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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.
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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

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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.
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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

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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
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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.
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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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Local
8:51 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Niagara-on-the-Lake rejects Internet voting plan

Councillors in Niagara-on-the-Lake raised security concerns over a plan to conduct voting on the Internet.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Voters in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario will still head to the polls in October to vote rather than pull out their smart phones or laptops.

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Local
8:32 am
Tue January 21, 2014

School board reviewing two charter schools

The Buffalo School Board will have a say in the future of Westminster Charter School.
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The Buffalo school board has to make a decision tomorrow on the future of two charter schools with weak academic performance.

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Cultural
9:56 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Celebrating & remembering the importance of MLK

MLK celebration at Klenihans Music Hall Sunday evening in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

While Martin Luther King Jr. has been dead since 1968, the effort continues to remember him and tell upcoming generations why he remains important.  WBFO's Mike Desmond was in Kleinhans Music Hall Sunday evening for the celebration. 


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Health
8:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Study finds link between college drinking and PTSD

A significant number of college students have post traumatic stress disorder and are more likely to have problems with alcohol, according to new research from the University at Buffalo.

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Legal
6:10 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

You & The Law: Landlord responsibilities

This is the time of year when tenants are concerned about heat in their apartments and may be complaining to their landlord about the temperature. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Joshua Dubs talks about heating issues between landlords and tenants.

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Focus on Education
10:55 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Three local school districts on 'stressed' list

Three local schools districts have been identified as being in a state of significant fiscal stress. 

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on stressed-schools.

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Politics
4:55 am
Fri January 17, 2014

'The Donald' coming to Buffalo

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump will be making a visit to Buffalo in a couple of weeks for an event hosted by the Erie County Republican Committee.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on upcoming Trump visit.

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Local
9:18 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Paladino faces action seeking his removal from school board

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For weeks, Carl Paladino has been seeking the removal of Buffalo School Board president Barbara Seals Nevergold.  Now, a resident is taking similar steps in an effort to have Paladino removed from the board.

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Crime
4:42 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Authorities arrest man believed to be behind 25 bank robberies

Local law enforcement has apparently made the first dent in suppressing a string of bank robberies across Erie and Niagara counties.

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Focus on Education
9:47 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Elmwood Village Charter School looking to expand

Elmwood Village Charter School is looking to expand
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Buffalo's Elmwood Village Charter School wants to expand its Days Park building upwards, as its ranks of students expand.

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Local
8:17 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Bishop Malone joins immigration debate

Immigration was the focus of a Tuesday panel discussion at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Catholic Bishop Richard Malone says the U.S. needs a comprehensive solution to the immigration problem. "They're in a perilous situation," Malone said of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. "No one says it's an easy thing, but we really do think the government's got to deal with it."

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Local
9:33 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Gabryszak attorney responds to 'false' newspaper story

Credit WBFO News photo by Karen DeWitt

The lawyer for disgraced and resigned Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak is attacking the Albany Times-Union newspaper for reporting what it says is videotape of behavior by the former Cheektowaga Democrat.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports.

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Local
9:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

ECHDC takes title of Outer Harbor

Buffalo's Canalside.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The future shape of Buffalo's Waterfront became more clear Monday with a major event company taking over Canalside and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation taking over the Outer Harbor.

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