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5:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Erie County plans to spend $27 million on road, bridge repairs

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz & County Commissioner of Public Works John Loffredo.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has announced a list of area roadways that will be under construction this season. The county plans to spend $27 million on the infrastructure projects if the legislature approves an additional $4.5 million.

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Local
4:36 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Disbanding Moreland Commission hurting Cuomo

State leaders agreed to disband the Moreland Commission when they signed the 2014 state budget.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

A new poll finds that Governor Cuomo is still feeling the fall out from the demise of his Moreland Commission, a  panel that was investigating corruption in the legislature. Cuomo disbanded the commission as part of the state budget deal.

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Local
8:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

UPDATE: Reynolds joins McIntyre in being ruled off school board ballot

Credit WBFO File Photo

UPDATE: A second candidate running for one of three at-large seats on the Buffalo Board of Education was removed from the ballot Tuesday due to a lack of valid signatures.

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Local
5:29 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

City unveils new police vehicles

New Chevy Tahoes for the Buffalo Police Department.
Credit Lorey Schultz / City of Buffalo Deputy Director of Communications

The Buffalo Police Department received a dozen new patrol vehicles Wedneday. The Chevy Tahoes are the first of 49 total cruisers expected to be on the road by mid-May.

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Local
4:57 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

DOT going back to the drawing board on Scajaquada redesign

Advocates of change say a busy highway should have never been built through Delaware Park.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The original construction of the Scajaquada Expressway was a mistake and the latest proposal for changing it is also a mistake, according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan.

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Local
1:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Former Jills cheerleaders sue team over low wages, allege 'degrading' treatment

Five former Jills are suing the team over low pay and "degrading" situations
Credit buffalojills.com

A group of five former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders has filed suit against the Buffalo Bills, saying the football team exploited them by failing to pay them in accordance with New York State's minimum wage laws.

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Local
1:46 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Rural Metro makes its case for continued ambulance service

Several Rural Metro employees visited Council chambers Tuesday to make their voices heard.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

With its contract in the City of Buffalo set to expire in June, Rural Metro Medical Services is defending its ambulance service.

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Local
8:23 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Federal changes could impact Falls funding

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer appeared Monday with Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and other officials
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

During a stop in Niagara Falls, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer pledged Monday to fight a plan that could cut off vital funding for the city.

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Local
4:36 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Study finds New Yorkers against school mergers

Credit WBFO File Photo

Despite a push from Albany to save money by combining services, a study by school administrators shows the public doesn’t want school mergers.

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Child Protective Services
9:39 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Gallivan bills would better protect children

A package of bills that would improve Child Protective Services in New York has been introduced by State Senator Patrick Gallivan.  The Elma Republican says his legislation would better protect children.

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Local
12:53 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Reed joins fan group's fundraising effort to keep Bills in Buffalo

An effort to keep the Bills in Buffalo has gained the support of some former players, including Hall of Fame wide receiver Andre Reed and kicker Steve Christie. They've joined the advisory board of the Buffalo Fan Alliance in an effort that allows fans to contribute to a fund that would lend to new ownership.

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Local
9:47 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Effort underway to restore, create public art in Buffalo

The statue of Abraham Lincoln in Delaware Park will eventually be restored.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

There may soon be more public art works around Buffalo as City Hall continues its work to repair existing installations.

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Local
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Spring clean-up effort beginning on Elmwood Avenue

Elmwood Avenue.
Credit www.visiting-newyork.net

The Elmwood Village Association will hold its annual spring cleaning event this week. Spring Clean-up Week aims to beautify the neighborhood for anticipated visitors this summer.

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Local
5:45 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Rehab work continues at Delaware Park

While still standing, the pergola at Delaware Park is crumbling in some spots.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The annual push is on to get Delaware Park's rose garden ready for the season. Additionally, major work will refurbish the pergola overlooking the garden.

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Local
5:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

New access coming to Scajaquada Creek

Removing a series of aging properties will improve access to Scajaquada Creek.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Plans are moving forward to improve public access to an often overlooked section of the Buffalo waterfront. A new micro-park is in the works along the Scajaquada Creek in Black Rock.

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Local
4:36 am
Mon April 21, 2014

More questions raised over state fracking review

Rallies against fracking have attracted protesters to Albany on several occasions.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Documents obtained by a group opposed to hydrofracking show that the Cuomo Administration is conducting a thorough and comprehensive health study on the controversial natural gas drilling process, a process that has been conducted almost entirely in secret.

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Police have not made the ID official
10:45 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Girlfriend identifies victim in fiery crash

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The victim killed in the deadly car crash on Saturday morning along the Kensington Expressway is thought to be Kevin Wayne Brown.

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Two GOP district committees weigh in
10:34 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Grisanti gains party support for re-election

State Senator Mark Grisanti
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

State Senator Mark Grisanti has gained support for his re-election from factions of his party faithful.

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Car in flames closes portion of Kensington Hgwy
9:52 am
Sat April 19, 2014

One dead after car falls onto highway

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

One person is dead and another being is questioned after a fiery crash on the Kensington Expressway this morning.

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Local
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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Local
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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