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Wages and racial issues raised ire
11:16 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Protestors gather outside local McDonald's

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A group of protestors gathered outside of a McDonald's restaurant in Williamsville Friday, protesting low wages paid to their employees.

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5:49 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

HarborCenter is a game changer, says Koelmel

HarborCenter President, John Koelmel, addresses a Hamburg Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Friday.
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HarborCenter, at Canalside, in downtown Buffalo, has "shifted the region's pendulum in a positive way." That's according to John Koelmel, President of HarborCenter.

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5:35 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Autism Services expands south of Buffalo

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The Southtowns is now home to a new Autism Services Resource Center. The ribbon was cut on the facility at 97 Main Street in Hamburg Friday morning.

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Local
9:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Commission linking Underground Railway heritage to Canalside

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While the historic Michigan Street corridor in Buffalo is a few blocks from the city's Waterfront, they have been tied together for centuries and will be tied together moving forward.

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9:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Moving Forward and Setting the World on Fire

Moving Forward and Setting the World on Fire at Zion Dominion Global Ministries
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

About 2,000 Buffalo Public School students attended Moving Forward and Setting the World on Fire on Thursday. It's an annual event held in honor of Black History Month.   

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4:47 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Legislature approves restrictions on e-cigarettes

All but one member of the Erie County Legislature voted to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in public places.
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County legislators voted Thursday to restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.

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4:39 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Heastie focused on passage of Dream Act

Carl Heastie is setting his agenda as the new Speaker of the Assembly.
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Newly elected Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie made clear one of his top priorities in his first news conference, where he called for passage of the Dream Act, which would offer college aid to children of undocumented immigrants.

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Local
7:33 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Potholes: Erie County roads cope with a frigid winter

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Winter always means potholes but do you think this winter's snow and extreme cold will mean more trouble than usual?  WBFO's Cheryl Hagen checked in with Erie County about the situation...


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5:04 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Panel discusses lessons learned from Ferguson

Some believe that body cameras would curb police abuse situations.
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In the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of an unarmed black man by police, a discussion on ways to promote racial justice was held at UB Wednesday.

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5:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

City officials review status of Buffalo street lights

City Comptroller Mark Schroeder is tracking the costs of city street lights.
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There's some light being shed on how many Buffalo street lights are out and what National Grid will do about it.

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Local
4:48 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Leaders under scrutiny as budget process begins

Budget talks began Wednesday, as Governor Cuomo met behind closed doors with legislative leaders to discuss school aid, economic development proposals and ethics reform. Cuomo’s push to reform practices in the legislature comes at a time when his nearly $1 million book deal is coming under closer scrutiny.

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8:09 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Movie shoot issues casting call for "extras"

An East Aurora Victorian decked out for the Christmas movie shoot #SmallTownPrince
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Frigid temperatures haven't stopped a California production crew from filming in East Aurora this week.  In fact, they're moving right along and have put out a casting call for "extras" for scenes next week in the Wyoming County village of Arcade.


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6:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Making a Difference: Former teacher makes learning possible

John Mika helps a teacher load her car with free school supplies.
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Throughout February WNED/WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourages others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is “making a difference.”


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5:05 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Rice's parents speak out following Corasanti settlement

The parents of Alix Rice sit with attorney Terry Connors (center) to discuss their settlement with Dr. James Corasanti
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Tammy Schueler says she would have loved to hear the jury find Dr. James Corasanti guilty. But with the wrongful death lawsuit involving her daughter Alix Rice ending in a settlement, Schueler says she's moving forward.

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4:57 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Poll examines voters' priorities on ethics issue

Governor Cuomo has repeatedly threatened to hold up the state budget over ethics reform and other issues, like education policy. Now, a poll finds that voters would rather that the budget be on time.

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4:52 am
Wed February 25, 2015

City leaders hear call for public campaign financing

There's a continuing push for public financing of campaigns, arguing it removes the influence of big money and allows challengers who would have trouble raising money to run. That push made its way to Council Chambers in Buffalo's City Hall Tuesday.

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4:44 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Questions linger over housing enforcement issues

Crumbling structures in Buffalo continue to plague city leaders.
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There was a lot of finger pointing in City Hall yesterday about the slum housing problem; most fingers were pointed toward the courts.

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3:30 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

NFTA fares would be cut for 2 years under proposed pilot project

Metro Rail's long-term future would be strengthened by proposed plan, supporters argue.
Credit WBFO News

A pilot program that would cut NFTA fares in half for two years is being touted as a way to strengthen the local transit system.

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3:26 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Settlement reached in Corasanti civil case

Attorney Richard Sullivan announced that a settlement has been reached in the Dr. James Corasanti civil trial. He says Corasanti is "sorry" and "feels remorse" for what has transpired.
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Both sides have agreed on a settlement in the civil trial against Dr. James Coarasanti. The parents of teenager Alix Rice filed the wrongful death suit against Corasanti, who was driving while intoxicated when his vehicle struck and killed Rice on Heim Road in 2011.

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2:57 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Zoo welcomes new baby giraffe

New baby giraffe born February 21st at the Buffalo Zoo.
Credit Photo provided by the Buffalo Zoo.

The Buffalo Zoo has welcomed a new female giraffe born this past weekend.  Baby Zuri arrived Saturday, February 21 at the city Zoo.

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7:51 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Best vantage points to see Niagara Falls frosted over?

Credit Courtesy of YouTube/Niagara Falls USA Winter 2015

Niagara Falls is not completely frozen over, but the snow and ice that's blanketed the area has made it a sight to see.  Photos of the wintry Falls have been trending across social media sites, gaining national media attention and attracting folks to see for themselves.

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4:57 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Architect seeking to build apartments in former schools

Architect Karl Frizlen has plans for two former parochial schools.
Credit photo from the Frizlen Group website

Two more former parochial schools may soon re-open as apartment buildings, continuing a long-term trend as the Catholic Diocese downsizes its real estate holdings.

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4:52 am
Tue February 24, 2015

County Clerk highlights changes to real estate closings

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Those who have purchased a home are familiar with the lengthy, paperwork-filled closing process. The Erie County Clerk says he's working to change that.

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4:45 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Reformers say Cuomo's ethics proposals don't go far enough

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Governor Cuomo has outlined his plan for greater transparency of state lawmakers’ outside income, and has made it part of his budget proposal. Good government groups say they wish he had gone farther.

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6:00 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

East Aurora's quaint feel draws movie shoot

Filming of Small Town Prince on location inside Fire Fly Cupcakes in East Aurora.
Credit Chris Caya WBFO News

A small bake shop in East Aurora had the feel of a Hollywood movie set Monday.

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10:53 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Film crew begins shooting movie in East Aurora

Film crews begin shooting "Small Town Prince" in East Aurora.
Credit Rich Wall, Buffalo Niagara Film Commission

If you saunter along Main Street in East Aurora today and spot Christmas trappings, there's no need to worry. You're not 10 months behind schedule. It's just that you've landed in the middle of a movie set.

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8:02 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Could February be the coldest month ever in Western New York? Maybe...

Cold images from Buffalo.
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February is very close to becoming the coldest month ever in Western New York. 


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6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Making a Difference: PUSH Buffalo founder boosts city's west side

PUSH Buffalo works to rebuild homes.
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Throughout February, WNED/WBFO is recognizing everyday citizens of Western New York who are doing amazing things in their communities. Our “Making a Difference” project emphasizes the importance of volunteerism and encourage others to lend a helping hand. Here is the story of a community champion who is “making a difference.”


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5:36 am
Mon February 23, 2015

School closings for Monday, February 23, 2015

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The following schools are closed or delayed for Monday, February 23, 2015:

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5:12 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Costs piling up from November snow

The November snows pushed Western New Yorkers to the maximum.
Credit Cheryl Hagen/WBFO News

The bills for the November storm still aren't all in, but Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw says he has some questions.

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