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9:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Supporters push GMO labeling bill

Green apple.
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Sponsors of a bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, say they hope they have better luck this year advancing the legislation, after it died in committee late last session.

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8:58 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Legislators set to review Cuomo tax proposals

Governor Cuomo’s tax commissioner is set to testify before a legislative budget hearing Monday morning, and he’s expected to get plenty of questions about a plan to freeze property taxes and cut some income taxes.

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7:47 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Body found in Amherst fire

Investigators say the remains of a body were found in the debris of an early Sunday morning fire in Amherst.

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Snowfall amount already reaching historical levels
11:18 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Buffalo winter measured against extremes

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Snowfall totals in the Western New York region have been above average for the winter season thus far, but Buffalo is finding itself way ahead of other major cities.

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Effort incumbent upon stable routes and fares
11:05 am
Sun February 9, 2014

Local pols to seek increased NFTA funding

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A trio of local lawmakers are preparing to lobby Albany for increased NFTA funding in Governor Cuomo's latest budget proposal.

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1:15 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Armed man at school was an anti-violence 'Peacemaker'

Brown and Brinkworth commented Friday on Thursday's lockdown at Harvey Austin School in Buffalo.
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The man arrested for carrying a loaded gun in Harvey Austin School Thursday had "no ill intent," according Buffalo Schools Police Chief Kevin Brinkworth.

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10:04 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Summer jobs program encouraged for Buffalo youth

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

It may be cold outside, but Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says now is the time to apply for the city's Summer Youth Employment Program. More than 1,400 young people took part in the 2013 program.

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1:50 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Man arrested for trespassing at Ken West

Town of Tonawanda Police have arrested a man they say was trespassing at Kenmore West High School.

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1:45 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Funding restored for violence prevention program

Sen. Kennedy was joined by members of Back to Basics Wednesday to announce the funding.
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More money is on its way from Albany to help combat violence on the streets of Buffalo.

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Local
12:16 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

New production opens tonight at Jewish Repertory Theatre

With tonight's opening of the drama "DAI," the Hebrew word for "enough," the Jewish Repertory Theatre will present an ambitious production that has enjoyed great reviews in New York City, Los Angeles and London. 

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Local
10:06 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Police continue probe into teen Parkside neighborhood party

Florence at Parkside Avenue in north Buffalo.
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Buffalo Police are continuing their probe into a party where young people trashed a home in the city's Parkside neighborhood, while students from the schools continue their own investigation. 

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7:18 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Tonawanda Coke reveals information on explosion

Officials at Tonawanda Coke are offering details of the Friday explosion which reportedly rocked much of the area surrounding the facility.

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5:44 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Cuomo moves forward on medical marijuana

Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah says the Cuomo Administration's plan for medical marijuana will work.
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The Cuomo Administration is moving ahead with a bill  to allow limited access to medical marijuana. Cuomo’s health commissioner told lawmakers at a budget hearing that the program could be “up and running” within a year, but his claims were met with some skepticism.

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Local
11:40 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Parent claims gun holster found at Starpoint

Things are back to normal at Starpoint Central. The School District delayed opening this morning after staff found an empty ankle-holster outside of the school around 7 a.m.

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Local
9:52 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Council wants probe into secret Peace Bridge meetings

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Common Council members are upset about back room federal meetings on environmental effects of the Peace Bridge and proposals to move truck traffic to Lewiston.

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Local
9:15 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Incident sparks overnight lockdown at UB

The investigation continues into an Amherst armed robbery that prompted University at Buffalo officials to issue a "shelter in place" advisory along its North Campus last night.

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Local
3:46 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Former supervisor calls on Amherst to regulate drone use

Amazon recently unveiled its Amazon Prime Air program, which it hopes can soon be used to deliver packages via drone.
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With talk of using drones in the not too distant future to deliver pizzas, packages and more,  former Amherst Supervisor Dan Ward says now is the time to regulate the technology.

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10:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Library holding focus groups to gauge user sentiment

Buffalo's Central Library is the system's busiest.
Credit File photo

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library is seeking input from its users to find out what the customers want, or don't want, from their libraries.

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Local
9:28 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Local dairy farms enjoy resurgence

Upstate Milk.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

New York's dairy industry continues to surge and now ranks as the third-largest producer of milk in the entire country.

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9:28 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Reaching domestic violence victims in the northtowns

Family Justice Center house in northtowns.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

The Family Justice Center of Buffalo officially opened its new Williamsville satellite office Monday to reach domestic violence victims in the Northtowns.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says the new safe haven will provide shelter for women and children seeking protection from an abusive situation.


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8:53 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Few details forthcoming on fracking health review

Heath Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah provides few details to reporters about his review of the health effects of fracking.
Credit Matt Ryan

Governor Cuomo’s Health Commissioner was questioned by lawmakers at a budget hearing about his on- going review of the health effects of hydro-fracking.  But Dr. Nirav, Shah provided few details.

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4:14 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Environmental group seeking investigation into Tonawanda Coke blast

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Some Town of Tonawanda residents are waiting to learn more about what caused their homes to rattle around noon Friday.

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10:42 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Winter Storm Warning for all of WNY Tuesday night

More snow expected in WNY>
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Less than a week ago, the area was hibernating from bone-chilling temperatures. While more moderate weather has taken over in recent days, more severe weather is on the way.  A Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning.  It is in effect from Tuesday night through Wednesday night. 

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Senator Kennedy facing stiff challenge
9:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Press Pass: Geoff Kelly on heated political races to come

WBFO's Chris Jamele and Artvoice Editor Geoff Kelly
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This year's local elections will feature at least a pair of hotly contested races.

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7:45 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Film Commissioner recalls Philip Seymour Hoffman

Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday in Manhattan. The native of the Rochester suburb of Fairport cultivated a strong connection with Upstate New York.  Buffalo Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark recalls Hoffman using Buffalo as a location for one of his films.

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7:24 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Higgins moves to keep Social Security office open

Congressman Brian Higgins is turning to legislative action to stop the decision to close the Social Security office in Amherst.

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Grant throws hat in ring for Senate seat
10:37 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Kennedy to face challenge from Grant, again

Legislator Betty Jean Grant
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Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant has announced her candidacy for a New York Senate seat.

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Local
8:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Kaskie resigns as Kaleida CEO

Robert Gioia & John Koelmel.
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

A major leadership change has been announced at one of the area's largest health providers as Kaleida Health CEO James Kaskie has resigned. WBFO's Eileen Buckley attended a news briefing Friday morning at Kaleida's Gates Vascular Institute in downtown Buffalo.

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7:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

HarborCenter plans for massive restaurant complex

The restaurant's theater

As construction heads for completion on the HarborCenter complex, officials continue to release glimpses of what the public can expect. On Wednesday, they discussed their 13,000 square foot dining establishment that will be known as (716).

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6:58 am
Thu January 30, 2014

DEC Commissioner expects more fracking delays

DEC Commissioner addresses legislative budget hearing in Albany.
Credit Photo by Karen DeWitt

One day after President Obama touted the hydrofracking of natural gas as a “bridge fuel,” Governor Cuomo’s environmental commissioner says it’s “extremely unlikely” that permits for drilling wells will be issued in the next year.

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