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Erie County Comptroller's Office

An Erie County Central Police Services forensic lab worker is back on the job, after investigators say the individual received two doses of Narcan following an feared accidental drug exposure. The incident has sparked a dispute between the Erie County Comptroller and County Executive, who offered conflicting claims about whether CPS had its own Narcan available.


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A “suicidal man” in his mid 30s was shot by a Buffalo Police officer in the 600 block of McKinley Parkway Friday afternoon.

Health disparities put deaf community at risk

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Deaf individuals are up to seven times as likely as their hearing peers to have heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes. That's according to research from the RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf and the University of Michigan.

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The State Department of Environmental Conservation says it is revoking permits from Tonawanda Coke because the company has repeatedly violated air pollution regulations.

The state sent the company a cease and desist letter Friday telling it to stop any operations that release materials into the air, and ordering that permits to do so be revoked next month.

Stonewall Democrats

He's currently the Erie County Comptroller but has dropped hints of an interest in running for Erie County Executive next year. County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, in the meantime, has offered numerous critical comments about County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Remarks published earlier this week have upset leaders in the LGBTQ community.

Erie County District Attorney's Office

The mother of a Buffalo toddler who died this week from blunt force injuries is now the second suspect to be charged in the boy's death.

Unions have been sounding the alarm since the June 27 U.S. Supreme Court Janus ruling that public employees can stop paying union dues while retaining many of the benefits from collective bargaining. An anti-union group is sounding its own alarm among New York's public employees.

FACEBOOK / India Cummings of Rochester in a graduation photo at Wilson High School in Rochester NY. The NYS Commission of Correction declared her death a homicide due to medical neglect.

It’s a been a few days since the explosive report was released by the state Commission of Correction Medical Review Board, regarding the death of India Cummings.


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After state officials closed the Willard Psychiatric Center near Ithaca, they made an unusual discovery. In the attic were 400 suitcases left behind from patients who lived there. For more than 20 years those suitcases have been in the hands of the state, but now they may finally be reunited with families of the patients.

CTC (Chautauqua Theater Company)

Theater Talk promotes gender inclusion in the arts and this week recognizes three strong women. Eleanor Jean Murray who recently passed away at the age of 95 was a driving force behind the Studio Arena Theatre (now Shea's 710 Theatre). Chelsea Marcantel has another of her plays on stage at Chautauqua called AIRNESS. And 2018 Artie-nominated Heather Fangsrud presents her one-woman play KNOCK KNOCK, JESUS CALLING about growing up gay in a Jehovah's Witness family.

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For two-and-a-half years, the death of India Cummings has  raised questions. Cummings died after spending 17 days at the Erie County Holding Center. Thursday brought another protest outside the Holding Center, in the wake of a state report that said homicide should be listed as the woman's cause of death.

The body of a 5-year-old girl who went missing has been recovered from the Erie Canal in Monroe County.

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The State Department of Health held a public meeting at the Buffalo Museum of Science Thursday night to discuss elevated rates of cancer along the Buffalo and Cheektowaga border. But many residents left the meeting with more questions than they came with.

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Toronto is again facing a crisis over gun violence. There have been more than 200 shootings this year alone, leading to more than two dozen deaths. Now, the city is rolling out a strategy to deal with the issue.


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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Buffalo is closing a suburban clinic and says it is now working with affected clients to find new arrangements.

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The most recent Quinnipiac poll finds Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to lead his challengers by double digits.

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Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is calling on the state to get tougher when it comes to preventing lead poisoning in children.

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The former School 77 on Buffalo's West Side has officially reopened. After sitting vacant for nearly a decade, the 90-year-old building has undergone extensive renovations and now includes 30 affordable apartments for seniors.

Public safety advisory for Olcott Beach

Jul 19, 2018

The Niagara County Department of Health has issued a beach advisory at Olcott Beach, located in Olcott, and is expected to remain in effect until further notice.

Francesca Bond

Buffalo boasts 106 public statues and only two are women. Two trailblazing women will soon become numbers three and four.

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An automotive study says U.S. tariffs on imported vehicles and auto parts would cause the price of new vehicles to soar, wipe out tens of thousands of American jobs and take a big chunk out of the country's gross domestic product.

Governor's Office

Less than a month after the legislative session officially ended, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been calling for the state Senate to come back and work on what he says is unfinished business.

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Buffalo Public Schools are strengthening one of the best city schools, by extending the connection between Leonardo da Vinci High School and D'Youville College. Da Vinci is being made more of a health sciences school by offering D'Youville college-credit courses.

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The Hamburg Central School District is working to make sure students with mental health issues receive proper care. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says when the new school year begins in September, every staff member in the Hamburg school District will have received mental health first aid training.

Uniland Development

Some of the Elmwood Village's most prominent development critics backed a Gates Circle project Wednesday, resulting in a Buffalo Zoning Board of Appeals approval.

Livingston County Sheriff's Department

People in New York's Livingston County are on edge and classes at SUNY Geneseo have been canceled, as authorities search for a man suspected of pointing a gun at a police officer during a traffic stop.

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Buffalo Common Council Majority Leader David Rivera has issued a ststement, saying he has fired his political campaign treasurer and sent a formal complaint to the New York State Board of Elections.

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Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance Wednesdy night in Los Angeles. The award is presented to a "deserving member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through perserverance and determination."

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Erie County Legislature Majority Leader April Baskin will hold a special session of the Public Safety Committee on Wednesday to review, line by line, the State Commission of Correction's Medical Review Board report on the death of India Cummings.

CSEA New York

Members of Civil Service Employees Association Region 6 are mourning the death of their president, Florence "Flo" Tripi. She died Wednesday morning at age 79.

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