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They needed to do it virtually, in light of the COVID pandemic. But the Eighth Judicial District’s Coalition of Blacks in the Courts hosted their annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy Friday afternoon.

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While wishing new Diocese of Buffalo Bishop Michael Fisher success in his new role, a former priest turned advocate for clergy sex abuse victims says Fisher's selection is clouded by the involvement of a former superior, who stepped down from a powerful position within the US Catholic Church amid his own accusations of covering up abuse cases.

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New York's high school graduation rate has improved slightly following the shift to remote learning and cancellation of Regents exams.

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While law enforcement officials say there are no specific threats at this time, they are preparing for demonstrations around the New York State Capitol in Albany in the run-up to Inauguration Day. The days ahead could see protests at state capitols across the country ahead of President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday.

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The Ford government is facing criticism over its stay-at-home order. Many people in Ontario say the directives aren’t clear and even some health care professionals say they’re disappointed.

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One day after announcing that five new state-run vaccination sites are opening this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is warning that appointments for the limited number of vaccines at those sites are already booked through April.

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New York State has decided to allow all bars and restaurants in orange zones statewide to resume indoor dining at 50% capacity. That decision is in reaction to a court ruling allowing nearly 100 establishments in Buffalo to do that.

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Impresario Michael Shea, a "larger than life" character in the history of theater, opened "The Wonder Theater" on Jan. 16, 1926 (95 years ago Saturday) to bring vaudeville and Hollywood silent movies (accompanied by a mighty Wurlitzer organ) to 4,000 patrons at a time. Saved from the wrecking ball in the 1970s by concerned citizens led by Kurt Mangel and expanded later to handle large Broadway touring shows, it's constantly under renovation supervised by Doris Collins. Michael Murphy, president of Shea's Performing Arts Center, spoke with Theater Talk.

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The Roman Catholic Church was scheduled to install Bishop Michael Fisher as the 15th Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo in a Friday afternoon ceremony inside St. Joseph's Cathedral in downtown Buffalo. Earlier in the week, WBFO had the opportunity to interview the bishop one-on-one and cover topics including the ongoing COVID pandemic, the Church's role in social justice issues and, of course, the clergy sex abuse scandal which broke nearly three years ago.

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After decades of talk, it appears the Skyway connecting Buffalo’s Outer Harbor to downtown may start to be torn down sometime this year. 

  

An Erie County Sheriff's deputy from Orchard Park was arraigned Wednesday evening on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated.

A Western New York man has been charged in relation to the storming of the Capitol last week.

   

At 11:30 a.m., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will deliver the fourth part of his State of the State address from Albany.

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Restaurants in Erie County gained a key victory in court for their effort to welcome back dine-in guests. 

The Buffalo Sabres start a COVID shortened season tonight, hosting the Washington Capitals at KeyBank Center in front of no fans. It’s been a long time since the Sabres have made it to the playoffs. Can they start this season on a high note? Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe shares his insight on the roster, approach to COVID and more.

  

Ontario plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in all nursing homes and high-risk retirement homes by Feb. 15.

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Perhaps no sector has been hurt more by the COVID-19 pandemic than the arts. During the second in a series of State of the State addresses, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative that could bring back outdoor performances, and perhaps even indoor performances. WBFO’s Tom Dinki got reaction from those in the Buffalo arts scene.

  

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out a plan to turn New York State away from its current reliance on fossil fuels into a more energy-efficient state and create thousands of new jobs.


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The Frontier Central School Board on Tuesday selected C. Douglas Whelan as its interim superintendent, replacing Acting Superintendent Colleen Duggan.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding the third part of his State of the State address in Albany. Watch it live here at 11:30 a.m.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has issued a stay-at-home order to people in the province and declared a state of emergency. They are the latest measures to curb the increasing number of cases of COVID-19.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to mandate internet service providers in New York to offer high-speed internet to low-income consumers at $15 per month, and is seeking to create a fund for families that can’t afford it at that rate.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed his plans to use rapid coronavirus testing in 2021 to reopen restaurants, theaters and arts venues -- including New York City’s Tribeca Film festival in June -- even before most New Yorkers are vaccinated.

Amazon is setting its sights on Western New York expansion once again, this time in Hamburg.

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Longtime Democratic party leader Joseph F. Crangle died early Tuesday morning at his Williamsville home. He was 88.

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 The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection. Special coverage begins on air at 9am.

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LIVE STREAM IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY JAN. 13 AT 9 AM

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While again stating that New York's ability to distribute the COVID vaccine is restricted by the limited weekly supply provided by the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will adhere to updated federal guidelines which expand the number of people currently eligible to receive their first COVID vaccine dose.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein host an update on the latest situation of COVID-19 in Erie County, goes live at 2:00 PM.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give the second in a series of State of the State addresses Tuesday at 11: 30 a.m. Watch it live here.

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Buffalo’s first home NFL playoff game in 25 years gave a big boost to restaurants who were able to host outdoor viewing parties. But, now with the Bills moving onto the next round, restaurant owners are showing concern due to the 8:00 PM start time.


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