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WBFO Brief Friday December 16, 2022

If it's Friday, It's Theater Talk- today with Anthony and Peter on empathy and diversity in theater shown in-part by Anthony's one man show. Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt looks at talk of horsetrading that could possibly give state lawmakers a raise.
Lake Effect snow warnings have triggered the re-positioning of utility crews and Gov. Kathy Hochul to say "Bring it on." Also, a new law banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits at pet stores. Also, hear jay Moran with Marvin Askew - director of Buffalo city Ballet, as they head into their last weekend of "the Nutcracker"

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  • Today, an intense look at the number of suspensions in Buffalo Public Schools, including a disproportionate amount of them for Black students, disabled students and low income students. Also, talk of letting judges have more discretion in the state's new bail reforms. All Buffalo-owned buildings will have automatic defibrillators at the ready, and Rev. Darius Pridgen, the president of the Buffalo City Council has announced that he will not seek re-election
  • Ending questions about its future, the ALDI location on Broadway has re-opened after looting during the Christmas blizzard. A NYS Equal Rights Amendment has been approved by the state legislature and can now go to voters for possible inclusion as an amendment to the state constitution. Also, a stall in the push for offshore wind turbines in Lake Erie.
  • A new Siena college poll has good news for Gov. Kathy Hochul- even though her favorability rating is still below 50 percent. . Also a massive fire in Springville, and a look at the Community Benefit Agreement that has been approved by the group that will be the Buffalo Bills landlord at the new facility.
  • Analysis of the Buffalo Bills loss that ends their season and any playoff hopes this year. Also, a glimpse inside the community benefits agreement being negotiated for a new stadium. Also a look at the loss of land in Ontario's Green Belt is triggering some questions from some lawmakers.
  • Equipment failures may have hampered the Buffalo FIre Department's ability to fight fires in an already difficult blizzard. Also, a Bills weekend game preview, and stories from the barber to the Bills- including Damar Hamlin. And if it's Friday, it's Theater Talk.
  • The state senate's judiciary committee has rejected Gov. Hochul's chief judge nominee . Erie County Republican elections commissioner Ralph Mohr is suing to reject the county legislature's proposed districts.
  • Buffalo city council hearings into the Christmas blizzard reveal that the city's fire commissioner was out of town during the blizzard. Gov. Kathy Hochul is defending her choice for NYS Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. And a planning group is recommending the state un-hook the Scajaquada Expressway from the I-190, Route 33, and Route 198— and make it into a two- lane parkway.
  • The Buffalo City Council is taking up a review of procedures during the blizzard . Gov. Kathy Hochul is pushing back against opponents to her choice for the state's top judge vacancy. And Lake Placid is gearing up to host the World University Games.
  • The Town of Aurora has struggled with a zoning issue that restricts drag performances, and it turns out that the cut-and-paste zoning rules that existed there have set several other towns on a collision course with the first amendment. Also, a look at how Gov. Kathy Hochul might pay for the initiatives in her State of the State address. Also, Bills Safety Damar Hamlin has been released from the hospital, the latest on a bomb threat that brought evacuation to a Buffalo school bus, and the press for more cross border cooperation between US and Canada.
  • Gov. Kathy Hochul's State of the State message included a new minimum wage proposal a new housing inititiative, and talk of reforming bail reform measures. Also, a look at Canadian airline delays that persist since the holidays. And we have the latest on Bills safety Damar Hamlin and a new name for for SUNY Buffalo State .