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7:14 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New East Side residence caters to homeless women

Hope Gardens on Oberlin Avenue will house 20 chronically homeless women.
Credit Homeless Alliance of Western New York

A new facility for homeless women aims to make a dent in the homeless population in Buffalo.


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5:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Tips to bounce back from post-holiday sticker shock

Walden Galleria Mall
Credit uniquelycat (Cathy) Smith / Some Rights Reserved

Holiday spending will be up nearly 5 percent this year, according to the National Retail Federation. WBFO’s Ashley Hirtzel spoke to an advisor from Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo to see how people can ease the post-holiday sticker shock.

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4:56 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Calls continue for increased police accountability

There is growing pressure on officers as officials focus on recent reports of police improprieties. More discussion is expected Tuesday night in a gathering at Mount Olive Baptist Church.

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4:46 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Budget for Canalside manager runs dry

ECHDC board members discuss Canalside budget concerns Monday.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

Drawing nearly a million visitors to Buffalo's waterfront this past summer cost more than expected. As a result, the current contract for Canalside has been increased 50 percent.

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4:33 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Clarence residents warned of phone scam

Erie County sheriff deputies have issued a special alert to Clarence residents about a phone scam. 


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12:46 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Beyond the Playbook: Bills defense dominates

Credit WBFO News File Photo

The Bills victory over the Green Bay Packers was among the best games in quite a while at Ralph Wilson Stadium. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Analyst Matt Sabuda about the game and what's to come for Buffalo.

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8:22 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Dealing with holiday stress

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Feeling overwhelmed by the holidays? The holidays can be stressful in so many ways as we squeeze out extra time for parties, decorating and shopping, but there are things you can do to ease your nerves.


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4:47 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Buffalo hostel joins international network

The hostel is located at 667 Main Street in Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

For many pedestrians in the Theatre District, the building at 667 Main Street looks like just another old building along the street. It's actually part of a worldwide network of hostels for youth and youthful people of all ages.

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4:39 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Study connects drinking and smoking habits among women

UB's Research Institute on Addictions
Credit Photo from UB's Research Institute on Addictions

Women who smoke have more trouble quitting drinking and a lot more trouble quitting both than men, according to a new study from UB's Research Institute on Addictions.

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Western New York remains above national average
11:28 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Gas prices continue dropping

Past gas prices in WNY.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Gasoline prices across the nation continue to fall and the trend is being reflected at local pumps.

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Vaccine came into common use in 1967
10:49 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Mumps a growing concern for the NHL and others

Dr. Gale Burstein
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Mumps is a disease which was once a serious health problem but has been essentially wiped out by a vaccine licensed in 1967.

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Protestors take to the steps of City Hall
5:24 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Protestors take to the steps of City Hall

Protestors on the steps of city hall
Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Protestors were out in force in Niagara Square Saturday afternoon, protesting actions of police officers around the country and locally.

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Luna the Polar Bear cub recovers from ankle injury
2:52 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Luna the polar bear recovers from ankle injury

Luna, the female Polar Bear cub enjoys her birthday "cake" while in recovery from an ankle injury.
Credit Buffalo Zoo / WBFO News

Buffalo Zoo President Donna Fernandes says the zoo’s female Polar bear cub, Luna, is well along the road to recovery.

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Claims for weather related damage will be reviewed
12:06 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Officials available to assist with filing storm damage reports

Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

Western New Yorkers whose homes and property were damaged by the November storm can get assistance with insurance claims today.

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5:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

SantaCon to spread holiday cheer and good will

People participating in SantaCon
Credit facebook.com/santaconbuffalo

Hundreds of volunteers decked out in Santa Claus costumes will collect toy donations in downtown Buffalo Saturday. The fourth annual SantaCon Buffalo will take place at participating businesses along Chippewa Street from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Registration will be held at 1:30 p.m. at 67 West.

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4:25 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Peace Bridge eases traffic flow

Peace Bridge Authority workers opening the expanded approach to the customs plaza in Buffalo on Friday.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

The first of several projects to speed U.S. bound traffic on the Peace Bridge is complete.

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8:05 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Former Governor Mario Cuomo Home from Hospital

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says his father is home from the hospital and in good spirits.

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7:34 am
Fri December 12, 2014

1930's Kleinhans Photos Sell for Thousands

One of more than 220 Kleinhans window photos that sold for $13,000.
Credit Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries

An album of vintage photos from a department store window in Buffalo sold for thousands of dollars at auction in New York City this week.


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4:58 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Critics blast county over storm cleanup

Local officials debated the county's storm effort in County Legislature chambers Thursday.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The snowball fight between County Executive Mark Poloncarz and some suburban supervisors and highway superintendents continues. Town officials fought back in front of the County Legislature on Thursday.

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6:29 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Preservationists pressure Chautauqua to save Amphitheater

Credit Photo courtesy of Chautauqua Institution

Plans by the Chautauqua Institution to demolish the historic Amphitheater and replace it with a modern replica are being challenged by preservationists and many Chautauqua residents.  The Institution's leadership team is under increasing pressure to find a way of saving the existing structure.

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3:58 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Property owners receive state help for storm damage

Department of Financial Services Mobile Command Center
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Questions are being answered for property owner who experienced snow and water damage during the November snow storm. The New York State Department of Financial Services is camped out behind the Tosh Community Center in South Buffalo Thursday to assist with insurance related issues.

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2:42 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Governor requested a major disaster declaration for 'Snovember' storm

Wall of snow in south towns from November storm.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

For area residents and business which suffered damage from the November Lake Effect snow storm that dumped several feet of snow on parts of Western New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking a federal  disaster declaration. 

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12:45 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Buffalo Jills lawsuit persists

Credit Photo from www.buffalojills.com

Even after the Oakland Raiders agreed to pay their cheerleaders, six-former Buffalo Jills are still fighting for some pay for their time performing at football games.

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12:33 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

New book pictures waterfront resurgence

The Buffalo waterfront has become a spectacle of change and construction. That process is on display in the new picture book "Celebrating Buffalo Waterfront: There's a Renaissance in Progress and It's Yours to Enjoy."

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11:19 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Snowy city streets left traffic at a crawl

Traffic crawled along Delaware Avenue in Kenmore & Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Traffic was nearly at gridlock along many of the main streets metro Buffalo Thursday morning.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says what are normally shorter commute times took much longer for motorists.


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9:29 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Whooping Cough on the rise in Erie County

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Erie County's Health Commissioner is calling on all residents to make sure they're vaccinated for Whooping Cough in light of a recent increase in the infection locally.


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7:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Storm's timely arrival snarls traffic across the Buffalo area

Accident closes the 198 West between Parkside and Delaware
Credit Courtesy of Nittec.org

Western New Yorkers generally don't let a little snow slow them down too much.  The winter storm that blew through the area this morning though has done just that, due it's timely arrival just prior to the morning commute.

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6:53 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Winter Weather Advisory for much of WNY; Warnings for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Genesee and Wyoming Counties. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. Both are in effect until 4am Friday morning.

WBFO's Cheryl Hagen spoke with Meteorologist John Hitchcock early this morning...

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4:56 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Richardson complex finding new life

Once a psychiatric hospital, the Buffalo landmark will soon become the Hotel Henry Urban Resort and Conference Center.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO news

After sitting vacant for decades,  a West Side landmark that was saved from the wrecking ball is finally being brought back to life.

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1:33 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Mayor says city already researching possible downtown stadium sites

Current and newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The Buffalo Common Council has gone on record in support of a new downtown Bills stadium. Lawmakers approved a resolution calling on the mayor and the Department of Strategic Planning to explore various sites. But as WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports, that process is already underway.

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