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With school districts across New York having problems finding enough bus drivers to get kids to and from school, the state wants to change the way drivers are licensed, speeding the process while not changing the rules.
Hochul signs law to end sending New Yorkers back to prison on minor parole violations, immediately releases nearly 200 inmates
At 46%, Lewis County has the lowest vaccination rate in the North Country and among the lowest state-wide. The mostly rural community recently became a national focal point for anti-vaccination sentiment.
On Tuesday, Western New Yorkers were among those testifying at an over four-hour hearing on a staffing crisis that is causing New Yorkers with disabilities to be without basic assistance, such as using the bathroom or going to bed.
WBFO Arts & Culture Desk
- Borderland Festival to highlight music, art and community
- Theater Talk: Disney's FROZEN at Shea's yet another Disney hit; Anthony opens up about his on-stage appearance in WHITE RABBIT RED RABBIT
- A look behind the scenes of ‘Cabrini’ film, as it wraps shooting in Buffalo
- Silo City hosts the return of the Buffalo Humanities Festival
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WBFO Disabilities Desk
- 'I worry that he won't survive this virus': Williamsville family says school mask mandate will protect the life of their son, who has Down syndrome
- 110 new affordable supportive apartments open in Cheektowaga
- Partnerships making COVID-19 vaccine accessible to many NYers with disabilities
- WNYers mark 31st anniversary of ADA through virtual Disability Pride celebration
WBFO Health & Wellness Desk
- Surge of COVID cases exacerbating other health problems in Chautauqua County
- The cost of caring for the unvaccinated is on the rise
- U.S. Justice Dept. joins whistleblower lawsuit against Independent Health
- NY may have to allow religious exemptions to the COVID vaccine for healthcare workers, judge says
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WBFO Racial Equity Project
- After four decades, 'Buffalo Five' members have convictions vacated
- American Rescue Plan money to help build vaccine trust in Buffalo’s Black and Brown communities
- What will Buffalo's East Side look like in 2040? Two local groups are planning ahead
- Community organizations call for more transparency from Common Council regarding Rescue Plan funds
WBFO Older Adults News Desk
- Judge rules Erie County’s Ruthie’s Law is ‘unlawful’ after lawsuit by nursing homes
- Higgins, home care workers push bill aimed at improving conditions for home care workers and those they serve
- How $400 billion elder care plan could impact WNY’s unpaid caregivers, home care aides
- Westminster Commons opens as ‘happy medium’ for older adults to age in place affordably on Buffalo’s East Side
WBFO Women's News Desk
- National Women's Hockey League rebrands as Premier Hockey Federation
- Back to school in a pandemic can be 'perfect storm of infection' for pregnant women
- 'Another glass ceiling broken': High hopes for Hochul from major women's institutions
- Analysis: WNY sexual harassment lawyer shares what stands out in Cuomo report
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Intensive rehabilitative therapy that starts two to three months after a stroke may be key to helping the injured brain rewire, a new study suggests. That's later than covered by many insurance plans.
The Taliban beat him for being Hazara. He spent his life savings to smuggle his family to Turkey — climbing over its border wall — to find a community of Afghans that helps each other get settled.
The sequoias are "wrapped with house-wrapping material, kind of an aluminum-foil fabric that goes around the base of the trees," says Jon Wallace, who is helping to lead the firefighting effort.
A rarely used U.S. code pertaining to public health was invoked during the pandemic by the Trump White House to expel asylum-seekers. The Biden White House wants to keep it.
The Dow Jones slumped over 600 points as financial troubles at property developer China Evergrande Group became the latest in a growing list of concerns for Wall Street.
Comedian and actor A.J. Johnson has died at age 55. Johnson starred as Ezal, a homeless man with drug addiction, in Ice Cube's Friday.
One victim at Heritage High School in Newport News was shot in the face and the other in the leg, according to the city's police chief. Neither injury was thought to be life-threatening.
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Lawmakers and laborers came together outside the DL&W Terminal construction site Friday, urging the federal government to pass a five-year, trillion-dollar infrastructure rebuilding plan.
The Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs will play the National Hockey League's 2022 Heritage Classic on March 13 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. Buffalo will become the first U.S.-based team to play in the Heritage Classic, which has previously included only Canadian teams.
Peace activists were again outside the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Thursday, protesting what they say is an airbase command center for drones carrying out attacks around the world.
A state and federal appeals court both issued rulings late Thursday that Mayor Byron Brown, the four-term incumbent who lost the Democratic Primary in June, does not go on the November ballot on an independent party line.
Local organizations who work to welcome and resettle immigrants and refugees say the first few Afghan evacuees expected to come here have arrived. A coalition preparing to help accommodate and settle them offered an update Thursday on a campaign raising funds to support that effort.
The congressional district representing Western New York’s Southern Tier population could either extend all the way to Binghamton, or it could be eliminated entirely. Those are the conflicting partisan options unveiled in a set of proposed maps released Wednesday by the New York State Independent Redistricting Commission.
After a one year hiatus Project Connect Niagara returns with its one-stop hub of critical services for individuals in need.
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