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Player evaluations are underway at One Bills Drive, in Orchard Park. During their end-of-season press conference, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane, and coach Sean McDermott said, it's too soon to say what offseason roster moves the team might make.

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A 21-year member of the Buffalo Fire Department is its new Commissioner. Vincent Muscarella and new Community Services and Recreational Programming Commissioner Otis Barker were the two first-timers among nine department heads confirmed Tuesday by the Buffalo Common Council.


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Two adults were injured, but a four-year-old child was not, after a school bus failed to stop at an intersection and slid down a Cattaraugus County embankment early Tuesday morning.

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The decision Monday by the New York State Department of Transportation to suspend its Scajaquada Corridor redesign project, in its most recent form, was welcomed by community stakeholders who hope the next draft will be one that satisfies their desires for the roadway and affected nearby lands.


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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand made a quick stop in the Buffalo area Monday to hear about the benefits of working for an employee owned company.

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The apartment complex, located on Niagara Street just a short walk from Niagara Square, is scheduled for demolition this spring. But there's one last holdout living at the Shoreline Apartments and local activists on Monday rallied on his behalf, accusing the developer and public officials of gentrifying a downtown neighborhood at the expense of longtime, low-income residents.


Buffalo History Museum

Nearly a century ago, there was a shootout on an East Side Street leaving a Buffalo special officer and a Ku Klux Klan member dead and two other Klansmen wounded. Today, there is an effort to name Buffalo's new Public Safety Building for slain Officer Edward Obertean.

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Even in harsh winter weather, people are still flocking to Niagara Falls to see one of America’s natural wonders. Before sub-zero temperatures set in, WBFO’s Avery Schneider stopped by the American side to find out who was looking at the not-quite-frozen falls.


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The Niagara County Clerk's Office has begun providing assistance to veterans by offering satellite office hours in Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda, once per month in each location. The idea is to create more convenient opportunities for veterans in need of help.


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A local member of the state delegation is calling on New York's Department of Labor to abandon a proposed Employee Scheduling rule. Opponents of the rule say it could do more harm than good.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

For the first time in more than a week, Western New York is free of any severe weather warnings and advisories. A wind chill warning that had covered the region since Thursday expired Sunday morning.

Buffalo Bills Backers of Jacksonville, FL

As Buffalo prepares to play Jacksonville tomorrow in their first playoff game in 18 years, one thing is for certain—Bills fans are everywhere.

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The National Weather Service has issued a pair of weather warnings for our region.

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Cities, towns and villages in Erie County will soon be notified weekly about foreclosures in their communities, potentially allowing them to look for "zombie" homes, buildings in the process of foreclosure which have been abandoned by the homeowners, bringing down neighboring property values.


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The Nichols School has released a report, capping a six-month investigation into past inappropriate relationships involving students and faculty, revealing ten former faculty engaged in misconduct.

Buffalo Zoo

Even the hardy snow leopards who call the Buffalo Zoo home might be spending a bit more time indoors over the next couple days.

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The long wait is almost over for Buffalo Bills fans. For the first time in 18 years the Bills are in the playoffs and will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a wild card game Sunday. Win or lose, the game should give some local businesses a reason to shout.  


Stephen Voss / NPR

After more than four decades in radio news, Robert Siegel – host of NPR’s All Things Considered – is stepping back from the mic. He took the time to share some parting thoughts with WBFO about his years on the air and what lies ahead.


School Closings for Jan. 5, 2018

Jan 5, 2018

The dangerously cold wind chills expected Friday have closed most schools around Western New York:

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

With Arctic cold due to arrive in Western New York Thursday evening, Buffalo-area health and human service agencies were preparing for the need to bring people off the streets.

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The leader of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is making special accommodations for a Confirmation Mass that is at the same time as the Buffalo Bills playoff game. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Bishop Richard Malone has added an earlier Confirmation at Nativity of Our Lord Church in Orchard Park.

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President Donald Trump's Twitter message, in which he seemingly takes credit for "the safest year on record" in the commercial flight industry in 2017, has drawn criticism from a local congressman and a written response from the families of victims of the nation's last deadly passenger airliner crash.


Chris Caya WBFO News

Several startups are beginning the New Year settling in to their new home on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Wednesday marked move-in day for the newest class of 43North winners. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his eighth State of the State speech, told lawmakers that 2018 will be the “most challenging” year, and he said they will have to fight against what he said are “threats” from the federal government. He also announced steps to combat sexual harassment and reform the state’s criminal justice system.


BMHA

After years of effort, the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has received $16 million from Washington for a complete overhaul of the 87 housing units at Frederick Douglass Towers. Many residents are worried they will be pushed out of the renovated units.

When the going gets tough, the tough go skiing

Jan 3, 2018
Brian Mann / North County Public Radio

Setting off through the winter woods, I am wrapped like a Christmas package with seven layers of insulation between myself and the day. I'm wearing mittens an astronaut on the surface of the moon would envy. This is one of those ice-box cold, double-digit below-zero days and the snow has that super cold squeak.

New York State Thruway Authority

One driver says he couldn't see anything in a snow whiteout, but could hear the bangs of a series of vehicles colliding on the New York State Thruway Tuesday afternoon - until it was his own truck. One person died and another is in critical condition in a chain-reaction crash that authorities say involved dozens of vehicles and closed eastbound lanes well into the night.

James Hoggard

Plans are set to be unveiled Wednesday for bringing new life to an old rail corridor in Buffalo.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Northern Erie County that includes metro Buffalo. The warning is posted until 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Operation Warm

The holiday season has been bitter cold thus far. Imagine not having a coat to keep you warm.

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