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The Roman Catholic Church was scheduled to install Bishop Michael Fisher as the 15th Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo in a Friday afternoon ceremony inside St. Joseph's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. Earlier in the week, WBFO had the opportunity to interview the bishop one-on-one and cover topics including the ongoing COVID pandemic, the Church's role in social justice issues and, of course, the clergy sex abuse scandal which broke nearly three years ago.

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After decades of talk, it appears the Skyway connecting Buffalo’s Outer Harbor to downtown may start to be torn down sometime this year. 


A Western New York man has been charged in relation to the storming of the Capitol last week.


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Restaurants in Erie County gained a key victory in court for their effort to welcome back dine-in guests. 

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein host an update on the latest situation of COVID-19 in Erie County, goes live at 2:00 PM.

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Buffalo’s first home NFL playoff game in 25 years gave a big boost to restaurants who were able to host outdoor viewing parties. But, now with the Bills moving onto the next round, restaurant owners are showing concern due to the 8:00 PM start time.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the first in a series of 2021 New York State of State addresses Monday. Watch it here.

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Tailgating at Buffalo Bills home games has become a cherished tradition for many.

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Dozens of people gathered at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo Thursday to condemn the overtaking of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

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Award-winning WNED documentarian and Buffalo Broadcast Hall of Fame "Distinguished Broadcaster" Ron Arnold has died of complications from COVID-19. He passed away Christmas Eve at the age of 87.

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A group of over 70 area restaurants will head back to State Supreme Court Friday in hopes of reversing the governor’s executive orders which have shuttered the doors to customers. 


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Executive Mark Poloncarz is holding his regular COVID-19 briefing in Erie County. Watch here live at 2:30 p.m.


President-elect Joe Biden has set the ambitious goal of  distributing 100 million  COVID-19 vaccinations  in the first 100 days of his Presidency. While that seems unlikely based on the early pace of distribution, local health officials remain focused on the job at hand. "The distribution of vaccine, right now, is to try to take care of those frontline healthcare workers," Dr. Nancy Nielsen said during her weekly conversation with WBFO. " That's why hospitals are the distribution site."

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Amigone Funeral Home will be allowed to resume cremation services at one of its facilities in the Town of Tonawanda, under a consent order issued to prevent further discharges like the one that led the Department of Environmental Conservation to shut it down last fall.


In describing his memoir, "The Five People You'll Meet in Prison," author Brandon Stickney offers a hard look at New York's prison system and himself. The book is "more of a psychological journey," according to Stickney who says he is bipolar and suffers from depression. He wants to depict "what it's really like to be inside a prison with mental illness." Stickney recalls how pain medications prescribed following surgery started him on the road to opiate addiction, a path that would lead to time in jail.



Public library lists of the most popular books of a particular year are snapshots in time, some new issues and some classics. The year 2020 saw an increase in e-books locally.

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A new Cheektowaga Police patrolman received an unexpected baptism into duty and a boxer was rescued for the second time in the dog's short life on Wednesday. Both are doing well in a feel-good story to end 2020.

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Whether it was speaking out against racial injustice in North Buffalo, leading a teach-in on civil rights downtown or participating in a rally for better infrastructure on Bailey Avenue, India Walton was both seen and heard in 2020. She spoke to WBFO News about her resolutions for the New Year.

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First Night Buffalo has been a New Year’s tradition for over 30 years. And this year, organizers plan on giving Western New Yorkers the same entertainment value from the comfort of their own home.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has ordered all City of Buffalo flags be displayed at half staff through Jan. 4 in honor of George K. Arthur.


Erie County Supreme Court Justice Catherine Nugent Panepinto has been censured by the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct after admitting to "numerous violations" related to her public support of Buffalo Public Schools teachers in litigation against the School Board.


After nearly a decade as one of the hosts of "Morning Edition," David Greene is leaving NPR. Throughout his last show Tuesday, his co-hosts hailed his friendship while highlighting some of the stories he shared with listeners over the years. His departure also prompted recollection of his 2015 visit to Buffalo for an NPR event and the time he spent chatting with WBFO.


Bills fans donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Oishei Children’s Hospital after hearing quarterback Josh Allen’s grandmother, Patricia Allen, passed away in September. Donations have now exceeded one million dollars after one fan Monday donated $217,000.

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Some 50-square miles of Erie and Cattaraugus counties that were in rough economic and social shape before the COVID pandemic is in much worse shape now. That is from Rural Outreach Center Executive Director Henry Cerny, whose agency serves the area from an office just outside East Aurora.

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A wind advisory has been issued for a majority of Western New York. Erie, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties may see up to 50 MPH gusts.

Kwanzaa start delayed, but stronger than ever

Dec 28, 2020
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COVID-19 has made many holiday celebrations different this year, but record snowfall over the weekend complicated things even more for the start of Kwanzaa.

Water in the village of Mayville is now safe for drinking, cooking, and other household uses.

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Most holiday seasons, Buffalo Niagara International Airport and Niagara Falls International Airport would be swirling with activity, with cars arriving and departing, suitcases being rushed around, crowds checking departure and arrival times on airport monitors. Most years, about 8,000 people are departing each day. This year, that number is down to 1,700.

For countless children worldwide, the arrival of Christmas Eve brings the excited anticipation of a visit by Santa Claus. For nearly three decades, many men who portrayed Kris Kringle in stores and in parades traveled to Albion to receive training on how to properly play the role. The man who founded the school, Charles W. Howard, was in his lifetime a leading authority figure on the holiday character.

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The City of Buffalo is preparing for the first significant snowfall of the year as the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the city starting Christmas Eve.