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4:48 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Committee looks for improvement in 9-1-1 system

Smartphone dialing pad.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

If you need emergency help and call 9-1-1 on your cell phone, you have an 80 percent chance of the emergency system accurately figuring out where you are.  At their hearing Thursday, members of the Erie County Legislature Public Safety Committee discussed how to improve the situation.

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4:37 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Tensions build as budget deadline approaches

New Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is at the center of tense budget negotiations.
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There’s just about a week and a half left before the budget deadline, and Governor Cuomo and lawmakers remain at odds over a number of issues, including whether ethics disclosure rules should apply to Governor Cuomo as well as the legislature.

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12:27 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Pawn shop regulation aims to help in recovery of stolen property

A proposed local law would establish an electronic reporting system for pawnshops and other secondhand brokers dealing with personal items.
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Erie County Legislators are considering a local law aimed at regulating pawnbrokers, secondhand dealers and jewelry, precious metals and coin exchange dealers. 

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9:09 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Lancaster students protest school board decision to change controversial mascot

Lancaster students rally outside the high school in support of their controversial mascot which the school board has retired.
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Students in Lancaster rallied outside the high school this morning in support of their former "Redskins" mascot.

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5:05 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Cuomo dealing with ethics reform, falling poll numbers

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Governor Cuomo and the Speaker of the Assembly say they hope the State Senate will sign on to their joint proposal for ethics reform, as a new poll finds the governor with dropping job approval numbers.

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5:04 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Public hearing reviews ban on e-cigarettes

As the county debates the issue, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center has initiated its own ban on e-cigarettes.
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It's up to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz now, as the fight over electronic cigarettes and a potential ban continues.

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4:56 am
Thu March 19, 2015

City reaches contract agreement white collar workers

Hundreds of workers in Buffalo's City Hall are getting a pay raise as the city has agreed to a contract with its white collar unionized employees.

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4:05 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Construction company defends its storm pricing

Collingwood Construction owner Larry Chumsky (left), Attorney Steven Cohen (center) & Douglas Laufer, Collingwood Foreman, at news conference denying price gouging.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

An area contractor says allegations of 'price gouging' made by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman are false. Collingwood Construction of Getzville is defending the prices it charged for work conducted during last November's devastating snow storm.

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3:21 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

City Mission surprised by funding boost

Buffalo City Mission Executive Director Stuart Harper
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The Buffalo City Mission has received some unexpected revenue from the City of Buffalo.

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5:14 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Niagara County plan targets medical marijuana

Niagara County Legislators voted to support plans for a medical marijuana site.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Niagara County legislators Tuesday night backed a Lewiston site for a medical marijuana manufacturing plant.

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5:05 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Judge rules against Sheriff's Department over FOIL request

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard appeared in May of 2014 before the Erie County Legislature where lawmakers questioned him on the cell phone tracker.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Erie County Sheriff's Department has been told it must release details on a device which can duplicate a cell phone tower and tell the Stingray where the phone owner is.

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4:55 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Officials tracking railroad safety concerns

Train tracks in downtown Buffalo.
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Albany is continuing to push railroads about safety, in the wake of some serious accidents around North America. 

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4:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Ice Climber honored by Niagara Falls

Will Gadd (L) receives a key to the city from Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The adventurer who made history climbing the "Frozen Falls" has been honored by the city. At Prospect Point, on Tuesday, Niagara Falls Mayor, Paul Dyster, presented Will Gadd with a key to the city.

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Chautauqua County stakeholders discuss drug issues
10:25 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Chautauqua stakeholders discuss drug issues and how to fix them

Over 250 community stakeholders in Chautauqua County gather to discuss the area's drug-abuse issue
Credit Chautauqua County Executive / WBFO News

Key players in Chautauqua County gathered on Monday to discuss the area’s drug abuse problem and what is being done to fight it.

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4:48 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Lawmakers work to protect Niagara Falls air base

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With the prospect of another base closing commission in the air in Washington, Niagara County is being pro-active in getting out its message of the importance of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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4:40 am
Tue March 17, 2015

New Yorkers embracing electronic tax returns

There's been a major shift in the way New Yorkers are filing their state income tax returns.

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4:34 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Changes made to Women's Equality legislation

State lawmakers are moving ahead with approving some portions of Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, now that  supporters are no longer demanding that all of the items, including an abortion rights provision, be tied together.

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City crews on top of flood concerns
6:03 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

City crews on top of flood concerns

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With a flood warning in effect today for Buffalo Creek, city crews are out making sure waterways continue to flow smoothly.

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3:27 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Preclearance deal signed between U.S. & Canada

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson & Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney sign preclearance agreement as part of the Beyond the Border Initiative.
Photo provided by U.S. Congressman Higgin's office

A Preclearance agreement was signed between the United States and Canadian leaders in Washington, D.C. Monday.

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A Saint Patrick's Day perspective
3:23 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

A Saint Patrick's Day perspective

Father Bill Quinlivan, pictured on the cover of his album, "Paintbrush in the Green"
Credit Fr. Bill Quinlivan / WBFO News

While many celebrations of Saint Patrick’s Day take place along parade routes and in pubs, the holiday has not always had such a festive history.

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10:58 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Flood watch and warning in effect for parts of Western New York

Ice jam along Buffalo Creek in West Seneca
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The National Weather Service is keeping a close eye on local creeks as the weather warms up and ice jam flooding potentially sets in. 

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10:51 am
Mon March 16, 2015

UB faces West Virginia in NCAA Tournament

UB won the Mid American Conference Saturday night in Cleveland.
Credit Photo from UB Athletcis website

Hopes are high as UB enters the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament for the first time. The Bulls have been slotted as the 12th-seed in the Midwest Region, a position that has enjoyed success in recent tournaments.

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8:39 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Physician shortage leads to scholarship fund for UB students

Alyssa Volmrich, James Miller and Gina Sparacino are the first three recipients of the Western New York Medical Scholarship
Credit Courtesy of the University at Buffalo website www.buffalo.edu

The Western New York Medical Scholarship Fund is a newly formed community organization providing four-year scholarships to local students attending the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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4:47 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Buffalo's annual Saint Patrick's Day parade draws 80,000

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Green was the dominant color Sunday, as the annual Saint Patrick's parade marched up Delaware Avenue, complete with Irish dancers, Irish setters and those who claimed to be Irish for the day.

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4:41 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Districts remain in the dark over state school aid

Inside a classroom.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The in-fighting in Albany over the state budget means school districts have no clue how much they will get in aid. Time is running short on budget planning and preparation.

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4:35 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Schumer calling for ban on lasers

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer wants those powerful green hand lasers banned because they are a threat to pilots and airplanes.

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Flooding that closed route 5 in area has eased
11:55 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Flood evacuation warning issued in Silver Creek

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The Chautauqua County Emergency Management Office has issued an evacuation warning to residents around Silver Creek.

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Old Neighborhood parade today
10:37 am
Sat March 14, 2015

St. Patty's parades fill the weekend

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Western New Yorkers will have the opportunity to enjoy two St. Patty's Day parades this weekend.

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4:22 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Price gouging leads to legal trouble

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks to reporters in Buffalo Friday.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

Lawsuits have been filed against two Buffalo area contractors accused of price gouging during the November storm.

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12:29 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Skating at Canalside ready to end a successful season

A large crowd jammed the Ice at Canalside on its opening night. The facility remained popular throughout the winter.
Credit WBFO file photo

The Ice at Canalside has exceeded expectations, says Sam Hoyt, board member for  the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation Board. "It appears that our final numbers will be in excess of 50,000 skaters," Hoyt said. Public skating for the facility's first season is scheduled to end on Tuesday.

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