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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein are hosting their regular COVID-19 update briefing in Buffalo. Watch it live here at 2 p.m.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted his latest COVID update in the Town of Walden in Orange County, New York, discussing a stepped-up effort to vaccinate workers at farms and food production facilities. Watch it here.

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New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said the state will stop administering the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson.

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Before COVID, every day an Amtrak passenger train went through Niagara Falls, N.Y. on the way to Toronto and another Amtrak train came from Toronto on the way to New York City. Falls Mayor Robert Restaino wants that service to return as soon as possible, and with more trains eventually added.

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Schools across New York will be asked to develop comprehensive policies advancing diversity, equity and inclusion under a new initiative by the Board of Regents.

On Monday, the board launched a draft blueprint for the initiative. Among other things, it calls on the state's 700 school districts to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion when examining their teaching, learning, student support systems and family and community engagement.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that New York state will distribute 35,000 COVID-19 vaccines directly to state’s and New York City’s public colleges and universities — where some schools have already begun offering the vaccine — with the aim of vaccinating as many college students as possible before the end of the spring semester.

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Criminal justice advocates in New York state say they hope to build on recent victories, such as the legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana, to gain more reforms for members of Black and brown communities who are incarcerated at a higher rate than white New Yorkers.

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Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, 69, will be staying at the Wende Correctional Facility a little longer.

No playoff hockey for the Buffalo Sabres this year. So they made some big moves leading up to Monday’s NHL trade deadline. Buffalo Hockey Beat reporter Bill Hoppe spoke with WBFO’s Nick Lippa about who is staying and who is going.

  

WATCH: Cuomo makes live announcement

Apr 12, 2021
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is holding a live announcment at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, NY today at 11 a.m.

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Lake Ontario is eight inches lower than average for this time of year. That’s the lowest it’s been in early April since 2015 and a hopeful sign the chance of flooding on the lake and St. Lawrence River is relatively low this summer.

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New state money may help people with some disabilities stay in their East Side homes.

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The historic bridge in Eden's hamlet of Clarksburg has been blocked off since Oct. 15, since the driver of a loaded propane truck lost control on the steep hill leading down to the bridge. The truck hit the bridge, then fell into the gulch below. That left the bridge damaged and two fire departments struggling to provide protection.

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New York State plans to open 24-hour mental health urgent care facilities. Spectrum Health, who currently operates as Erie County’s only "Urgent Mental Health and Addiction Care Clinic," has seen the need for services rise since opening.

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Hospitals across Ontario will begin to ramp down all elective, non-emergency surgeries beginning Monday. The instruction, given Friday, was to preserve critical care capacity because of the soaring numbers of COVID-19 in the third wave of the pandemic.

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Many CEO’s in Upstate New York say that economic conditions have worsened during the pandemic, and a number of them are still pessimistic for the rest of this year.

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Film producer Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to appear virtually before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case for an extradition proceeding Monday afternoon.

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As part of the PBS American Portrait Series, WNED PBS is taking some of the stories from our Making Buffalo Home project and both preparing them for a national audience while featuring them on WBFO. You can hear the segments every Monday morning for the next several weeks.

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The 2021 New York state budget will push the impending 340B “carve-out” to 2023, providing something of a victory for health care providers who had said they stood to lose millions of dollars.

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The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against Rep. Tom Reed.

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Hand sanitizer, disinfectant, plexiglass, and more, it all adds up and in a very big way. Small businesses, especially restaurants, have had to play a balancing act between the decreased revenue and increasing costs due to COVID-19.

The good news is there is relief coming from the federal government. The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization grant program was included in the American Rescue Plan.

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Nusantara Arts, Buffalo's first Javanese gamelan orchestra, is receiving additional funding moving forward to purchase new instruments and expand their reach. 

  

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The Toronto Blue Jays will again use Buffalo's Sahlen Field for scheduled home games beginning later this baseball season. To make way for their Major League Baseball partner, the hometown Bisons are announcing they'll call Trenton, NJ "home" as it prepares to open its 2021 season.

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The Buffalo History Museum is showing off a major renovation project, a space that has been closed for a generation.

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A group of volunteers has soldiered on to keep Buffalo's historic Central Terminal complex from falling apart completely, gradually assembling the political support to put significant cash into planning its future.

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The state budget is being hailed by Democratic politicians as a win for Upstate and Western New York. But one Western New York Senator says the budget impact will have business owners fleeing the state in droves.


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State Republican lawmakers are blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for extending the 11 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants until May 6, and Senate Democrats for misrepresenting the repeal of Cuomo's executive powers in March.

Anne Beatts, Buffalo native, SNL writer, dies at 74

Apr 9, 2021
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Buffalo native Anne Beatts, an Emmy-winning comedy writer who helped launch “Saturday Night Live,” died Wednesday at her home in West Hollywood. She was 74.

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Andre De Shields is always in demand, even during Covid, but found time to talk to Theater Talk about his Buffalo connections, why playing "Hermes" in HADESTOWN was so important to him (above and beyond the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical), and how racism helped forge his personal philosophy (see below). Ever elegant, wearing bespoke (custom made) clothing even during a Zoom call, Andre De Shields answered several questions about HADESTOWN, will it be back, will it tour, and if it does, will he be in the tour?


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The pandemic’s impact has been felt particularly hard by the live music industry, but on Thursday, a grant program meant to help venue owners opened the application process for such relief.

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