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GOP finally has candidate to face Poloncarz
11:45 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Walter announces for County Executive's race

Assemblyman Ray Walter announced candidacy for County Executive
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

New York State Assemblyman Ray Walter will be throwing his hat in the ring for the County Executive's race today.

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Services offered today at UB clinic
11:36 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Area veterans receive free dental care

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

America's veterans are thought to have among the best healthcare coverage available.

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Local
9:00 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Federal legislation aims to bolster advanced manufacturing through higher ed programs

From left: Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY 26th District), Kemper Lewis, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Representative Chris Collins (R-NY 27th District)
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Colleges across the country may soon compete to be designated as “Manufacturing Universities.”

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Officer Jared Forsyth laid to rest
4:42 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Hundreds gather to remember fallen Lockport officer

Chris Caya/WBFO News

A fallen police officer was laid to rest near his hometown in Niagara County Friday. Lockport native Jared Forsythe died on duty with the Ocala, Florida Police Department last week.

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Wheatfield Shootings
2:19 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Three shot, one fatally, in Town of Wheatfield

School parking lot on Errick Road near shooting in Wheatfield, NY.
Credit WBFO News photo by Michael Mroziak

One person is dead and two others hospitalized following a multiple shooting in the Town of Wheatfield Friday afternoon.

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Local
7:05 am
Fri April 17, 2015

How would you pitch Buffalo? A high-tech value for some

A snapshot from the VBN video "Why Choose Buffalo?"
Credit Courtesy of www.VisitBuffaloNiagara.com

Officials from Visit Buffalo Niagara, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center and several area hotels are in Albany this week to promote Buffalo to those making decisions about where to hold meetings, conventions and sporting events.

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Local
5:14 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Start Up NY drawing mixed reviews

The Start Up New York program received different reviews Thursday, at opposite ends of downtown Buffalo. Some Erie County legislators doubt the program's effectiveness while opinions were more favorable along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Local
4:30 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Legislature calls for legalization of Mixed Martial Arts

Erie county legislators want Mixed Martial Arts legalized in New York, the last state not to completely allow the matches.

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Park vandalism
4:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Vandals cause $15,000 in damage to Chestnut Ridge Park

Erie County Sheriff's Office

The Erie County Sheriff's Department is investigating some costly incidents of vandalism at Chestnut Ridge Park.

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Promoting creative thinking
1:27 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Albright-Knox launches Innovation Lab

Albright-Knox Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director Janne Siren announces AK Innovation Lab initiative Thursday inside the Gallery.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has launched a new initiative designed to promote critical and creative thinking in young people.

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Local
11:59 am
Thu April 16, 2015

AmeriCorps Director stresses the value of volunteers

Nearly 62 million Americans volunteer in their communities, an effort with an economic impact valued at $173 billion. That's according to Bill Basl, Director of AmeriCorps, who spoke with WBFO News to spotlight National Volunteer Week.

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Local
4:45 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Local federal judge nominees await confirmation

Denise O'Donnell, a former U.S. attorney, is awaiting her confirmation as a federal judge.
Credit WBFO File Photo

In recent years, presidential nominations of federal judges have become tangled in the politics of Washington. Locally, there are two federal court nominations stalled in process, Lawrence Vilardo and Denise O'Donnell.

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Local
6:00 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Buffalo hosting major film shoot in May

Buffalo mayor Byron Brown leads a news conference detailing next month's shooting of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2" in the city.
Credit WBFO.org

The Queen City will be the temporary home to the so-called "Heroes in a Half Shell" next month, when film crews from Paramount Pictures arrive to shoot scenes for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2."

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Local
5:13 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY employees donate big bucks to local charities

Representatives of some of the fifteen charities to which Blue Cross Blue Shield employees donated $67,000 on Wednesday afternoon.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Fifteen Western New York charities received a combined donation of more than $67,000, Wednesday afternoon.

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Local
1:06 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Ryan wants cell phone tracking investigation

Assemblyman Sean Ryan calls for investigation into domestic surveillance carried out by the Erie County Sheriff's Office.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The Erie County Sheriff's Office should be barred from fishing expeditions with the public's cell phone data according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan, who Is calling on the state Attorney General to investigate.

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Local
4:59 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood showing positive developments

It's getting safer and better to live in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood in the city's northeast corner. The latest crime reports were delivered to a public meeting Tuesday night in Westminster Community Charter.

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Local
4:53 am
Wed April 15, 2015

City officials consider mandatory sick time

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

City Hall is starting to look at requiring some employers to provide sick days for workers.  Councilmember Michael LoCurto says many cities are now requiring some sick leave, mostly to keep sick people from showing up at work and infecting others.

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Local
6:18 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Local WIC office celebrates completed expansion

The Reverend Pearl Outlaw, left, and Father Richard Zajac, both chaplains at Sisters Hospital, take turns with blessings as part of a celebration marking the end of an expansion project at the busiest WIC (Women, Infants & Children) office in Buffalo, on the grounds of Sisters Hospital. At far right is Bishop Richard Malone of the Diocese of Buffalo, who also offered remarks.
Credit WBFO.org

Completion of a two-year expansion project was celebrated Tuesday on the campus of Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, the home of the busiest WIC office among 15 in Erie and Niagara Counties.

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Local
1:53 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Free Wi-Fi planned for downtown Buffalo

UB President Satish Tripathi talks about partnering with the city and M&T to create a free Wi-Fi system in downtown Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Free Wi-Fi is coming to downtown Buffalo this summer. The city announced it's teaming with M&T Bank and Univeristy at Buffalo to create a new network called 'Buffalo Connects'. 

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Local
1:46 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Initiative encourages reading aloud to children

Credit Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Stamp out illiteracy and bring on the bedtime stories. Those are the goals of an effort to highlight the importance of reading to children for at least 15 minutes a day.

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Local
12:10 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Polar bear Kali leaving Buffalo for St. Louis

Polar bear Kali (l.) will be leaving The Buffalo Zoo at the end of the month.
Credit File photo

The Buffalo Zoo is saying goodbye to Kali, one of two young polar bears who have called Buffalo home over the last few years, and welcoming another one back.

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Local
9:07 am
Tue April 14, 2015

U.S. Border Patrol offers Citizens Academy

U.S. Border Patrol agents conduct a routine interview with the pilot of small aircraft.
Credit Courtesy of U.S. Border Patrol website http://www.cbp.gov/newsroom

It's billed as a chance to get a first-hand look at how our international borders are protected. The Citizens Academy offered by the U.S. Border Patrol provides the public with a behind the scenes look at how the agency operates in Western New York.

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Local
9:15 am
Mon April 13, 2015

State streamlines support online for crime victims

The NYS Office of Victim Services has launched an online portal to aid victims of crime in applying for support.
Credit Courtesy of the State Office of Victim Services www.ovs.ny.gov

Crime victims in need of help paying medical bills or other related expenses can now apply for support from New York State online.

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Local
4:57 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Erie County Democrats quick to embrace Clinton's candidacy

Credit photo from HillaryClinton.com

To no one's surprise, Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for president and Erie County Democrats are rushing to push her candidacy.

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Local
4:51 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Eden farmers recovering from winter's wrath

Sunday's weather allowed Eden farmers to continue the work of planting and re-building.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Eden Valley farmers like the Zittels were hammered by the November 2014 storm, a storm which hit the agricultural heartland of Erie County so rapidly that several greenhouses were left in ruins. They still sit there as farmers focus on preparing this year's crops.

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Local
6:37 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Bomb scare on Greyhound bus headed from Buffalo to Cleveland

Credit Mark Scott / WBFO News

The travels of a Greyhound bus were interrupted on Friday, when its driver was notified of an onboard bomb threat.

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Local
6:32 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Monday may bring warmest temperature since before winter

Monday may see temperatures at or above 70 degrees. If so, it would be the warmest day since winter came to Western New York.

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Local
1:30 pm
Sun April 12, 2015

Underground electrical fire closes downtown streets

A dislodged manhole cover leaves an open crater at the intersection of Tupper and Pearl Streets in downtown Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

An underground electrical fire at Franklin and Tupper Streets in downtown Buffalo resulted in the closing of streets and evacuation of buildings on Sunday afternoon.

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Suspect in separate cases still being sought
10:17 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Abduction suspect found and cleared

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Chautauqua County Police report that they have identified and located a man who was thought to be attempting abductions of children in the Ripley area.

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4:10 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Man rescued from burning vehicle in Sherman

Law enforcement officials rescued a man trapped in a burning vehicle late Friday night.

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