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12:53 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Concerts returning to Ralph Wilson Stadium

Ralph Wilson Stadium will again host concerts, starting next year.
Credit File photo

For the first time since 2001, concerts are coming back to Ralph Wilson Stadium. The pop group One Direction will play The Ralph next November, it was announced Thursday.

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Local
7:05 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Occupants of sought-after Lexus cleared of wrongdoing

Buffalo Police Lt. Jeff Rinaldo says the occupants of a sought-after Lexus have been cleared of wrongdoing.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

The driver of the white Lexus being sought by Buffalo police has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with reported attempts to lure teenagers earlier this month.

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Developing
7:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Stage set for gubernatorial debate from WNED|WBFO

Inside the WNED/WBFO studio the stage is set for the debate
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

In the race for the New York governor’s office, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo, Republican candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Party candidate Michael McDermott, will debate live from the WNED-TV studios in downtown Buffalo. “Election ‘14: The Race for Governor” will air on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. and is sponsored by The Buffalo News and WNED | WBFO.

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Local
3:23 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Hazmat investigates white powder found at U.S. Courthouse

Hazmat crews were on scene at the Federal courthouse to investigate suspicious white powder
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

First responders were called to the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse in downtown Buffalo Wednesday to investigate a suspicious envelope with a white powdery substance inside. The Buffalo Fire Department responded to the scene in hazmat suits around 12:30 p.m.

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Local
12:30 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Despite Ebola, Buffalo group continues its work

Heather Quinn (third from left) and Phebian Abdulai (center) in Sierra Leone
Credit Jericho Road website

Amid concerns about the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, a local organization remains committed to opening a health clinic in one of the poorest communities in West Africa. And a former refugee from Sierra Leone, who lived in Buffalo, is behind the effort.

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Local
6:51 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Study finds young educated adult population up in Buffalo-Niagara region

Buffalo-Niagara Region/Buffalo Skyline
Credit WBFO News File Photo

A new study has good news for the Buffalo-Niagara region's future.  The report finds the population of young educated adults in the Buffalo-Niagara region has grown leaving the area in a good position for economic growth and revitalization.

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Ebola
6:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Fear and the economy in Ebola-stricken West Africa

Dr. Joseph Sankoh, Professor of African Affairs at Daemen College, leads a panel discussion on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Credit Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Some real life perspective on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was brought to light at Daemen College Monday night.

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Local
1:16 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Sheriff Howard working on gun issues

Credit WBFO News file photo

When someone dies leaving behind guns or loses a pistol permit, there is very little done to put those guns into safer or legal hands.  Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard says he is actively working to get the weapons into the legally correct hands.

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Local
7:31 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Red Cross assisting 40 families after blaze at Niagara Falls apartment complex

The American Red Cross is providing support to as many as 40 families today following an early morning blaze at a multiple-unit apartment complex in Niagara Falls.

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Local
5:28 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Underground infrastructure creates problems on city streets

Buffalo Public Work crews
Credit WBFO News file photo

Buffalo really doesn't like those shoddy road patches covering new underground work like telecommunications lines. The city has rules covering such problems and the Public Works Commissioner says they are enforced.

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Mishandling of gun suspected in tragic mishap
12:07 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Medina student in accidental shooting identified

Seal of the Village of Medina
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The Orleans County Sheriff's Office has identified Jacob Stahl as the victim in what is being termed an accidental shooting on Friday.

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Chemical mixture in lab leads to blast
11:53 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Explosion at U of R injures students

University of Rochester
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Three University of Rochester students were hospitalized after an explosion at the school yesterday.

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Individual tracking can be invasion of privacy
11:45 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Schumer working to limit GPS tracking

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
Credit WBFO File Photo

New York Senator Charles Schumer is moving to propose legislation that would limit the use of GPS trackers.

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Order seeks clear communication and protocols
11:27 am
Sat October 18, 2014

State directive for handling Ebola cases issued

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The New York State Acting Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker, has issued a directive regarding the handling of Ebola cases in the state.

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Local
6:02 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Depew hosts sled hockey tournament

Lancaster-native Adam Page, US Paralympic Sled Hockey Team
Credit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/medal-quest/ice-warriors/

The Depew Saints Hockey Club hosts its' first ever sled hockey tournament at Depew ice rink this weekend in response to what appears to be a growing interest in the sport. 


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Local
5:56 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Buffalo joins effort to end deadly shootings

New York City Councilmember Jumaane Williams talks to reporters in City Hall after meeting with some Buffalo Common Council members and community activists.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

To help reduce deadly shootings, the City of Buffalo is joining the National Network to Combat Gun Violence.

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Local
2:58 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Refugees receive certification to open home daycares

Program Specialist for the Buffalo Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Project Shannon Linehan and Childcare Resource Network Education Specialist Michelle Wilson with aspiring refugee business owners who received NYS certification to open home daycares Friday.
Credit Journey's End Refugee Services

A group of refugees received New York State certifications to open their own in home daycare centers Friday. The seven aspiring business owners were among three groups this year to receive certifications through the Buffalo Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Project.

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Local
7:47 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Health Commissioner's unique experience helpful in Ebola preparedness training

The epicenter of the Ebola virus outbreak is in several West-African countries.
Credit Courtesy: Sierra Leone Cultural Alliance of Western New York, Inc./WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Health Commissioner Doctor Gale Burstein is watching Ebola with professional knowledge, both as a former epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and someone who spent part of her medical training working in a hospital in the African nation of Zambia.


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Beyond the Playbook
7:28 am
Fri October 17, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': Bills and Vikings share common frustrations

With the Buffalo Bills hosting the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday, Matt Sabuda notes some common traits between the two franchises. As he points out on Friday's "Beyond the Playbook," fans of both franchises would like to forget what they have in common.

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Local
7:07 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Poverty and Homelessness in Niagara Falls: "Homeless for a Night"

Credit Courtesy of www.LeadershipNiagara.com

Leadership Niagara is hosting an overnight event in Niagara Falls tonight with the idea of engaging conversation about the area's growing problem with poverty and homelessness. 


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Local
9:45 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rebuilt Ferry Street Lift Bridge part of West Side rehab effort

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Work is starting on the rebuilding of the Ferry Street Lift Bridge, the latest project in a $36 million West Side construction effort.

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Local
7:37 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Legislature majority leader looking to cut taxes for 2015

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo, Republican
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Legislature Majority Leader Joseph Lorigo tells WBFO that lawmakers will be investigating the possibility of a tax cut for the coming fiscal year.  Lorigo's comments follow the release of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz' 2015 spending proposal.


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Local
3:11 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Plans move forward for proposed waterfront ferry boat

First Buffalo River Marina along the outer harbor
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

A major step was taken Wednesday in a project that would bring a ferry service to the Buffalo waterfront. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation approved the public comment period for the plan that would allow a ferry to travel from the First Buffalo River Marina to Canalside, between the inner and outer harbors.

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Local
12:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Poloncarz' 2015 budget holds the line on property taxes

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says his proposed budget maintains and enhances the county's quality-of-life services and programs.

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Local
10:18 am
Wed October 15, 2014

TEDxBuffalo focuses on empowering change

TEDxBuffalo presenters Aaron Krolikowski and Darren Cotton
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Empowering community citizens to make change was the focus of the 2014 TEDxBuffalo conference at Canisius College Tuesday. The theme of the event was ‘In Motion.’ It allowed speakers to discuss grassroots action taking place across the city.

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Local
5:32 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Forum focuses on East Side crime

Some of the area's top law enforcement officials joined in a panel discussion at Olmsted School.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Late Tuesday afternoon, a man was gunned down on Erb Street on the East Side, little more than an hour before a panel discussion looked at crime on the East Side.

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Obituary
5:52 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Remembering WNED-WBFO's Bill Raffel

Bill Raffel, a music host on WNED 94.5FM and a communications professor at Buffalo State, died Monday (October 13, 2014) after a lengthy illness.  He was 47.

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Local
5:20 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Van driver cleared in hunt for would-be child abductors

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda meeting with reporters Monday in Niagara Square to discuss investigation into attempted abductions.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police say a man questioned Tuesday for possibly attempting to abduct two 13-year-old boys Monday is not being charged with a crime.

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Local
3:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Higgins floats plan for parks on the Outer Harbor

Rep. Brian Higgins at Wilkeson Pointe on Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Funding dedicated for Buffalo's waterfront should be spent on parkland, not parking ramps, according to Rep. Brian Higgins.

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Local
7:55 am
Tue October 14, 2014

UB fires head football coach Jeff Quinn

Jeff Quinn
Credit WBFO News File Photo

The University at Buffalo has fired Head Football Coach Jeff Quinn, naming Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Alex Wood interim head coach for the rest of the season.

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