Blizzard warning posted for parts of WNY

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties, beginning Wednesday at 10 p.m. and continuing until Friday at 4 p.m.

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A Niagara Falls City School District employee is accused of setting the district’s maintenance garage on fire just hours after being told he was being moved to a lower-paying job.

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A battle is heating up over a historic West Utica Avenue home approved for landmark status by the Buffalo Preservation Board Tuesday evening. The property still may be bulldozed by the developer, as soon as Wednesday morning. WBFO's Marian Hetherly talked with Greater Buffalo Campaign Executive Director Tim Tielman, who has been working to preserve the property.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he is "disappointed" Panasonic will be ceasing North American solar production and exiting its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at the company's Riverbend plant.

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Two years of investigation and nearly a dozen search warrants in Buffalo and adjacent communities have led to a major drug bust and four arrests, including former University at Buffalo basketball star Rodney Pierce.

Most Western New Yorkers know a little about the history of Old Fort Niagara. What hasn’t always been clear is the role of African Americans at the fort.

WBFO’s Brigid Valenza took a tour with the fort’s executive director, Robert Emerson, who explained some of its special hidden history.


On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's recent success, which has them back within sight of a playoff spot, and this week's trade deadline. GM Jason Botterill made two deals, acquiring forward Wayne Simmonds from New Jersey for a draft pick and trading forwards Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues to Pittsburgh for Dominik Kahun. Bill breaks down each acquisition and what message was sent to the team and its fans, and why it didn't work out for Sheary, Rodrigues, or recently-departed defenseman Zach Bogosian in Buffalo.

The Democrats debated for the 10th time Tuesday night and it was a bit of a mess. There was shouting. There was overtalk. There were lots of attacks.

So what to make of that muddle? Here are four takeaways that emerged as the dust settled.

1. Joe Biden was focused on the win in South Carolina

South Carolina is a must-win for the former vice president after disappointing finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada. He came into the debate with a game plan and executed it the best he could.

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Some convenience store owners in New York State are worried about the new plastic bag ban going into effect this weekend. Their concerns are over the possible cost increase and limited availability of paper bags, as stores make the switch.

Senate Republicans on Tuesday planned to offer an amendment to repeal New York’s Green Light law, which permits undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.

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Buffalo may be known for its chicken wings and fish frys, but Western New Yorkers also have an appetite for locally produced healthy foods. In WBFO’s Farm-to-Table series, we meet entrepreneurs in the region's growing industry and how they're helping to change the local economy. 


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling Americans that they should be prepared for the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak in their community.

But what does preparedness look like in practice? The short answer: Don't panic — but do prepare.

David Roback, a guitarist and songwriter best known for working alongside singer Hope Sandoval in the group Mazzy Star, has died. The news was confirmed to NPR in a press release from Roback's management sent on Tuesday evening. He was 61.

With supporters calling it more than 100 years in the making, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday that makes lynching a federal hate crime for the first time in U.S. history.

The Emmett Till Antilynching Act was approved in a vote of 410-4. Only three Republicans and one independent representative voted against it.

Sarah King isn't afraid of having the flu — in fact, she considers herself an "excellent sick person."

"I have a pretty high pain tolerance," King says. "I'm not a person that whines a lot. I just kind of suck it up."

So when she heard about a medical study that pays volunteers about $3,000 to be infected with the live flu virus, King thought the offer sounded too good to pass up. Last fall, she checked-in for a 10-day stay at Saint Louis University's "Hotel Influenza," a quarantine unit where researchers study how the human immune system fights the flu.

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Heritage Moments: How Jay Silverheels, the man who played Tonto, got his name

Tonto is one of the most famous and enduring characters ever to come out of American television. He is the Lone Ranger’s faithful sidekick, brave, loyal and just, variously described as Potawatomi or Comanche. And the actor who made Tonto come alive during the entire TV run of The Lone Ranger (1949-57) was a handsome, dark-haired, sometimes-Buffalonian named Jay Silverheels.

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