Buffalo

6:54am

Mon February 17, 2014
Transportation

Three upstate New York highways make 'futureless freeways' list

Interstate 81 is elevated for 1.4 miles through downtown Syracuse and is beginning to crumble.
oliver_hine via Flickr

Three big roadways in upstate New York cities have made a top 10 list of freeways that should be torn down or filled in.

The Congress for New Urbanism says Syracuse’s Interstate 81, Rochester’s Inner Loop and Buffalo’s Skyway bridge are all roadways that do damage to the community and should be replaced. They’re also on the "Freeways Without a Future" list because there’s growing momentum to remove them.

The Chicago-based group advocates for more walkable cities and smart growth.

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8:01am

Fri November 22, 2013
Business

Buffalo’s RiverBend to be site of two new clean-energy research companies

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces the creation of new campus center of clean-energy at former brownfeild site.
Chris Caya WBFO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a $225 million state investment to create a new campus center of clean-energy on a former brownfield site in Buffalo.

The RiverBend project will create 850 new jobs at the former Republic Steel and Donner Hanna Coke site in south Buffalo along the city’s waterfront as part of the governor's "Buffalo Billion" promise.

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8:35am

Tue November 19, 2013
Refugee Resettlement

Refugees revitalize Rust Belt city of Buffalo

At Journey's End Refugee Services, Bishnu Adhikari, right, tests his students on their vacuum skills.
Ashley Hirtzel WBFO

Upstate New York cities take in around 90 percent of all current refugee resettlements in the state. All this week, The Innovation Trail is taking a look at how that diverse population has weaved its way into the region’s changing economy.

In Buffalo, a handful of students from countries all over the world are sitting in a class at Journey’s End Refugee Services. They are learning how to become janitors for local businesses. The group nods as a student explains an assignment to them.

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7:27am

Wed September 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

New series of public meetings being held to decide I-81's future

A series of neighborhood meetings will help the Department of Transportation decide I-81's future.
Zack Seward WXXI

New York state is holding another round of meetings regarding a topic that could change the face of Syracuse. The Department of Transportation begins a series of neighborhood sessions on Wednesday meant to get more feedback on the future of the Interstate 81 viaduct through downtown Syracuse.

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5:01pm

Thu August 22, 2013
Politics and Government

Hydrofracking subject of rally at Obama's Buffalo speech

Bosc d'Anjou Flickr

More than a dozen people rallied in a controlled area across from Alumni Arena in Buffalo today. While some were there to ask President Obama to pull out of the Middle East and stop using drones, the majority of protesters were there to urge the president to ban the gas drilling technique known as hydrofracking. Rita Yelda is with Food and Water Watch. She says her group was hoping to get the chance to meet the president and let its voice be heard.

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2:38pm

Tue August 20, 2013
Obama visit to Syracuse

Hundreds try for tickets to see President Obama's bus tour

Several hundred people lined up Monday night and Tuesday morning outside Henninger High School in Syracuse for tickets to see President Obama Thursday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

As the sun heated up the parking lot outside Henninger High School this morning, umbrellas and other makeshift sources of shade began to replace pillows and blankets.

Some people had been in line since 7 p.m. Monday, shortly after details of President Barack Obama's visit to Syracuse were released, in hopes of getting tickets to see him give a speech at the high school Thursday evening about making education more affordable.

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8:02am

Sun March 3, 2013
The Upstate Economy

EPA provides advice on sustainable growth to WNY communites

The intersection of Broadway and Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo
Ashley Hassett / WBFO

The Environmental Protection Agency announced this month it will be providing technical assistance to three western New York communities. They were chosen out of 121 applicants and are three of 43 communities to be assisted across the country. The EPA will provide the aid by delivering workshops on developing sustainable growth strategies.

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1:21pm

Fri December 21, 2012
Sports

Bills will play football in Buffalo for another 7 years

The Buffalo Bills will likely be staying in New York for at least another seven years, now that state and team officials have worked out a new deal.

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7:23am

Sun December 9, 2012
Sports

KanJam: From Buffalo backyards to world domination

Credit Daniel Robison / WBFO

In the late 1980s, a few college friends in Buffalo created a game called “Trash Can Frisbee.” Players tossed a disc toward garbage cans where a partner slapped it in for points. The sport was mostly played in backyards around Buffalo for years. Now, it’s now known as KanJam and played at tailgates and parties all over the country. But the sport owes its success… to gym class.

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9:40am

Tue September 25, 2012
Education

Preventing high school dropouts - in kindergarten?

Ready Freddy is a new kindergarten-based program that tries to instill a love of school among students, which education officials hope translates into increased attendance.
Daniel Robison Innovation Trail/WBFO

The Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) received good news last year: its four-year graduation rate rose by seven percent. Still, nearly half the district’s high school students failed to earn a diploma. The struggling urban school system continues to look for dramatic fixes. This year, the district is starting in kindergarten.

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10:06am

Tue August 14, 2012
Business

CoworkBuffalo crafts community with office space

Sitting above a coffee shop, CoworkBuffalo maintains a twice-daily brewing ritual that satisfies the caffeine needs of its members.
Daniel Robison Innovation Trail/WBFO

Working from home can be lonely or full of distractions.  And taking a laptop or tablet to the coffee shop has drawbacks, too. Ever try finding an electrical outlet amongst all the tables and chairs?

Now, CoworkBuffalo is offering a solution by inviting telecommuters to gather together in one office space.

Organizers are trying to forge a sense of community while increasing productivity.

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4:04pm

Thu July 26, 2012
Technology

Buffalo's roster of incubators grows by one

Z80 Labs, Buffalo's first "Internet-focused" incubator, is named as an homage to the 1970's microprocessor. The chip helped form the foundation of the Z80 founders' early tech work.
G.G. Italy Flickr

Buffalo’s latest business incubator is on the hunt for small tech companies who are long on ideas, but perhaps short on cash, office space and personnel. 

Calling itself Buffalo’s first Internet-focused incubator, Z80 Labs launched Monday with a well-orchestrated launch party featuring the region’s tech elite, as well as Forbes CEO Mike Perlis, and prominent venture capitalist Fred Wilson.

Z80 is the brainchild of some of Buffalo’s richest entrepreneurs who are promising to use their business connections and access to capital to nurture hand-selected startups.

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7:32am

Thu July 19, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Sensor startup senses golden opportunity

Courtesy photo / Sensorcon

Are we on the verge of a “sensor revolution?”

Sensorcon hopes so. The Buffalo-based tech startup envisions a world where the average person is empowered with a small device that reads temperature, carbon monoxide levels, dew point and more.

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