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Of the 7,500 athletes beginning competition today in Abu Dhabi at the Special Olympics World Games, six are from New York State. "Special Olympics is all about inclusion," said Stacey Hengsterman, President and CEO of Special Olympics New York. ESPN's coverage of the event from Abu Dhabi, Hengsterman believes, "really sends a message to the world."


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Now living in Rochester as a self-described "Peace Farmer," Arun Gandhi works to carry on the message of his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi. "We don't recognize the passive violence we're committing everyday," Arun Gandhi told WBFO in advance of today's keynote address at the Compassionate Niagara Conference. His message will focus on understanding on how passive violence "fuels the fire of physical violence."


With a change of state law, the Buffalo Traffic Violations Agency was created in 2015. While the move allowed for more flexibility in how the city handled traffic violations, it has also signaled a significant rise in traffic tickets issued. Investigative Post's Marsha McLeod reports Buffalo collected $2.8 million in traffic fines in the last fiscal year, helping to ease the city's financial stress. It's a benefit that may be causing pain for Buffalo's poorest residents.


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Al Dirschberger, the former Erie County Commissioner of Social Services, took the stand Thursday in an Albany courtroom where he faces charges he raped a former employee.  Sandra Tan of the Buffalo News has been following the testimony and shared her reporting with WBFO.


A promising trend is emerging, one that may reverse the familiar flow of young people leaving the Buffalo area in search of other opportunities. According to research by Realtor.com, more millennials are choosing to purchase their first homes in affordable markets like Buffalo. Jim Fink of Business First sees evidence of that trend throughout the city's robust housing market.


The strongest winds occurred Sunday afternoon as a gust of 69 miles per hour was recorded at 3:17 p.m. at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. The effects of those winds, however, are still being felt. Over 50,000 customers are without power Monday morning, forcing dozens of schools to close.

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With winter bearing down with record-setting snow falls, residents are searching for indoor activities. During her appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising offers some alternatives, including the latest offering at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Humble and Human: An Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. With Erie County Free Week underway, Marinelli says the event provides an opportunity to view the works of great Impressionist artists like Monet, Renoir and Gauguin.

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Ten years of passionate advocacy by the Families of the Victims of Flight 3407 has brought important safety changes to the regional airline industry. That's the view of transportation attorney Mary Schiavo, the former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation, who also holds some reservations. Schiavo says the flying public is not informed adequately when it comes to mechanical issues discovered at some carriers. "The public really has to trust the carrier whose name is on the door and sometimes they don't deserve it."


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As the snow began to fall in Buffalo early Tuesday morning, it was mixed with enough freezing rain to have a major impact on the commute. Though crews were out overnight treating roads with salt, the precipitation made for a slow ride for most. While a Winter Weather Advisory is in place through 10 p.m., forecasters expect temperatures to warm Tuesday afternoon and for the precipitation to change to all rain for the drive home.

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JoAnn Falletta took home another trophy at Sunday's 61st Grammy Awards. The longtime music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra earned the third Grammy of her career for a recording with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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It was a call for help that was answered with overwhelming support. Pastor Chad Rieselman sought volunteers for tonight's "Night to Shine for People with Special Needs" at Lumber City Church in North Tonawanda. He estimates there will be two volunteers on hand for each person who attends tonight's prom. With over 500 proms taking place across the country, event sponsors say their motivation is "to change how culture embraces people with special needs."


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The death of Larry Bierl, known as "Larry" from his life on the streets of Williamsville, has been widely discussed on social media. The cause of death was hypothermia, his body found in a bus stop shelter during the last week's extreme cold. WBFO's Morning Edition host Jay Moran spoke with Buffalo News reporter Samantha Christmann, who was following the discussion on Facebook, shares her personal family story. 
 


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Lake-effect snow moved through Erie County late Tuesday and early Wednesday morning as extreme weather converged on Western New York.

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Like real estate and restaurants, location matters when it comes to lake effect snow in Western New York. While Niagara and Orleans Counties are expected to see little or no snow Friday, it's  a drastically different story in Buffalo and locations south of the city. The National Weather Service reported snow fall rates at nearly three inches per hour earlier Friday morning in some locations and more activity is expected to move throughout the region later Friday. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. 


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Today's Facebook Live conversation takes a deep look into the workings of Crisis Services, the 24-hour agency which handles more than 85,000 calls each year.

Bidding wars have become common for real estate purchases in the city of Buffalo over recent months. While the demand is obvious, the rising costs are startling. On WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First cites a recent example: in the month of December, the new homes in North Buffalo's Colvin Estates sold at an average cost of $395,000. 

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"Wind chills are running 20-to-25 below zero this morning, which is a very chilly start, even for us in Buffalo," meteorologist Kirk Apffel told  WBFO at 5 a.m. Don't expect much improvement as the day progresses. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory through 7 p.m.

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The mild weather of recent weeks is coming to an abrupt halt this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 10 a.m. Saturday through 6 p.m. Sunday. While the warning encompasses 32 hours, meteorologist David Thomas expects "the bulk of the snow" will fall from Saturday night through Sunday afternoon. Accumulations may total 1' in some locales, while single-digit temperatures will cover the region. Thomas warns wind chills could dip to 20 below zero.


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Newell Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising join WBFO's Jay Moran on this week's Press Pass. Today, a look at the continued expansion of craft breweries in Buffalo and the potential impact of legalized recreational marijuana. But first, a look at a proposal to ban plastic bags in New York State.

Tuesday at 1 p.m. WNED/WBFO is hosting another Facebook Live event as part of the "Making Buffalo Home" initiative. It's the second in an ongoing community conversation on the impact of immigration in Western New York. For a preview WBFO's Jay Moran chats with WNED Senior Producer Lynne Bader.


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New York State's long, contentious relationship with the Seneca Nation appears to have taken another negative turn. On Tuesday, an arbitration panel determined the Nation should resume making casino revenue-sharing payments to the state. "The Seneca people are angry. They can't believe these three judges came up with this decision," said John Kane, host of the radio show "Let's Talk Native."


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The National Comedy Center in Jamestown wants your vote.

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A source has confirmed to WBFO that Buffalo City Comptroller Mark Schroeder will be leaving his office to assume a post with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

For most of last two decades, the season finale for the Buffalo Bills has been a dreary affair, a meaningless game for a team that would again be sitting out the postseason. Of course, 2017 finished with the Bills ending their record playoff drought. While the 2018 season didn't feature a return trip to the playoffs, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills 42-17 rout of the Miami Dolphins was full of indications the franchise could be ready to return to relevance.


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Kyle Williams, a fan favorite throughout his 13 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, will play his last game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. His retirement announcement was released by the organization early Friday morning.

Since the Civil War, U.S. political leaders have championed the cause of the American war veteran. While it's a popular stance with the electorate, the reality of providing for veterans has been more complicated. In her recent report for Investigative Post, Sara Jerving details the difficulties members of Gold Star families have had in accessing benefits from programs established specifically for them. In some cases, family members have been denied assistance. 


Losing to the New England Patriots continues to be a tradition for the Buffalo Bills. Since the turn of the century--and the arrival of Tom Brady-- the Patriots have dominated the Bills. That was the case again Sunday as New England cruised to a 24-12 win on their home field. Analyst Matt Sabuda says there's plenty of blame to be shared, from the "putrid" Bills' run defense to the inadequacies of rookie quarterback Josh Allen. But Sabuda stresses the game also highlighted the need to upgrade the team's "downright awful" unit of wide receivers.


The Buffalo Bills head into this Sunday's road game against the New England Patriots with no chance of making the playoffs. Despite that sad reality for Bills' fans, analyst Matt Sabuda believes the team has a great opportunity this weekend. The Bills could deliver a blow to the Patriots pursuit of home-field advantage in the playoffs. The game also offers rookie quarterback Josh Allen a chance to show his progress against a traditional NFL power.


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For freelance writer Daniel Britt, his recent story originates in Buffalo and stretches all the way to the Rohingyan refugee camps in Bangladesh.


Development projects in downtown Buffalo are likely to be numerous in the coming year. That's the view of Jim Fink of Business First who provided updates on some key projects during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass. At the top of his list is the former site of the AM&A's department store on Main Street. The structure has been mostly vacant for years, but Fink believes the current owners will move forward in 2019 on renovating the complex into a massive hotel.

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