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Erie County leaders gathered in Cheektowaga Friday afternoon to discuss preparations for snowy conditions this weekend. It's not the anticipated snow accumulation that concerns them the most. It's the frigid wind chills expected on Sunday - wind chills which pose a serious threat to those outside, they warn.

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Dozens of workers at Tesla's Gigafactory 2  in South Buffalo are being laid off.

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Special measures are now in place to help furloughed federal workers, in the Buffalo area, and across the state. The Department of Labor has been directed to speed up the application process for unemployment benefits, utility companies are implementing special collection practices, and emergency assistance is also available.

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The mild weather of recent weeks is coming to an abrupt halt this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 10 a.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday. While the warning encompasses 32 hours, meteorologist David Thomas expects "the bulk of the snow" will fall from Saturday night through Sunday afternoon. Accumulations may total 1' in some locales, while single-digit temperatures will cover the region. Thomas warns wind chills could dip to 20 below zero.

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The event in International Preparatory School Thursday night wasn't unusual: an auditorium, a crowd, rows of renderings and drawings about a project, speakers. What was different about this "Imagine LaSalle" project is that the money - $50 million - is in hand for the transformation.

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Western New Yorkers are among those in Washington, D.C. who have traveled there to participate in the March For Life, which is held every year on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion. Those attending from Western New York who identify themselves as "pro-life" say there is much more to that term than the abortion issue and they include that in their message.

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Acknowledging they will be up against some harsh elements Sunday afternoon, participants in the third annual Women's March Buffalo/WNY vow to again share messages of unity and struggle, celebrating accomplishments such as more seats in elected offices but also pointing out the disparities they still face.


Wait times at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport remain low despite TSA agents working without pay. But how long will things continue to run smoothly? WBFO’s Nick Lippa reports.

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An elderly couple in Albion is recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester Thursday morning after their Albion home was engulfed by flames and rocked by explosions.

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Another large building for Canalside appears closer to reality, after the city Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday approved a series of waivers to the Green Code, while ordering one significant change in the design, for a structure known as The Longshed.


Many federal government employees have been furloughed or worked without compensation for nearly a month. The Food Bank of Western New York will have a series of special food distributions for those impacted by the partial government shutdown.

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A Winter Storm Watch has been posted from Saturday afternoon through Monday afternoon.  The National Weather Service in Buffalo  says heavy snow is possible.

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A nearly 16-year battle ended in Albany Tuesday when both state Senate and Assembly passed a bill called Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act known as GENDA. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked to a gay activist from Jamestown who has been fighting for these protections for years.  

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Some city lawmakers spent more than an hour, Tuesday, listening to opponents of the doubling of parking meter rates in the city of Buffalo. But the Common Council is not reversing course.

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Catholic Charities officials acknowledged challenges awaiting them as they hosted the official launch Tuesday of their 2019 Appeal. Those challenges include seeking continued support from the public following a controversial decision to end its longtime foster and adoption services. But there is also good news for the organization: on day one of its drive, it already has $1.4 million pledged toward its overall goal.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will unveil his 2019 State of the State and Executive Budget address Tuesday afternoon. You can watch the speech live here at 2 p.m.

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Eight Jesuit priests who served in Buffalo, including six who spent time at Canisius High School, are included among a list of 50 individuals accused of sexual abuse. That list was released Tuesday morning by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus.

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Another large residential building moved closer to the start of construction, with an approval by the Buffalo Planning Board Monday.

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Newell Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising join WBFO's Jay Moran on this week's Press Pass. Today, a look at the continued expansion of craft breweries in Buffalo and the potential impact of legalized recreational marijuana. But first, a look at a proposal to ban plastic bags in New York State.

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A regional office of the religious order Society of Jesus, whose priests are better known as Jesuits, is scheduled to release its own list of priests facing credible accusations of sexual abuse. At least one of the priests on that list has a Buffalo connection.

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A group of non-profits is teaming to create the Western New York Human Services Collaborative to help benefit Buffalo's east side. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says an ambitious project is underway to try and house all eight in one building on Broadway.  

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With state lawmakers expected to begin work on what Democrats are vowing will be a politically progressive agenda, WBFO's Veterans News Desk ponders the question: what are advocates for veterans hoping for in 2019?


It was a solemn Saturday evening as the congregation at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in Cheektowaga observed the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

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The long-time owner of an iconic East Aurora destination has died. Ed Vidler, the president of Vidler's 5 & 10 on Main Street, was 90 years old.

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The legal purchase age for tobacco products in New York would rise from 18 to 21 under a package of bills unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Saturday.

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Dozens of people withstood below freezing temperatures in Amherst Saturday to express their objection to National Fuel’s plans to build a natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania into New York State. They rallied outside National Fuel's Main Street headquarters.

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The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is reporting the arrest of a Medina woman in connection with a robbery at a supermarket in Lockport.


A high-tech cannabis campus with hundreds of new jobs is in the works on Buffalo's waterfront. The facility would be located just off Route 5 in Lakeside Commerce Park.

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Four Buffalo Firefighters were hurt Thursday evening while battling a blaze the city’s east side.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen two firefighters remain hospitalized Friday. 

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The nearly century-old Shea's Seneca officially re-opened Thursday night with a reception and tour.