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4:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Governor signs 'Jackie's Law' to prevent GPS stalking

Jackie Wisniewski's brother David Wisniewski stands between State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes in Niagara Square.
Credit Eileen Buckley / WBFO

Governor Cuomo signed a series of laws Wednesday, that that aims to crack down on domestic violence offenders.

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Local
10:22 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Hamburg schools superintendent placed on leave

Hamburg School Board votes unanimously to place Superintendent Jetter on administrative leave.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Superintendent of the Hamburg School District has been placed on administrative leave, a move that adds to a growing number of controversies within the district.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on Hamburg School Board meeting.

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Local
10:01 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Urban planning study examines area's future options

Looking over future years to 2040 or 2050, what will this region look like? That depends, according to a study being conducted under the name One Region Forward.

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The Great Outdoors
9:27 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Glamour camping spreads out in WNY

A 16 acre lake is part of the 750 acres that make up The Woods at Bear Creek.
Credit Photo courtesy of The Woods at Bear Creek

It's called "glamping," or glamour camping, and its growing popularity has prompted one local businessman to make a major investment in a Cattaraugus County property.

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Local
8:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Hochul takes campaign to Tonawanda

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul was out meeting with Town of Tonawanda Democratic politicians Tuesday.

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Stratford Festival
8:43 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Actor Mike Shara discusses Stratford Festival roles

At the Stratford Festival this season, veteran actor Mike Shara is keeping busy, performing in three of the big shows.

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Health Care Coverage
6:47 am
Tue July 22, 2014

BlueCross BlueShield drops local Medicaid program

Thousands of people across the region will soon have to find a new Medicaid provider. BlueCross Blue Shield of Western New York is getting out of the business.

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Governor's Race
6:38 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Poll shows wide gap in Governor's race

A new poll shows Republican Rob Astorino trailing in the Governor's race by 37 points.
Credit WBFO File Photo

A poll conducted fifteen weeks before Election Day shows incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is maintaining a wide lead over his nearest challenger.

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Local
1:21 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

British fish and chip shop opens in Buffalo

Assemblyman Michael Kearns, Mayor Byron Brown, Vicky and Damian Parker celebrate the opening of British Chippy.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

An authentic British fish and chip shop opened Monday in South Buffalo. The British-born owners of the English Pork Pie Co. in Buffalo have opened a new shop called British Chippy, located next door to the business on South Park Avenue.

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Local
11:21 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Toddler critical following East side hit-and-run

A two-year-old girl is in critical condition at Women and Children's Hospital after police say she was struck Sunday night in an apparent hit-and-run.

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Local
10:14 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Press Pass: A focus on Genesee County

WBFO's Press Pass went on the road this week to Genesee County for a conversation with Howard Owens of The Batavian.com, a six-year-old community news site whose success has drawn national attention.

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Local
7:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Teachers give failing grade to education commissioner

State Education Commissioner John King remains a target of criticism.
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The President of the state’s teachers’ union says members aren’t yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.

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Buffalo Bills
7:46 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Dareus misses the start of training camp

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Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus is missing the start of training camp after failing his conditioning test.

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Local
7:45 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Niagara-on-the-Lake parking meters go high-tech

Credit facebook.com/MyDestinationOntario

Officials in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario say it's not a case of "Big Brother" that you have to register your car license number to use municipal parking spaces.

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Local
7:43 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Four arrested in church burglaries

Area law enforcement officials believe they have arrested four people responsible for a rash of burglaries at churches in Cattaraugus and Wyoming Counties.

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Downburst could not be predicted
10:24 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Rare wind event causes damage in Clarence

Storm damage
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A Clarence neighborhood experienced extensive wind damage on Saturday due to a rare meteorological event.

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Western New York students will benefit
11:12 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Cuomo announces grants for after school programs

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced new grants equaling nearly $11 million in support of Advantage After School Programs across the state.

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DHS monies benefit Buffalo, West Seneca
10:55 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Federal funding will improve local fire departments

Senator Charles Schumer
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New York State's two US Senators, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gilibrand, have announced funding for improvements to a pair of Western New York fire departments.

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"Saturation Patrols" to be run this summer
10:37 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Police launch crime control effort in Falls

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An increase in gun violence and crime in Niagara Falls triggered the launch of "saturation patrols" on Friday night.

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Local
4:11 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Foundations donate $700K to new waterfront children's museum

An artist rendering of a portion of the planned Explore and More Children's Museum, which is slated to open in 2016 near Canalside.

With hundreds of Canalside visitors as a backdrop, Explore & More Children's Museum announced several generous gifts on Friday.

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Local
2:47 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

New Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk opens on Outer Harbor

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The public now has greater access to Buffalo's Outer Harbor. Officials cut the ribbon Friday on the new Tifft Street Pier and Boardwalk along Furhmann Boulevard.

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Local
7:43 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Arctic Edge construction progressing at The Buffalo Zoo

The Arctic Edge exhibit includes a new home for the polar bears at the Buffalo Zoo.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The Buffalo Zoo's Siberian tigers and polar bears will have to keep sharing their swimming pool for another year until a massive construction project is complete.

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Local
6:27 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Supporters urge governor to sign law to prevent GPS stalking

Wisniewski's brother David Wisniewski stands between State Senator Tim Kennedy and Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes in Niagara Square urging the Governor to sign Jackie's Law.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A state bill, if signed into law, could protect more domestic violence victims from dying at the hands of their abusers. The bill was inspired by a local woman who was murdered in 2012.

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Local
8:57 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Former police officer awaits drug sentence

Defense attorney Tom Eoannou is representing James Hamilton in federal court.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Sentencing of  James Hamilton, the Buffalo police officer fired for marijuana dealing, was delayed as a federal judge considers the case.

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Local
8:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Author Mike Maccalupo returns with Buffalo murder mystery

Author Mike Maccalupo draws on some life experiences in his most recent work, "The Allentown Murders." In conversation with WBFO's Mike Desmond, Maccalupo explains that the Allentown recalled in the the murder mystery differs from than the neighborhood's current image.

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Local
7:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Mayor Brown offers thoughts on stadium plans

Mayor Brown addressed several issues at an appearance Wednesday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The developer who hired Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown's right-hand man, Steve Casey, has also hired one of the nation's top stadium design firms. The moves have sparked more speculation regarding the possible location of a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

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Local
7:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Cuomo Tappan Zee plan earns approval

After a lengthy session, the panel approved a controversial loan for the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

A key oversight board approved half of the amount Governor Cuomo had sought for a loan from a clean water fund to help pay for the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

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Local
6:15 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Testimony ends in Cartagena murder trial

The murder trial of a mother accused of strangling her eight year old daughter continued Wednesday in Erie County Court.

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Local
4:57 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Buffalo spending $4 million to improve courts, playgrounds in city parks

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Upgrades are on the way for 22 parks across the City of Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown says the city is spending an additional $4 million this year in improving parks and playgrounds.

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Local
8:57 am
Wed July 16, 2014

High-tech job training expands locally

With the increasingly high-tech economy developing around here, job training is preparing people for those jobs.

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