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10:09 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Tournament parking prices raise eyebrows

Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Some fans making their way into downtown Buffalo for yesterday's NCAA basketball games experienced sticker shock while trying to park their car. Many were stunned to learn they’d be paying a hefty fee at the lots near First Niagara Center.

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9:52 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Ken-Ton explores school closings

Ken-Ton Superintendent Mark Mondanaro and School Board President Bob Dana provide overviews of four district reorganization plans.
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The Kenmore-Tonawanda School District released four reorganization plans, all of which would close one or more school buildings.

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8:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Higgins raises Homeland Security concerns

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A magazine linked to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula cites Buffalo-Niagara in a new article about America's "failing and fruitless" war against terror.

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8:17 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Budget protesters arrested outside governor's office

Arrested protesters accuse Governor Cuomo of giving tax breaks to the wealthy while ignoring the state's social needs.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders continue to meet behind closed doors to hash out a budget deal, while outside the governor’s offices around 25 angry protesters were arrested.

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3:59 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

NCAA Tournament draws swarm of hoops fans to downtown Buffalo

Syracuse fans are hanging out at Pan American Grill & Brewery
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Thousands of college basketball fans are in downtown Buffalo today for the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament games at First Niagara Center.

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8:45 am
Thu March 20, 2014

West Side housing program receives federal funds

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Washington is sending $169,000 into Buffalo's West Side to help with the improving housing picture.

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8:40 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Activists push for more Albany transparency

Government reform activists took their smart phones into Assembly Committee meetings to live stream meetings that so far have not been available on line to the public.

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Power Plant Fire
8:54 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Fire extinguished at New York Power Authority plant

A fire at the New York Power Authority plant in Lewiston was extinguished Wednesday night.

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3:05 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Tonawanda Coke fined $12.5 million for pollution violations

Tonawanda Coke
Credit WBFO News file photo

A federal judge has fined Tonawanda Coke $12.5 million dollars for violating the Clean Air Act the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

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3:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Schumer asks Army Corps to develop flood plan for Buffalo Creek

Sen. Charles Schumer says action is needed to prevent flooding along Buffalo Creek.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Flooding along the Buffalo Creek in West Seneca could be a thing of the past if the federal government answers Sen. Charles Schumer's call for help.

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10:13 am
Wed March 19, 2014

ConAgra closing plants in Dunkirk and Fredonia, leaving 425 jobless

The union representing workers at two ConAgra Foods plants in western New York say the company plans to close the plants, a move that would put more than 400 people out of work.

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10:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Council approves new operator for Hatch restaurant

Credit File photo

City Hall is working to make sure the Erie Basin Marina is fully operational this summer with new operators for some popular attractions.

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9:58 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Lockport soldier posthumously awarded Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor recipient William F. Leonard of Lockport fought bravely during WWII.
Credit army.mil

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

A local man is among two dozen veterans scheduled to be honored today at the Pentagon after receiving the nation's highest award at the White House Tuesday for combat valor.

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9:57 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Dream Act supporters vow to fight on

The Dream Act failed in the state Senate this week.
Credit File photo

WBFO Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt reports

Supporters of Dream Act legislation say they were “set up” when a hastily arranged vote on the bill in the Senate chamber late Monday led to the measure’s failure by just one vote. The focus is now shifting to Governor Cuomo. Backers say they will try to get the governor to put the measure into the state budget.

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9:43 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Author portrays potential of people with intellectual disabilities

Rachel Simon

By attracting the power of stars like Rosie O'Donnell and Andie MacDowell, author Rachel Simon succeeded in bringing attention to the struggles and possibilities of those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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6:51 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Standoff suspect: 'I made a big mistake'

The gunman who allegedly fired dozens of rounds at police Sunday night in the Town of Concord says he was drinking moonshine at the time.

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3:16 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Congressional candidate calls for marijuana legalization

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Congressional candidate Emin "Eddie" Egriu is demanding an end to the "war on weed."

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Local
12:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Film Commission celebrates rebirth of North Park Theater

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The head of the Buffalo-Niagara Film Commission says he is excited about the newly restored North Park Theater and about the work of some local movie producers. WBFO's Jim Ranney spoke with Commissioner Tim Clark about the latest developments.

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5:16 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Dream Act dies in State Senate

The Dream Act is dead for now in New York State, after the State Senate voted down the measure that would have granted college tuition aid to the children of undocumented immigrants.

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4:49 am
Tue March 18, 2014

AG Schneiderman seeks end to pharmacy tobacco sales

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says pharmacies should be "curing illness, not causing it."
Credit WBFO File Photo

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Attorneys General from more than two dozen states and U.S. territories are pushing pharmacies to end cigarette sales nationwide.

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4:36 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

County unveils upgrades to 9-1-1 system

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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

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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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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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