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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.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

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.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

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
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

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.
Credit WBFO News file photo

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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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.
Credit WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett

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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Local
9:23 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Severe cold sends homeless seeking shelter

All 50 cots were filled last night at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy.
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As the cold winter drags on in Buffalo, a toll is taken on the area's homeless and those who try to provide relief to the growing numbers. With Tuesday night expected to be among the coldest of the season, the sleeping room was packed in St. Luke's Mission of Mercy on the city's East Side.

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Local
4:36 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

New FBI director calls cyberspace the new battleground

New FBI Director James Comey
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The new director of the FBI says cybercrime is the issue of the day, in the wake of tens of millions of people having their financial information stolen while making credit card purchases.

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Local
9:54 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Contracts awarded for development at former Aud site

An artist rendering of the South Aud Block
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Another piece of Canalside is going to final design, after a vote Monday by the board of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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Local
9:32 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Child Protective Services will deploy workers at local hospitals

With statistics indicating that a majority of child abuse cases are reported from three area hospitals, Child Protective Services is moving into those facilities to allow for quicker investigations.

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Local
9:02 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Cuomo committee to explore new Bills stadium

Ralph Wilson Stadium opened in 1973 and is one of the oldest facilities in the NFL.
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As the $130 million rehab of Ralph Wilson Stadium continues, Governor Cuomo is moving toward starting a long-planned study of a new home for the Buffalo Bills.

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Local
9:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Council urges more visible markings on city police cars

Common Council members want the Buffalo Police Department to make sure there are visible numbers on the sides of all patrol cars, not just on top for airplanes and helicopters

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

You & The Law: Auto accidents

When you have had a bad car accident, there are a lot of legal issues to consider. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Chris O'Brien talks about how to hire a lawyer to deal with a personal injury accident.

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