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COVID numbers continue to rise and the need for health professionals continues to grow. Spectrum Health and Human Services is holding a virtual hiring event Thursday to fill 20 plus positions ranging from RN’s to support desk positions.

The City of Lockport Common Council met Monday to vote on 2021 city budget vetoes made by Mayor Michelle Roman.

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Robert Kresse, the attorney who helped shape much of Western New York through his civic work and philanthrophy to local non-profits, has died after a brief illness. He was 93.

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Washington, D.C. Auxiliary Bishop Michael William Fisher has been appointed by Pope Francis as the fifteenth bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo in an announcement from the Vatican Tuesday.

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A fiscal analysis done by the Partnership for the Public Good estimates Erie County would save over $500,000 a year by passing a solitary confinement reform bill. In turn, New York State would save over $100 milion by passing the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement or HALT Act.


Athletes Unleashed Inc., the Orchard Park gym that was recently fined $15,000 for violating COVID-19 restrictions, has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health.

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Western New York opponents of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus said Monday that a recent Supreme Court ruling may help further their cause.

Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition

More housing is coming for veterans and vets with families. It is part of an expansion by the Western New York Veterans Housing Coalition to a new campus on Howard Street on Buffalo's East Side, centered on the former School 75.

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Nov 29, 2020

The Aquarium of Niagara will be closed to the public Sunday due to a power outage that occurred overnight.

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An annual outreach to Buffalo’s homeless community is becoming even more meaningful this year. 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has kept crowds at shopping centers a bit smaller on Black Friday this year. Typically the largest in-person shopping day of the year, large crowds and long lines were few and far between at retailers like Best Buy in Amherst, Cabela’s, and the Walden Galleria Mall.

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Polypharmacy in older adults has been increasing, as about four in 10 Americans 65 and older take at least five medications, according to a 2015 study from Harvard University. Now research from the University at Buffalo has discovered that all this overprescribing is leading to more hospitalizations and out-of-pocket costs.

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The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop the YMCA from holding its 125th consecutive Turkey Trot race. A select-few lucky runners got the opportunity to take part in-person for the milestone race.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the state would take a few more days to determine whether to elevate Western New York's current COVID orange zones into shutdown red zones. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz also addressed this, while the Erie County Health Commissioner displayed a model predicting how no restrictions might affect local hospitals.

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The day before Thanksgiving is typically the busiest travel day of the year, but it won’t look nearly as busy this year. The American Automobile Association reported the pandemic is taking a big bite out of Thanksgiving travel plans.

The Buffalo Common Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve four city ordinance amendments to require proactive rental inspections of single-family and double rental units.

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An advocate for clergy sex abuse victims who had actively called for the removal of Bishop Richard Malone is praising the New York State Attorney General for her lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and its former top leadership.

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How to spend Erie County's money was up to the public Monday evening, in an annual ritual of the county budget process.

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Several groups, from police to the Peacemakers, came together to distribute 500 turkeys in downtown Buffalo Monday. But it also showcased the economic consequences and struggles the community continues to face as the pandemic rages on.

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His revelation nearly three years ago of sexual abuse by a priest within the Diocese of Buffalo touched off a wave of further complaints, which soon led to the departure of former diocesan leaders. Michael Whalen, when asked about the lawsuit filed against the diocese Monday by the New York State Attorney General, called the action "a big stepping stone" toward justice.

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For this Thanksgiving in New York State, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is telling families no more than 10 people can gather at the same location due to COVID-19. Protesters Monday morning outside of the Erie County Sherriff’s office called on local law enforcement to ignore the mandate.

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New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Monday her office has filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, Bishop Emeritus Richard Malone and former Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz, accusing the parties of failing to protect minors from clergy sexual abuse.

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Recent Buffalo mayors have spent millions fixing up major streets on the premise economic development will follow, with many citing what's happened along re-built Ohio or Niagara Streets as proof. However, a Canisius professor said those projects have even more value.

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More than four decades later, surviving members of the so-called Buffalo Five maintain their innocence in a decades-old murder case. Now, they'll have a day in court as they attempt to clear their names.

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Organizers of a monthly bottled water collection drive to benefit Tuscarora Reservation residents are seeking community support. They'll prepare their monthly run Saturday, but are worried a new rise in COVID numbers will result in hoarding of supplies, thus leaving them scrambling to serve reservation residents in need.


New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and its sister company, Rochester Gas & Electric, will be allowed to raise their electricity rates slightly over the next three years, but will take steps to move away from natural gas under a modified rate case settlement approved Thursday by state utilities regulators.

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

The state's new COVID-19 orange microcluster status has limited most Erie County public library locations to WiFi, downloading resources, and ordering books for pick-up at the take-out door.

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A life-long dream is coming a little closer to reality for India Walton as the activist and former Fruit Belt Land Trust Executive Director has made known her candidacy for next year’s mayoral election in the City of Buffalo.

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Salons in the state-designated COVID microcluster Orange Zone in Erie County are among personal care businesses whose doors will be closed Friday morning. For at least one local business, it’s lead to booming demand and an uncertain future.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz declared Thursday that COVID case numbers continue to increase, and he predicts a "dark time" in the coming weeks.