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Williamsville Schools begin relaunch plan, timeline to be announced mid-week

The Williamsville Central School District, which abruptly halted its hybrid learning model and switched to a fully remote format just days into its new school year, is working out a plan which would return students to the classroom during parts of the week.

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Another month without Canadians crossing means more mixed news for the WNY economy

With the closure of the US-Canada border to non-essential traffic extended another month, Western New York's economy continues to suffer in key sectors. WBFO spoke to some local tourism and commerce representatives for their thoughts.

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A lot has happened in the week since Willie Henley, 60, was shot by a Buffalo Police officer during a mental health crisis call for help. And a lot more has to happen, according to the many voices who have spoken out about the shooting.


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A beautiful late summer day and the quest for racial justice brought out a crowd to Martin Luther King Jr. Park Sunday, continuing the push for basic changes in the Buffalo Police Department.

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The Green Party candidate for president won’t be on the ballot in two battleground states, following court rulings last week. It's another example, the Greens say, of the difficulties third party candidates have getting on the ballot.

A decision by New Jersey leaders to raise taxes on that state’s wealthiest residents has provided new hope to advocates who want to tax the rich in New York -- but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his budget director are throwing cold water on that proposal.

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New York state will begin enforcing its ban on single-use carry-out plastic bags next month after a brief hiatus of the law due to a legal challenge brought earlier this year, when those bags were temporarily allowed to be used by stores without any repercussions.

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 A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.

UB Law Dean reflects on Ginsburg's legacy

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The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continues to resonate with locals who attended her visit to the University at Buffalo last August.

Chautauqua County gets Census grant

Sep 20, 2020

Chautauqua County recently received a grant to help raise awareness about the Census in local commuities.

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An East Buffalo church partnered with a Town of Amherst church Saturday for a food drive to help fill gaps in the various food deserts on Buffalo’s East Side. This partnership is led by two women, Pastor Kwame Pitts, an African American who leads the majority white Crossroads Lutheran in Snyder, and Miranda Hammer, a white Pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church and leader of the Community of Good Neighbors food pantry on Doat Street. 


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The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sent ripples through the legal field.

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China has sentenced an influential property magnate and outspoken critic of the Communist Party and President Xi Jinping to 18 years in prison on corruption charges – a hefty sentence that is likely to further deter dissent among the nation's intellectual and business elite.

On Tuesday, a Beijing court announced that it had found Ren Zhiqiang, 69, guilty of embezzling public funds and taking bribes totaling about $2.9 million over the course of 14 years. He was sentenced in a trial closed to the public. Ren has also been fined $620,000 and his assets seized.

Rarely in American history has the death of anyone other than a sitting president unleashed so much political anxiety as the passing of U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

With all the grief her death caused for millions — and all the respectful tributes that poured in, even from adversaries – fundraising appeals were popping up on Twitter the same night keyed to the politics of her replacement.

Updated at 7:58 p.m. ET

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his plans to move forward on President Trump's nominee to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"The Senate will vote on this nomination this year," McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday on the Senate floor. He didn't say whether the vote would come before the election, or in a lame duck-session of Congress that occurs after the November election and before the start of a new session in 2021.

Sure, you go to the grocery store for milk, bread, frozen foods and chips. But how about shopping for the latest shoe fashions while you're at it?

Hy-Vee, a Midwestern supermarket chain, announced on Monday that DSW shoe outlets are opening in six of its grocery stores in Minnesota. Shoppers will be able to try on shoes, then order online.

Updated at 5:01 p.m. ET

In what is set to be one of the largest ever acquisitions in the video game industry, Microsoft announced Monday that it has reached a deal to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of popular video game publisher Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion.

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Heritage Moments: The Kinzua Dam and the broken treaty with the Seneca Nation

It was nothing less than the forced displacement of almost 700 people, and more than 50 years later the memory of it still haunts those families and their descendants.

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