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4:53 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Buffalo Harbor Museum sets new course

Inside Buffalo Harbor Museum.
Credit Photo from Buffalo Harbor Museum website

In an obscure corner of Downtown Buffalo, the area's museum of the Great Lakes wants to gain new attention. It's now changing the name from the Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society to the Buffalo Harbor Museum.

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4:45 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Peoples-Stokes gaining more influence in changing Albany

Credit WBFO File Photo

In Albany this weekend,  the annual Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus reception drew appearances from Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

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5:52 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Schumer takes aim at new synthetic drugs

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New York's senior senator is prodding federal regulators to add new synthetic drugs to a list of banned substances, warning that these legal concoctions pose a major threat to minors.

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9:55 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Neurologist examines Presidential maladies

Dr. Nicholas Silvestri looks at the many neurological disorders that U.S. Presidents have endured.
Credit Jay Moran/WBFO

From migraine headaches to strokes to Alzheimer's Disease, U.S. Presidents have endured an array of neurological problems. Dr. Nicholas Silvestri, assistant professor of neurology at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been taking a closer look at the connection in what he calls a "hobby."

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8:39 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Critics look to end Albany's "three men in a room"

Sheldon Silver's legal troubles may change the way legislative business is conducted in Albany.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The traditional style of budget making in New York, known as "three men in a room," is coming under criticism, by among others, the US Attorney currently investigating corruption at the Capitol.  Some are wondering whether it’s time to end the secretive practice.

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8:24 am
Mon February 16, 2015

City crews moving snow off side streets

A high lift worked to remove snow piles along LeRoy Avenue in Buffalo on Sundat.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With heavy snowfall easing off, city crews are out there plowing streets back to the curbs and hauling snow away because there is no place to put much more along the pavement.

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6:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Making a Difference: Colombian native celebrates cultural diversity

MarCe Zerrate teaches children cultural diversity
Credit Courtesy Making a Difference/WNED-TV

Throughout February WNED/WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourage others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is “making a difference.”


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Snowmobilers take caution around Chautauqua Lake
5:14 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Snowmobilers urged to take caution around Chautauqua Lake

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is advising extreme caution for snowmobilers traveling along Chautauqua Lake.

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Obama moves to protect civil and privacy rights
11:23 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Drone use regulations still up in the air

President Obama
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

President Obama issued a memorandum today regarding the collection of personal data through the use of drones.

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Diocese suspends Sunday Mass obligation
7:19 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Diocese suspends Sunday Mass obligation

Bishop Richard J. Malone
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Due to the extreme cold forecasted for Sunday, the Diocese of Buffalo is advising Catholics to exercise caution when attending mass.

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Weekend's winter storm becomes fatal
2:12 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Weekend's winter storm becomes fatal; claims two lives

The latest winter snowstorm to pound Western New York has taken the life of at two people, including a young girl.

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Off-duty NYS Trooper charged with DWI
1:28 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Off-duty NYS Trooper charged with DWI

An off-duty New York State Police Officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated in the city of Lockport.

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Frigid temps, gusting winds, plenty of snow coming
9:54 am
Sat February 14, 2015

Winter storm warning and travel advisory issued

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A travel advisory has been issued for Erie County that will extend until further notice.

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3:32 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

The Lexington Co-op is growing

Lexington Co-op General Manager, Tim Bartlett announcing the co-op's second location.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The Lexington Cooperative Market is expanding to North Buffalo.

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Birthplace of chicken wings
11:04 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Buffalo wins spot on top 10 list of world's best food cities

Buffalo wins food honors for being the birthplace of the chicken wing
Credit WBFO

Louisville has its  Hot Brown, an open-face turkey sandwich. Cincinnati is famous for its chili. And, of course, Buffalo is the birthplace of the chicken wing.

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9:38 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Brrrrrrr! It’s cold!

Temperature dipped to minus 1 Friday morning in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Severe cold and brutal wind chills are gripping the Buffalo Niagara region.  A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect until noon Friday.  A Wind Chill Watch will remain posted from Saturday evening through Monday morning. 

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6:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Alzheimer's: A conversation with a family coping with the disease

Credit Courtesy of the WNY Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association

The Movie “Still Alice” opens in local theaters today. The film has been credited with its’ accurate portrayal of a woman coping with Alzheimer’s Disease. WBFO’s Cheryl Hagen spoke with a Western New York couple facing the same circumstances.


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5:17 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Closings for Friday, February 13, 2015

Credit WBFO News File Photo

The following schools are closed Friday, February 13, 2015:

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4:59 am
Fri February 13, 2015

State competition seeks new energy ideas

In an attempt to address the state's critical energy challenges, Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a new competition. Nearly $40 million is being made available to spur the development of small independent power grids.

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4:53 am
Fri February 13, 2015

New master plan unveiled

Graphs and maps offered a look at how poor planning has impacted the region in recent decades.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There's a new master plan for Erie and Niagara Counties. "One Region Forward" looks to provide ordinary citizens the tools to balance proposals from planners and developers.

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5:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

'Technical error' causes Legislature to delay action on e-cigarettes

Credit File photo

An issue described as a technical error meant the Erie County Legislature could not vote Thursday on electronic cigarette regulations and has to go back through the entire process.

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4:44 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

New Darien Lake rides geared toward thrill-seekers

Darien Lake General Manager Christopher Thorpe talked about the two new rides coming to the park this spring.
Credit Tipping Point Communications

Darien Lake theme park on Thursday announced two new rides for the 2015 season. Neither one is for the faint of heart.

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8:16 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Local leader will speak to White House panel today

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker is the president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Credit photo courtesy of CFGB website

Public-private initiatives in the city of Buffalo, like Promise Neighborhoods and Say Yes to Education, are drawing national attention. Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, will discuss those programs at a White House panel today.

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8:09 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Crowd gathers as Buffalo School Board considers fate of low-performing schools

A rally outside the Buffalo School Board meeting yesterday as Board Members considers plans for four low-performing schools
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The Buffalo School Board heard from a large crowd of parents, teachers and others Wednesday night as school board members consider plans for four low-performing schools.

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6:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Alzheimer's movie 'Still Alice' raises consciousness

Julianne Moore as Dr. Alice Howland who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease
Credit Courtesy of YouTube MOVIECLIPS Trailers/"Still Alice"

Since the release of the movie “Still Alice” in January, the film has drawn rave reviews for its accurate portrayal of Alzheimer’s disease.  The movie opens locally in Dipson Theaters tomorrow.


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5:05 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Trayvon Martin's father says many black teens are 'lost'

Tracy Martin addressed a large crowd Wednesday at Fredonia State College.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Trayvon Martin's father says he was a good kid who collided with a bad law in a society which doesn't give young black males equal opportunity. Tracy Martin shared his message with a packed house Wednesday night at Fredonia State College.

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4:53 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Albany debates education tax credit

Governor Cuomo's proposed education tax credit is creating debate in Albany.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Supporters of Governor Cuomo’s education tax credit were at the Capitol to persuade lawmakers that the credit, which would benefit donors to private and charter schools, should be approved as part of the state budget.

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6:33 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Photos show damage to Corasanti's car

Photographs of Dr. James Corasanti's car show it was heavily damaged in the hit and run crash that killed Alix Rice in July 2011. Corasanti is being sued in State Supreme Court, in Buffalo, by Rice's parents.

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3:26 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Working to entice film & television productions to the Queen City

The City of Buffalo is now seeking Requests for Proposals for hiring a qualified consulting team to help grow film, television and post-production in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Mayor Brown wants to enhance the city's effort in luring film, television and post-production to the Queen City.  Mayor Brown appeared inside Shea's Performing Arts Center Wednesday morning to announce the city is putting out requests for proposals (RFP) to hire a qualified consulting team to help grow that market.

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12:30 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

City crews working to remove snow from narrowed side streets

Henley Road in north Buffalo still covered by snow and narrowed by snowy build up.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Some Buffalo residents living on the most narrowest of city streets say snow piles are making streets nearly impassable.  But Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown tells WBFO News city Public Works Department crews are doing the best to remove the snow.

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