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8:26 am
Fri March 27, 2015

An insider's look at Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid is expected to be a top draft pick this year
Credit Courtesy WJET24, Erie, Pa

Thursday night's overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes leaves the Sabres six points behind the Coyotes with just a couple of weeks left in the season. The team that finds themselves at the very bottom of the standings when the season is over is guaranteed no worse than the second overall draft choice, meaning the Sabres could land super-prospects Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel. McDavid is currently the captain of the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Eichel is presently a center at Boston University. Both are viewed as franchise players.

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Local
11:31 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Report: Alzheimer's patients left out in diagnosis

A new report reveals that only 45 percent of Alzheimer's patients are told of their diagnosis by their doctors.

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Local
1:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Buffalo Bills to honor memory of Wilson with statue

Ralph Wilson, long-time Bills owner, died in March of 2014.

The Buffalo Bills will be honoring the late Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. with a statue.  The organization announced it will commission a statute that will be displayed outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

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Local
2:47 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Koelmel leaving HARBORCENTER

John Koelmel will be leaving as President of HARBORCENTER.
Credit WBFO News file photo

John Koelmel, president of HARBORCENTER, is vacating his post. A statement issued Tuesday morning said after successfully opening the sports and entertainment complex, Koelmel will leave the job.

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Buffalo Police investigate Goodyear Ave shooting
1:51 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Buffalo Police investigate shooting on Goodyear Avenue

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Buffalo police are investigating a shooting that occurred just before 7 o'clock Saturday morning on the 500 block of Goodyear Avenue.

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Local
12:27 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Pawn shop regulation aims to help in recovery of stolen property

A proposed local law would establish an electronic reporting system for pawnshops and other secondhand brokers dealing with personal items.
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Erie County Legislators are considering a local law aimed at regulating pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers and jewelry, precious metals and coin exchange dealers. 

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Local
9:09 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Lancaster students protest school board decision to change controversial mascot

Lancaster students rally outside the high school in support of their controversial mascot which the school board has retired.
Credit WBFO Photo

Students in Lancaster rallied outside the high school this morning in support of their former "Redskins" mascot.

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Press Pass
10:58 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Press Pass: Recalling a dismal day in downtown history

For many local residents it was a Saint Patrick's Day they would like to forget. On March 17, 1995, the doors closed for good on what was once AM&A's department store on Main Street. "It was probably the lowest point in downtown Buffalo," said Jim Fink of Business First during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass. For Fink, the anniversary serves as a reminder of how downtown life is on the upswing.

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Local
3:27 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Preclearance deal signed between U.S. & Canada

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson & Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney sign preclearance agreement as part of the Beyond the Border Initiative.
Photo provided by U.S. Congressman Higgin's office

A Preclearance agreement was signed between the United States and Canadian leaders in Washington, D.C. Monday.

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Local
10:51 am
Mon March 16, 2015

UB faces West Virginia in NCAA Tournament

UB won the Mid American Conference Saturday night in Cleveland.
Credit Photo from UB Athletcis website

Hopes are high as UB enters the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time. The Bulls have been slotted as the 12th-seed in the Midwest Region, a position that has enjoyed success in recent tournaments.

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Local
8:39 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Physician shortage leads to scholarship fund for UB students

Alyssa Volmrich, James Miller and Gina Sparacino are the first three recipients of the Western New York Medical Scholarship
Credit Courtesy of the University at Buffalo website www.buffalo.edu

The Western New York Medical Scholarship Fund is a newly formed community organization providing four-year scholarships to local students attending the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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Local
12:29 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Skating at Canalside ready to end a successful season

A large crowd jammed the Ice at Canalside on its opening night. The facility remained popular throughout the winter.
Credit WBFO file photo

The Ice at Canalside has exceeded expectations, says Sam Hoyt, board member for  the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board. "It appears that our final numbers will be in excess of 50,000 skaters," Hoyt said. Public skating for the facility's first season is scheduled to end on Tuesday.

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Focus on Education
8:09 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Niagara University workshop polishes local high school students for college and career readiness

Niagara University Campus
Credit courtesy of Niagara University Facebook page

More than 275 local high school students will be on hand at Niagara University Wednesday to take part in professional workshops on business leadership, interpersonal skills, dining etiquette and social media.

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UB Grad Programs Ranked Among Nation's Best
1:54 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

UB grad programs ranked among nation's best

Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO News

U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of America's Best Graduate Schools hold several University at Buffalo programs among the best in their fields.

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Focus on Education
12:15 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Ken-Ton School board could consider ‘boycott’ against standardized tests

Ken-Ton School Board.
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The Kenmore Tonawanda School Board is considering a possible boycott of the state's standardized tests. The Board says it wants Governor Cuomo to make changes to education policies.  The school board will consider proposals at Tuesday night's.

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Local
11:45 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Deadly house fires in West Seneca & South Buffalo

Google Streetview of 67 Dirkson Avenue in West Seneca.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Two separate house fires claimed the lives of two western New Yorkers Monday morning.   There's word an elderly woman has perished in a house fire in West Seneca. Reports indicate the blaze broke out at a 67 Dirkson Avenue home and spread to a neighboring house.

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Local
8:35 am
Mon March 9, 2015

National Fuel: Smell Gas - Act Fast

National Fuel Gas vehicle.
Credit WBFO News file photo

As the weather warms up in the coming weeks, National Fuel Gas is reminding customers if they smell gas to act fast. 

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Local
7:40 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Bills secure deals with Hughes, McCoy

Credit WBFO News File Photo

The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement with Defensive End Jerry Hughes and worked out a deal with new Running Back LeSean McCoy. 

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Sabres recall Hackett
2:28 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Sabres recall Hackett, re-assign Grigorenko and Makarov

Matt Hackett, Goaltender
Credit Buffalo Sabres / WBFO News

The Buffalo Sabres recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from the Rochester Americans, on Saturday.

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Local
5:53 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Akron & Lake Shore Central Schools cancel lacrosse games against Lancaster

Citizens gathered for debate in Lancaster to discuss Redskins name.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Two schools have canceled lacrosse games against the Lancaster High School as the Lancaster District debates whether to change the Redskins sports name.

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Local
8:03 am
Fri March 6, 2015

National Weather Service: A record low temperature this morning

Icicles have been the scene throughout the region during this very cold winter season.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Western New Yorkers are once again dealing with record breaking weather. 

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Local
11:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Women's history explored throughout March

Sawrie Becker, Commissioner of Office of Public Advocacy with Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Women's History Month places the spotlight on those whose contributions may have previously gone unnoticed. Sawrie Becker, commissioner of Office of Public Advocacy with the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, says women's history offers valuable lessons. "Courage is probably the most important thing. To be willing to take a stand when it may not be the popular thing to do."

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Local
9:48 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Small plane crash kills three native Western New Yorkers

Drummer Ted Reinhardt dies with two other friends in small plane crash in Norfolk, Virginia.
Credit Photo from Reinhadt's Facebook page.

A small plane crash in Virginia has taken the lives of three Western New York natives.  The four-seat Mooney aircraft clipped treetops, flipped over and crashed as the pilot attempted to land at an airport near Norfolk, Virginia, early Wednesday morning killing the pilot and his two passengers. 

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Sports
2:09 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Buffalo Bills acquire Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel

Minnesota Vikings to acquire QB Matt Cassel
Credit Photo from Minnesota Vikings website

The Buffalo Bills announced the team has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings to acquire Quarterback Matt Cassel and an undisclosed draft choice in exchange for undisclosed draft choices.

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Local
11:53 am
Wed March 4, 2015

March tradition benefits Hospice

Flowers for Hospice Bouquet sale.
Credit Photo from Hospice Facebook page.

With over 600 volunteers, the 29th annual Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale is expected to raise $300,000 for Hospice Buffalo in the coming days. Rose Collins, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, said Hospice provides families of those with severe illnesses "a compassionate, skilled way to look after your loved one and give them quality time in the time that remains." 

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Local
4:11 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

More relentless wintry weather headed to region

Snowy 2015 winter season in Buffalo.
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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory. It will be posted from noon Tuesday to 1 a.m. Wednesday for Western New York.

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Developing
3:39 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Sabres deal Neuvirth on trade deadline day

Monday marked trade deadline day in the National Hockey League.  WBFO'S 'Behind The Bench' Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe says the Buffalo Sabres have traded Goalie Michal Neuvirth to the Islanders for Chad Johnson.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Buffalo's First Ward: A rich history and promising future

Grain workers along the First Ward's waterfront
Credit Courtesy "Buffalo's First Ward"/WNED-TV

Buffalo's First Ward has a rich history and promising future.  Monday night WNED-TV airs the story of the "Old Neighborhood" through the eyes of those who live there.


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Local
6:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Making a Difference: Former teacher makes learning possible

John Mika helps a teacher load her car with free school supplies.
Credit Courtesy Making a Difference/WNED-TV

Throughout February WNED/WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourages others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is “making a difference.”


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Local
3:30 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

NFTA fares would be cut for 2 years under proposed pilot project

Metro Rail's long-term future would be strengthened by proposed plan, supporters argue.
Credit WBFO News

A pilot program that would cut NFTA fares in half for two years is being touted as a way to strengthen the local transit system.

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