could open the way for more democracy in the Legislature, according to Buffalo Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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Local
4:51 am
Wed January 28, 2015

More work needed at Ralph Wilson Stadium

New entries to Ralph Wilson Stadium were part of the $130 million renovation.
Credit WBFO file photo

Ralph Wilson Stadium has been updated in the $130 million rehab and reconstruction program. That doesn't mean it doesn't need even more work. 

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Focus on Education
6:40 am
Tue January 27, 2015

City school board hears proposals from charter schools

A small audience gathered for Monday's public hearing on three charter school proposals.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Three charter schools shared their plans Monday night over how they would use current public school buildings.  The public hearing at West Hertel Elementary School sets the stage for a key decision at Wednesday's meeting of the Buffalo Board of Education.

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Local
4:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

County decision approaching on e-cigarette regulation

Vendors of electronic cigarettes voiced their concerns at Monday's hearing in Legislature Chambers.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

As early as Thursday, Erie County legislators can decide if they want to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes.

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Local
4:52 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Silver steps back as legal troubles mount

Sheldon Silver will hand over many of his duties to other members of the Assembly.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is backing away from power as he deals with public corruption charges facing him in federal court. Silver is appointing five Assembly members to share in his duties.

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