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10:22 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Effort to refurbish blighted parcels up and running

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The effort to rebuild and revitalize local communities has taken another step forward. Funding is in place and a leader has been hired for the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Bank.

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9:58 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Buffalo-Niagara population on the rise

Buffalo Skyline from Lasalle Park
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The population of Buffalo Niagara is on the rise. United States Census Bureau data shows that the region’s population saw a boost of 348 people since 2012.

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8:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Legislators will vote on state budget today

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion state budget and say they are on track to meet tonight's deadline. The budget includes a multi-step plan that could  lower property taxes and $340 million for schools to start pre-K programs.

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7:58 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Press Pass: The future of the Bills, downtown developments

WBFO's Jay Moran is joined each month by Business First reporter Jim Fink on Press Pass.

In the days since the death of Ralph Wilson, speculation has mounted regarding the future of the Buffalo Bills. "Everybody take a step back," says Jim Fink of Business First. On WBFO's Press Pass, Fink shares his views on what to expect for the Buffalo Bills.

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5:01 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Tailgating fans honor Ralph Wilson

A special tailgate party paid honor to Ralph Wilson, the late owner of the Buffalo Bills.
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The music rocked and the hotdogs grilled as hard-core Bills fans remembered team owner Ralph Wilson yesterday during a party within sight of the football stadium.

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4:30 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Comptroller's race will test campaign finance systen

The new campaign finance system will focus on the Comptroller's race and ignore Governor Cuomo's $33 million campaign treasury.
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Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed to a very limited form of campaign finance reform in the state budget, it would only apply to the state Comptroller’s race.

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Buffalo billion commitment maintained
10:47 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Agreement on state budget reached

Governor Andrew Cuomo
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An agreement on a new spending budget for New York State was reached on Saturday.

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Three teens nabbed fleeing the scene
10:28 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Violent house invasion leads to arrests

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Three Lockport teens are in custody after an armed home invasion and attempted robbery last night.

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One victim reported with serious injuries
10:24 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Overnight shooting injures three

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Buffalo Police continue to investigate an overnight shooting that injured three males.

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Neighboring structures saved from flames
10:51 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Morning fire destroys East Side house

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An early morning blaze has destroyed an abandoned East Side house.

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Man and woman ejected from rolling SUV
9:53 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Auto accident takes two lives

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Authorities are investigating a fatal, single car accident this morning that has taken two lives.

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Local
10:45 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Buffalo Bills sale expected to take two years or more

It may be more than two years before the Buffalo Bills are formally on the auction block, as the estate of owner Ralph Wilson goes through the legal process.

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8:18 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Officials delay ice boom removal

Ice along the Lake Erie shoreline in downtown Buffalo.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Northern Erie County through Saturday morning over concerns of ice jam flooding. On Lake Erie, however, it's another story where there's so much ice cover the removal of the ice boom has been delayed. 

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5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

TEDx event aims to inspire and empower youth in Buffalo

President and Founder of You and Who Dan Gigante speaking at the TEDxYouth @Buffalo conference.
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An event held at Buffalo State College Thursday focused on inspiring young people to follow their dreams. The TEDxYouth at Buffalo conference offered students the opportunity to hear the stories of local leaders.

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3:57 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Wilson to be laid to rest Saturday in Detroit

Private funeral services for Ralph Wilson will be held in his hometown of Detroit on Saturday.
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The Buffalo Bills have announced that private funeral services for late team owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. will be held in Detroit on Saturday.

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3:24 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

One charge dropped for man who caused school lockdown

A Buffalo man facing charges in connection with carrying a loaded gun into the Harvey Austin Elementary School on Sycamore Street school last month has had the most serious of three charges against him dropped.

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12:32 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Bills choose seven representatives for stadium panel

Ralph Wilson Stadium could be replaced, repaired, or moved.
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The Buffalo Bills have announced the seven-member panel that will serve on the team's New Stadium Working Group.

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9:42 am
Thu March 27, 2014

City leaders propose creation of second Elmwood historic district

A portion of the Elmwood Village.
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A public meeting was held Wednesday night to discuss the idea of getting an area in the City of Buffalo listed as the Elmwood Historic District (east). If approved, that portion of the city would be placed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, providing benefits to area homeowners.

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9:34 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Doctors alter approach to Kelly's cancer

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Doctors treating Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly now say surgery is not the best option for dealing with his cancer.

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8:56 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Conference examines the cost of civil wars

A wide range of speakers will offer their expertise during "Civil Wars: Narrating Horror and Hope." Sponsored by the Humanities Institute at the University at Buffalo, the two-day conference begins Friday morning at the Center for Tomorrow.

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3:16 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Medical community lauds Wilson's philanthropic legacy

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Along with founding and owning the Buffalo Bills, Ralph Wilson Jr. was also a philanthropist whose contributions often came without fanfare.

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10:43 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Bills players, alums mourn Wilson's passing

Former Bill Thurman Thomas was emotional in talking about Ralph Wilson's death.
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Current and former Buffalo Bills mourned team owner Ralph Wilson yesterday, some tearfully.

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9:18 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Former Bills color commentator Pete Weber reflects on Ralph Wilson

Bills owner Ralph Wilson during the championship years of the 1990's.
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Reaction to the death of Ralph Wilson came quickly Wednesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley spoke with longtime sports broadcaster Pete Weber, who now serves as the play-by-play voice for the Nashville Predators. During his time in Buffalo, Weber served as color commentator for the Buffalo Bills during the Super Bowl playoff years of the 1990s.

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8:23 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Bills founder/owner Ralph Wilson Jr. dead at 95

Ralph Wilson Jr. died Tuesday at the age of 95
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Buffalo Bills owner and founder Ralph Wilson Jr. is dead at the age of 95. Team president and CEO Russ Brandon announced the news Tuesday at the league's annual meeting in Orlando.

Owner and founder of the Buffalo Bills Ralph Wilson has died at the age of 95. WBFO'S senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes a look at Wilson's long-standing ownership of his beloved team.

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8:21 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Wilson's death prompts questions over Bills future

Speculation on the future of the Bills in Buffalo is on the rise following the death of team owner Ralph Wilson Jr. Jim Fink of Business First believes little will change for the franchise in the immediate future.

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Local
7:51 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Local officials pay respects to Ralph Wilson

Flags at county buildings will be at half staff in honor of Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has ordered that flags at all county buildings be flown at half staff  in honor of Ralph Wilson Jr.

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Local
5:34 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

State lawmakers move closer to budget agreement

Legislative leaders say they are working together and are close to a budget agreement, after a blow up that left the Senate and Assembly leaders negotiating separately with Governor Cuomo.

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Local
5:02 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Bisons pitch new features for 2014 season

Bisons GM Mike Buczkowski says new food items reflect "trends across others stadiums."
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The Buffalo Bisons open the new baseball season in a little more than a week, with new food options ready to go for fans.

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5:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Fatal fire highlights importance of smoke detectors

Fire Alarm.
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In light of the fire that claimed the life of 7-year-old Alexavier Torres-Santiago in the city on Sunday, Buffalo Fire Commissioner Garnell Whitfield is reminding people to make sure they have working smoke detectors in their home.

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4:50 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Education advocates press Cuomo for more funding

Governor Cuomo finds himself under fire for the level of state education spending.
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Education funding advocates, including actress Cynthia Nixon, made a last-minute pitch for extra money for schools in the state budget. Meanwhile, a new poll finds many New Yorkers think the quality of education in the state is deteriorating.

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