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The Erie County Department of Health announced Friday afternoon that the latest COVID infection statistics have increased enough to raise the area's status from "moderate" transmission risk to "substantial."
The CDC information dated Thursday gives new details on this variant of the coronavirus and says the agency should "acknowledge that the war has changed." It was first reported by The Washington Post.
The complaint claims the New Jersey-based company made Black women a "central part" of its business strategy but failed to warn them about the potential dangers of the powder products it was selling.
WBFO Arts & Culture Desk
- Back before an audience: Pappy Martin jazz festival wraps up annual event Sunday
- THEATER TALK: While we wait, SCHMIGADOON! offers great fun for fans of musicals (and anyone who was ever in one)
- Theater Talk: The Artie Awards have a date! Sept. 20 at Shea's 710 Theatre
- Proposed Niagara Studio movie complex asks for more changes
WBFO Business & Economy Desk
- National Chicken Wing Day brings out the Mumbo Sauce on who originated the Buffalo essential
- Cuomo encourages businesses to deny unvaccinated people, bring workers back
- 110 Erie County small businesses, nonprofits receive $701K in PPE aid
- State leaders says its BIG program has surpassed its job growth goal
WBFO Disabilities Desk
- The Care Crisis: 1 in 4 direct support positions vacant in New York
- Schumer's use of the 'r-word' shows ongoing problem with changing the narrative around disability
- How new mask rules may impact immunocompromised individuals and children with disabilities
- WNY organizations to co-host roundtable on voting and access to the polls
WBFO Health & Wellness Desk
WBFO Mental Health Initiative
- State lawmakers discuss support for those with concurrent addiction and mental health issues
- What's your COVID playlist? Mine was Jeff Rosenstock
- COVID quadruples the number of mental health clients in Niagara Region, many children
- Erie County sheriff candidates debate holding center, say mental health needs to be addressed
WBFO Racial Equity Project
WBFO Older Adults News Desk
- Senior group presses for caregiver tax credit
- ‘It’s about time’: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day marks year of attention on older adults
- DA Flynn rallies against Elder Parole & Clean Slate, cites Bike Path Rapist
- Nursing homes say safe staffing bill will hurt them. Resident advocates say it didn’t go far enough
WBFO Women's News Desk
WBFO Education Reporting
- Buffalo Public Schools to continue expanded safety measures through summer
- Tonawanda City School District breaks ground on consolidated elementary school
- Handgun-style BB gun recovered at Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet School during lockdown
- Getting students vaccinated before school starts takes a different approach in Niagara, Chautauqua counties
New York News
NPR Top Stories
The winning images from this year's iPhone Photography Awards feature a man connecting with his horse, two rugged shepherds holding soft lambs and a figure looking into a brilliant night sky.
Serbia's Djokovic loses to Spain's Pablo Carreño Busta, ending his chances of winning a bronze in Tokyo. "I gave it all, whatever I had left in the tank, which was not so much," Djokovic says.
The recently expanded law says that freelance journalists, YouTube bloggers and practically anyone else who receives money from abroad and voices a political opinion can be considered a foreign agent.
Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica has won the fastest women's track race at the Tokyo Games in Olympic record time. She was the defending gold medalist in this event. Jamaica swept the final.
New Jersey will honor nine of its most illustrious citizens by slapping their names on rest stops along the Garden State Parkway. Scott Simon muses over what becomes a legend most.
The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. And this weekend, 80,000 doses will expire because of lack of demand. The campaign is on to get people to sign up.
A photo of a real-life sponge and starfish hanging out together delighted the internet. But "the reality is a little crueler than perhaps a cartoon would suggest," says the researcher who posted it.
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Western New Yorkers honor the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act through virtual Disability Pride celebrationThis week Western New Yorkers celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the last week of Disability Pride Month.
The development wars in Buffalo's Elmwood Village are continuing, with a new push for a local historic district overlaying the two current national historic districts.
There are renewed calls to free the only surviving orca at Ontario’s Marineland. The calls come after a video showing Kiska in isolation and moving slowly near the surface of the water.
A newly formed coalition is joining with key state lawmakers to campaign for a ballot measure to give New Yorkers a constitutional right to clean air and clean water.
A complaint has been brought against the body cameras worn by Erie County Sheriff's deputies at the Holding Center and Correctional Facility.
Five teens are facing 205 felony charges related to rapes committed late last year in Buffalo.
Two unions representing Canadian border guards are threatening to go on strike as soon as Aug. 6 — a move that could cause slowdowns at the border, set to reopen on a limited basis with the US on Aug. 9, and disrupt Canadian mail service.
It's been a while since Erie County Comptroller Mark Poloncarz has hosted a COVID briefing. But with a rise in cases and hospitalizations, and concerns for the Delta variant, the county is holding its latest update Tuesday afternoon.
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