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7:38 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Democrats prepare for state convention

As the New York Democratic Convention approaches, Governor Cuomo is considering a number of candidates as a running mate, including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
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Later this week it’s the Democrats turn to meet at their state party convention, where they will nominate  incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo for reelection.

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2:31 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

EMS Week highlights work of first responders

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz joined by Erie County Commissioner of Emergency Services Dan Neaverth Jr. and public officials as they kick off "EMS Week."
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Erie County observed the 40th annual EMS Week on Monday. The national celebration aims to highlight the lifesaving teamwork displayed by emergency personnel.

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Local
9:51 am
Mon May 19, 2014

City working with bicycle group to craft Master Plan

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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

In the not too distant future, it could be a lot easier and safer to get around by bicycle in the City of Buffalo. The development of the city's Bicycle Master Plan is now in the works.

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Local
6:18 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Buffalo Billion sparks political debate

Democrats claim the fruits of Governor Cuomo's "Buffalo Billion" can be seen on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
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Local Democratic politicians are defending Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion in the wake of an attack from Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.

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Buffalo Spree
5:00 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Press Pass: Common Core and New Urbanism

Past Common Core protest signs from citizens.
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Common Core continues to spark much controversy among parents, teachers and school administrators across New York.  And Buffalo will host a national conference next month that focuses on the New Urbanism.  The June issue of Buffalo Spree being released this week will have articles on both topics.

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Local
4:27 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Author Yiyun Li discusses her latest work

In "Kinder Than Solitude," Chinese-American writer Yiyun Li looks at growing up in Beijing in the wake of the massacre at Tianamen Square.

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Local
4:25 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Police standoff ends peacefully in Lewiston

Leonard Zientara was taken into custody after a Sunday afternoon standoff with police in Lewiston.
Credit photo courtesy of New York State Police

A Lewiston man faces charges after a police standoff at his home Sunday afternoon.

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Local
4:01 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Medina student arrested for threats on fellow students

A Medina High School student was arrested Sunday night for allegedly threatening to harm schoolmates.

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Bar manager surrendered to police
10:32 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Arrest made in Molly's Pub assault

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Buffalo Police have made an arrest in the brutal attack on an Air National Guard officer.

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Lengthy link was bond against poverty
10:23 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Community joins hands in human chain

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An impressive human chain was linked across the city on Saturday in a show of solidarity in overcoming poverty.

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Thousands of miles covered with no sign of vessel
10:34 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Search for missing boater halted

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The active search for a missing boater has been called off.

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Local
9:44 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Violent weekend bar attack might have involved police

Molly's Pub is shut down after a man was severely injured in an attack last weekend.
Credit Edmund Barker

The bar Molly's Pub at 3199 Main Street in Buffalo is being shut down following a violent assault last weekend that left a man in critical condition.

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Local
2:04 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

More funding available for downtown housing projects

The BUDC's Brandye Merriweather outlined the process of obtaining the housing funding.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The effort to build more housing in downtown Buffalo is getting another boost. The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation has received a second round of funding to help small and mid-sized developers working on adaptive reuse projects.

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Local
3:24 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Legislators question sheriff on cell phone tracker

Sheriff Timothy Howard went before the Legislature's Public Safety Committee on Thursday.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

Members of the Erie County Legislature raised their privacy concerns over cell phone spying with Sheriff Timothy Howard on Thursday.

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Local
2:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Coast Guard joins search for missing boater

Credit US Coast Guard

A search is underway in Lake Ontario for a boater who was reported missing Thursday morning.

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Local
8:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Political humorist Mark Russell returning to Buffalo for library fundraiser

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With a non-stop news cycle spotlighting the occasionally bizarre behavior of public officials, a political satirist like Buffalo-born Mark Russell is never lacking for material. Russell appears this Sunday in a fundraiser for the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System.

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Local
8:08 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Bank funding business startups in medical campus area

First Niagara presentation announcing funding for small business loans.
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WBFO's Eileen Buckley reports

New loan money is being made available to help spur small businesses in and around the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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Flooding Potential
8:38 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Thunderstorms sweep through WNY, more rain and flooding likely

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Heavy thunderstorms brought more precipitation to Western New York Wednesday night, adding more rising water to area streams and creeks.

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Local
5:58 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Young boy who captured hearts passes away

A little boy with big eyes who attracted much community support has lost his battle with cancer. Eight days after his fifth birthday, Benjamin Sauer of Clarence Center died Tuesday night.

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Local
5:55 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Pataki law partner gains GOP nod for AG

Republican challenger John Cahill calls Attorney General Eric Schneiderman "ineffective."

Republicans have chosen their candidate for Attorney General. John Cahill is a former top aide to Governor George Pataki

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Local
10:19 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Mother charged with fatally stabbing her 8-year-old son

A North Buffalo mother has been arrested and charged with fatally stabbing her eight-year-old son.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Settlement reached with Hoskins for return of some horses

Beth Hoskins during her trail last year.
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An East Aurora woman convicted last summer of animal cruelty will be getting some of her horses back. A state Supreme Court Court Justice in Buffalo has issued a settlement in the 52-count conviction against Beth Hoskins. 

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Local
4:13 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Republican LG candidate takes aim at SAFE Act

Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a Lieutenant Governor running mate will be the Chemung County Sheriff, Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun control laws.

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Local
3:54 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Buffalo RiverWorks to bring roller derby to the waterfront

Rendering of the Queen City Roller Girls roller derby track at Buffalo RiverWorks.
Credit Buffalo RiverWorks

Buffalo RiverWorks announced Tuesday that its new entertainment and event center will be home to an amateur roller derby league. The Queen City Roller Girls will be housed inside Buffalo RiverWorks, the site of the Labatt Blue Pond Hockey Tournament this past February.

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Local
11:08 am
Tue May 13, 2014

State of emergency declared in Gowanda due to flash flooding

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A State of Emergency has been declared in the village of Gowanda in Cattaraugus County following Tuesday morning's flash flooding and heavy downpours.

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Local
7:55 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Plans moving forward for state harbor park

An artist's rendering of the "destination playground" planned for the state park along the Outer Harbor.

A new state park on Buffalo's waterfront is another step closer to reality. The NFTA's long-vacant property along Furhmann Boulevard is now in the hands of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.

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Local
7:24 am
Tue May 13, 2014

State parties preparing for conventions

Republicans will hold their state convention in Westchester County, the home of gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino.
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The state’s Republican and Democratic Party conventions will be held over the next couple of weeks. Both major parties have chosen locations in the New York City suburbs.

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Erie County Sheriff
5:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Slain deputy memorialized nearly 90 years later

It's taken nearly 90 years for a slain Erie County Sheriff's deputy to be properly memorialized.  Monday, Fred Kaesser's name was added to the memorial outside the Sheriff's office downtown.

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Local
4:23 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

New group among many proposing stadium on Buffalo waterfront

Rendering of the potential 'Olympia Sports Park' to be built along Buffalo's outer harbor to the right of Tift Nature Preserve.
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A new group unveiled plans to develop an amateur and professional sports complex on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor Monday.

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Local
3:37 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Developer Milstein says he won't bid to buy the Bills

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New York City real estate investor Howard Milstein has decided he is not interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills, but he is backing efforts to make sure the team remains in Western New York.

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