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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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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
Credit eriecanalharbor.com

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.
Credit WBFO File Photo

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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Developing
4:57 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Man arrested for bringing handgun into Harvey Austin School

Buffalo Police outside Harvey Austin School on Sycamore (right of photo) as they searched for possible person with gun.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Harvey Austin School on Sycamore Avenue was in lockdown late Thursday afternoon following a report of an individual with a gun near or on the school grounds. Some children were there at the time as part of an after-school program.

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Crime
4:42 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Former Buffalo cop pleads guilty to trafficking marijuana

Police Commissioner Derenda, surrounded by law enforcers with the U.S. Attorney's Office, announced the guilty plea of former officer James Hamilton.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Former Buffalo Police officer James Hamilton will serve time in a federal prison after pleading guilty Thursday to felony drug trafficking charges.

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Health
10:19 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Cancer care community applauds CVS decision

Credit cvs.com

CVS Caremark's decision to stop selling tobacco products is drawing praise in the cancer treatment community.

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Local
10:06 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Police continue probe into teen Parkside neighborhood party

Florence at Parkside Avenue in north Buffalo.
Credit Photo from Google map

Buffalo Police are continuing their probe into a party where young people trashed a home in the city's Parkside neighborhood, while students from the schools continue their own investigation. 

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Focus on Education
10:31 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Forum attendees support Common Core delay

Parents like Laura Hafner gathered at West Seneca East High School Tuesday to talk about Common Core.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The Common Core educational standards have to go, along with high-stakes testing and state and national collections of student data, said people attending a tense meeting Tuesday night in West Seneca East High School.

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Local
9:52 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Council wants probe into secret Peace Bridge meetings

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Common Council members are upset about back room federal meetings on environmental effects of the Peace Bridge and proposals to move truck traffic to Lewiston.

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Local
10:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Library holding focus groups to gauge user sentiment

Buffalo's Central Library is the system's busiest.
Credit File photo

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library is seeking input from its users to find out what the customers want, or don't want, from their libraries.

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Local
9:28 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Local dairy farms enjoy resurgence

Upstate Milk.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

New York's dairy industry continues to surge and now ranks as the third-largest producer of milk in the entire country.

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Local
7:45 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Film Commissioner recalls Philip Seymour Hoffman

Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday in Manhattan. The native of the Rochester suburb of Fairport cultivated a strong connection with Upstate New York.  Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark recalls Hoffman using Buffalo as a location for one of his films.

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Health
7:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

New Falls wellness center focuses on the 'whole person'

The ribbon cutting for the new Wellness Center, which was dedicated January 30.
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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center believes it can provide better health care for less money in its new Niagara Wellness Connection Center.

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Legal
5:44 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

You & The Law: Divorce issues

Divorces are seldom simple, but they can become entangled in numerous issues. On this week's You & The Law, attorney Barbara Sauer talks about some of the issues that can become involved.

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Focus on Education
10:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Parents blast officials over delays in closing Buffalo schools

Much of the Buffalo School Board's time Wednesday focused on delays in closing schools during poor weather.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo Public School students were on their way to the bus stops Wednesday morning when schools superintendent Pamela Brown canceled most classes.  With snow days running out, Brown says she  wanted to wait until the last possible minute to make the decision.

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Focus on Education
9:59 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Name change unlikely for East High School

East High School will likely remain East High School.
Credit File photo

A proposal to re-name Buffalo's East High School has already been declared dead on arrival by alums before it was officially submitted to the school board.

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Local
7:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

HarborCenter plans for massive restaurant complex

The restaurant's theater

As construction heads for completion on the HarborCenter complex, officials continue to release glimpses of what the public can expect. On Wednesday, they discussed their 13,000 square foot dining establishment that will be known as (716).

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Local
9:41 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State of the Union draws mixed local reaction

Buffalo-area Congressmen Chris Collins and Brian Higgins offered limited praise and some pointed criticism in response to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

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Local
9:27 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Collins blasts Common Core standards

Credit WBFO File Photo

Western New York Congressman Chris Collins said the Common Core standards are so bad they need to be stopped and stopped right now.

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Local
8:33 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Brown joins other mayors in Albany

Often allied, Mayor Brown and Governor Cuomo do not agree on the future of the Brownfield Opportunity Program.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and other mayors from around the state were in Albany in their annual attempt to influence state policy and spending.

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Local
2:30 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Council seeking solution for shadowy slumlords

Credit File photo

Buffalo City Hall is looking for some help from Albany to deal with the persisting problem of slumlords.

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Politics
9:36 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Governor wants to ban use of welfare cards at strip clubs, liquor stores & casinos

NYS Benefit card
Credit Google Image

Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for a ban on the use of welfare cash cards at strip clubs, liquor stores and in casinos.

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Focus on Education
10:33 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Buffalo School Board extends charters for Enterprise & Westminister

Outside Enterprise Charter School, Buffalo.
Credit Photo from Enterprise Charter School Website

Enterprise and Westminister Community charters may have new and extended lives as the Buffalo Board of Education  decided on two-year charter extensions.  WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports the board wouldn't go for three-years and now it's up to Albany.

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Politics
10:08 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Paladino would support Trump if he runs for Governor

Carl Paladino during his run for Governor in 2010.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Republican gubernatorial candidate from four-years ago says he wants Donald Trump carrying his party's banner this year. 

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Local
8:16 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Council establishes sexual harassment training

Council President Darius Pridgen was able to gain approval for new rules at Tuesday's session.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo Common Council members approved mandatory sexual harassment training for themselves and their staffs and mandatory training for new council members.

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Local
7:57 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Plan could bring more apartments, retail to Elmwood

Interested residents went to the Buffalo History Museum Tuesday night to hear about new development on Elmwood Avenue.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The final details are being worked out for another retail and residential complex on the Elmwood Strip. Work could start as early as April.

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