Local & regional news

The National Weather Service is posting a winter weather advisory for much of Western New York Wednesday.

Local actress and theater professional Gail Golden will once again portray Mrs. Claus in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. She'll be on the sleigh as Santa Claus arrives in front of Macy's flagship store at the end of Thursday's parade. Before heading to New York City, Golden stopped by the WBFO studios to talk with our Mark Scott.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the annual week-long sleepout with homeless people by the Reverend Eric Johns, pastor of the Buffalo Dream Center.

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Can "social and economic justice" be brought about by legalizing marijuana? That's what advocates of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act are calling for.

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Buffalo Police are now developing a draft of their policy for officers' use of body cameras. An advocate for open government is urging police officials to be open about the process and to let the public have a say. A police official tells WBFO the public will get a chance to hear more, while also assuring citizens that the system they're adopting will be responsible.

Erie County

There are encouraging numbers in the effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on area roadways.

The story of a local college student who says she was disowned by her parents when they learned she is gay is getting nationwide attention.

Out Sports first reported last week that Emily Scheck of Webster was cut off by her family in August when Scheck's mother spotted pictures of Emily and her girlfriend on social media.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

The AARP, in partnership with several agencies representing various ethnic and racial interests, has collected and relayed local feedback on concerns within their respective communities, specifically involving people ages 50 and older. The localized follow-up to the AARP's statewide study is being passed on to local elected officials with the hopes it will spark policy change.

There was a change in command over the weekend at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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The former headquarters of the Buffalo Police Department will soon hit the market.

Winter Festival of Lights (wfol.com)

The organizers of Niagara Falls, Ontario's Winter Festival of Lights are hoping the weather will be much more cooperative Friday and Saturday evenings, when the final two nations taking part in the in the Cascades of Fire international fireworks competition are scheduled to launch their displays. Parks officials on this side of the border, meanwhile, say the view is good from Goat Island in Niagara Falls State Park.


Labatt USA is opening much-anticipated Brew House in downtown Buffalo this Saturday.

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Every year more than 44,000 people die by suicide. That leaves thousands of survivors behind to cope with the tragedy.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Saturday will mark International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Butler Rehab Center of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

Chris Caya WBFO News

The Cuomo Administration has taken a lot of heat over the Riverbend project on South Park Avenue in Buffalo. The current home of "Tesla's Gigafactory 2" cost New York state taxpayers $750 million to build in 2014. And the jobs promised were slow in coming. But the solar panel factory has seen significant growth in recent months. 

School closings for Nov. 15, 2018

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The following Western New York school districts have canceled afternoon and evening activities due to wintry weather on Nov. 15, 2018.

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Buffalo's Bishop Richard Malone says comes away from the meeting of U.S. bishops in Baltimore "astonished, shocked and dismayed" that action was not taken on priest abuse. However, he believes the Vatican's postponement may be because of the global nature of the crisis.

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Major development continues to move out from downtown Buffalo, with the Wednesday groundbreaking for a $51 million mixed-use project on the remediated land of the old Buffalo Forge site on Broadway.

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Officials in Auburn have opened the $10 million Equal Rights Heritage Center, a place for visitors to learn about the important social movements throughout New York State history. It is meant to drive tourism and educate the public on the historic significance of the region.

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The lay persons committee formed to address sexual abuse by clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has withdrawn the invitation of an individual who was slated to participate in a forum later this month. The Movement to Restore Trust announced the decision Wednesday after information came to light that the individual in question expressed support for a Haiti-based orphanage director who was later charged with sexually abusing several boys.

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Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is before the County Legislature Wednesday morning, along with District Attorney John Flynn, Clerk Mickey Kearns and the Board of Elections, on this second day of hearings on County Executive Mark Poloncarz' proposed budget for next year.

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"The premise of Code Blue is that no one can be turned away and it's been hugely successful."

That was Nadia Pizarro, director of Best Self Homeless Services and co-chair of the Western New York Coalition for the Homeless, announcing the start of another Code Blue season.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A large employer in the Village of Akron is celebrating a major milestone. Family owned Perry's Ice Cream is celebrating its 100th birthday.


Ballots are still being counted in New York's 27 District, but that didn't stop Democratic candidate Nate McMurray from heading to Washington D.C. for new member orientation.

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The troubled Emerald South nursing home on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo is being closed after a series of problems, including the June 4 death of a patient. The long and tangled process to move as many residents into the Emerald North facility is in the works.

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A couple of suitcases that once belonged to a patient treated at the former Willard Psychiatric Center in the Finger Lakes region decades ago is now on display locally. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley takes us to Buffalo's Museum of disABILITY for a look inside suitcases.  

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A Buffalo-based contemporary visual arts center will begin hosting a program in January that connects combat veterans to cameras, in an effort to help them express experiences and feelings they may be struggling to put into words as they transition from military life to the civilian world. Helping CEPA Gallery with the Odyssey Workshops will be a combat veteran whose own experiences are already documented in graphic detail.

Erie County

New York State residents will be able to apply for $372 million in federal home heating assistance starting this week.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Medical marijuana is a booming industry in New York State. Legally, it's been available since the start of 2016 - and word about its benefits are spreading. Patients need to be certified - and their numbers have skyrocketed more than 300 percent since August 2017. To help meet growing demand, a new medical cannabis dispensary will be opening in Buffalo.


Significant snow has arrived in Western New York.


Father Robert Zilliox has released a statement to clarify statements he made during a recent "60 Minutes" interview regarding the handling of sex abuse allegations in the Buffalo Diocese.