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The Erie County Department of Health has closed several bars and restaurants for allegedly not following COVID-19 regulations, and county lawmakers want to know if the shutdowns were justified.

 

 


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An affordable housing project known as Mt. Aaron Village, when completed some time next year, will include dozens of apartments as well as units and on-site assistance for individuals struggling with homelessness.

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Parent leaders and the Buffalo Teachers Federation are criticizing Buffalo Public Schools for a lack of transparency and community feedback in the district’s process of developing reopening plans for this fall. The district posted a “working draft” plan on its website Friday night and has said “it’s not done until it’s done.”


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The New York State Legislature on Monday held the first of two hearings on the thousands of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents. Questions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, focused on a controversial March 25 directive that required nursing homes to take back COVID-19 patients from hospitals.

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The Grand Island Town Board spoke with local residents Monday night about the proposed 3.8 million-square-foot Amazon warehouse, also known as Project Olive. They were met by a majority of speakers and protestors who opposed the project and are asking for multiple public hearings before any final decisions are made.


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While most businesses are worried about surviving the COVID-19 pandemic, attorney, social worker and Buffalo School Board member Hope Jay has started a new business helping survivors of abusive relationships. But not just any abuse, "narcissistic abuse."

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Come this fall, the University of Buffalo will be removing the names of Millard Fillmore, James Putnam and Peter Porter from their campus. UB is calling it a decision that aligns with the university’s commitment to fight systemic racism and create a welcoming environment for all.

 

  

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday further extending the period of opportunity to pursue legal action in older child sex abuse cases.

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After serving as a COVID-only hospital since mid March, the Sister Hospital St. Joseph Campus in Cheektowaga resumed services over the weekend including its emergency department, acute care, and outpatient procedures, Catholic Health announced Monday.

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Have you noticed a slowdown in your mail delivery lately? If so, you’re not alone. Cost cutting is causing delays, and postal union employees think it could put the November election is at risk.


Police in Niagara County say a 40-year-old man died after a boat struck a metal beam in a creek.

Spectrum

When it comes to handling mental health emergencies, CPEP at ECMC is recognized as one of the main places to go in Erie County. But there’s now an alternative to the emergency room in Buffalo-- the Urgent Health Addictions Care Clinic.

  

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Many families are struggling financially after losing work during the pandemic, including some recently-resettled refugees. A back-to-school supply and food drive taking place now hopes to benefit their children.


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It's crucial that parents and teachers feel comfortable for schools in New York to open successfully this fall, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

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COVID-19 has brought the cancellation of several annual summer group activities and festivals. Tonight in Buffalo, one of them is making its socially distant return. Slow Roll has created a “Reimagined Ride” for bicyclists looking to ride as a group. 

  

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New York broke a COVID-19 testing record on Friday by conducting 82,737 tests, the highest number ever conducted in a single day in the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’ll decide this week on whether schools can partially or fully reopen in September. Meanwhile, many school districts have been busy figuring out safe ways to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and some have already made some preliminary decisions.

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Threats of violence made on social media followed in the wake of a Black Lives Matter demonstration and march in the Town of Amherst that partially blocked traffic on major roads Thursday evening.

The group of about 50 to 70 demonstrators also encountered at least one car that swerved toward the crowd, which was documented on social media.

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It's been a hot and steamy summer, the kind of season that can send you out on the water to relax or onto a towel at the beach to work on that perfect tan. That perfect tan can also carry a potentially lethal aftereffect.

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A family-owned business in Niagara Falls is marking 100 years of operation by celebrating completion of a large-scale renovation of the building where it all began in 1920.

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What do bus drivers and supermarket workers have in common? They are essential workers and they joined together at the newly remodeled Tops Market in North Buffalo to pitch a continuation of heroes pay.

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New York State Thursday adopted maximum contaminant levels for three chemicals in drinking water. Environmental and community advocates wanted to see lower levels adopted, and more PFAS chemicals included, but say it’s a good start. One of the limits is a national first.

New York Now

New York, fearing the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, has decided to pull an item from this year’s ballot that would have asked voters to decide if the state should borrow $3 billion to fund a series of environmental projects related to climate change.

Michael Thomas

The remainder of the 2019-2020 Artie Award Nominations will be revealed Wednesday August 5 and 12 at noon on WBFO's Facebook Live. Zoom continues to be the dominant platform which, while not technically "theater," is an excellent space for new play development allowing for a wider audience than a typical reading. COVID is forcing some changes as is #BlackLivesMatter which is demanding more than simply gestures. And, if traditional audiences can't keep up, then, "don't change their minds; change their faces."


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Expressions of support for victims of racial injustice are showing up in the suburbs. 

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New York state finally gave nursing homes permission to allow visitation July 15, but more than two weeks later, the overwhelming majority of nursing homes remain closed off to visitors. WBFO’s Older Adults Reporter Tom Dinki examines the slow reopening, which some blame on nursing homes not planning ahead and others blame on what they say are overly strict state guidelines. 


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Making businesses across Western New York more racially inclusive is not an overnight process, but for Northland Workforce Training Center President and CEO Stephen Tucker, “It’s critically important.

"I don’t think we will be able to reach the full potential of our nation unless we have a diverse, inclusive and equitable workforce. That’s the only way we can all really live up to the American Dream," Tucker says.

Try-It Distributing President and CEO Paul Vukelic believes change must come from the top down.

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Erie County leaders held a conference call Thursday with representatives of the Buffalo Bisons, Toronto Blue Jays and Major League Baseball to discuss ground rules for when Buffalo is scheduled to begin serving as the Blue Jays' temporary home. That meeting left local leaders feeling good about the measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Buffalo. But then a short while later, the Jays announced their weekend games were postponed.

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Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore is calling for the removal of the city school administrators in charge of the district's "reopening committee."

A federal judge has ordered the Trump administration to halt a public charge rule in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The rule is also known as a “wealth test,” since any immigrant who qualifies for and relies on public assistance like Medicaid or food stamps could be denied a green card or visa.

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