Omar Fetouh

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Buffalo graduation rate dips slightly

Students in their classroom at the Stanley Makowski School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The graduation rate in Buffalo's public schools is down slightly, according to numbers released Thursday by the State Education Department.

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Local
2:42 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Regional tourism agency moves to Lafayette Square

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown cut the ribbon on the new visitor center.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Visit Buffalo Niagara, Western New York's primary tourism agency, opened its new downtown visitor center Tuesday, right in the heart of Lafayette Square.

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Local
4:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Snowstorm death toll up to 10

Ten people have now died as a result of the major lake-effect snowstorm that has pounded the region over the past three days.

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Local
5:27 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

National Guard called in to deal with massive snowstorm

Police have blocked off sections of South Buffalo, which has been slammed with three feet of snow.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A state of emergency remains in effect in Erie County and the National Guard is being deployed to the region to deal with a snowstorm that has paralyzed parts of Western New York.

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Local
10:27 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Season's first snowstorm could bring more than two feet

Wet snowfall Monday morning in downtown Buffalo near the Ellicott Square Building.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Heavy snow is expected to hit the region over the next few days in the season's first major snowstorm. 

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Local
4:57 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Election results: Panepinto, Ortt, Wozniak heading to Albany

Democrat Marc Panepinto conducts live interview with WBFO
WBFO News photo by Jerry Urban

Democrat Marc Panepinto and Republicans Robert Ortt and Angela Wozniak were among the big winners on Election Day, winning seats in the state legislature.

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Politics
6:40 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Voters to decide redistricting amendment

Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, is pushing for passage of Proposition 1.
Credit Omar Fetouh/WBFO News

Election Day is next week and along with the various races voters will decide, three state propositions are also on the ballot. The one that has garnered the most attention is Proposition 1, which would change the way the redistricting process is done in New York.

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Health
9:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Cuomo outlines state's Ebola preparedness plan

NYS designates 8 hospitals to treat potential Ebola patients. No hospital in Buffalo was selected.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is taking steps to prepare for possible cases of Ebola in New York.

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Local
5:20 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Van driver cleared in hunt for would-be child abductors

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda meeting with reporters Monday in Niagara Square to discuss investigation into attempted abductions.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police say a man questioned Tuesday for possibly attempting to abduct two 13-year-old boys Monday is not being charged with a crime.

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Business
3:45 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Steel frame 'topped off' at 250 Delaware

Michael Montante talking about Delaware North's new world headquarters being built in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Ashley Hirtzel

The final steel beam was put in place Friday morning for a major mixed-use complex in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

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Bills sale
12:13 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Pegulas unanimously approved as Bills owners

Terry Pegula
Credit WBFO News file photo

NFL owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Buffalo Bills to Terry and Kim Pegula.

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Local
4:39 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Court filing seeks answers on sex offenders placed in West Seneca

Assemblyman Michael Kearns is asking for judicial intervention in a state FOIL request.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Questions remain over the placement of seven high-level sex offenders in a West Seneca neighborhood. 

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Health
8:15 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Bills, Independent Health issue community wellness challenge

Credit buffalobills.com/thechallenge

The Buffalo Bills and Independent Health have teamed up for an initiative that challenges Western New Yorkers to adopt healthier lifestyles.

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Politics
3:26 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Cuomo: Grisanti endorsement decision 'personally difficult'

Credit Facebook

The political situation involving Buffalo State Senator Mark Grisanti has been weighing on the mind of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Local
6:56 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Bills sale to Pegulas earns NFL Finance Committee approval

Terry Pegula is one step closer to owning the Buffalo Bills.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The NFL's finance committee has unanimously approved the pending sale of the Buffalo Bills to Terry and Kim Pegula.

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Sports
5:48 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Don't have a Bills ticket? Be prepared to pay

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The Buffalo Bills open their home schedule this Sunday with a game against the Miami Dolphins and if you don't already have a ticket, you can expect to pay a premium on the secondary market.

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Local
2:50 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

With Bills ownership resolved, stadium issue looms

Credit File photo

Now that Terry and Kim Pegula have been chosen to be the owners of the Buffalo Bills, one major issue that remains uncertain is where the team will play in future years. 

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Sports
3:25 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Pegulas reach 'definitive agreement' to buy the Buffalo Bills

Terry Pegula and his wife Kim are in line to buy the Bills, pending league approval.
Credit File photo

The owners of the Buffalo Sabres have been chosen to be the new owners of the Buffalo Bills. Terry and Kim Pegula have made the winning bid to take ownership of the storied NFL franchise.

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Local
2:25 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Zoo polar bear Luna recovering from surgery after fall

Luna, on the left, fell 16 feet last weekend into a dry moat in her exhibit.
Credit File photo

The Buffalo Zoo says the popular polar bear Luna is doing well after falling into her exhibit's dry moat over the weekend.

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Politics
3:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Poll: Cuomo maintains 2-to-1 lead over Astorino

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a big lead over his Republican challenger.
Credit File photo

The latest numbers suggest Governor Andrew Cuomo could win by a landslide in his bid for re-election this fall.

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Sports
2:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Buffalo to host 2015, 2016 NHL Combine

HarborCenter will partially host the 2015 and 2016 NHL Combine.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The National Hockey League announced Monday that the league's annual scouting combine will be held in Buffalo in 2015 and 2016. 

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Local
3:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Small plane loses power, crash-lands in airport parking lot

Small plane crash-lands at BNIA.
Courtesy: Rachel Kingston WIVB

A small plane lost power and crash-landed in a mostly empty parking lot at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Thursday afternoon. No one was injured.

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Local
4:30 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Funding in place for Statler's exterior renovation

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Exterior restoration work on the Statler City building on Niagara Square is moving forward, now that $5.3 million in state development funding has been made available to developer Mark Croce.

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Local
4:03 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Former Rainbow mall to become $150 million 'Wonder Falls' complex

Conceptual rendering of Wonder Falls at night
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Office

A preferred developer has been chosen to transform the former Rainbow Centre mall in Niagara Falls into a major mixed-use complex. 

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Environment
1:33 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Erie County water testing finds no harmful algae toxin

Algae testing at Erie County beaches came back negative.
Credit erie.gov

Lake Erie water samples tested this week in Albany have come back negative in Erie County for a harmful toxin caused by blue-green algae blooms. 

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Local
1:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Cuomo says he didn't interfere with corruption panel

Gov. Cuomo made his first public comments Monday on allegations regarding his office's relationship with the Moreland Commission.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo fielded questions for the first time Monday about alleged interference with the Moreland Commission, an ethics panel he created in July 2013 and shut down earlier this year.

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Cultural
10:35 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Inaugural Canalside beer festival a celebration of suds

Credit buffalobrewersfestival.com

A favorite beverage of many Western New Yorkers will be celebrated this weekend at Canalside. 

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Politics
11:09 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Deputy Mayor Steve Casey leaving Brown's administration

Deputy Mayor Steve Casey.
Credit Photo from City of Buffalo website

First Deputy Buffalo Mayor Steve Casey is leaving City Hall. Casey will be departing his longtime position in Mayor Byron Brown's administration to work on a major development project in West Seneca.

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Local
4:39 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Crews begin installing first of three canal bridges

The first piece of the Lake Street bridge was installed on Monday.
Credit ECHDC

The first of three bridges that will cross over historically-aligned canals being re-created in downtown Buffalo is now being installed.

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Local
5:48 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Comptroller finds fraudulent practices in county division

Erie County's comptroller has released a report that he says uncovers possible fraud in the county's Division of Weights and Measures.

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