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9:50 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

17 nursing home workers accused of mistreating patients

Criminal complaints were filed in Buffalo City Court Thursday, alleging mistreatment of residents at the HighPointe on Michigan nursing home on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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HUD Funding
9:43 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Schroeder questions delays in granting Emergency Rehab Loans

City Comptroller Mark Schroeder

City Comptroller Mark Schroeder says "the gloves are now off" in a dispute with the Brown administration over delays in the disbursement of federal housing rehab loans. 

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Local
1:38 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Jills suspend all activities in wake of lawsuit

Credit buffalojills.com

All activities of the Buffalo Jills have been suspended until further notice.

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Local
11:35 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Erie County lawmakers approve road, bridge construction plans

The roads, bridges and highways set for repair in Erie County this year are highlighted in blue and green. The additional roads in need of fixing this year are highlighted in pink.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

The Erie County Legislature approved a $27.1 million infrastructure improvement plan for county roadways Thursday. The spending plan includes $4.5 million for additional roads in need of repair this year.

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Local
9:44 am
Thu April 24, 2014

UB symposium recalls genocide in Rwanda

The late Alison Des Forges was considered an expert on the genocide in Rwanda.

An impressive gathering of local and world-renowned speakers have made their way to the University at Buffalo's North Campus today for an international symposium, "The Rwandan Genocide: Twenty Years Later." The event was organized by the Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee.

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Local
7:41 am
Thu April 24, 2014

After 10 years, little progress made on teachers' contract

Buffalo teachers have been working without a contract for more than ten years.  Last night, the School Board received an update from an administration official on the status of contract negotiations with the Buffalo Teachers Federation. 

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Local
7:27 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Buffalo Bills scheduled to open season in Chicago

The Buffalo Bills travel to Chicago on September 7th to play the Bears to open the 2014 season, a season in which the Bills will play all home games in Orchard Park for the first time since 2007.

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Local
4:47 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

$21 million in federal grants going to local Head Start program

Rep. Brian Higgins, CAO Early Childhood Administrator Phyllis McBride, and CAO President Nathan Hare announced the grants.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Erie County's Head Start/Early Head Start early childhood education program is getting a big boost from Washington.

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Local
8:55 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Critics call on Verizon for FiOS TV access in Buffalo

A large crowd at the West Side Community Center was calling for Verizon to provide its FIOS service in Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Verizon may not want to install its FiOS system in Buffalo but city residents and politicians want it. That was the consensus expressed Tuesday night meeting in the West Side Community Center.

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Local
8:25 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Clergy members call on county for jail release program

Clergy members made a surprise appearance at the office of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

After being rebuffed for several weeks dozens of local clergy showed up unannounced at Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's office to push for the reinstatement of a conditional release program at the county jail.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Erie County 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
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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