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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
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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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Comedian and actor A.J. Johnson has died at age 55. Johnson starred as Ezal, the homeless drug addict 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.
Alabama's top health official says the state has "literally shrunk." According to preliminary data, it saw 64,714 total deaths and 57,641 births in 2020.
Over the five weeks of testimony, federal prosecutors presented 45 witnesses, including 11 alleged victims.
In New Orleans, some residents are still living with the trash from Hurricane Ida, more than three weeks after the storm. Residents and city officials are outraged at the delays in trash pickups.
Despite the eruption on the Canary island that has sent thousands fleeing, including some 500 tourists, Spain's tourism minister said visitors should stay and "enjoy what nature has brought us."
The wooden vessel is called "Noah's Violin." As it floated through Venice's Grand Canal on Saturday, members of the string quartet on board serenaded viewers with their own (real) instruments.
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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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