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Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited Toronto's Pearson Airport Monday, as he urged the federal government to bolster travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 variants.

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A 12-year-old girl with special needs is home safe again, after a dangerous walk across the Grand Island Bridge.

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The Rochester Police Accountability Board announced Tuesday that it is launching its first formal investigation, targeting the Rochester Police Department’s response to the Black Lives Matter protests of last year.

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The American Lung Association is giving New York State mixed grades in its latest report on tobacco prevention, the 19th annual “State of Tobacco Control.”

The New York Power Authority has approved four economic development awards it said will spur $356 million in private capital investments across Western New York, with the creation of 583 jobs.

Guinness World Records Museum memorabilia being auctioned

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The museum was known for its lavish events featuring decorated world record holders and those aspiring to join that exclusive group. The Guinness World Records Museum in Niagara Falls, ON is now permanently closed, but bidders can grab a piece of the history that was preserved within its walls.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a briefing at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Monday afternoon that Western New York is doing much better in dealing with COVID-19 than it has been. He said that means the ban on elective surgery has been lifted and the state Health Department on Wednesday may ease the restrictions of Orange status for most of the region.

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The state Senate chair of the Committee on Investigations is threatening to subpoena Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner, if he does not provide data on how many nursing home residents died in the hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic surge in New York last spring.

Karen DeWitt / WBFO Albany Correspondent

Several state senators and assemblymembers say they were surprised to learn that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration does not provide internet access to people living in state-run group homes and other congregant settings -- and they want that fixed immediately.

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Acknowledging that racism is a public health threat to communities of color, the Buffalo Common Council and local healthcare advocacy groups are prioritizing the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to the city’s Black and Brown communities.

The NWHL’s shortened two week season got started over the weekend. All of this year’s games are being played at the historic Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid to decrease the chances of COVID impacting the league. The Buffalo Beauts got off to a slow start losing their first two games. Victory Press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa on how everything is looks so far.

  

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Erie County Health Department officials announced Monday that after reviewing guidance first announced Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, high school sports deemed "higher risk" could proceed, but with certain conditions included.

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One of New York State's pop-up COVID vaccination sites provided first doses to qualified individuals inside a downtown Buffalo church for several hours Monday. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited St. John Baptist Church on Goodell Street, where she renewed the state's concern for a lack of supply to meet the demand.

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The Supreme Court says it won't take up the case of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who's serving a 6 1/2-year prison sentence after being convicted in a corruption case.

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Samsung Electronics reportedly is considering an investment of as much as $17 billion to build a chip-making factory in Arizona, Texas or New York and that site in New York is said to be in Genesee County.

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There was a sense of hope, steamy breathing and gradually rising noise as Buffalo Bills fans began to fill a blocked-off area of Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo Sunday evening. Fans were willing to brave the cooling temperatures to support the Bills and Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

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Josh Allen led the Buffalo Bills to their first AFC championship game in 27 years. He and the rest of the team will need to be better to take the next step.

Lawsuit defends religious freedom for those in custody

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Religious freedom is so important, it is protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, a recent lawsuit demonstrates how law enforcement can legally breach that freedom.

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Abortion protesters marched in Syracuse over the weekend on the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in the U.S. With Joe Biden in the White House, a federal lawsuit challenging New York's Reproductive Health Act could be more difficult to win.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state is expanding its deployment of community vaccination kits to strengthen fairness and equity in the distribution process for COVID-19 vaccines.

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Ahead of today's big AFC Championship Game, Niagara Square and all surrounding roads have been transformed in Bills Mafia Fashion.

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Greece Police have announced two arrests in connection with the abduction of two children from a home on English Road a week ago.

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Two establishments within Buffalo's Chippewa District have the go-ahead to host outdoor "Party on the Patio" events during Sunday evening's AFC Championship game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.

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The Erie County Legislature passed a resolution in support of a statewide bill that would place a cap on the rates third-party companies could charge restaurants.

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The Erie County Legislature has approved the first of several Erie Community College contracts to bring all three campuses up to federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards, costs that will eventually total several million dollars.

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The Buffalo Bills fan base has developed a reputation of loyalty and generosity, even with the team losing for the good part of the past two decades. And excitement is the highest it has been in years heading into Sunday's AFC Championship game. Alan Pringle, a lecturer in mental health nursing at the University of Nottingham, has studied the impact European Football events have on a fan’s mental well-being. He spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about his research and the similarities he sees between Scotland football fans and Bills Mafia.

  

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President Joe Biden used to commute daily on Amtrak between his home in Wilmington, DE and Washington, DC when he was in the U.S. Senate. During those days, he was known as "Amtrak Joe." For members of the local Citizens for Regional Transit, that is an indication he might be willing to put up the federal dollars to turn the proposed Amherst extension of the Metro Rail into concrete and steel.

The City of Rochester has officially launched its Person in Crisis (PIC) team, a corps of social workers which will be available to respond to mental health and substance abuse calls that would otherwise be fielded by police.

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BREAKING FRIDAY MORNING: The National Guard has identified those killed in Wednesday night's crash of a military helicopter in Mendon, outside Rochester. They were Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda, 54, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian Koch, 39, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Prial, 30.

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Eric Bentley (1916-2020) wrote almost a dozen books of theater criticsm, was a friend of and expert on playwright Bertolt Brecht, wrote plays, revues and songs himself, and taught at UCLA, Harvard, Columbia and UB, where he became friends of Neal Radice, now retired from the Alleyway Theatre, who shared some memories of Bentley, a self-promoter (isn't everyone in theater?) who cared deeply about his words.

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