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10:01 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Soil testing finds toxicity near Tonawanda Coke plant

A large crowd came out Tuesday night to hear about issues related to Tonawanda Coke.
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A large crowd of neighbors to the Tonawanda Coke plant were told Monday night there needs to be more testing for pollutants in the soil and water around the plant. When the company is sentenced March 19, the judge is being asked to order a $700,000 study.

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Local
9:44 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Library hopes to again avoid budgeted funding cut

The Central Library in downtown Buffalo could face a budget cut.

With the deadline for the state budget four weeks away, a push is on to block a proposed cut in state aid to libraries.

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Health
10:07 am
Mon March 3, 2014

West side rep says bridge traffic being prioritized over neighborhood health

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An opponent of Peace Bridge expansion says government is working to run more trucks across the bridge and not doing enough to protect the health of West Side residents damaged by diesel truck exhaust.

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Local
8:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Railroads under closer scrutiny due to increase in oil freight

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With increasing concern about the dangers of long freight trains carrying tanks of crude oil or methanol, Albany is cracking down on track conditions and local emergency services are watching carefully.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

You & The Law: Youth employment

For young people, that first job opens up a new world of paychecks, co-workers, and opportunities. This week, on a previously aired edition of You & The Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond speaks with lawyer Lindy Korn about the risks associated with those new jobs.

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Local
10:27 am
Fri February 28, 2014

NFTA turns over Outer Harbor land for waterfront development

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For the grand sum of $2, the entire picture of Buffalo's Outer Harbor changed Thursday when the NFTA signed legal papers turning over 354 acres of land to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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Business
10:12 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Manufacturing hub aims to assist companies big and small

The former SmartPill facility at Main and Virginia will be the temporary site of the new operation.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Manufacturing remains a key part of the local economy, with 50,000 jobs, 2,000 companies, and $5 billion in gross regional product. That's why Governor Cuomo is putting $45 million into the Buffalo Niagara Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Competitiveness.

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Focus on Education
11:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Mayor discusses possible control of Buffalo School District

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is saying it's time for a debate to turn control of Buffalo's Public School system to the mayor.

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Politics
11:51 am
Thu February 27, 2014

State of the County: Poloncarz calls for ‘War on Poverty'

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz delivered his State of the County Address in downtown Buffalo Wednesday evening.
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In his State of the County address Wednesday night, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is calling for an 'War on Poverty', saying something needs to be done to deal with the issue that is effecting children in school to seniors who are fiscally on the edge.  The county executive  delivered his address from the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library in downtown Buffalo.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's entire 2014 State of the County Address.

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Focus on Education
5:53 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Larry Quinn will run for at-large school board seat

Larry Quinn appeared at Bacchus Restaurant on Chippewa Wednesday afternoon to announce his run for an at-large city school board seat.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

The former co-owner of the Buffalo Sabres has thrown his hat into the rink for the Buffalo School Board elections.  Larry Quinn, a long-time business leader, said he will run for an at-large seat.

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Local
10:23 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Plans ready for Central Park Plaza site

Central Park Plaza awaits redevelopment.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

What could be the largest private housing development in Buffalo in years is close to starting construction on the 27 acres in North Buffalo, the site of the former Central Park Plaza.

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Local
3:13 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Time Warner Cable rates going up

Rates are going up for Time Warner Cable TV and Internet subscribers, with an average increase of 6.4 percent.

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Local
9:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Pridgen seeks change on Greenway Commission

Common Council President Darius Pridgen has accepted an appointment on the Niagara River Greenway Commission.
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Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen said as a new appointee to the Niagara River Greenway Commission he will push for use of education to tell all residents of the value and opportunities of the local waterfront.

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Local
5:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Pre-inspection of truck cargo begins at Peace Bridge

A view of Peace Bridge traffic from the Canadian side of the span
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After years of struggle in Washington,  a new system of processing trucks crossing the Peace Bridge into the United States is now officially in place

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Focus on Education
6:29 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Common Core creates issues for student teachers

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A firestorm of controversy has surrounded the implementation of the Common Core learning standards in New York State. While many of the concerns have centered on students and teachers, little has been heard about the impact on student teachers.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Pilot program could ease Peace Bridge congestion

Peace Bridge Plaza
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Traffic heading into the U.S. on the Peace Bridge may be moving a little faster Monday. Trucks bound for the United States will be now screened in Fort Erie.

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You and the Law
9:32 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

You & The Law: Abuse and neglect

Abuse and neglect and how it is handled in the legal world is the topic on this week's edition of You & The Law. WBFO's Mike Desmond speaks with attorney  Jennifer Stergion about the issue and process.

Local
4:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Fort Erie mayor left out of Peace Bridge truck issues

Peace Bridge in Buffalo from 190.
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The mayor of Fort Erie says if Washington wants to make big changes at the Peace Bridge, it should be consulting the governments at the other end of the span in Canada, but it has not.

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Local
9:28 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Buffalo School Board targets higher graduation rate

Inside a classroom.
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Considering the Buffalo Public School District has struggled with graduation rates hovering near 50 percent, the school board is aiming high as it seeks additional state funding to help dramatically improve those rates.

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Local
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

NU President sees opportunites ahead for college

Niagara University James Maher shared his optimistic vision with alumni Wednesday night.
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Niagara University President Father James Maher admits these are challenging times for those in higher education.

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Local
9:53 am
Wed February 19, 2014

City grants Rural/Metro a four-month extension

Several Rural/Metro employees attended Tuesday's Common Council meeting.
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There's still no decision on who will provide the ambulance service in Buffalo. The Common Council made a short-term move Tuesday in approving a four-moth extension for Rural/Metro.

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Local
9:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Medaille College to consolidate as it faces deficit

Medaille College campus in Buffalo.
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Medaille College in Buffalo reveals that it will be closing its Amherst campus as it deals with major fiscal problems.

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Local
8:48 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Work will slow Metro Rail in the coming weeks

The aging Metro Rail system will receive some much-needed rehab in the coming months.
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If you ride the Metro Rail to work, leave early. Beginning Tuesday, construction work inside the tunnel will slow trains for over the next month.

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Local
8:40 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Cuomo's inmate education plan receives mixed legislative response

In opposing the governor's tuition plan for prison inmates, State Senator Mark Grisanti says more assistance is needed for those who made better life choices.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants more prison inmates to go to college, but the plan has not sparked enthusiastic support among state legislators.

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Local
9:43 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Kennedy calls out Verizon over city service

State Senator Tim Kennedy says Verizon needs to expand its high-speed FiOS service within Buffalo.

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Local
8:48 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Demand rising for Allentown housing

As growth continues at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, housing demand is surging in Allentown.
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With thousands more workers anticipated for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, the real estate market is booming in the adjacent Allentown neighborhood.

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You and the Law
5:55 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

You & The Law: NYS Scaffold Law

In New York State, one of the most discussed and most controversial section of labor law is called the Scaffold Law.  This week on You & The Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond speaks with attorney David Adams to explore the meaning of the law.

WBFO's Mike Desmond on You & The Law.

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Focus on Education
10:36 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Falls residents take their turn blasting the Common Core

Common Core learning standards received more rough treatment Thursday night at Niagara Falls High School.
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Niagara Falls parents and teachers were the latest to speak out against the relentless push continues against the Common Core and high-stakes testing.

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Local
9:46 am
Thu February 13, 2014

15-year-old student charged with making school bomb threat

Niagara-Wheatfield High School

A 15-year-old Niagara Falls High School student was arrested on a felony charge Wednesday for making bomb threat phone calls to his high school and Niagara-Wheatfield High School, which led to evacuations and lockdowns.

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Local
8:58 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Plans developing to connect neighborhoods with medical campus

Big changes may be on the way as City Hall tries to better connect the Fruit Belt, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Allentown. The subject was the topic of discussion at a Wednesday night meeting.

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