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3:54 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Broadway Market packed for Easter weekend

The Broadway Market.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Thousands of shoppers are made their way to the Broadway Market in Buffalo Friday. People are looking for their Easter and Dyngus Day favorites. The popular market items include meats, breads, baked goods, and butter lambs.

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6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Late removal of ice boom expected

Credit WBFO File Photo

Warmer temperatures have returned, but it appears the ice boom is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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Local
4:47 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Fewer homeowners receiving STAR tax breaks

For the first time in 15 years, Albany decided to review homeowners across the state who get STAR tax exemptions. Now, the state is handing out 150,000 fewer property tax breaks.

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Local
4:45 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Campaign aims to boost number of volunteer firefighters

Volunteer firefighters.
Credit IVolunteerFIRE.org

Local and state fire officials are calling on people in the community to become volunteer firefighters. The call comes as part of the fourth annual Recruit New York campaign that kicked-off Thursday.

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Local
12:38 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Man sentenced to 25 years for stabbing half-brother to death

23-year old Cody Testerman.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The man who admitted to stabbing his half-brother 22 times on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation was sentenced to 25 years behind bars on Thursday.

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Local
9:32 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Reformers target state parole system

Protesters believe changes are needed in the state parole system.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Local activists rallied outside the state parole office in downtown Buffalo Wednesday,  calling on Albany to reform the parole process.

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Local
8:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Dyngus Day celebration comes to downtown Buffalo

Retired Judge Ann Mikoll has been presiding over Dyngus Day celebrations for 54 years.
Credit Photo courtesy of WNED's Eileen Elibol

Buffalo's evolving love affair with Dyngus Day is a story in itself, with more celebrations emerging each year at bars, halls and restaurants throughout the area. This year, a Dyngus Day celebration that dates back over 50 years will be moving to a downtown location for the first time.

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Local
8:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

City seeking protection against absentee property owners

Credit File photo

Buffalo is looking for a new weapon against some of the city's bad property owners and landlords. The Common Council is asking for a change in the tax lien law for city properties.

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Local
2:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Local artist accused of possessing child porn takes plea

A local filmmaker who is the former head of CEPA Gallery in Buffalo entered a guilty plea Wednesday to an obscenity charge.

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Local
5:01 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Gun rights supporters rally in Buffalo

Gun rights advocates rallied in Buffalo Tuesday.
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond

On a bitterly cold and snowy afternoon, gun rights supporters rallied Tuesday outside the Mahoney State Office Building in Buffalo to voice opposition to long gun registration rules which kicked in at midnight.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The next ‘Giants of Buffalo’: Journalists & best-selling authors Herbeck & Michel

News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel in the WBFO studio. They will lead a discussion in journalism and honored as the 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum, Friday, April 18th.
Credit WBFO News photo

Two award-winning local journalists will be honored this Friday as the next 'Giants of Buffalo' at the Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo News reporters Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel, co-authors of the New York Times best seller American Terrorist, will lead a discussion on journalism.

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Child Abuse
8:48 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Poloncarz proposes child protection measures

County Executive Mark Poloncarz with Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer and Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe
Credit Photo by Chris Caya / WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

An overhaul of the state's Child Protective Services law is being proposed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. He says the county has taken steps to improve its procedures -- but New York's current law hasn't changed much since it was enacted more than 40 years ago.

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Local
8:35 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Council approves new Canalside operator

Plans for Canalside continue to become reality.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The Common Council cleared the way yesterday for Global Spectrum to take over operations in Canalside.

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Local
11:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Assault weapon registration deadline is today

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

April 15 , besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police. Gun owners who do want to comply say they are confused over how to register.

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Local
9:27 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Extra funding from Albany to fix winter-damaged roads

Crews making pothole repairs on area roads.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Local governments are getting some extra funding from Albany to fix roads badly damaged by this winter's brutal weather. The new state budget provides an extra $40 million for road repair.

WBFO'S Chris Caya reports on the funding for much needed road repair in Erie County.

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Station recognized at BEMA Awards banquet
5:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

WBFO named Radio Station of the Year

BEMA Award, 2014 Radio Station of the Year
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

WBFO has been named the Radio Station of the Year.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

High lake levels exist after heavy winter snows

Lake Erie ice and snow cover from winter 2013-14 in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Somewhere out under the thousands of square miles of ice on the Great Lakes is water, much of it visible on the Buffalo Waterfront as it eventually flows under the ice boom. It will be a little higher this year for boating season.

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Report indicates Police knew of abuse
10:37 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Bullying behind mother's push for teen fight

Niagara Falls Police
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Niagara Falls resident Eula McCray was arrested last week on multiple charges for forcing her teenage daughter into a fight.

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Rabid raccoon identified in Niagara County
10:53 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Rabies reported in Western New York

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The region's first case of rabies for the year has been reported.

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Local
4:13 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Distracted driving blitz underway

Credit File photo

If you text and drive, law enforcement will have an eye out for you in the coming days.

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Local
2:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Increase in hazardous rail cargo raising concerns on both sides of the border

Credit File photo

WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

Some municipal politicians in Toronto are urging the Canadian government to lift the secrecy surrounding hazardous cargo hauled by trains. It has become a sensitive issue in both Canada and the U.S. after a series of train accidents in the past year.

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Local
12:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Winter ice delays start of Seaway shipping season

Credit greatlakes-seaway.com

WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

It's a late opening for the St. Lawrence Seaway this season. In fact, it's the latest start in five years. The reason is, the harsh winter has led to some of the worst ice conditions in the Great Lakes in decades.

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Local
9:31 am
Fri April 11, 2014

County leaders reject library district

Erie County Legislators rejected a resolution of support for a new library district.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and eight members of the Erie County Legislature agree on one issue: they don't want the library system turned into a separate taxing district.

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Local
8:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Hawkins brings Green campaign to Buffalo

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Saying he's the candidate of New York's political left, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins says his party will have a good year because there is discontent against Governor Cuomo.

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Local
9:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Cuomo touts property tax relief plan in Amherst

Gov. Cuomo speaking Thursday in the Town of Amherst
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo told hundreds of invited guests at the Main Transit Fire Hall in Amherst Thursday the new state budget provides more than $100 million in property tax relief over three years.

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Local
8:55 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Plan looks to transform Scajaquada Expressway

A new concept would slow the travel speeds of the Scajaquada Expressway by adding a roundabout and more grade crossings.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

After seven years of study, the State Department of Transportation has developed a concept that would change the current Scajaquada Expressway into a boulevard.

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Local
8:20 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Labor Secretary calls for extension of unemployment benefits

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is a native of Buffalo.
Credit File photo

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is calling on the House of Representatives to vote this week on legislation that would extend benefits to the long-term unemployed.

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Peace Bridge
9:26 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Gateway planners reach out to diverse community

Neighborhood residents view plans for New York Gateway Connection
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The public has until May 5th to comment on plans for the New York Gateway Connections project, which will link the Peace Bridge plaza to the 190 and local roadways.  The State Transportation Department is making an extra effort to reach out to a very diverse neighborhood surrounding the Peace Bridge.

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Local
1:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Jay Leno to headline Lucille Ball Festival

Jay Leno will appear August 9th in Jamestown.
Credit courtesy Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

After years of attracting top names in comedy to their annual event in Jamestown, organizers may have reached new heights today by announcing that Jay Leno will headline the 2014 Lucille Ball Festival.

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4:49 am
Wed April 9, 2014

City officials have plans for federal dollars

Officials offered an overview of how federal money will be spent in Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo officials were in the Central Library Tuesday night explaining how millions of dollars in federal block grant money will be spent.

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