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11:52 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Difficult commute in latest snow blast

Buffalo snow plow clearing snow Thursday morning along Forest Avenue between Delaware and Elmwood Avenues.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

Another wind whipped blast created a treacherous ride into work for commuters across the Buffalo Niagara region.  A very fine snow and strong winds made driving conditions difficult Thursday morning.

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1:22 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

New road report indicates rough ride for motorist

City of Buffalo crews filling potholes.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A new report released in Buffalo Wednesday finds almost half of all major roads and highways in New York "provide motorists with a rough ride."

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10:23 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Plans ready for Central Park Plaza site

Central Park Plaza awaits redevelopment.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

What could be the largest private housing development in Buffalo in years is close to starting construction on the 27 acres in North Buffalo, the site of the former Central Park Plaza.

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9:25 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Legislators to go on record against inmate college plan

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Governor Andrew Cuomo defended his plan for giving prison inmates a free college education during a stop this week in Amherst. But some local lawmakers aren't buying it.

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8:02 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Assembly passes Dream Act

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is pressing the State Senate to also pass the Dream Act.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Assembly Democrats on Tuesday passed a one-house version of the Dream Act, a bill to give college aid to the children of undocumented immigrants. They urged the Senate to follow suit.

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Local
3:13 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Time Warner Cable rates going up

Rates are going up for Time Warner Cable TV and Internet subscribers, with an average increase of 6.4 percent.

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10:23 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Two dead in Cheektowaga house fire

Cleveland Hill Fatal Fire 27 Furlong Rd, Photos by Don Murtha III
Credit Photos from Erie County Fire Wire by Don Murtha III

Authorities say two people were killed early Tuesday morning in a fire at a Cheektowaga home. 

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Local
9:34 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Weary residents want action on West Seneca flooding

West Seneca flooding in Lexington neighborhood.
Credit Photo courtesy of EC Executive Mark Poloncarz

The West Seneca Town Board heard Monday night from homeowners who have been inundated with ice-jam flooding this winter. The situation was also brought to Governor Cuomo's attention.

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9:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Pridgen seeks change on Greenway Commission

Common Council President Darius Pridgen has accepted an appointment on the Niagara River Greenway Commission.
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Buffalo Common Council President Darius Pridgen said as a new appointee to the Niagara River Greenway Commission he will push for use of education to tell all residents of the value and opportunities of the local waterfront.

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7:26 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Cuomo proposes to cut estate tax

E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center, calls New York's estate tax an "outlier."
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax is drawing praise from fiscally conservative groups, and condemnation from advocates for the poor.

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Local
5:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Pre-inspection of truck cargo begins at Peace Bridge

A view of Peace Bridge traffic from the Canadian side of the span
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

After years of struggle in Washington,  a new system of processing trucks crossing the Peace Bridge into the United States is now officially in place

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8:39 am
Mon February 24, 2014

IBM plans to create 500 jobs in Buffalo

Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to provide details Monday of a plan that would bring 500 jobs to the Buffalo.

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8:38 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Buffalo rolls out new anti-crime efforts

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says 49 new Tahoes will be driven by Buffalo Police officers.
Credit Chris Caya/wbfo news

New public safety initiatives are set to be rolled out this year in the City of Buffalo, some of which are likely to raise privacy concerns.

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6:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Pilot program could ease Peace Bridge congestion

Peace Bridge Plaza
Credit WBFO News file photo

Traffic heading into the U.S. on the Peace Bridge may be moving a little faster Monday. Trucks bound for the United States will be now screened in Fort Erie.

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Elma woman killed in Transit Road collision
10:37 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Witnesses sought in deadly crash

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

A car accident in Amherst took the life an an Elma woman on Saturday morning.

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Cuomo amends budget to provide millions
10:35 am
Sat February 22, 2014

State money promotes local partnership with genomic project

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a budget amendment that will advance the creation of the New York Genomic Medicine Network.

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Ice Jam Flooding
9:33 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Flooding returns to hard hit Lexington Green in West Seneca

Credit Photo courtesy of EC Executive Mark Poloncarz

Flooding affected the Lexington Green neighborhood of West Seneca.  Buffalo Creek began overflowing its banks during the 5:00 hour Friday afternoon.

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2:48 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Pond hockey on new ice

7th Annual Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament underway with the grain mills in the back drop at RiverWorks on Ganson Street.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

The new RiverWorks on Ganson Street in Buffalo is now the site of the 7th Annual Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament.  The pond hockey games kicked off Friday morning along Buffalo's waterfront.

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10:13 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Toronto police experiment with body cameras

Police forces in the U-S, Britain and Canada have experimented with the use of body worn video cameras.  And they have the support of civil libertarians.  Now, police in Toronto will roll out a pilot project this year to test the use of body worn cameras on all front-line officers.
 

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5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

AIA awards prominent member of UB community for Architecture work

Robert Shibley, dean of UB's School of Architecture and Planning, one of three to receive the AIA's 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A prominent member of the University at Buffalo's community is being honored for his work.  The American Institute of Architects has selected Robert Shibley as one of three to receive the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture.  Shibley serves as dean of UB's School of Architecture and Planning.  As WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports, Shibley has led the master planning process that has created Buffalo's Renaissance.

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4:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Fort Erie mayor left out of Peace Bridge truck issues

Peace Bridge in Buffalo from 190.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The mayor of Fort Erie says if Washington wants to make big changes at the Peace Bridge, it should be consulting the governments at the other end of the span in Canada, but it has not.

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Local
9:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WNY prepares for another round of floods: High Wind Warning posted

With a warming trend on the way that is expected to melt the region's thick snowpack, local municipalities are bracing for potential flooding.

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9:28 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Buffalo School Board targets higher graduation rate

Inside a classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Considering the Buffalo Public School District has struggled with graduation rates hovering near 50 percent, the school board is aiming high as it seeks additional state funding to help dramatically improve those rates.

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5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

NU President sees opportunites ahead for college

Niagara University James Maher shared his optimistic vision with alumni Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Niagara University President Father James Maher admits these are challenging times for those in higher education.

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Local
11:37 am
Wed February 19, 2014

West Seneca prepares for potential flooding

Credit Photo from Google map

With the possibility of more flooding on the way West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan says the town is on "high alert." It was just a little over a month ago that dozens of homes were severely damaged in the Lexington Green neighborhood.

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9:53 am
Wed February 19, 2014

City grants Rural/Metro a four-month extension

Several Rural/Metro employees attended Tuesday's Common Council meeting.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There's still no decision on who will provide the ambulance service in Buffalo. The Common Council made a short-term move Tuesday in approving a four-moth extension for Rural/Metro.

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9:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Medaille College to consolidate as it faces deficit

Medaille College campus in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Ashley Hassett

Medaille College in Buffalo reveals that it will be closing its Amherst campus as it deals with major fiscal problems.

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Local
8:02 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Hearings over, state legislature set to take on budget

The legislature has finished it’s hearings on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal, and will be ready to start crafting a spending plan once they return from the President’s Day break.

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10:17 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Warmer weather expected to bring flooding to WNY

Another snowy, sloppy morning Tuesday in downtown Buffalo following the latest round of winter weather.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The trend of steady snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures have combined to accumulate a solid snowpack across the region. Warmer temperatures are expected to melt much of that snow, bringing flooding to the region this week.

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10:13 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Call for first responders to be armed with Narcan for Heroin OD

Avi Israel of Buffalo remains in the forefront of fighting drug abuse.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

With the alarming and rapid rise of heroin overdose deaths in Erie County, a north Buffalo man urges first responders are armed with a drug that reverses an overdose of Heroin or Opiate.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the drug, called Naloxone or Narcan, has been proven to prevent deaths.

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