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Focus on Education
8:55 am
Tue May 20, 2014

FBI reviews forgery case in Buffalo schools

Timieka Jones met with an FBI agent for two hours Monday
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The FBI is now involved in one of the long-running disputes in the Buffalo school district, the tangled case of a parent accused of forging her own signature.

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Focus on Education
9:55 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Speculation surrounds search for new school superintendent

Dr. Pamela Brown's departure will leave a leadership hole in the Buffalo School District.
Credit WBFO File Photo

As Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown negotiates a buyout from her post, the focus now turns to finding a successor.

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Local
6:18 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Buffalo Billion sparks political debate

Democrats claim the fruits of Governor Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" can be seen on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Local Democratic politicians are defending Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion in the wake of an attack from Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.

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Local
4:27 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Author Yiyun Li discusses her latest work

In "Kinder Than Solitude," Chinese-American writer Yiyun Li looks at growing up in Beijing in the wake of the massacre at Tianamen Square.

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You and the Law
9:45 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

You and the Law: Picking a Jury

If a case goes through the entire legal process, it goes before a jury.  In a previously aired edition of You and the Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney John Licata about picking a jury in a civil case.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Dermatologist raises concerns over constant tanning

Dr. Ilene Rothman
Credit photo courtesy of Roswell Park

For local sunbathers, the month of May represented the start of sun tan season. That has changed with the proliferation of  tanning booths, a development is worrying health care professionals.

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You and the Law
9:34 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

You and the Law: Tax liabilities on overseas accounts

There are a lot of people around the world who are Americans for tax purposes and many may not know that. On this week's edition of You and the Law, attorney Randall Andreozzi says there are heavy penalties for those who try to "game" the system.

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Focus on Education
10:55 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Council reviews Buffalo Public School spending

Buffalo Schools Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Barbara Smith spent Thursday night answering the questions of Common Council members.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With Buffalo Public Schools on a path to spend $940 million in the next year, Buffalo Common Council members on Thursday questioned administrators over how that money will be spent.

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Local
9:41 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Canalside prepares for summer concerts

The Albrights provided the sounds Thursday as the 2014 Canalside concert series was unveiled.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Concert goers will have the chance to view a wide variety of musical acts this summer at Downtown Buffalo's Canalside.

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Focus on Education
9:30 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Local school moves beyond Common Core

Park School officials believe their standards are taught more effectively than those offered under the Common Core.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Common Core has been one of the educational and political struggles of the year, with the fights over its standards and the tests used to study how well students are doing with its material. Not all schools use the Common Core, among them Park School in Amherst, N.Y.

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Local
5:01 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Craft beer forum draws wide interest

At the forum at the Burchfield Penney, potential brewers were told that a startup brewery could cost nearly $1 million.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Once just a hobby for home brewers, the craft beer industry continues to expand. That growth was on display Wednesday night at a forum at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

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Developing
9:27 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Quinn, Bowers Pierce & Seals Nevergold declared school board winners

Larry Quinn, Barbara Seals Nevergold and Patti Bowers Pierce declared winners for three at-large Buffalo School Board seats.
Credit WBFO News photo

Two candidates backed by powerful Buffalo businessman and Buffalo School Board member Carl Paladino and an incumbent were declared winners Tuesday night in the city school board elections.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond covered Tuesday night's school board election results.

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Local
8:47 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Land sale clears way for RiverBend project

This designer's rendering offers a glimpse of the future of the Buffalo High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub.
Credit WBFO File Photo

A vast tract of land which was once the home of 19th Century industry in iron and steel manufacturing is closer to becoming home for a vast 21st Century manufacturing complex.

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Local
5:07 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Disputes arise over county-issued phones

Controversy followed an audit conducted by the office of Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw.
Credit WBFO File Photo

When Republicans were the minority party in the Erie County Legislature, their top staffer had a county-issued cell phone. That issue is at the center of a growing controversy inside county government.

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Local
4:55 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Technology attempts to lock out drunk drivers

Ignition interlock device.

Around 1500 Erie County motorists are driving with ignition interlocks to check and see if the driver has been drinking.

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Focus on Education
5:53 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Fired administrators suing Buffalo School Board

The Buffalo School Board is being formally notified Monday that two high-ranking administrators fired a month ago aren't going away quietly.

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Local
4:34 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Proposed city budget cuts taxes, promotes housing growth

Mayor Brown unveiled his recommended 2014-2015 spending plan Thursday.
Credit City of Buffalo

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he is cutting taxes, raising spending, and pushing residential construction in the city in the 2014-2015 budget he unveiled Thursday. The mayor says the city is on a roll and he wants to continue that.

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Local
10:12 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Delaware Avenue fire claims one life

Most of the city's available fire units were called to the Delaware Avenue fire Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A Buffalo man died in a three-alarm fire at a Delaware Avenue apartment building Wednesday night. Buffalo Firefighters rescued the victim from his burning apartment, but he died a short time later at ECMC.

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Focus on Education
5:46 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Parent group and school board meet in tense session

The District Parent Coordinating Council was granted a face-to-face meeting with the Buffalo School Board Wednesday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo school parents faced off yesterday with school board members. The session was lengthy, frequently loud, and  left many issues unsettled.

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Local
9:02 am
Wed April 30, 2014

State boosting TAP grants for college students

Education advocates are praising the state's decision to increase the TAP grants for college-bound students.

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Local
8:23 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Canadian partners work to clean Great Lakes

Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, tripadvisor.com
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Every summer, work re-starts on cleaning up the Great Lakes, undoing decades and centuries of environmental degradation. The Province of Ontario and Canada are working together on cleaning up their side of the lakes.

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Local
6:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Buffalo Police place six officers on administrative leave

Mayor Brown says he wants police officials to be "very aggressive" on cases of officer misconduct.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Images from a cell phone camera at the scene of a violent encounter between a group of Buffalo police officers and a Williamsville man led to the suspension of six officers Monday.

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Local
5:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Amherst moves toward fracking ban

Several fracking opponents attended Monday's Amherst Town Board meeting.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas dominated Monday night's Amherst Town Board meeting as the members voted to start writing a law to ban the process in the town.

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Focus on Education
4:41 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Changes coming for Buffalo charter schools

Community Charter School is scheduled to close at the end of the school year.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Even with Community Charter School forced to close and at least one other charter in trouble, Buffalo potentially has two more coming on line next year.

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Local
4:39 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Senecas focusing on native plants and trees

A new policy on Seneca Nation lands calls for the use  of plants and trees that are native to this region.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

You & The Law: Writing a will

Once, most people simply had their lawyer write a will and that was it. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Kenneth Grossberg talks about some of the related issues and complexities.

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Local
4:30 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Court decision could release details on Attica uprising

More than 40 years after the Attica Prison Riot, a judge has cleared the way for authorities to reveal more details on what happened during the deadly retaking of the prison in September, 1971.

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HUD Funding
9:43 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Schroeder questions delays in granting Emergency Rehab Loans

City Comptroller Mark Schroeder

City Comptroller Mark Schroeder says "the gloves are now off" in a dispute with the Brown administration over delays in the disbursement of federal housing rehab loans. 

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Focus on Education
8:26 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Parent protest gains school board attention

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Faced with a potential sit-in at the board room, the Buffalo School Board last night agreed to a direct meeting next Wednesday with the District Parent Coordinating Council.

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Local
8:55 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Critics call on Verizon for FiOS TV access in Buffalo

A large crowd at the West Side Community Center was calling for Verizon to provide its FIOS service in Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Verizon may not want to install its FiOS system in Buffalo but city residents and politicians want it. That was the consensus expressed Tuesday night meeting in the West Side Community Center.

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