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Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays' highly-anticipated first game in its temporary home ballpark comes Tuesday evening. On the eve of the first pitch, Blue Jays officials explained some of the changes and realignments within Sahlen Field in order to accommodate big league ballplayers safely in an ongoing pandemic.

City of Buffalo

The 2020 Census is still going on, but not for much longer. The once-a-decade count of all residents of the United States was supposed to go through Oct. 31, but federal officials are ending the process at the end of September. This concerns Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, who says undercounting in the city in 2010 cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars over the last decade.

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On land once part of the Seneca Buffalo Creek Reservation, dancers, drummers and singers from the Haudenausaunee confederacy showed some of their cultural traditions and values on Sunday at the Buffalo History Museum. They were there as part of the United Nations International Day of World Indigenous Peoples and NuclearFree Future Day.

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The Buffalo Teachers Federation is looking at a lawsuit against city public schools reopening under the plan submitted to Albany.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York doesn’t have enough money in its budget to meet a requirement in President Donald Trump’s executive order to fund $100 a week in additional unemployment benefits.

New York State Legislature

Monday’s public hearing on the COVID-19 crisis in upstate New York nursing homes will likely feature talk about reforming visitation policies and a lack of personal protective equipment, but don’t expect to hear from who some consider the state’s most important nursing home witness, state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

 


The Mental Health Advocates of Western New York will be welcoming a new executive director beginning next month. Melinda DuBois will take over for Kenneth Houseknecht, who is retiring after working for nine years. Dubois shared some of her vision of the future of Mental Health in the region with WBFO’s Nick Lippa. 


26 Shirts

26 Shirts, a sports apparel designer, and its founder Del Reid have developed a charitable reputation. Even during a pandemic, they’ve managed to break company records, all the meanwhile raising money for those in need.


UB

There will be no UB football, as well as several other sports, this upcoming fall.

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation / Twitter

The federal agency that announced on July 28 that it was signing a letter of intent to provide a $765 million loan to Eastman Kodak, so that the company could establish a pharmaceutical division to make ingredients for generic drugs is now apparently putting a hold on moving ahead with that financing.

Darien Chandler

A march to end police brutality in Western New York will take place today at Cazenovia Park.

A group of businesses, ranging from bars to a bowling alley, have filed a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo, the State Legislature and Attorney General, claiming they have been unconstitutionally harmed as the result of actions taken during the pandemic and slow reopening of the state's economy.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday formally gave schools the green light to reopen, saying the coronavirus infection rate was low enough in New York for students to return to class in the coming weeks. But students and staff will have a very different experience at schools this year, with new precautions in place to prevent the disease from spreading.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

It's the first of its kind in a Town of Cheektowaga park. Newly installed playground equipment that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act is available, allowing children living with disabilities the opportunity to join their non-disabled peers.

Schools in New York will reopen in the fall, Cuomo Says

Aug 7, 2020
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On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo formally gave schools the green light to reopen, saying the coronavirus infection rate was low enough in New York for students to return to class in the coming weeks.

Indigenous demonstrators have returned to the site of a housing development at the center of a land dispute in southern Ontario, the day after nine people were arrested following a violent clash with police.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Cyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters and walkers took to Bailey Avenue Thursday evening to demand the City of Buffalo improve its infrastructure in East Side neighborhoods, especially main thoroughfares like Bailey. 


Michael Thomas

The second wave of Artie Award Nominations went live on WBFO's Facebook page on Wednesday (final categories will be announced next Wednesday at noon) as read by a talented collection of 2019 winners (see the archives as lovingly maintained by MusicalFare's Doug Weyand). The first (and so far only) live theater of 2020-2021, Torn Space's SILENCE, is rapidly selling out. Find out more here.


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Niagara County lawmakers have approved the formation of a task force that will explore ways to reform the Sheriff's Office, and then submit a plan to Albany as required under a June executive order.

Nick Lippa / WBFO

Niagara Falls needs COVID-19 testing supplies. Their solution? The potential reallocation of Community Development Block Grant funds. But how did we get to this point? WBFO's Nick Lippa reports.

  

Michael Mroziak / WBFO News

A coalition of gym and fitness center operators has submitted a reopening plan to the Cuomo Administration, along with the message that such facilities are capable of operating safely and should be allowed to resume business.

Buffalo Bills

Bills fans have been holding their breath for the past few days after hearing All-Pro Cornerback Tre-Davious White was considering opting out of the 2020 season. Now it's offical White will play after stating Wednesday he was undecided.  

  

Associated Press

New York has filed a lawsuit to shut down the National Rifle Association, claiming that the organization should be dissolved because of a pattern of self-dealing among its top officials, including Wayne LaPierre, its current chief executive.

Buffalo.edu

As the debate continues over reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, one example out of Georgia is providing a lesson in how NOT to get back to school safely. "It was just amazing," said Dr. Nancy Nielsen of the images of the crowded hallways of North Paulding High School. "Nobody was socially-distanced. Nobody was wearing masks," said Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. "We're going to get in trouble if we have that sort of thing happen." During an interview with WBFO, Nielsen shared some findings on the threats schools face and encouraged parents to "influence" school reopening plans.


Mary Schneider and Alicia Malik / Co-Artifact

The pandemic may have put a hold on visiting art showcases in person, but groups like Starlight Studio & Art Gallery have taken their events online to continue operation. The non-for profit art studio is holding their fifth annual Co-Artifact silent auction-- an exhibition that starts Thursday and runs through the weekend. 

  

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Indoor gyms are some of the few, last remaining businesses that have had to stay closed in New York State, and there is no word yet from Gov. Andrew Cuomo as to when they can reopen. Gym owners continue to suffer from the closures, but health experts say gyms can pose a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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Bausch + Lomb, the company that has roots in Rochester and still employs more than 1,100 people locally, is likely to go through a corporate change in the next year or so. Its corporate parent, Bausch Health Companies, on Thursday is announcing that it intends to spin off its eye health business into an independent publicly traded entity, Bausch + Lomb – NewCo.

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A Lockport man has been sentenced to two years of probation for brandishing a gun during a car crash.

Office of the Governor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo took the reins of the National Governors Association Wednesday, building upon the national spotlight he has grabbed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thomas O'Neil-White

Protesters are taking to Bailey Avenue Thursday evening to demand better infrastructure on one of the main thoroughfares on the East Side of Buffalo. 

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