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Several roads are closed in Chautauqua County this morning after a band of thunderstorms poured heavy rains onto the region overnight. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch through 8pm for Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.

If Our Water Could Talk Part V: The Future

May 16, 2014
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After decades of missteps, Buffalo is finally experiencing a renaissance along the waterfront. All this week, WBFO has explored life along the Buffalo River. In our final installment of If Our Water Could Talk, WBFO's Jay Moran and Eileen Buckley explore how the city waterfront is now the catalyst inspiring future economic development being called 'Rust to Blue.'

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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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With its origins in the hills of Wales and Java, the Buffalo River, like most streams, begins in the highlands before flowing downhill into another body of water. Lake Erie serves as the mouth of the Buffalo River, providing the waterway with its unique character.

On a recent, less-than-ideal, Saturday afternoon, some hearty kayakers and fishermen were making full use of the Harlem Road/Buffalo River boat launch site. The scene would not have been imaginable a half-century ago.

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It's rare we get the chance to interview stars in person, but WBFO'S Jay Moran had the privilege to sit down in our studio with Tovah Feldshuh.  She is a four-time Tony Award nominee. Tovah Feldshuh is in Buffalo to perform her one-woman show, GOLDA'S BALCONY at 710 Main Theatre.  It's four-show run began Thursday  night and continues Friday night at 8 and runs through this Sunday.  The play's central character is Golda Meir, the former Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 through 1973.

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Buffalo voters made a fundamental change Tuesday in the Buffalo Board of Education by tossing out the current majority and putting in place a new one which will take office July 1. In unofficial returns, voters elected three at-large members, retaining school board President Barbara Seals Nevergold and electing former Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn and Patricia Bowers Pierce.

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A North Buffalo educational institution will find new life as the Charter School of Applied Technologies takes over the building that once housed the former Holy Angels Academy.

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"This is the election of the year," said Jim Fink of Business First, referring to the May 6 Buffalo School Board elections. During WBFO's Press Pass, Fink called the elections "a defining moment for Buffalo."

An impressive gathering of local and world-renowned speakers have made their way to the University at Buffalo's North Campus today for an international symposium, "The Rwandan Genocide: Twenty Years Later." The event was organized by the Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee.

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Buffalo's evolving love affair with Dyngus Day is a story in itself, with more celebrations emerging each year at bars, halls and restaurants throughout the area. This year, a Dyngus Day celebration that dates back over 50 years will be moving to a downtown location for the first time.

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The Buffalo Bisons begin another season of baseball at Coca-Cola Field. At the ballpark early this morning,  team announcer Ben Wagner told WBFO News, "Everything is getting a thumbs up  and we are ready for baseball!"

In the days since the death of Ralph Wilson, speculation has mounted regarding the future of the Buffalo Bills. "Everybody take a step back," says Jim Fink of Business First. On WBFO's Press Pass, Fink shares his views on what to expect for the Buffalo Bills.


Environmental activist Annie Leonard, who created the popular animated documentary "The Story of Stuff," brings her message of sustainability to Buffalo Tuesday night. 

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The National Geographic Live series comes to the stage at Buffalo's Kleinhans Music Hall Tuesday evening at 7:30. with wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen sharing the images he has gathered through years of close natural encounters in some of the most extreme habitats around the globe.

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Former Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn announced last week that he will run for the Buffalo School Board, adding to the expanding list of candidates for three at-large seats. "It's a snapshot of the growing frustration" with Buffalo schools, says Jim Fink of Business First.

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 invited Western New Yorkers to join them in Clarence Center Wednesday  night as they mark the fifth anniversary of the 2009 crash that claimed 51 lives.


Business First is out with its list of the most influential people in Western New York. Rep. Brian Higgins tops this year's Power 250 list.

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While the name has changed from HSBC Tower to One Seneca Tower, the vacancy problems continue for the city's tallest building. That topic was addressed during WBFO's Press Pass with Jim Fink of Business First.

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From initial public allegations to Sunday's resignation, the story of Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's fall from public office covered less than a month.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among the elected officials from across New York who made the trip to Albany for Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. Considering the City is still digging out from a major storm, could Brown's decision to travel to Albany be a hint of things to come?


New Yorkers resolved to having a healthier new year could get a step ahead Wednesday with a special hiking program at some of the region's state parks. Guided First Day Hikes are planned at 23 state parks and historic sites, including Letchworth, Allegany and Fort Niagara.

Marshall Scholarships are awarded to no more than 40 American college students each year. Recently, a University at Buffalo student became just the second in UB's history to win the prestigious award. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with both.

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The tax breaks issued for Uniland's plan for a mixed-use complex at Delaware and Chippewa has touched off a community debate over the issue. While some legislators are clamoring for an end to development tax abatements, Business First's Jim Fink doesn't see that happening anytime soon.

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The Buffalo Sabres announced major organizational changes Wednesday, bringing back former Sabre Pat LaFontaine to serve as president of hockey operations and Ted Nolan to be interim head coach. Former coach Ron Rolston and longtime General Manager Darcy Regier have been fired.

As an "off year" election, voting is likely to be sparse today, with some predicting a turnout level as low as 30 percent. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, some local candidates view the low totals as an opportunity.

Though the candidates may lack the "proper credentials" to serve as Erie County Comptroller, Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy believes Democrat Kevin Gaughan and Republican incumbent Stefan Mychajliw enjoy the high name recognition sought by every political candidate


Though Election Day is fast approaching, much of the political news that revolves around speculation on a race for next year: the governor's race. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy talked with WBFO Tuesday morning about the latest political developments and rumors about the lieutenant governor's post.

Buffalo's Tom Fontana, the producer/writer connected to such well-known works as St.Elsewhere, Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street, says he hasn't been back to Buffalo recently, but that will change this Columbus Day weekend when he appears at a series of events.

As Election Day approaches, local Democratic Party officials continue to offer a fractured front, says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy.