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Judge urged lawmakers to toughen tampering terms
10:45 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Proposed law improves witness protections

State Senator Tim Kennedy
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Democratic Buffalo Senator Tim Kennedy is proposing new legislation that would create greater protections for witnesses in criminal cases.

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Rumor of Trump leaving the Governor's race denied
10:31 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Trump Out? That's in doubt

The State Capitol in Albany
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Members of Donald Trump's political inner circle are denying reports that the real estate mogul will not be running in New York's gubernatorial race.

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Swine flu widespread among cases
10:28 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Reports of flu cases increasing steadily

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Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein confirms that reports of flu cases are on the rise.

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Victim of crash suffered significant injuries
10:16 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Hit-and-Run accident snares Police Chief

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The police chief in Lackawanna is facing a potential lawsuit due to his involvement in an injury hit-and-run accident.

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Lawsuit claims bidding was bypassed
10:12 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Sale of Niagara County nursing home stalled

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A lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court could foil the sale of the former Niagara County nursing home.

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Local
3:17 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Gillibrand agenda seeks to help working families

Sen. Gillibrand says working families need a paycheck during hard times.
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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled a five-point plan in Buffalo Friday that she says would update workplace rules to strengthen middle-class families.

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Local
9:59 am
Thu January 16, 2014

FEMA funds secured for Lakeshore Hospital

Some federal funding has been secured as part of the fight to keep a Chautauqua County hospital open. Western New York Congressman Tom Reed says he has secured FEMA dollars for Lake Shore Hospital in Irving.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Congressman Tom Reed about federal funds to assist Lakeshore Hospital.

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Local
9:18 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Paladino faces action seeking his removal from school board

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For weeks, Carl Paladino has been seeking the removal of Buffalo School Board president Barbara Seals Nevergold.  Now, a resident is taking similar steps in an effort to have Paladino removed from the board.

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Local
1:17 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Marinelli leaving Legislature for state job

Lynn Marinelli is leaving the Erie County Legislature to take a state job.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed Lynn Marinelli, a longtime Erie County legislator, to a post with Empire State Development.

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Local
8:17 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Bishop Malone joins immigration debate

Immigration was the focus of a Tuesday panel discussion at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo.
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Catholic Bishop Richard Malone says the U.S. needs a comprehensive solution to the immigration problem. "They're in a perilous situation," Malone said of the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants. "No one says it's an easy thing, but we really do think the government's got to deal with it."

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Local
1:28 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Federal budget includes funding for more border agents

Delays at the Peace bridge have gotten worse, according to federal lawmakers.
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A federal budget bill released late Tuesday night includes funding to hire more border agents in Western New York.

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Local
9:33 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Gabryszak attorney responds to 'false' newspaper story

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The lawyer for disgraced and resigned Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak is attacking the Albany Times-Union newspaper for reporting what it says is videotape of behavior by the former Cheektowaga Democrat.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports.

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Local
9:26 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Medical marijuana supporters rally in Albany

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Patients with serious health conditions, including children with a severe seizure disorder, went to Albany to urge passage of a bill to more fully allow access to medical  marijuana in New York.

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Local
9:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

ECHDC takes title of Outer Harbor

Buffalo's Canalside.
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The future shape of Buffalo's Waterfront became more clear Monday with a major event company taking over Canalside and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation taking over the Outer Harbor.

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Local
4:44 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

DiNapoli says Buffalo's finances improving

DiNapoli, flanked by Mayor Byron Brown and Comptroller Mark Schroeder, says Buffalo's finances are improving.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A report released in Buffalo by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the city's finances are trending in the right direction.

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Local
11:36 am
Mon January 13, 2014

McCarthy: Gabryszak exit leaves district unrepresented in Assembly

Gabryszak's former Assembly desk in Albany, NY.
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From initial public allegations to Sunday's resignation, the story of Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's fall from public office covered less than a month.

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Library Focus Groups
5:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Library system seeks input at 25 focus group sessions

Library Director Mary Jean Jakubowski

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries holds the first of 25 focus groups Tuesday to learn more about what the community wants from its library system.

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Press Pass
5:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Press Pass: Elizabeth Licata on Bespoke Buffalo

Guitar-maker Robert Rusch, profiled in "Bespoke Buffalo" article
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There are a handful of entrepreneurs  in Buffalo who specialize in unique items -- ranging from hats and suits to even perfumes -- made to the exact specifications of the consumer placing the order.  In this week's Press Pass, WBFO's Mark Scott talks with Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata talks about this small subset of the city's economy.

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Snow and ice could cause problems to the south
10:33 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Flood threat has passed; Winter Weather Advisory issued

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The most significant threats of flooding from unseasonably warm temperatures and, at times, heavy rainfall yesterday have subsided.

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Flood Warning issued through this afternoon
11:25 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Flooding reported in Chautauqua County

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A Flood Warning has been issued for the northern portions of Chautauqua County until 4:30 this afternoon.

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Two males behind Niagara County hold-ups
11:15 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Authorities appeal to public in solving armed robberies

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Niagara County Authorities are turning to the public for assistance in stemming a rash of armed robberies.

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Local
9:14 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Warmer weekend weather could cause flooding

Ice flows down the Niagara River Thursday.
photo by Eileen Elibol

In a week that brought Buffalo its worst blizzard in recent years, any weather would seem to bring relief. However, despite the arrival of milder temperatures, new public safety concerns are being raised.

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Local
9:13 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

State lawmakers propose CPS reforms following child deaths

Peoples-Stokes, Kennedy, and pediatrician Dr. Stephen Turkovich discuss proposed reforms to CPS.
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The deaths of two children in Buffalo has led to a package of reforms that will be proposed in Albany Monday at the start of the legislative session.

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Local
11:10 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Catholic Charities sets $10.8 million goal for 2014 Appeal

Bishop Richard Malone announces the goal of Appeal 2014.
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Catholic Charities of Buffalo has launched its 90th annual Appeal campaign.

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Local
4:30 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Some call for modification of Cuomo marijuana bill

Governor Cuomo outlined a medical marijuana proposal in his State of the State address.

Governor Cuomo officially called for limited access to medical marijuana in his State of the State address. But sponsors of a bill to allow the illegal drug to be used for some medical treatments say Cuomo’s plan is outdated and won’t work.

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Local
11:40 am
Thu January 9, 2014

McCarthy: Absence of Gabryszak raises new questions

Assemblyman Dennis Garbyszak's Assembly seat in Albany.
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The issues continue to mount after embattled Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak was a conspicuous no-show at Wednesday's State of the State address. "This man is facing some serious allegations. But now it seems to have moved a step beyond that," Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy told WBFO News.

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Local
10:49 am
Thu January 9, 2014

City defends lack of travel ban in Buffalo during storm

Inside the city's Broadway garage -- the hub of the city's snow fighting fleet.
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The City of Buffalo says crews are hard at work removing snow from secondary and residential side streets from this week's blizzard. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, the media on Wednesday pressed one city official about why Buffalo never issued a travel ban during the height of the storm.

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Local
11:27 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Digging out from Blizzard 2014

Bus shelter on Delaware Avenue at Great Arrow in North Buffalo covered with snow.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Blizzard of 2014 is now history. Relentless lake effect snows and strong winds pounded the Buffalo region, but the Blizzard warning was lifted early Wednesday morning. Most area highways have reopened and travel bans are lifted.

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Developing
10:01 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

School closings: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The following schools are closed, Wednesday January 8, 2014:

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Local
5:27 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Municipalities declare emergency states, driving bans

Man crossing the street during the blizzard.
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States of Emergency have been declared in the City of Lackawanna, Orchard Park, the town of Evans, and the villages of Angola, Depew, Tonawanda, and Kenmore.

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