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The NWHL is currently scheduled to play their playoff games Thursday and Friday. The Buffalo Beauts are in, but only after two teams backed out with questions surrounding COVID. Victory press and women’s hockey writer Melissa Burgess recaps a turbulent weekend in women’s hockey and previews what’s to come for the Beauts.

  

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The Buffalo Zoo has announced the death of Acacia the lion.

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The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says a newly-completed audit by a Rochester firm finds it is fully complying with guidelines put forth to protect children and young people from harm. 

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz held his regular COVID-19 briefing in Buffalo. Watch it here.

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An array of local social change groups says the effects of the continuing pandemic show the need for basic changes, from housing payments for the homeless to restrictions on evictions.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is holding his regular COVID-19 update briefing in Albany. Watch it live here.

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The names Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are well known for their roles in the battle that earned women the right to vote. Others, of course, contributed to that effort and four of those women will be featured prominently tonight at 9 when WNED PBS airs "Discovering New York Suffrage Stories."

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At 11:30 AM, Governor Cuomo will host a live update on the current status of coronavirus in New York State. 

Western New York is home to the only Refugee Film Festival in the United States. It starts Thursday night with the premiere of ‘Memory Is Our Homeland,’ a film documenting the little-known history of WWII Polish refugees in East Africa. The festival is free and will be hosted throughout the year with virtual seating through Journey’s End Refugee Services. WBFO’s Nick Lippa spoke with Journey's End Executive Director Karen Andolina Scott.

  

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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Officials with the New York State Division of Military & Naval Affairs confirms that three people are dead after a New York Army National Guard UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter crashed early Wednesday evening in the Town of Mendon.

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For years, many of Buffalo’s iconic buildings have been demolished, some for major new structures and some for parking lots. Now the Common Council has changed the rules for those demolitions.

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Greece Police say the two young children kidnapped Monday evening have been located in Alabama and they are okay.

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A mass COVID-19 vaccination site is now active on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus, one of three New York state-run sites to open on Tuesday. However, questions remain about how many doses and appointments the site can handle, as the state struggles to meet vaccine demand with a declining supply of doses from the federal government.


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Greece Police, along with federal, state and local authorities continue their urgent search for two missing children who police say could be in imminent danger.

Erie County COVID-19 update for Jan. 19, 2021

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein held a COVID-19 update briefing Tuesday, Jan. 19. Watch it here.

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Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel has been dealing with the coronavirus for ten months and has watched the COVID numbers rise and subside.  Currently, Wendel says, "The numbers are going up."

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All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are a routine part of rural life, but some city lawmakers say there are way too many of them in Buffalo. They are proposing laws to combat the illegal use of ATV's which are driven badly on city streets and in parks, causing damage.


A Lake Effect Snow Warning will remain in place today for much of the region--including the city of Buffalo--however, the majority of the accumulation is likely to be seen in Southern Erie and Northern Chautauqua counties. "That snow band is going to remain nearly stationary through the morning commute and into the early afternoon before heading south toward the Southern Tier," said meteorologist Heather Kenyon at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. Snow totals this season have been below average to this point, but Kenyon expects that to change in the coming days.


Sitting in the pews of the Michigan Street Baptist Church is to get a sense of the history of the building. A central part of Buffalo’s Black community for over 150 years, the church, along with the Nash House Museum, was given over to walking tours on Martin Luther King Jr Day.


New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to allocate an additional 25-million dollars towards a program that has helped reduce food waste since the COVID pandemic started last spring. The food banks and farmers it would benefit say it’s very much needed.

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Even with the stress of COVID, the 9th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service Food Drive will take place at Hamburg High School 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, hoping for mass collection with only 10% of the volunteers of past years.

A Lake Effect Snow Warning will remain in place today for much of the region--including the city of Buffalo--however, the majority of the accumulation is likely to be seen in Southern Erie and Northern Chautauqua counties. "That snow band is going to remain nearly stationary through the morning commute and into the early afternoon before heading south toward the Southern Tier," said meteorologist Heather Kenyon at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service. Snow totals this season have been below average to this point, but Kenyon expects that to change in the coming days.


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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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The Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia houses inmates arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Some of the inmates have begun a hungry strike in protest of what they say are abhorrent conditions within the facility.


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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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