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Several local hospitals are suspending non-essential elective procedures in response to hospital capacity levels, COVID numbers and staffing issues. They’re also letting unvaccinated personnel go. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz addressed this, and the limited number of elected leaders openly opposing the county’s mask mandate, during his latest COVID briefing.
New York’s safe staffing law, profit cap to take effect Jan. 1, but not without a fight from nursing homesNew regulations on staffing levels and profits are set to shake up New York’s nursing home industry when they take effect Jan. 1. The laws are already having something of an impact, but there’s still a question as to whether they’ll actually go into effect come New Year's Day.
A recent report from Community Service Society, an advocacy and research group, found hospital systems across New York placing liens on hundreds of patients’ homes because of outstanding medical debt from 2017-2018.
WBFO Arts & Culture Desk
- Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation announces $100 million commitment to sustain art and culture centers
- Theater Talk: Sondheim's passing shakes theater communities large and small, but, "the show(s) must go on" and we have eight (8) openings this weekend.
- New South Buffalo movie studio moves $2M closer to completion
- Theater Talk: MARGARITAVILLE at Shea's, LOOPED at New Phoenix, RENT at Shea's 710 and, one night only, Emily Yancey stars in the opera SUSANNAH on WNED-TV
WBFO Business & Economy Desk
- Starbucks Workers United says almost a third of Buffalo workers participating in union vote are ineligible
- More than a century later, Eastman still a fabric of downtown Buffalo manufacturing
- Farmers say a 40-hour overtime threshold could end their businesses
- Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore, City of North Tonawanda named winners in state downtown revitalization program
WBFO Disabilities Desk
- $1.5B in one-time federal funding coming to direct support professionals in NYS
- Western New York represented at 2021 Media Access Awards
- BE SAFE wins $1 million grant to aid seniors, people with disabilities victimized by domestic abuse
- Have Brown and Walton lived up to promises of using ASL interpretation and captioning?
WBFO Health & Wellness Desk
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WBFO Older Adults News Desk
- Erie County’s senior dining adapts during pandemic to get food to oft-food-insecure population
- Buffalo nursing home picket turns into celebration of new contract, pay raises
- ‘Strung along with one-year extensions,’ nursing home workers say protracted sale to Elderwood is preventing long-term contract
- Buffalo’s homeowners are aging fast. What will India Walton and Byron Brown do about it?
WBFO Women's News Desk
- Oishei Foundation chooses economic development veteran as its new president
- Complications from pregnancy and delivery estimated at $32B for babies born in 2019
- Assembly report confirms attorney general's findings that Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women
- Lewiston sexual assault case gaining in national attention
New York News
NPR Top Stories
The former CEO of Theranos finished her marathon testimony on Wednesday. The high-profile case against the onetime Silicon Valley star now moves closer to jury deliberations.
Berry stars as a disgraced MMA fighter in Bruised — a film she also directed. It's a role that she identifies with fundamentally: "I've also been a fighter my whole life, my whole career."
State Rep. Matt Krause launched an inquiry into school library books on topics like race and gender earlier this fall. A San Antonio district says it's reviewing some 400 titles that were on his list.
The change will apply to federal government entities starting in January. UAE officials hope it will enhance workers' well-being and boost the country's economic competitiveness.
The shooting at Oxford, Mich., drew attention to the school's lockdown drills and how students were trained to respond to such crises. But certain high-intensity drills can have negative impacts, too.
Barry Harris, one of the leading musicians to emerge from Detroit's modern jazz explosion in the 1940s and '50s, died Wednesday.
A swarm of earthquakes led some people to worry that the seismic activity might portend The Big One. But seismologists say that given the location of the quakes, there was no cause for alarm.
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Buffalo City Hall is juggling its spending plans to come up with $4 million more dollars for street resurfacing, sidewalks and curbs across the city.
Damien Harris scored on a 64-yard run in blustery conditions in which Mac Jones attempted just three passes, and the New England Patriots shored up their familiar place atop the AFC with a 14-10 win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.
Activist and former Buffalo Common Council member Betty Jean Grant was arraigned Monday morning in Buffalo City Court on two charges related to an early voting issue at the Delavan Grider Community Center.
Leaders of New York's public college system are standing behind Chancellor James Malatras, despite calls for his resignation.
An Albany power struggle over legislative district boundaries is coming down to the wire.
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