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Buffalo Riverworks has hosted the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament since 2014. This year they are doing something a little different.


In honor of Black History Month the Michigan Street Baptist Church is holding several free events this February.


The economic comeback that has inspired so many in Buffalo of late includes significant investments by local developers.

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A special unit formed by the Buffalo Police Department is disbanding. The Strike Force was formed to tackle drugs, guns and gangs in the city's high-crime neighborhoods but came under fire for its tactics and was criticized by some who claim it unfairly targeted minorities.


Chris Caya WBFO News

A sidewalk along a busy stretch of Walden Avenue, in Cheektowaga, was the scene of a rally, Friday morning. Workers at Wendt Corporation say they're being mistreated.

Photo from Tricia Mangan's Facebook page

A local Derby woman is in participating in the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says 20-year-old Tricia Mangan was late add the U.S. Alpine Ski team on Tuesday.

Eric Greuschow

Physical disabilities do not have to become barriers to obtaining a quality education.

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No one showed up for an Erie County Legislature public hearing Thursday night to support conversion therapy. The county is considering a proposal to ban the controversial therapy aimed at "curing" homosexuality.


Frontier Airlines will soon be flying to more destinations from the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport.

Efforts to combat an opioid epidemic continue in Allegany County as a legislature panel forwards a study to county lawmakers.

Erie County

New York State officials say more funding is available for residents facing problems keeping their homes heated this winter.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Erie County will become the sixth county in New York State to roll out an education and training campaign that will work with members of the community to develop strategies to prevent child sexual abuse.

Nick Lippa WBFO

Total accumulation should range from three to six inches with areas in the southeast seeing close to six to ten inches.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A widespread weather system is bringing snow to Western New York today. The heaviest of the snow is hitting Allegany County where several schools canceled classes. A winter storm warning is in effect until 4 a.m. Thursday for Allegany, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties while the rest of the region is under a winter weather advisory. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service expects another bout of snow to arrive Friday.

School Closings: Feb. 7, 2018

Feb 7, 2018

School closings are being reported, as a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Allegany, Cattauraugus and Wyoming counties and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Orleans and Genesee counties Wednesday morning until 4 a.m. Thursday:

Church of the Ascension

Conversion of a landmark church at North Street and Linwood Avenue in Buffalo to affordable housing for seniors moved closer Tuesday, as the Common Council approved the plan and sent it to Albany and Washington for final approvals.

courtesy African-American Veterans Monument WNY

Construction of a new monument paying tribute to African-American veterans is expected to begin this spring, boosted by the recent awarding of a $600,000 state grant.

Active Solar

Four projects are currently in motion to lease town and school land for solar parks in Grand Island.

Photo of rendering by Chris Caya

The Buffalo City Mission is moving ahead with a major addition.

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A food service worker employed at two Erie County establishments has a confirmed case of Hepatitis A and may have infected others.


A popular internet trend of eating toxic laundry pods has two New York State lawmakers calling for changes.

Chris Caya WBFO News

A project designed to control invasive species in the Niagara River Gorge, and boost tourism, is set to get underway in Niagara Falls Tuesday.

The father of a seven-year-old boy who died in a house fire late last month appeared in Buffalo City Court Tuesday morning for a charge unrelated to the fire, but for which an order was in place that should have prevented him from being in the home on the night of the fire.

Fire at vinyl products company in Port Colborne, Ont

Feb 6, 2018
WBFO News photo provided by Terry Dunford

Thick black plumes of smoke can be spotted in the sky across the border from Western New York into southwestern Ontario. That’s where multiple fire crews in Port Colborne, ON are battling a large industrial fire at a vinyl products facility near the Welland Canal.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Code Blue shelters were open and crowded Monday night, as the system tried to persuade homeless people to get inside and get a hot meal amidst desperate cold.

Olivia Sun/The Chautauquan Daily

With gleaming ivory keyboards and a polished cherry wood finish, the beloved Massey Memorial Organ has been a trademark of the Chautauqua Institution experience for generations. But during a recent routine inspection, staff discovered water damage to the historic organ.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said Monday that New York State, which has set a goal of fifty percent solar energy usage by the year 2030, has expanded its solar energy by 1000 percent since 2011. She joined a group of educators and renewable energy advocates at McKinley High School to make the announcement.

Buffalo Police are investigating a multi-vehicle accident Monday morning that sent two female police officers to the hospital.

Daniel Sack

Many buildings in Buffalo are covered with what looks like stucco, but it is usually called Dryvit. Dryvit is part of a product line called Exterior Insulation and Finish System, more often called EIFS. Use of the material is now banned in much of the city under the Green Code, but there is a fight to lift that ban.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer CEnter

For the third time in its 120-year history, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center aired a commercial during the Super Bowl. This year’s message was focused on hope and reaching a wide audience.