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Last updated: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:50:51 GMT

  Plenty of sunshine today, Few Showers Sunday Sun, 21 May 2017 13:06:25 +0000
Plenty of sunshine returns Saturday before increasingly cooler and showery weather into early next week.

Skies have cleared nicely Saturday morning with a mostly sunny sky sticking around for much of the day. Temperatures will be refreshing with more comfortable levels of humidity and a noticeable breeze today. During the afternoon we may see more clouds along the Erie/Niagara county border and also along the Pennsylvania border.  A few pop up showers can’t be ruled out in these areas during the afternoon, but for most of the region, the day should be rain-free.  Expect a partly sunny Sunday with a few scattered showers, especially in the afternoon, but the day will not be a washout by any means.

Next week starts off unseasonably cool with some pesky clouds and spotty showers.  With temperatures only reaching the upper-60s, we may even see a waterspout forming on Lake Erie Monday or Tuesday. We then warm back up for the second-half of next week.

SATURDAY: Mostly Sunny, Breezy, an Isolated Afternoon Shower possible, most likely from the northern sections of the metro into southern Niagara eastward along the Orleans/Genesee county border and along the Pennsylvania border, High: 70-76, Wind: WSW 10-18 G25.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Partly Cloudy, Pleasant, Cooler, Wind: SW 6-12, Low: 54-60.

SUNDAY: Partly Sunny, Chance of an Afternoon and Evening Shower, Breezy, Wind: W 10-18 G30, High: 66-71, Low: 55.

MONDAY: Cooler, Pesky Clouds, a Few Scattered Afternoon Rain Showers Thundershowers, High: 67, Low: 53.

TUESDAY:  Cool, Partly Sunny, Chance of a spotty Shower, High: 69, Low: 56.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly Sunny, Warmer, High: 75, Low: 62.

THURSDAY:  Partly Sunny, Chance of a Thunderstorm, High: 79, Low: 66.

FRIDAY: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of Showers Developing, High: 80, Low: 62.

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  Rollover crash near Masten Park Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:12:46 +0000
Police have not said if anyone was hurt or if there are charges.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A car rolled over in a crash near Masten Park early Saturday morning.

The white car was on its roof along Best Street shortly before 1:00 a.m.

News 4 is working to learn what led to the crash, including whether anyone was hurt, whether any other cars were involved and if anyone will be charged.

This is a developing story. Follow us on air on Weekend Wake Up! starting at 6:00 a.m., or check for updates on this page, or our Twitter or Facebook feeds.

  New Kids on the Block member shares video message to Lancaster woman fighting breast cancer Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:54:37 +0000
NKOTB was in Buffalo playing concert Friday.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Western New York breast cancer fighter Janice Sally Czosek Hetrick received a shout out from New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg Friday evening as NKOTB played a show at the Keybank Center.

Hetrick, a Lancaster resident, was in the hospital Friday, unable to see the show. She has been a breast cancer fighter since June 2015.

“I just wanted to say hi and I’m sorry that you missed the show,” Wahlberg said in his video message.

He also promised Hetrick tickets and backstage package to NKOTB’s upcoming show in Cleveland, or any other show if she’s feeling better.

Hetrick has the doll version of Wahlberg from the NKOTB dolls series. He’s accompanied her to 150 cancer research fundraising events, chemo, radiation, and surgeries.

This weekend is Hetrick’s birthday- and she called Wahlberg’s message “the best birthday present ever”.

 

  Sabres select center Casey Mittelstadt with 8th pick in NHL Draft Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:06:35 +0000
Mittelstadt is an American-born skater.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Sabres selected Casey Mittelstadt with the 8th overall pick in the NHL Draft on Friday night.

Mittelstadt is the latest hockey prodigy to come from Minnesota, we previewed the American skater in our New 4 Premiere Prospects.

Here’s the lowdown on Mittelstadt:

Position:

Center (shoots left)

Height/Weight:

6’1 / 201 lbs

Team:

Eden Prairie HS / Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

In one sentence:

An explosive skater with an arsenal of scoring skills, Casey Mittelstadt’s disappointing NHL Combine showing and his decision to return to high school instead of upping his competition sooner might scare some scouts, but the raw ability will be hard to pass up and should result in him being the first American drafted

  NFTA reaches agreements with Uber, Lyft for transportation to airports Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:29:06 +0000
Each company will participate in one-year pilot program to provide transportation to airports.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Uber and Lyft have both reached separate agreements with the NFTA to bring ridesharing services to the Buffalo and Niagara Falls airports.

Under the NFTA’s agreement with Uber, Uber will pay a $180,000 flat fee to the NFTA for a one-year pilot program. This will allow Uber to both pick up and drop off at the airports within established geo-fence boundaries. The agreement allows TNC drivers permitted by the State of New York to pick-up patrons at both airports without any additional licensing of drivers required. This initial agreement is a pilot program that will end on June 29, 2018.

Under the NFTA’s agreement with Lyft, Lyft will be charged $3 for each drop off or pick up transaction at the airports within the geo-fence boundaries.

A spokesperson with Lyft told News 4 that riders will have to pay the $3 fee.

The agreement is for an initial “pilot program” and is limited to a one-year period starting on June 29, 2017.

The service will be available on July 29, the same time that Lyft rolls out statewide.  It is part of a one-year pilot program which will be continuously monitored and evaluated.

Airport officials say the decision is due to the amount of revenue they will lose when travelers choose ride-sharing services instead of parking at the airport.

“We need that revenue to be able to do things like pay our custodians and make our runways safe and secure and if we start losing that revenue then we can’t afford to pay as many people which can create a more difficult operating system at the airport,” said William Vanececk,NFTA Director of Aviation.

Some lawmakers say, regardless, the fee is unnecessary and unfair to riders.

“We’ve become the highest cost state in the country for ride sharing to operate and the NFTA just made it worse. Everybody knows that when a state authority like the NFTA decides to issue a fee, that fee is never going away,” said Legislator Joseph Lorigo.

Previously, the NFTA voted to add a surcharge onto rides to or from the airport to be paid by Uber or Lyft passengers at $3.50 per ride. They had also voted to charge ridesharing companies $5,000, citing that the ridesharing services would cost the NFTA tens of thousands of parking users a year. The NFTA is in charge of parking at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

  UPDATES: Second day of Paladino hearing gets underway Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:14:34 +0000
The hearing on a petition calling for Carl Paladino's removal from Buffalo's school board continued on Friday.

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — The hearing on a petition calling for Carl Paladino’s removal from Buffalo’s school board continued on Friday.

MORE | See what witnesses had to say on Thursday here.

Around 9 a.m., many people made their way to their seats as the hearing entered its second day.

As it got underway, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Friday’s meeting was expected to go until 5 p.m.

The Buffalo Public Schools’ Board of Education’s attorney, Frank Miller, asked the first witness, Nate Kuzma a number of general questions about contract negotiations between the teachers’ union and the school district.

Kuzma, the district counsel, said he understands that what is discussed during executive sessions is confidential.

When asked if Paladino ever discussed with him, or asked for advice, about releasing executive session information, Kuzma replied “no.”

Attorney Dennis Vacco then spoke on behalf of Paladino, and asked Kuzma about his involvement in the teachers’ union and district contract negotiations.

Kuzma said that union contract negotiations were of public interest, when asked if they were.

A debate began over what witnesses could release about matters discussed while in executive sessions.

Miller said “the essence of this petition” was to protect the confidentiality of things said during executive sessions.

Vacco said it was unfair that certain information could not be discussed.

“Maybe he should’ve thought about this before he brought the petition,” Vacco argued.

Elia said that Kuzma could only be questioned generally about executive sessions.

After Kuzma was dismissed, Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore was called in to testify.

Rumore said no board members ever advised him of what was discussed in an executive session on October 12.

Check back here for updates throughout the day.

  $20,000 in reward money given out for help catching Georgia inmates Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:43:25 +0000
Prisoners were charged with killing two corrections officers.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (AP) — Georgia authorities have given $10,000 apiece to two Tennessee households for help catching two inmates accused of killing their guards while escaping from a prison bus.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in an email Friday that the agency decided to equally split the $20,000 portion of the reward it had offered. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the recipients’ names are being withheld at their request.

A total of $130,000 was offered for information leading to the arrest of Ricky Dubose and Donnie Rowe. It wasn’t immediately clear if or when other parts of the reward would be distributed.

The two Georgia prisoners face charges including murder in the killings of Sgt. Christopher Monica and Sgt. Curtis Billue on June 13. They were arrested two days later in Tennessee.

  The United States has banned beef imports from Brazil Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:28:35 +0000
Imported beef from Brazil banned, health concerns cited.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNN) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the immediate suspension of fresh beef imports from the South American country on Thursday after inspections uncovered public health concerns, unsanitary conditions and animal health issues.

 The agency said the ban will remain in place until Brazil “takes corrective action.”

Brazil is the fifth biggest supplier of beef to the U.S., ranking behind only Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. It has sent nearly 50 million pounds of beef to the U.S. so far this year.

“Although international trade is an important part of what we do at USDA, and Brazil has long been one of our partners, my first priority is to protect American consumers,” Sonny Perdue, the secretary of agriculture, said in a statement.

The agency said it has been inspecting all meet imports from Brazil since March, and had refused entry to 11% of fresh beef products. It said that figure is “substantially higher” than the rejection rate from the rest of the world, which is around 1%.

The Brazilian Association of Beef Industry said in a statement that “corrective actions to adapt production processes are already being taken.”

The U.S. is the ninth biggest market for Brazilian beef exporters.

José Augusto de Castro, president of the Foreign Trade Association of Brazil, said the ban was bad news for the industry.

“It took years to open the American market. It’s horrible news for us,” Castro told O Globo newspaper.

Related: China lifts 13-year ban on beef imports from U.S.

Brazil’s beef production has been in turmoil for months, after it emerged some meat producers were allegedly paying bribes to inspectors to certify meat that was either rotten or tainted with salmonella.

China, Mexico, Chile, Japan, the European Union and Hong Kong banned imports of Brazilian meat in March.

In response, Brazil’s government shut down three plants and suspended the export licenses for 21 meat packing plants.

  Three charged with buying drugs with five-year-old in car Sat, 24 Jun 2017 01:17:44 +0000
Defendants were arrested after Concord traffic stop.

CONCORD, N.Y. (WIVB) – Three people were arrested early Friday morning after Erie County Sheriff’s deputies say they left a five-year-old child in a vehicle while going to buy drugs.

Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle on Genesee Road around 1:30 a.m. for vehicle and traffic violations. Inside the car were three adults and one child.

After speaking with the occupants, the deputy requested a K9 narcotics detection team to the scene to assist with the traffic stop.

The K9 made multiple indications around the car, and the deputy who handles him located a small package of heroin. The three adults were detained for criminal possession of a controlled substance and the child was cared for until custody arrangements could be made.

A search of the vehicle uncovered additional packages of heroin and hypodermic needles. Also discovered were prescription drugs, crack cocaine, a crack pipe, and needles concealed on the person of two of the vehicle’s occupants- Dana Lichy, 30, of Salamanca, and Tracy Griffin, 35, of Sinclairville.

A third occupant, Richard Farnham, 50, of Sherman, was found to be in possession of heroin, needles, and a felony amount of crack cocaine.

All three occupants admitted to having Griffin’s five-year-old daughter in the vehicle while they purchased narcotics in the city of Buffalo.

Deputies and Child Protective Services made arrangements for a relative to take temporary custody of the child.

Griffin is charged with a felony count of criminal possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Lichy is charged with two counts of criminal possession of a hypodermic needle, criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Farnham is charged with a felony count of criminal possession of cocaine, criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, and endangering the welfare of a child.

All three suspects are held at the Erie County Holding Center pending their arraignment.

  Big movie news coming to Buffalo next week, film commissioner says Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:55:32 +0000
Clark hinted at the news during an interview with News 4 about "Marshall".

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Some big movie news is coming to Buffalo next week, Buffalo-Niagara Film Commissioner Tim Clark said.

Clark hinted at the news during an interview with News 4 about “Marshall”, a biopic about the life of first African-American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, which was shot in Buffalo. “Marshall” will be released in October.

“There’s an announcement next week that people will be talking about a lot,” Clark said. “We’ve got a really big movie coming here in the fall- similar to the size and scope of “Marshall”.

Clark added that there’s a movie star in town currently, and there will be some more coming in this weekend.

Having large scale movies film in Buffalo- like “Marshall”- is great for the area’s economy, Clark said.

“I liken it to the Erie County Fair, where a lot of people come into the area and everything happens in a short period of time,” Clark said. “Restaurants, hotels, the fuel for the trucks and things like that.”