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9:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

WNY prepares for another round of floods: High Wind Warning posted

With a warming trend on the way that is expected to melt the region's thick snowpack, local municipalities are bracing for potential flooding.

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9:28 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Buffalo School Board targets higher graduation rate

Inside a classroom.
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Considering the Buffalo Public School District has struggled with graduation rates hovering near 50 percent, the school board is aiming high as it seeks additional state funding to help dramatically improve those rates.

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5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

NU President sees opportunites ahead for college

Niagara University James Maher shared his optimistic vision with alumni Wednesday night.
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Niagara University President Father James Maher admits these are challenging times for those in higher education.

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11:37 am
Wed February 19, 2014

West Seneca prepares for potential flooding

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With the possibility of more flooding on the way West Seneca Supervisor Sheila Meegan says the town is on "high alert." It was just a little over a month ago that dozens of homes were severely damaged in the Lexington Green neighborhood.

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9:53 am
Wed February 19, 2014

City grants Rural/Metro a four-month extension

Several Rural/Metro employees attended Tuesday's Common Council meeting.
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There's still no decision on who will provide the ambulance service in Buffalo. The Common Council made a short-term move Tuesday in approving a four-moth extension for Rural/Metro.

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9:30 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Medaille College to consolidate as it faces deficit

Medaille College campus in Buffalo.
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Medaille College in Buffalo reveals that it will be closing its Amherst campus as it deals with major fiscal problems.

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8:02 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Hearings over, state legislature set to take on budget

The legislature has finished it’s hearings on Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal, and will be ready to start crafting a spending plan once they return from the President’s Day break.

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10:17 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Warmer weather expected to bring flooding to WNY

Another snowy, sloppy morning Tuesday in downtown Buffalo following the latest round of winter weather.
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The trend of steady snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures have combined to accumulate a solid snowpack across the region. Warmer temperatures are expected to melt much of that snow, bringing flooding to the region this week.

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10:13 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Call for first responders to be armed with Narcan for Heroin OD

Avi Israel of Buffalo remains in the forefront of fighting drug abuse.
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With the alarming and rapid rise of heroin overdose deaths in Erie County, a north Buffalo man urges first responders are armed with a drug that reverses an overdose of Heroin or Opiate.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the drug, called Naloxone or Narcan, has been proven to prevent deaths.

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8:48 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Work will slow Metro Rail in the coming weeks

The aging Metro Rail system will receive some much-needed rehab in the coming months.
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If you ride the Metro Rail to work, leave early. Beginning Tuesday, construction work inside the tunnel will slow trains for over the next month.

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8:40 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Cuomo's inmate education plan receives mixed legislative response

In opposing the governor's tuition plan for prison inmates, State Senator Mark Grisanti says more assistance is needed for those who made better life choices.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo wants more prison inmates to go to college, but the plan has not sparked enthusiastic support among state legislators.

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9:43 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Kennedy calls out Verizon over city service

State Senator Tim Kennedy says Verizon needs to expand its high-speed FiOS service within Buffalo.

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8:48 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Demand rising for Allentown housing

As growth continues at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, housing demand is surging in Allentown.
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With thousands more workers anticipated for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, the real estate market is booming in the adjacent Allentown neighborhood.

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7:40 am
Mon February 17, 2014

National group revives Skyway demolition conversation

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The Congress for New Urbanism picked the Skyway out of nominations from more than 50 cities for its list of  "urban highways most in need of being removed."

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Local military man suffers accidental death
11:02 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Soldier's remains return to region

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A military member hailing from Tonawanda made a quiet return home on Saturday.

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Second bank heist in town in two days
10:48 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Female thief strikes OP bank

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For the second time in two days, a bank in Orchard Park has been robbed.

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Car struck tree; victims identity withheld
10:36 am
Sun February 16, 2014

Evans teen killed in crash

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Town of Evans Police are investigating a deadly auto accident that occurred on Saturday afternoon.

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12:42 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

CSEA workers reject fourth contract with Erie County

Members of the CSEA Local 815 have rejected another tentative contract negotiated with Erie County.

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8:53 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Comcast commits to preserving local Time Warner jobs, call center

The former Sheehan Memorial Hospital will still be the site of a planned call center.
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Following news of its intention to purchase Time Warner Cable, Comcast says it will preserve all roughly 1,000 jobs in Western New York and move forward with a planned call center in the City of Buffalo.

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8:52 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Support grows for minimum wage hike for cities

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The idea of allowing cities to set their own minimum wage has support from the head of the state’s black and Hispanic caucus, but the plan faces obstacles elsewhere.

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2:29 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Revelation of injuries in Tonawanda Coke blast stirring anger

Tonawanda Coke, River Road, Tonawanda, NY.
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Rep. Brian Higgins says he is outraged after learning that three workers at Tonawanda Coke were injured in a January 31 explosion, contrary to what the company initially reported.

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2:28 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Washington and Ottawa reach tax deal

Washington and Ottawa have signed a deal that means Canadian banks won't have to report on their American customers to the I-R-S.  But that doesn't let those American customers living north of the border, off the hook.  The deal means Canada's Revenue agency will collect the information, and then pass it on to its U-S counterparts.  And that's not sitting well with many.  

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9:46 am
Thu February 13, 2014

15-year-old student charged with making school bomb threat

Niagara-Wheatfield High School

A 15-year-old Niagara Falls High School student was arrested on a felony charge Wednesday for making bomb threat phone calls to his high school and Niagara-Wheatfield High School, which led to evacuations and lockdowns.

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8:58 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Plans developing to connect neighborhoods with medical campus

Big changes may be on the way as City Hall tries to better connect the Fruit Belt, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and Allentown. The subject was the topic of discussion at a Wednesday night meeting.

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5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

On 5th anniversary, some 3407 families ready to turn the page

Flight 3407 family members.
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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 invited Western New Yorkers to join them in Clarence Center Wednesday  night as they mark the fifth anniversary of the 2009 crash that claimed 51 lives.

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1:17 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Wallenda taking up summer residency at Darien Lake

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The "King of the High Wire" is returning to Western New York this summer for an extended stay.

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9:47 am
Wed February 12, 2014

'Mayhem' expected for long-awaited opening of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Today marks perhaps the most highly-anticipated restaurant opening in Buffalo history as Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opens its doors on Franklin Street downtown.

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9:23 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Severe cold sends homeless seeking shelter

All 50 cots were filled last night at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy.
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As the cold winter drags on in Buffalo, a toll is taken on the area's homeless and those who try to provide relief to the growing numbers. With Tuesday night expected to be among the coldest of the season, the sleeping room was packed in St. Luke's Mission of Mercy on the city's East Side.

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8:57 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Cuomo, NYC mayor at odds over taxation issue

The debate over universal pre kindergarten shows no signs of slowing down at the Capitol. The Democratic Mayor of New York City is not backing down from his plan to tax the wealthy to pay for pre-K, but that plan is expected to be blocked by Albany.

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4:36 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

New FBI director calls cyberspace the new battleground

New FBI Director James Comey
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The new director of the FBI says cybercrime is the issue of the day, in the wake of tens of millions of people having their financial information stolen while making credit card purchases.

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