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Millions around the country are making their voices heard Saturday. They are taking part in the national March For Our Lives against gun violence. In Western New York, the call was for action, after so many prayers.

Capt. Jessica Brown, U.S. Air Force

Military retirees can camp, golf, and fish at hundreds of military bases. It costs less than civilian resorts, making the bases popular vacation spots for thousands of former service members.

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On the same day the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo issued an apology to victims of sexual abuse, another victim has come forward. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley has the story.

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The Buffalo Zoo's Reptile House is now closed for renovations.

The list of updates includes a new roof, heating and ventilation system, new and renovated exhibits and interactive educational elements. Zoo President and CEO, Norah Fletchall says, the building is in desperate need of improvements. Fletchall says it was built in 1942 under the leadership of the great Marlin Perkins.

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The Rev. Bishop Richard Malone, leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo apologizes for the victims of the sexual abuse scandal by priests that has rocked the Western New York community. 

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Fifty years after the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the nation is divided. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley tells us, a local church is hoping that by looking back that we can move forward.  

Buffalo Preservation Board

For centuries, religious buildings have been centers of neighborhoods and landmarks in those neighborhoods, providing services beyond prayer. That shows in plans before the Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

On the same day thousands are expected to gather in Washington D.C. to participate in the March For Our Lives, a similar rally against gun violence will take place in downtown Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown stated Thursday that 2,500 are expected in front of City Hall for what is billed as United To End Gun Violence.

Buffalo Transit Riders

A group known as Buffalo Transit Riders United is pushing the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to give riders more of a voice in policy decision making.

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The drive to build ECMC's new Trauma Center/Emergency Department has taken another step forward. Key Bank Foundation is partnering with the First Niagara Foundation to donate $600,000 to the Trauma Center's capital campaign.

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A neon public art display commemorating Buffalo born pop-icon Rick James will not be going up on an Elmwood Avenue parking garage.


A plan to discharge treated fracking water into the Allegheny River continues raising concerns. The Seneca Nation of Indians hosted a day-long conference on the controversial project Wednesday.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A former Catholic priest who now leads a sexual abuse advocacy group says the list released Tuesday by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is incomplete and fails to address deeper issues with sexual abuse among clergy. Bishop Richard Malone, meanwhile, explained why he released names only and clarified the church's stance on the proposed Child Victims Act.

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Nearly six months after filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us is planning to sell or close all of its 800 stores across the country. So how will the changing retail landscape impact locally-owned independent toy stores?

Amtrak has agreed to rename the Rochester Train Station after Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.

That information on Tuesday first came from New York’s U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, who say that the station will be named the Louise M. Slaughter Intermodal Station.

Slaughter died last Friday at the age of 88, after being injured in a fall at her Washington, D.C., apartment the previous week.

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On the same day the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo released a list of 42 clergy accused of sexually abusing minors, a childhood sex abuse victim - himself allegedly abused by a now-deceased priest - shared his experience of coming to terms and reaching out for help.

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For Women's History Month, Buffalo's Common Council on Tuesday honored 27 women who own businesses in South Buffalo.

Western New York has seen its fair share of problematic water treatment recently in places like Niagara Falls. A new federal bill could help create new water infrastructure projects.

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo ended a decades-long policy of withholding the names of clergy accused of sexually abusing minors. That changed Tuesday when the Diocese released the names of 42 priests who were removed, retired or otherwise left active ministry amid abuse accusations. Survivors of abuse and their advocates say the list is a start but doesn't go far enough to address past wrongdoing.

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has released a list of names of 42 diocesan priests who were removed from ministry, were retired, or left ministry after allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. 


New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia say they have launched an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Trevyan Rowe.

Newly-released numbers from Siena Research Institute suggest a wide majority of New York State residents support Gov. Andrew Cuomo's gun control legislation known as the SAFE Act and oppose the idea of arming teachers. The Siena poll also indicates while the public's view toward Cuomo's job performance has lowered, they continue to hold an overall favorable view of the governor.

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A 90-year old Buffalo businesswoman is putting aside her floristry tools for the first time in more than five decades. WBFO's Eileen Buckley met with the founder and owner of The Floristry inside her Delaware Avenue store as gets ready to retire.  

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This year's St. Patrick's Day celebration in Buffalo had something old - tens of thousands of people lining the parade route - and something new - some police officers wearing body cameras to monitor what was going on.

State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning taxpayers in New York to beware of various tax scams. With the deadline for filing your 2017 returns now less than a month away, he says such scams become more frequent.

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Fire late Friday night destroyed a barn at the Smith Maple Farm on Mayer Road in the Town of Boston.

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There will be plenty of drinking this weekend as part of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Especially for Sunday’s parade. The BPD says they are ready to handle the crowd.

Schumer, Gillibrand urge honor for Slaughter

Mar 17, 2018

Rep. Louise Slaughter passed away on Friday, after suffering injuries from a fall at her Washington, D.C. residence.

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It's not only St. Patrick's Day weekend, it's also Maple Weekend, across Western New York. Along with lots of tasty treats, the event gives producers an opportunity to recoup some of their investment.

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An investigation was underway Friday into an early morning crash of a tanker truck that led to a large fuel spill on the grounds of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.