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4:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

VA chooses Pembroke site for veterans' cemetery

The 132-acre site of a planned veterans' cemetery in Genesee County
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A long-awaited veterans' cemetery for Western New York will soon be a reality. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has chosen a site in Pembroke for the new 132-acre resting place.

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11:43 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Man jumps to his death from observation deck at City Hall

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A man committed suicide Thursday morning by jumping from the observation deck of Buffalo's City Hall onto a lower roof.

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8:48 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Leaders promise to clean up Buffalo Police

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Officials with the Buffalo Police Department say they are working with the FBI to eliminate bad officers from its ranks. Three more officers were indicted Wednesday for the alleged use of excessive force against four young men in 2009.

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8:47 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Astorino calls for term limits

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The Republican candidate for Governor, Rob Astorino, is  pressing for term limits for state officials.  He also spoke against another reform proposal percolating in the legislature, campaign finance reform.

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8:47 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Senate proposals aimed to combat heroin epidemic

A Republican led Senate task force has released a package of bills aimed at combating the growing heroin addiction in New York.

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4:02 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Report: Golisano pursuing Bills purchase

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Former Sabres owner Tom Golisano has met with Buffalo Bills officials and public leaders, and informed them of his interest in purchasing the franchise, said people involved with the negotiations.

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12:04 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

La Nova robber sentenced to 10 years in prison

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The man who pleaded guilty to robbing two La Nova pizzeria employees of over $5,700 in restaurant receipts last October was sentenced Wednesday in State Supreme Court to ten years in prison.

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9:47 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Three Buffalo police officers accused of using excessive force

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda (c.) and U.S. Attorney William Hochul (r.) outline the charges against the three officers.
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A federal grand jury has indicted three Buffalo Police officers for violating the civil rights of four teenagers.

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8:52 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Cuomo critic threatens Lieutenant Governor primary run

Governor Cuomo continues to face a challenge from the left leaning members of his own party, that will play out at the end of the week in the Working Families Party convention.  In addition, a progressive Democrat and wealthy businessman is threatening to try to get on the ballot for Lieutenant Governor.

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8:48 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Landscaping work continues at Darwin Martin House

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As the painstaking restoration progresses at the Darwin Martin House, planners are now focused on the grand landscaping that once adorned the property.

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8:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Common Council reinstates police oversight panel

Council members on Tuesday agreed to re-establish the Police Oversight Committee.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

After several high-profile incidents, including a Buffalo Police officer caught on camera beating a handcuffed man, the Common Council has reinstated its Police Oversight Committee.

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8:08 am
Wed May 28, 2014

City officials reviewing publicly financed campaigns

Common Cause New York has made campaign financing a key issue in Albany.

Buffalo's Common Council is drawing some praise for looking into public financing of political campaigns.

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8:02 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Actress Fiona Reid takes on two roles at Shaw Festival

Actress Fiona Reid
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Fiona Reid is a veteran of the Shaw Festival and Canadian theater. This year, she's in "The Charity that Begins at Home" and will soon be on stage in "The Sea." She spoke recently with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

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11:57 am
Tue May 27, 2014

'All clear' given in Tonawanda after suspicious man causes evacuation

Armed Forces Recruiting Center on Sheridan Drive investigated after suspicious man entered early Tuesday morning.
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The 'all clear' has been given in the Town of Tonawanda where the actions of a suspicious man caused the evacuation of a section of Sheridan Drive this morning.

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11:30 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Camp Good Days seeking donations to offset costly flood damage

Storm flooding severely damaged Camp Good Days and Special Times.
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Camp Good Days and Special Times, a Finger Lakes camp that serves more than 1,500 children with cancer annually, is in the midst of cleanup and recovery after heavy flooding earlier this month damaged the facility.

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9:16 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Skyway bike ride rolls this Saturday

May is Bike Month, a proclamation that prompted GO Bike Buffalo to organize an ambitious series of events aimed at promoting cycling. Executive Director Justin Booth says they saved the biggest event for the last day of the month. "We're going to be doing a bicycle ride over the Skyway, the Buffalo Skyride."

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8:57 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Study indicates mushrooms may help diabetics

UB researchers were initially studying how Vitamin D may boost muscle strength in older when they stumbled onto indications of how mushrooms may help control sugar in diabetics.

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8:38 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Press Pass: Locating a new stadium for the Bills

An investment bank and law firm have been retained by the estate of Ralph Wilson to help facilitate the sale of the Buffalo Bills. In this week's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First discusses how the move should speed a sale process which will almost certainly coincide with the building of a new stadium.

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7:01 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Legislative session winds down in Albany

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Now that the major party political conventions are over, state officials are shifting their focus back to the remaining issues in the legislative session, which ends in four weeks.  But politics will still be front and center in the waning days of the session.

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6:58 am
Mon May 26, 2014

County Legislature pays tribute to retired Sheriff's captain

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On this Memorial Day, the nation remembers those who sacrificed their lives in protecting our country.  It's also a time of year to honor law enforcement officers who put themselves in peril to save lives.  Several ceremonies doing so were held earlier this month. 

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6:57 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Record set at Buffalo Marathon

A Kenyan native who resides in Rochester ran at an unprecedented pace in Sunday's Buffalo Marathon.

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11:11 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Police patrols heightened during holiday weekend

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is announcing that local law enforcement agencies along with State Police will be increasing patrols on area roads over the holiday weekend.

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1:12 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Sager's loved ones praying for a miracle

William Sager Jr.'s father and fiancee spoke Friday morning at the Buffalo Naval Park.
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Family, friends, and members of various branches of the armed forces gathered at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park Friday morning to pray for Tech. Sgt. William Sager, Jr.’s recovery.

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12:42 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Off-duty city officers banned from working at bars

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda issued the edict following a violent incident at Molly's Pub earlier this month.
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Buffalo Police officers can no longer work part-time as security at bars. The move comes as criminal and internal investigations are underway into an attack at Molly's Pub that left Air National Guardsman William Sager Jr. in a coma.

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12:30 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Majority leader calls on Social Services commissioner to resign

Erie County legislators are responding to new information regarding the May 14 death of 8-year-old Jacob Noe, the child whose mother has been charged in connection with his death. The legislature's majority leader is now calling for Social Services Commissioner Carol Dankert-Maurer to resign.

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9:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Planners pack summer schedule at Canalside

Planners expect these Adirondack chairs to be filled most days this summer at Canalside.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The list of programs and events scheduled on Buffalo's downtown waterfront is bigger than ever this summer. Canalside has planned more than 1,000 things for people of all ages to do in 2014. 

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8:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Controversial bear hunt reinstated in Ontario

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WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

After 15 years, Ontario's spring bear hunt is on again, on an experimental basis. It began on May 1, despite an 11th hour legal bid by animal rights groups to prevent it.

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7:57 am
Fri May 23, 2014

County leaders tangle over roads issue

Officials disagree on how to deal with Erie County's crumbling roads and bridges.
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There's agreement and disagreement inside county government. While all agree that Erie County's vast network of roads is in bad shape, there is disagreement on what to do.

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7:55 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Officials discuss plans for Holy Angels campus

Holy Angels Academy will have new life this fall as part of the Charter School for Applied Technologies.
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A small crowd was on hand Thursday night as developers provided specifics on plans to transform the former Holy Angels Academy into space for the growing Charter School of Applied Technologies.

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2:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Local Army Corps commander fired for 'personal misconduct'

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has fired the commander of its Buffalo District office due to "personal misconduct."

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