Chris Caya

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Some day, emergency responders may be able to get help finding people trapped in a disaster with an app designed by a local teenager.

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Wegmans is getting a jump on New York state's new law banning retailers from using single-use plastic bags.

43North, the startup competition that aims to attract new businesses to Buffalo, has a new leader now that the organization's board of directors has tapped Colleen Heidinger to succeed Alex Gress as president.

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Unsafe sleep was a leading cause of preventable infant deaths in Erie County last year. A new effort is underway to eliminate the tragedy. 

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Families and staff in the Frontier Central School District are mourning the death of a student.

Schools Superintendent Richard Hughes announced the death of 11-year-old Luca Callani on the district website. Hughes said Calanni passed away Saturday after complications of the flu and was a student at Pinehurst Elementary in Lakeview.

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The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center is "antiquated and beyond its useful life span," according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. WBFO's Chris Caya talked with Poloncarz about plans for replacing the facility.

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Two prominent Buffalo-area businessmen were killed in a helicopter crash Thursday night.

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Major funding for the proposed expansion of Metro Rail was not part of Governor Cuomo's State of the State address. But as WBFO's Chris Caya reports, planning for the $1.2 billion project remains on track.

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The Cuomo Administration is ramping up its effort to fill in the eyesore next to the ice rinks at Canalside known as the North Aud Block.

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The new year could bring about a new plan for fixing up aging infrastructure across New York state. The legislature is expected to consider a Transportation Bond Act in its upcoming session. 

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A record number of babies and young children with a highly contagious respiratory virus have been admitted to Oishei Children's Hospital in Buffalo recently.

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Work on the largest historic rehab project ever in Niagara Falls is set to begin next month. Plans call for the Hotel Niagara to become an "upper-upscale" hotel. 

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Big changes may be in store for Eastern Hills Mall. A new master plan for the mall and the large piece of property it sits on in the Town of Clarence is being unveiled to the public Tuesday night. 

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Drivers who speed past schools, in Buffalo, may not get away scot-free much longer. The city has installed school zone enforcement cameras at more than a dozen locations. 

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The site of an old landfill in Tonawanda will soon be generating solar electricity. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports the project is not only good for the environment, it will also benefit taxpayers. 


John Yurtchuk, the chairman of Cheektowaga based Calspan Corporation, has been appointed to the board of the National Trust for the Humanities. The trust supports the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities). Yurtchuk succeeds board member Cokie Roberts, the late journalist and NPR political commentator, who died in September.

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Holiday shoppers looking for unique gifts may want to check out a one of a kind museum, in Amherst. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - the store inside the Museum of disABILITY History is offering special discounts during its holiday sale and book fair Saturday.

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Concerns over the deal Albany made to fund Tesla's Gigafactory on South Park Avenue, in Buffalo, were raised during a hearing in Amherst Monday. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports - the state could penalize the company millions of dollars for failing to meet an upcoming deadline.

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Senator Charles Schumer made a stop at a local high school Monday to push ways to keep kids from getting addicted to nicotine.

Despite lots of talk about a renaissance in the City of Buffalo, a large number of its citizens remain poor. The latest Census Bureau report shows Buffalo's poverty rate at 30.1 percent, the third highest in the nation. Local advocates are hosting an event Saturday to help longtime residents benefit from economic growth and not get forced out by gentrification. 

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Pope Francis is expected to meet with Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone at the Vatican this week.

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Film commissioners and screen industry experts from around the world will be in the Buffalo Niagara region next year.

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A new leader is on the way for the Town of West Seneca. For the first time in nearly a half-century, voters in the heavily Democratic town elected a Republican to serve as Supervisor.

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Democrats kept control of the Erie County Legislature in Tuesday's election, maintaining a 7-4 majority in the chamber.

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For the first time in nearly a dozen years, Paul Dyster is not running for Mayor of Niagara Falls. After three terms in office, Dyster decided against seeking re-election. WBFO's Chris Caya profiles the candidates vying to become the city's new mayor.

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Funding for body-worn cameras has been delivered to some local police departments.

Election Day is in six days and all this week WBFO News is looking at what's at stake as residents take part in early voting, or wait and go the traditional route next Tuesday. Today we hear from Tom Rivers, the editor of the news site Orleans Hub, for a perspective on the issues in Orleans County. 

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Monday marked the first full day back on the job for nearly 1,300 workers at GM's Tonawanda Engine plant. One of the longest strikes in years came to an end late Friday with the United Auto Workers agreeing to a new contract.

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After setting off a social media firestorm last week, the owners of Lloyd are apologizing again.

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Construction is underway for a new Amazon warehouse and distribution center in the Town of Tonawanda.