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WBFO Brief Wednesday, March 23, 2022

The Erie County DA is expressing frustration over the lack of witness cooperation in connection with a weekend fight that seriously injured a Buffalo Firefighter. With two teachers injured in the latest incident of violence in Buffalo public schools, Niagara Falls Peacemakers explain how they’ve helped ease the problem of school violence in that city. A panel will soon decide how to divide cash among agencies from settlements in opioid manufacturer lawsuits. A memo from Gov. Kathy Hochul is not helping to ease tensions with legislators over criminal justice reforms. Erie Community College’s president provides an update on plans to consolidate operations on its three campuses.

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  • If it's Friday, it's Theater Talk- today with Anthony and Peter talking about several comedies on local stages. Hundreds assemble outside UB's Center for The Arts, as controversial commentator Michael Knowles delivers an address at UB. A change in the hours at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's Central building downtown, after too many fights and other incidents there. Also, a look at the wake for firefighter Jason Arno Thursday, and his funeral downtown today, with thousands of firefighters expected to line Buffalo streets.
  • Young Americans for Freedom is e hosting Michael Knowles for a speech Thursday night at UB, but there are many who have heard his calls to eradicate "transgenderism from public life" and are speaking out against it, saying he condones hates speech. A look at the new restrictions on evictions. And Preparations for the funeral of firefighter Jason Arno and tributes are coming in from Albany legislator.
  • Inside the city's Masten District, with Zeneta Everhart, one of the candidates running for that district's city council seat. Also , our Woman Wednesday interview, and a look at the fallout of Michael Knowle's upcoming visit to UB, after his controversial remarks about "eradicating trangenderism from public life." And to try and find what caused the Main St. fire that took the life of Jason Arno, the ATF has conducted over 100 interviews and is creating a computerized model of the blaze.
  • The family of Tyler Lewis is asking for more action into the investigation of his stabbing death on the UB Campus in October 2022. Also, the latest on the four-alarm fire that took the life of Firefighter Jason Arno. and from Albany, correspondent Karen DeWitt looks at Gov. Hochul's plans to expand charter schools in NYS.
  • A free speech debate at the University at Buffalo, WNY concerns about freight trains with hazardous materials, and the latest on the fire that took the life of firefighter Jason Arno.
  • If it's Friday, it's Theater Talk- today with Anthony and Peter musing on show programs, negroni, and productions at The Road Less Travelled Productions, and Lancaster Opera House. Also, hear Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt on the push for new statewide limits on eviction after a court struck down the ability for a city (like Buffalo which is considering something similar) to enact them.
  • A look at local hydroponic farming as a possible solution to food access issues on Buffalo's East side and beyond. Also a Women Wednesday conversation with Rachel Kent who works on food equity issues in education. And learn about hearings on linking increases of the NYS minimum wage to the rate of inflation, and hear women who rap.
  • The "KIA Boys challenge" continues to create a spike in stolen cars in Buffalo. Buffalo could see more federal relief funds with a new emergency declaration. And Gov. Hochul is putting her choice of a new state judge- rejected by the state senate- on hold until after the state budget is approved in April
  • Hear Karen DeWitt report on how the state budget negotiations are impacted by a state surplus, and Toronto correspondent Dan Karpenchuk on possible changes at the unofficial Roxham Road border crossing in upstate NY used by many asylum seekers and immigrants. Also today, the Republican candidate for Erie County Executive is unveiled, and Gov. Hochul's favorability rating is down in the latest statewide Siena Poll.