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4:56 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Calls continue for increased police accountability

There is growing pressure on officers as officials focus on recent reports of police improprieties. More discussion is expected Tuesday night in a gathering at Mount Olive Baptist Church.

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Local
4:47 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Buffalo hostel joins international network

The hostel is located at 667 Main Street in Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

For many pedestrians in the Theatre District, the building at 667 Main Street looks like just another old building along the street. It's actually part of a worldwide network of hostels for youth and youthful people of all ages.

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Local
4:39 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Study connects drinking and smoking habits among women

UB's Research Institute on Addictions
Credit Photo from UB's Research Institute on Addictions

Women who smoke have more trouble quitting drinking and a lot more trouble quitting both than men, according to a new study from UB's Research Institute on Addictions.

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Vaccine came into common use in 1967
10:49 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Mumps a growing concern for the NHL and others

Dr. Gale Burstein
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Mumps is a disease which was once a serious health problem but has been essentially wiped out by a vaccine licensed in 1967.

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Protestors take to the steps of City Hall
5:24 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Protestors take to the steps of City Hall

Protestors on the steps of city hall
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Protestors were out in force in Niagara Square Saturday afternoon, protesting actions of police officers around the country and locally.

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Focus on Education
10:24 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Plans prepared for failing Buffalo schools

A meeting held Thursday evening to discuss new MLK School plan.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Four Buffalo Public schools face a hard goal, delivering plans for a new program for failing schools which Albany wants to close.

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Local
4:58 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Critics blast county over storm cleanup

Local officials debated the county's storm effort in County Legislature chambers Thursday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The snowball fight between County Executive Mark Poloncarz and some suburban supervisors and highway superintendents continues. Town officials fought back in front of the County Legislature on Thursday.

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Local
12:45 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Buffalo Jills lawsuit persists

Credit Photo from www.buffalojills.com

Even after the Oakland Raiders agreed to pay their cheerleaders, six-former Buffalo Jills are still fighting for some pay for their time performing at football games.

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Focus on Education
12:10 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Addressing ‘civil rights’ for admission policy to criteria-based city schools

Buffalo parents question criteria-based schools and civil rights.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Buffalo Public School students don't have a fair shot at getting into the city's best public schools.  WBFO'S Mike Desmond said that was the message delivered Thursday evening during a meeting in Stanley Makowski School. 

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Local
9:23 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Council members would welcome downtown stadium

Council president Darius Pridgen wants a downtown stadium if it's used for more than just a handful of NFL games.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Buffalo Common Council members say they want to be ready if there is a push to build a new city stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

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Local
6:39 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Ken-Ton voters approve new spending

Kenmore-Tonawanda Schools Superintendent Dawn Mirand.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Kenmore-Tonawanda voters approved a series of major construction projects for the district, as it readies to close three buildings.

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Focus on Education
5:02 am
Tue December 9, 2014

East High School studying turnaround plan

East High principal Casey Young discusses plans with a small audience Monday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The lights will be on until nine at night, if the proposed plan for East High School in Buffalo wends its plan through the school  board and through Albany and into effect.

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Focus on Education
4:56 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Vote will determine millions in spending in Ken-Ton

Kenmore-Tonawanda School District voters decide Tuesday on a massive series of construction projects in buildings across the district.

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Local
10:17 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Ferguson resident, turned crusader, speaks in Buffalo

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The road between Ferguson, Missouri and Buffalo is getting a little more crowded. A protest rally was held Sunday night in a Connecticut Street bookstore.

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Local
10:06 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Fort Erie mayor says Peace Bridge is understaffed

Credit File photo

The mayor of Fort Erie, Ontario is pushing for his end of the Peace Bridge to help move traffic.

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Focus on Education
10:50 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Renewal plan to reopen failing city schools

Outside East High School, one of four failing city schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Despite planning problems caused by the recent Lake Effect snow storm, the Buffalo Board of Education d voted Wednesday evening to stick to a renewal plan which would re-open some schools with new programs in September.  WBFO'S Mike Desmond was there for the vote.

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Local
4:52 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Legislature approves amended budget

County legislators approved a 2015 budget on Tuesday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Erie County has a budget for next year, with most changes in County Executive Poloncarz' spending proposal approved unanimously.

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Local
5:05 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Officials outline dangers of Internet shopping

Federal officials have seized thousands of dollars in illegal merchandise.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There's one constant in this era of high-tech, instantaneous, credit card shopping: thieves are looking to steal your money and your identity.

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Science/Technology
10:01 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Wearable health monitor could prevent heart attacks

The wearable system, under development by Sentient Science and the University at Buffalo, includes electrodes that relay data to a sensor, which connects with a remote computer network.
Credit buffalo.edu

Just before putting on your winter coat, hat and gloves to go shovel yet another snowstorm a few years from now, you may first put on a special t-shirt which will monitor your heart and your health.

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Local
4:58 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Buffalo History Museum highlights local authors

The Buffalo History Museum welcomed 75 authors to Saturday's book fair.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

It was 11 years ago when the Buffalo Historical Society welcomed 20 local authors to a special book event. Now known as the Buffalo History Museum, the cultural institution welcomed 75 authors to this year's event.

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Focus on Education
11:46 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Unions expected to fight additional charter schools

BTF President Phil Rumore says union lawyers are looking at the legalities of the school board's recent moves.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Phil Rumore, the head of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, says charter schools and regular public schools shouldn't mix.  The union chief is reacting to the school board putting charter operators into the process for what happens to four schools Albany wants closed.

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Focus on Education
10:01 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Charters could move into city school buildings

Lafayette High School is one building where a charter school could occupy space.
Credit File photo

The push for charter schools operating in Buffalo school buildings went full force Tuesday. The city school board voted to put charter supporters on panels evaluating proposals from others who want to run schools in buildings that Albany wants closed because of academic failure.

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Local
5:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Ferguson verdict draws protest in Buffalo

Protesters on Bailey Avenue expressed their outrage over the verdict in Ferguson.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Anger over the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a White cop for killing a Black teen brought out protestors to Bailey Avenue Tuesday.

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Local
11:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Eden growers assessing storm damage

This warehouse is one of many damaged structures found among the farms in the Eden Valley.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Last week's storm dumped heavy snow upon the Eden Valley, damaging greenhouses and structures that are integral to the local food network.

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Local
9:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Sewage system dealing with heavy water intake

Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

The rain and the melting snow from last week's storm didn't create as much flooding as officials feared, although several area creeks went past flood stage Monday and there is still concern about some creeks on Tuesday.

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Governor warns of potential "toxic brew"
9:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Governor warns of potential "toxic brew"

Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor-elect Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown at the Thruway Authority Regional Headquarters in Cheektowaga.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Governor Cuomo says state government has learned from Super Storm Sandy and a string of terrible flood incidents in Central and Eastern New York in recent years. That's why so much specialized equipment is in Western New York, with more coming. WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

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Local
5:27 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

National Guard called in to deal with massive snowstorm

Police have blocked off sections of South Buffalo, which has been slammed with three feet of snow.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A state of emergency remains in effect in Erie County and the National Guard is being deployed to the region to deal with a snowstorm that has paralyzed parts of Western New York.

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Business
4:45 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Capacity challenge for economic development council

WNY Regional Economic Council
Credit WBFO News file photo

Through the Buffalo Billion and a number of other programs, there is a lot of state money pouring into Western New York . But there is a problem for small local governments without the staff to look for cash.

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Niagara Falls development
7:51 am
Fri November 14, 2014

$35 million Niagara Falls hotel project faces key vote

Rendering of $35 million hotel proposed in Niagara Falls
Credit Hamister Group Inc.

A major new addition to Niagara Falls' historic core may be only a few days from final approval, with construction expected to start by late next spring.

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Local
6:30 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Local VA care compares favorably to national average

The head of the Buffalo VA hospital says things are getting better but there is a ways to go.

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