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Hochul signs law to end sending New Yorkers back to prison on minor parole violations, immediately releases nearly 200 inmates
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday ordered the immediate release of nearly 200 state prison inmates being held for committing technical parole violations, while also vowing to improve what she called “hell on earth” conditions at New York City’s notorious Rikers Island jail.
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.
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.
WBFO Arts & Culture Desk
- 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
- Buffalo Philharmonic returns to Kleinhans stage Saturday night with 9/11 commemorative concert
WBFO Business & Economy Desk
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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Paul Rusesabagina has been a critic of President Paul Kagame, who has now led Rwanda for more than 20 years. Rusesabagina was arrested under circumstances that have been described as a kidnapping.
Video posted to social media showed students jumping from second-story windows, apparently to escape the attack. Russian officials said the suspect, a student, had been detained.
The atmosphere throughout this account is foreboding, darkened by the shadow COVID-19 cast over the country but also by the dangers to democracy the authors perceive and depict.
Colette Maze, now 107, began playing the piano at age 5. She defied the social conventions of her era to embrace music as a profession rather than as a pastime. She has just released her sixth album.
Child care workers from outside the U.S. often buy health coverage through an agency. But those policies can have big gaps, critics warn. ACA plans are comprehensive and, with subsidies, can be cheap.
President Biden gives his first address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. He may find some skepticism for his pitch to work together on COVID-19 and climate after some recent decisions.
Investigations into former President Donald Trump's family business by the Manhattan district attorney and the New York state attorney are still underway, and more charges may be coming.
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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.
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.
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.
Albany is making sure members of the National Guard are covered for service in New York City after 9/11, even if they were not technically assigned there.
A report by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli found 1 million New York households, or 14%, still have no access to the internet, and many in rural areas have limited access to inadequate services.
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