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Local
4:59 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Authorities break up gun scheme

Officials display some of the guns confiscated in the case against Juan Lopez.
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Law enforcement officials say they've broken up an illegal gun-dealing scheme. In some cases, people with drug problems were recruited to buy guns so they could be sold on Buffalo streets.

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Focus on Education
4:48 am
Thu November 6, 2014

School board members clash in chaotic session

The Buffalo School Board met Wednesday at Waterfront School.
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Even by the often-chaotic standards of Buffalo school board meetings, last night's was unusually hectic.

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HarborCenter
9:33 am
Mon November 3, 2014

First hockey games at HarborCenter draw rave reviews

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For local hockey fans and parents, the opening weekend of HarborCenter was a big success.

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Hawkins rallies Green Party with BTF
5:32 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Hawkins rallies for Green Party with support of Buffalo Teachers Federation

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor, rallies for support at the Buffalo Teachers Federation.
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It is three gubernatorial candidates in three days, with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins rallying a small group of supporters on Sunday at the Buffalo Teachers Federation headquarters.

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Politics
12:25 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Astorino encourages WNY'ers to get out to vote

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino
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With the election only days away, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and lieutenant governor candidate Chris Moss headlined a GOP get-out-the-vote rally this morning in the Main-Transit Fire Hall.

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You & The Law
5:45 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

You & The Law: Protecting your assets from nursing home costs

Many people worry about the cost of nursing home care through Medicaid costing them their house. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Richard Rosso talks about planning ahead to preserve your assets.

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Local
7:54 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Tonawanda company named $1 million winner of 43North competition

Glenn Thomas was named the winner of the 43North business competition.
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After reviewing 7,000 applicants from around the world, the 43North business competition found its winner in the Town of Tonawanda.The announcement was made Thursday night at Shea's.

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Local
6:45 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Changes taking off at Jamestown Airport

There's a new airline flying out of Jamestown offering connections to Pittsburgh.

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Focus on Education
6:31 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Expanded vocational programs coming to Buffalo schools

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When eighth graders in Buffalo go to pick their high schools next year, their choices will be different from what they were this year.

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Local
5:27 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Local officials sorting through Ebola guidelines

Dr. Gale Burstein is Erie County's Health Commissioner.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

State and federal officials disagree on the guidelines for those who may have been exposed to Ebola. The disagreement is not preventing local officials from being prepared.

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Local
5:15 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Medaille president leaving post

Citing unspecified health reasons, Medaille College President Richard Jurasek says he's retiring at the end of the academic year.

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Cultural
9:45 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Members weigh in on Albright-Knox expansion

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For Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Janne Siren, it's time for a listening tour as the cultural center looks to an expanded future.

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Local
6:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Access concerns raised over Michigan Avenue plan

Common Council members are expected to vote on a plan that would grant control of a portion of Michigan Avenue to General Mills. The issue has raised concerns over public access to the City Ship Canal.

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Local
5:30 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Support shown at rally against domestic violence

Mayor Byron Brown was among the many officials on hand for Monday's rally against domestic violence.
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Many recent stories have placed the spotlight on the dangerous realities of domestic violence. Advocates on Monday paid honor to victims during a rally on the steps of Buffalo City Hall.

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Local
9:53 am
Mon October 27, 2014

General Mills seeking control of part of Michigan Avenue

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General Mills and the City of Buffalo are considering a deal to limit access to a section of Michigan Avenue which is heavily used by grain trains and trucks going into the plant.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Higgins weighs new realities of border security

With the emergence of lone wolf terrorists and the arrival of Ebola from West Africa, protecting America's borders is getting more difficult, so says Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins.

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Legal
5:50 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

You & The Law: Rating judicial candidates

Every year, members of the Erie County Bar Association rate candidates for high judicial office and release those ratings. On this week's edition of You & The Law, Bar Association President Laurie Styka Bloom talks about the process.

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Local
1:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Sheriff Howard working on gun issues

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When someone dies leaving behind guns or loses a pistol permit, there is very little done to put those guns into safer or legal hands.  Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard says he is actively working to get the weapons into the legally correct hands.

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Local
5:28 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Underground infrastructure creates problems on city streets

Buffalo Public Work crews
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Buffalo really doesn't like those shoddy road patches covering new underground work like telecommunications lines. The city has rules covering such problems and the Public Works Commissioner says they are enforced.

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Local
7:47 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Health Commissioner's unique experience helpful in Ebola preparedness training

The epicenter of the Ebola virus outbreak is in several West-African countries.
Credit Courtesy: Sierra Leone Cultural Alliance of Western New York, Inc./WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Health Commissioner Doctor Gale Burstein is watching Ebola with professional knowledge, both as a former epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and someone who spent part of her medical training working in a hospital in the African nation of Zambia.


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Environment
4:42 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Legislature blocks reopening of Amigone crematory

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Erie County legislators on Thursday blocked the reopening of a controversial crematory on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.


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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Thu October 16, 2014

School Board begins search for permanent superintendent

Tim Kremer of the State School Boards Association, foreground, discussed the city's superintendent vacancy Wednesday night.
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With the Buffalo Public School system once again operating under an interim superintendent, the school board is starting the process of looking for a permanent boss.

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Local
9:45 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rebuilt Ferry Street Lift Bridge part of West Side rehab effort

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Work is starting on the rebuilding of the Ferry Street Lift Bridge, the latest project in a $36 million West Side construction effort.

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Local
5:32 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Forum focuses on East Side crime

Some of the area's top law enforcement officials joined in a panel discussion at Olmsted School.
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Late Tuesday afternoon, a man was gunned down on Erb Street on the East Side, little more than an hour before a panel discussion looked at crime on the East Side.

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Crime
3:57 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Man found guilty in killing of Kenmore bar owner

The home of the late Vincent Cottone on Landers Road in Kenmore.
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Acting State Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia says Antonio Martin-Brown was guilty of murder in the brutal stabbing death last year of Kenmore bar owner Vincent Cottone.

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Local
5:26 am
Tue October 14, 2014

New food options reflect downtown growth

New eating options are popping up around the new headquarters of Catholic Health Services.
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Catholic Health recently opened its new headquarters on the edge of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. But, its cafeteria can't hold what will be 700 building workers by August, prompting the emergence of new food offerings to meet that demand.

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Sports
5:24 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Fans celebrate the return of the Buffalo Sabres

Fans gathered Thursday for a Party in the Plaza outside First Niagara Center.
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Hockey fans gathered in Alumni Plaza outside of First Niagara Center Thursday night. The Party in the Plaza preceded the return of the Buffalo Sabres for another season in the NHL.

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Local
5:12 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Grant aids Southern Tier homeless effort

Albany is kicking in some money to provide better housing for some of Cattaraugus County's homeless.

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Focus on Education
10:59 am
Thu October 9, 2014

School Board moves towards more charter schools

The Buffalo School Board met at Performing Arts Wednesday night.
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The Buffalo Board of Education has potentially cleared the way for conversion of many city schools to charters.

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Local
7:15 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Most damaged county roads from last winter repaired

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With long-range weather forecasts starting to talk about winter weather, Erie County's commissioner of public works says the county's roads are in pretty good shape with most of last winter's damage repaired.

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