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Crime
5:33 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Orleans County pastor found guilty of sexually abusing children

Rev. Roy Harriger was convicted of sexually abusing two children more than a decade ago.
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A former Orleans County minister was convicted Monday in Orleans County Court of sexually abusing two children over a decade ago while he was a minister of the Ashwood Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville.

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Local
1:17 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Poloncarz withdraws controversial commissioner appointment

Carol Dankert-Maurer no longer has the support of County Executive Mark Poloncarz to be Commissioner of Mental Health.
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In an about-face, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has pulled his nomination of Carol Dankert-Maurer to be the county's Commissioner of Mental Health. 

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Local
7:22 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Newfane teacher arrested for forcible touching

Salvatore A. Anello
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A teacher from the Newfane School District has been arrested and charged with forcible touching.

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Politics
11:10 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver arrested on corruption charges

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position as one of the most powerful men in Albany to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.

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Focus on Education
9:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Wilmers calls for ‘radical’ change for Buffalo Public Schools, favors state takeover

Robert Wilmers and WBFO'S Eileen Buckley during a question and answer session on education in Buffalo.
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Long-time Buffalo business leader Robert Wilmers delivered his "State of Public Education in Buffalo" Wednesday evening before a packed house inside the Montante Center on Main Street in Buffalo, hosted by Canisius College.  

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Crime
12:29 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Tonawanda man sentenced for string of summer arsons

Christopher Syracuse was sentenced Wednesday for a string of arsons last summer.
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A man who went on an arson spree in North Tonawanda last summer was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison Wednesday in State Supreme Court.

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Health
12:15 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Erie County infant dies from flu complications

An infant living in Erie County recently died from complications relating to the flu. Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says it is the first confirmed flu-related death in the county this season. 

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Press Pass
6:44 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Press Pass: Developers drawn to Canalside success

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The Ice at Canalside has proven to be a big hit this winter as skaters have flocked to the outdoor facility, even on the most frigid evenings. The activity has not gone unnoticed by the business community, says Jim Fink on WBFO's Press Pass.

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Business
4:58 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Report: KeyBank moving out of Key Tower

KeyBank is pulling out of the Key Tower
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Another Buffalo bank is reportedly moving out of its namesake downtown tower.

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Local
1:50 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Tobe leaving county government for state job

Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe at his desk at the Rath Building.
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A top official in Erie County government is leaving to take a job in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration.

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Sports
1:46 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Listen: Rex Ryan introduced as new Bills head coach

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The Buffalo Bills held an introductory press conference Wednesday with Rex Ryan, who was hired on Monday to succeed Doug Marrone as the team's head coach. 

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Sports
8:44 am
Wed January 14, 2015

National sports host says Rex Ryan a good fit for Buffalo

Rex Ryan is greeted with a La Nova pizza in Buffalo
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Western New Yorkers will hear from new head coach Rex Ryan when he is introduced by the Buffalo Bills at noon Wednesday in Orchard Park.

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Sports
5:11 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Roman in, Schwartz out as Bills coordinators

Greg Roman is the Buffalo Bills' new offensive coordinator
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Greg Roman is in as the Buffalo Bills new offensive coordinator, and Jim Schwartz is out as defensive coordinator.

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Local
12:56 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Cuomo picks Zemsky to lead state's top development agency

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated local developer Howard Zemsky to serve as president and CEO of Empire State Development Corporation, New York State's primary economic development agency.

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Local
11:36 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Busy week for Triple "A" due to wintry conditions

Did your car start today?
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Wintry weather has amounted to a spike in calls this week at Triple "A" of Western New York.


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Local
9:47 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Road closures: Friday morning, January 9, 2015

A snow plow crew in downtown Buffalo early this morning, Friday, January 9, 2015
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Erie County has issued a travel advisory until further notice.

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Local
9:44 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Closings & Delays for Friday, January 9, 2015

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The following are closings for Friday, January 9, 2015:

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Behind the Bench
4:28 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

WBFO’s Behind the Bench spotlights Sabres action

Bill Hoppe, contributor to WBFO's Behind the Bench
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A new weekly segment on WBFO focuses on the Buffalo Sabres. 'Behind the Bench' provides enlightening and lively analysis on Sabres developments both on and off the ice.

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Local
3:13 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Snow stalls traffic downtown

Near zero visibility on the Skway during the Lake Effect snows.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Conditions in downtown Buffalo deteriorated quickly late Thursday morning as a Lake Effect snow band whipped off the lake.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley was in the midst of whiteout conditions in downtown Buffalo.


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Local
1:58 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Extreme wind chills forecast for Buffalo

Bitter cold, snowy morning in Buffalo.
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A wind chill advisory is in effect for all of Western New York through 10 a.m. Thursday.

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Local
6:25 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Boulevard Mall Food Court to be replaced by Dick's Sporting Goods

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The Boulevard Mall has some major changes in store. There's word Dick's Sporting Goods will be replacing the mall food court.

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Local
4:44 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Cuomo vetoes legislation to limit CPS caseloads

New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D)
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Governor Cuomo has vetoed legislation that would have required annual reports to be compiled regarding monthly caseloads handled by the staff of Child Protective Services.

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Buffalo Police seek missing girl
1:37 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Buffalo Police seek missing girl

Tanasha Jemison
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Buffalo Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 13-year-old girl.

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Local
11:12 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Higgins recalls Mario Cuomo

Buffalo-area Congressman Brain Higgins is joining the many in recalling former New York Governor Mario Cuomo who died on Thursday at the age of 82.  Higgins said Cuomo eloquently expressed "the essence of what the Democratic Party has been in America."

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Sports
3:50 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Listen: Buffalo Bills end-of-year press conference

Whaley and Marrone fielded questions for about 40 minutes Monday on the Bills' 2014 season.
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Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone and general manager Doug Whaley held an end-of-year press conference from Orchard Park Monday to look back on a season where the team improved, but again failed to make the playoffs. 

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Local
12:10 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Update: Fire investigators probing Evans Bank fire in Lancaster

Fire officials on the scene of the Evans Bank Fire on Sunday night, December 28, 2014
Credit Mike McKay/WBFO News

Fire investigators are searching for the cause of a fire that ripped through the Evans Bank Branch on Transit Road in Lancaster Sunday night.


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Local
7:30 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Cuomo to deliver inaugural address in Buffalo

Credit Karen DeWitt, WBFO

Governor  Andrew Cuomo will visit Buffalo on New Year's Day to deliver an inaugural address.

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Beyond the Playbook
11:07 am
Fri December 26, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': A holiday wish list for the Bills

With the Buffalo Bills officially eliminated from playoff contention, Sunday's game at New England has little meaning for the team and its followers. With that in mind, Matt Sabuda on WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook" offers a holiday wish list for the team as it prepares for the 2015 season.

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Local
10:20 am
Fri December 26, 2014

NFL problems increase dialogue on domestic abuse

The Associated Press has named the NFL's domestic violence issues as its top sports story of 2014. One local advocate for the victims of domestic violence believes the publicity is helping to place the spotlight on a troubling, often-hidden reality.

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Local
9:13 am
Fri December 26, 2014

High-tech option could ease border congestion

CBP officials are working to avoid some of the delays seen at the Peace Bridge in recent years.
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Analysts are predicting one of the busiest holiday travel seasons in recent years. Prior to the holiday rush,  officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the "Border Wait Time App," which offers options that could ease some delays.

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