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4:36 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

County unveils upgrades to 9-1-1 system

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Erie County is upgrading the technology in its 9-1-1 system to keep up with increasingly high-tech cell phones.

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3:48 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Buffalo welcomes back NCAA basketball tournament

Sen. Patrick Gallivan, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, and President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara Patrick Kaler.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO News

Local officials kicked-off the NCAA tournament in Buffalo Monday. First Niagara Center will host rounds two and three of the tournament this Thursday and Saturday.

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5:06 am
Mon March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Parade brings crowds downtown

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The crowds were clearly thinned by the cold weather, but under a clear blue sky the Saint Patrick's Parade marched up Delaware Avenue Sunday.

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4:55 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Albany budget battles to focus on education issues

Inside a Buffalo classroom.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Senate and Assembly are set to begin conference committee meetings today, now that both houses have finished with their resolutions laying out their positions.

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Wireless monitor gives detailed reading of heart
10:50 am
Sun March 16, 2014

New cardiac device implanted in WNY

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus - Home of Gates Vascular Institute
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The Gates Vascular Institute has become the first facility in Western New York to install a new cardiac monitoring device.

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Queries about closure are denied by officials
8:35 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Fears follow financial troubles at Newfane hospital

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Financial troubles have Niagara County residents concerned that the Eastern Niagara Hospital in Newfane could be headed for closure.

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Local
8:42 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Jim Kelly's cancer has returned, hospital says

Jim Kelly has had a recurrence of cancer.
Credit File photo

Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly's cancer has returned, according to a statement issued late Friday afternoon by ECMC.

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2:51 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Canada may ease marijuana laws

Canada's justice minister describes it as only a small adjustment.  But politically it's a huge  policy shift for a government that's fought any suggestion of easing the country's marijuana laws.  Ottawa is now looking at allowing police to write tickets for illegal possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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12:12 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

County implements paperless property transactions

Real Property Director Joe Maciejewski says the new system will be more efficient and cost-effective.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A new streamlined system is in place to speed up property transactions and save taxpayer dollars. Municipalities in Erie County can now receive Real Property transfer reports and deeds electronically.

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2:30 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Legislator suggests loans rather than free college for inmates

Legislator Betty Jean Grant is proposing an alternative to free college for prison inmates.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

A local lawmaker is proposing an alternative to Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to give prison inmates a free college education.

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2:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Wegmans donates $1 million to Canalside children's museum

A rendering of the 'From Farm to Fork' area planned at the new Explore & More Children's Museum.
Credit Explore & More

As the community continues to see major redevelopment along downtown Buffalo's waterfront, another piece of the future is getting closer to reality. Explore & More announced a major capital gifts donation Thursday as it works to build a children's museum at Canalside.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on how a future downtown museum will help education children outside the classroom.

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10:54 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Digging out from March Blizzard 2014

Tonawanda resident snow blows heaving snow fall from blizzard Thursday morning.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The March Blizzard that moved through the area Wednesday brought the season's snow total to more than 120.5 inches - which is about two-feet more than average. The storm also broke a few records. 

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10:54 am
Thu March 13, 2014

As snow falls, beer flows at Elmwood bar

A large crowd gathered at the Blue Monk on Wednesday to celebrate Buffalo's second blizzard of the season.
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Yesterday's blizzard kept many Western New Yorkers home in the warmth and comfort of their living rooms. But others embraced the wintry weather with a tradition that goes back to the days of former Buffalo Mayor Jimmy Griffin.

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10:53 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Blizzard interrupts travel plans for some

Florida resort.
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Buffalo’s second blizzard causes the cancelation of most incoming and outgoing flights at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Wednesday. One Buffalo woman was hoping to make it to Florida, but the inclement weather put that plan on hold.

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9:22 am
Thu March 13, 2014

The Blizzard of March 2014

Erie County snow fighting fleet
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

You can call this one the March blizzard of 2014.  For the second time this season Western New York is dealing with heavy snow and strong winds, creating tough driving conditions and poor visibility at times.

WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports on the Blizzard.

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8:38 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Assembly presents budget resolution

Protesters outside Governor Cuomo's office called for more education funding.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Assembly Democrats say there should be more money for schools and the environment, and major changes to Governor Cuomo’s plan to freeze property taxes.

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5:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Snow will continue, but worst of latest blizzard behind us

The view down Breckenridge Ave. near 17th St. in Buffalo
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

Western New York will be digging out from the second blizzard of the season, with some areas getting more than a foot of snow in the latest winter storm.  

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1:38 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Governor declares State of Emergency for WNY as region deals with blizzard

Blizzard conditions continue in Buffalo. Sixteenth Street at Breckenridge is a snowy scene.
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for all of Western New York as a blizzard continues to grip the region.

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1:10 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Blizzard conditions cancel many flights at airport

Inside Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
Credit WBFO News file photo

A majority of flights at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport are canceled due to the blizzard-like conditions occurring in the region. WBFO's Eileen Buckley says not much is moving in and out of the airport at this time.


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5:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

School Closings: Wednesday March 12, 2014

Yellow School bus in winter snow in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

The following schools and offices are closed for Wednesday March 12, 2014.

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9:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Three of four incumbents retain seats on Board of Regents

All Assembly Democrats, including Speaker Sheldon Silver, voted to retain incumbent members of the Board of Regents.
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The state legislature replaced one member of the State Board of Regents, but allowed three others to remain, in elections held for the state’s top educational policy board.  The vote featured complaints from Republican Senators who voted against all of the candidates.

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8:58 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Blizzard Warning posted for most of WNY

Whiteout conditions in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News file photo by Eileen Buckley

A Blizzard Warning in effect from 2 a.m Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday. 

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9:09 am
Tue March 11, 2014

County's Social Services Department undegoes reorganization

Carol Dankert-Maurer, Commissioner of Social Services
Credit erie,gov

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the reorganization of the Department of Social Services is complete. The goal is to make the county's largest department more flexible and proactive.

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11:35 am
Mon March 10, 2014

AmeriCorps Week puts focus on community service

AmeriCorps members in Buffalo kick off AmeriCorps Week with an activity at the Belle Center.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

WBFO's Ashley Hirtzel reports

Volunteers with Buffalo AmeriCorps kicked off AmeriCorps Week 2014 last Friday by mentoring pre-schoolers at the Belle Center. The service project places emphasis on the importance of early childhood learning.

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10:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Fate of estate tax provision uncertain in State Assembly

The estate tax will be taken up this week in Albany.
Credit File photo

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

On Wednesday, both houses of the legislature are due to release their one-house budget proposals, which they will then use to negotiate a final spending plan with Governor Cuomo. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says Assembly Democrats are not yet on board with part of Cuomo’s plan to cut the estate tax.

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Dems dysfunction leaves legislative void
5:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Press Pass: Marinelli's seat and school board influence

Chris Jamele and Artvoice editor Geoff Kelly
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County Legislator Lynn Marinelli stepped down from her post in January, but no progress has been made in filling that seat.

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Clocks should be set ahead one hour
10:28 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Daylight Saving Time is here

A sure sign that spring is on its way is the arrival of Daylight Saving Time.

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7:26 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Man dies in auto repair shop fire

An automobile mechanic is dead after a car he was working on burst into flames Friday afternoon.

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6:30 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Former radio host Weppner announces congressional run

Kathy Weppner has launched her congressional campaign.
Credit Twitter

A former radio talk show host announced her candidacy for Congress Friday morning. Kathy Weppner will run as a Republican in New York's 26th Congressional District, the seat currently held by Democrat Brian Higgins.

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3:48 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Hamburg homeowner says protest sign is free speech right

Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The Hamburg man facing charges for posting a sign opposing the state's gun control law will get another day in court after a second town judge recused himself in the case.

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