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Golden parachutes for political appointees would be banned under legislation proposed by Assemblymember Monica Wallace.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Days after a local Catholic priest admitted to the Buffalo News he had sexual encounters with dozens of teenage boys, the Diocese of Buffalo has announced a compensation program for victims of sexual abuse.

Photo from Jim Kelly's Instagram page

There was sad news from former Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly Thursday, who announced that his cancer has returned. 

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A Winter Storm Warning is posted for all of Western New York from 7 p.m. Thursday to 1 p.m. Friday.  The National Weather Service said to expect heavy snow with accumulations of 8 to 14 inches across the region.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Grand Island reviewed its proposed master plan Wednesday night, as it considers whether the more than two-decade-old plan will well serve in the future.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Remember that Erie County Water Authority leak at its Sturgeon Point treatment plant last August, which left the Southtowns with severe water problems? The final touches on the repair were finally done last week.

Local gun rights advocates and anti-gun violence activists are offering their thoughts on Wednesday morning's announcement by a national sporting goods chain that it is ending sales of military-style assault rifles and raising the minimum age for all gun sales to 21.

Mike Desmond

Tennis champion and cultural icon Billie Jean King appeared at Kleinhans Music Hall Monday night. Prior to the private event, King took time to reflect on her Buffalo memories, her role in the fight for equal rights and what she sees as a hopeful future.

Chris Caya WBFO News

State funding for a program that's created hundreds of local jobs should be restored, according to Assemblyman Sean Ryan. He says, Albany's $3.5 million investment in the University at Buffalo's technology-based economic development programs created 372 new jobs, last year alone.

National Cemetery Administration, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

By this fall, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to begin construction on the new Western New York National Veterans Cemetery in the Town of Pembroke. Officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs encourage those who served in the military to do their homework, and take advantage of a benefit that many may not know is one to which they are entitled.

Mike Desmond

Friends, family and supporters gathered today at Niagara Square to celebrate the life of Tonya “Kita” Harvey, a transgender woman who was murdered earlier this month.

Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he invited Republican Congressman Chris Collins to participate in a Town Hall-style conversation to address ways of reducing mass shootings. But Collins is saying no.

A Cheektowaga Town Councilman was arrested Friday evening on charges related to an alleged domestic incident.

It's called the "Death Cafe" -- a venue where interested people can talk openly about death. A Buffalo "Death Cafe" was scheduled Saturday (2pm) at the Sewing Souls Studios on South Elmwood Avenue.

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A respected community activist credits Buffalo's School Resource Officers for spotting troubled kids and keeping city schools safe.

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Rejecting advice from Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) to shrink its plans, the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority board Thursday voted to hire a consultant to plan extensions of Metro Rail.

Chris Caya WBFO News

Opponents of National Grid's upcoming rate increase testified Thursday before the Erie County Legislature's Energy and Environment Committee.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

While touting accomplishments by his administration that is now into a third term, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said he "has no illusions the next four years will be easy." Brown delivered his annual State of the City Address before an estimated 1,700 guests Thursday afternoon at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns is expanding local services and recognition for veterans of the United States military.

National Grid

Buffalo's Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday rejected a plan for an eight-foot fence topped by a foot of barbed wire to guard a new electric substation on the edge of the city's waterfront, but did agree to a fence.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Joined by New York State Senator Timothy Kennedy Wednesday at the Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo, leaders of several science and nature education centers warned that their ability to fully serve the public - and remain important contributors to the local economy - may be in jeopardy if they lose state funding as a part of Albany's multi-billion dollar budget crisis.

One man is dead after a rollover crash in Orchard Park about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Recalling a deadly accident in snowy weather on the New York State Thruway near Buffalo in early January, Senator Charles Schumer urged federal lawmakers Tuesday to pass new truck safety standards including mandatory underride guards on the rear and sides of every tractor-trailer.

A fire broke out at the parking lot of AMR headquarters on William Gaiter Parkway in Buffalo this morning.


The STEM field is historically an area were African Americans and minorities have been under-represented.

But several have broken through the barriers like...  astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  And nuclear scientist J. Ernest Wilkins Jr., -- he attended the University of Chicago at the age of 13. And now, many local African American STEM professionals are encouraging others to carry the torch.


An East Side church is planning a $3 million expansion, saying new space will help the congregation deal with social problems in the neighborhood. First Calvary Missionary Baptist will build a new church and transform the current church into space for vital community programs.

ADA advocates worried about new Republican bill

Feb 20, 2018
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A recently passed House bill has many in the disability community speaking out. Advocates say the ADA Education and Reform Act would gut many provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


The historic U.S. Customs House by the Whirlpool Bridge in Niagara Falls will soon be home to the city's newest cultural attraction. The facility is going to highlight the critical role residents played in helping African Americans on their journey from slavery to freedom.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

At least a dozen Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies have been testing out body cameras while on patrol. If the county decides to support broader use, it wouldn’t be mandatory.

National Cemetery Administration

The long-awaited national veterans cemetery planned for Genesee County has taken another step closer to reality.