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Erie County gears up for winter, urges citizens to download app

New pieces of equipment and new salt storage facilities factor in Erie County's preparations for the coming winter. Officials are also urging the public to take steps to be ready by downloading an app that offers real-time information and a means for families to put their own emergency plan together.

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The holiday season is getting underway, and many parents have already begun shopping. But Judy Braiman of Empire State Consumer Project has a warning about some of this year’s popular toys and gifts.

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A new relief effort is underway to help Hurricane Maria survivors now living in Buffalo.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

New pieces of equipment and new salt storage facilities factor in Erie County's preparations for the coming winter. Officials are also urging the public to take steps to be ready by downloading an app that offers real-time information and a means for families to put their own emergency plan together.


Crisis Services

Crisis Services is settling in to its new home this week. After 30 years on Main St., near Hertel Ave., Buffalo and Erie County's only 24 hour crisis center outgrew its former space.

Saturday is a day when people impacted by suicide will gather at events around the world.

Photo from University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences has received a $4.5 million bequest gift. The gift comes from the estate of a beloved faculty member who spent nearly 50 years of teaching at the medical school.

WBFO News photo from WNY Women's Foudnation report

The WNY Women's Foundation has released a new report on the barriers girls and women face. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the report features stories from women both young and old. 

New York State Thruway Authority

Winter is around the corner and the New York State Thruway Authority has announced its readiness for the season.

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The New York State Public Service Commission says it has completed its investigation into the windstorm in March that swept through the region and it has determined that NYSEG and RG&E had a poor response to storm restoration.

The Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday rejected a $7 million plan to turn the landmark Episcopal Church of the Ascension into a 28-unit affordable housing development for seniors.

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One of America's most coveted dining experiences is a 40-seat restaurant in a converted grist-mill in the rural village of Freedom, Maine.

Chef Erin French, who is self-taught, opened the Lost Kitchen in her hometown of Freedom without much of a plan. She loved the space, and at first thought she would make English muffins and offer brunch, not convinced that the village of just over 700 people could become a dinner destination.

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Heritage Moments: The hero policeman of Blizzard of '77

The Blizzard of 1977 took 31 lives in Western New York and the Niagara Peninsula, the most vicious, relentless and paralyzing storm in the living memory of a place often battered by brutal winter weather.

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