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The life of an Italian immigrant who later founded one of the largest charitable organizations in the world will be captured in a film that includes scenes to be shot in Buffalo beginning next month. Hundreds of people are sought to be hired as paid extras.

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The Family Justice Center of Erie County will dedicate its new permanent satellite office on Grand Island Saturday -- and it is expected to be busy when fully open by September.

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A lot of issues got covered during Thursday evening's Buffalo mayoral debate, despite the technical problems that plagued its virtual platform and an incumbent who didn't participate

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The New York State Senate approved a measure this week to allow adult survivors of sexual harassment and assault to bring their abusers to court. Advocates hailed the action, but said they are increasingly frustrated and “alarmed” over the state Assembly's failure to act on the bill and on other anti-sexual harassment measures.

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Women deacons in the Catholic Church appear closer than ever, after a number of decisions this year by Pope Francis giving women a greater role in the faith. The change would mean a huge step forward for gender equality in the largest religious denomination.

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It’s year one for Buffalo’s new soccer team, FC Buffalo Women. And they started things off on a positive note, winning their first ever game 2-1 over the Rochester Lancers this weekend. The team’s journey to get on the pitch this season hasn't been without challenges.

  

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

It’s been over two months since New York Attorney General Tish James began investigating multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The governor, who at first expressed confidence in James’ ability to be objective, has increasingly questioned her motives.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo fueled new controversy Thursday over sexual harassment allegations against him when he sought to redefine the definition of sexual harassment in state law during a question-and-answer session with reporters in the Bronx.

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Saying she and other adult sexual abuse survivors deserve their day in court, Marissa Hoechstetter is looking to the New York State Legislature to make that possible.

Protecting the planet, one Mom at a time

May 7, 2021
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Moms are expected to know everything, aren't they? Everything from "Why is the sky blue?" to "What in the world is that?" It's easy to feel overwhelmed, even without a pandemic raging on. This Mother's Day, a new group can come to the rescue with answers to some of life's toughest questions.

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A federal lawsuit has been filed by three female former athletes against Canisius College, the head coach of its track and cross-country teams, the athletic director and a former male student-athlete.

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Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, 69, will be staying at the Wende Correctional Facility a little longer.

Anne Beatts, Buffalo native, SNL writer, dies at 74

Apr 9, 2021
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Buffalo native Anne Beatts, an Emmy-winning comedy writer who helped launch “Saturday Night Live,” died Wednesday at her home in West Hollywood. She was 74.

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Each day in Erie County, the math doesn't add up for its foster care system. There are some 900 children in foster care, but only about 150 certified foster parents and 140 adoptions each year. Now add a pandemic, and the answer to finding forever homes for these kids becomes even more difficult.


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A 10th woman has come forward with allegations that Gov. Andrew Cuomo behaved inappropriately toward her.

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Survivors of alleged sexual harassment by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, disgraced ex-movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and former Columbia University gynecologist Robert Hadden joined with state lawmakers Friday to call for a law that would give victims a platform to bring their alleged abusers to court.

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The growing calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment and a nursing home scandal have focused attention on the state’s second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

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It was a year ago Monday that Erie County declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. The ensuing sickness, death and shutdowns has changed life as we knew it. Here’s a look from the WBFO staff at the lingering effects the pandemic has had on Western New York.

Girls on the Run didn't run out of steam when COVID hit

Mar 15, 2021
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Organized sports have been proven to be especially beneficial to youngsters, whose bodies are still growing and minds are still developing. They benefit not only from the competition and teamwork of sports, but the opportunity to get physically and mentally stronger. So as COVID-19 shut down group activities, the all-volunteer Girls on the Run didn't put away the sneakers.

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A sixth woman has come forward and accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of misconduct. The Albany Times Union reports that the woman says Cuomo inappropriately touched her when she was summoned to the executive mansion for a work assignment.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the first time publicly addressed sexual harassment accusations against him, saying Wednesday that he did not intend to make anyone uncomfortable and that he is truly sorry. Many are calling for his resignation, including some members of Cuomo’s own Democratic Party, but the governor also said he’s not leaving.

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A second woman has come forward and accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment. Cuomo denies the allegations, but has agreed to make a referral to the state’s Attorney General Leticia James to conduct an investigation.

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Two former female aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo are accusing him of bad behavior, with one saying the governor sexually harassed her in incidents that included inappropriate touching and an invitation to play strip poker. Cuomo denies the allegations.

Gestational surrogacy now legal in NYS

Feb 17, 2021
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New York's Child-Parent Security Act is now in effect, helping LGBTQ and other couples struggling with fertility start families, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

COVID is impacting professional hockey across the country this week. That includes the NWHL, who suspended their season in an announcement Wednesday afternoon after multiple teams were revealed to have contracted COVID. NWHL commissioner Tyler Tumminia said the shortened 2-week season at Lake Placid was not a bubble, but a ‘restricted access environment.’  Victory press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess addresses what happened and what's next for the NWHL.

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It is not surprising that COVID-19 continues pounding the labor market. The latest government figures show a net loss of 140,000 jobs in December, including nearly 45,000 in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls region. What may be surprising is that all those jobs were held by women, especially women of color.

The NWHL is currently scheduled to play their playoff games Thursday and Friday. The Buffalo Beauts are in, but only after two teams backed out with questions surrounding COVID. Victory press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess recaps a turbulent weekend in women’s hockey and previews what’s to come for the Beauts.

  

The NWHL’s shortened two week season got started over the weekend. All of this year’s games are being played at the historic Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid to decrease the chances of COVID impacting the league. The Buffalo Beauts got off to a slow start losing their first two games. Victory Press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on how everything is looks so far.

  

Lawsuit defends religious freedom for those in custody

Jan 25, 2021
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Religious freedom is so important, it is protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, a recent lawsuit demonstrates how law enforcement can legally breach that freedom.

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The former Protocol Restaurant in Williamsville will pay $90,000 and take other steps to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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