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WBFO Brief July 23, 2021

If it’s Friday, it’s Theatre Talk- today with Peter Hall and Anthony Chase talking about Broadway on the small screen with Apple TV’s “Schmigadoon!” Also, hear about how Albany is funding 961 summer jobs in specific violent ZIP codes as part of the anti-gun problem. This was on a day when a BB gun that was a Glock look-alike prompts a lockdown at the Charles Drew Magnet School on the grounds of the Buffalo Museum of Science Thursday. And hear Ontario correspondent Dan Karpenchuk on how Canada is looking at a fourth wave of COVID and debating mandatory proof of vaccination.

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  • The Buffalo Sabres get busy with free agency. Efforts to grow the semi conductor industry in Buffalo and across WNY will be getting a boost from federal funding. Healthcare workers across the state continue to unionize.
  • Today is Canada Day, but a strike by mechanics at the country's second-largest airline has disrupted travel plans for passengers across North America.
  • The NFTA will not run trains in the downtown area on certain days in July to allow for crews to safely complete maintenance work.
  • The City of Buffalo splash pads open with extended hours. An Uzbekistan man was arraigned on wire fraud and other charges for an alleged crypto currency scam that targeted a local individual. The City of Tonawanda calls on artists to create and submit a new city flag design. Two development projects in Niagara Falls are one step closer to construction after they were approved by the USA Niagara Development Corporation. A tall ship will be at Canalside for the Fourth of July weekend.
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) is investigating the fire in the Cobblestone district alongside the Buffalo Fire Department. A Canadian shipping company in St. Catharines will pay the US government a $100k fine for continuing to pollute American waters, violating the Clean Water Act. A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy are each being indicted on 4 felony charges for their alleged role in the shooting that killed 3-year-old Ramone Carter and injured his 7-year-old sister. Results from this year's primary elections in WNY are in. Two refugee services agencies in WNY will receive millions of dollars in state funds as part of the $20 million initiative to help refugees across the state find and maintain employment.
  • Republicans in the Erie County Legislature are calling on the head of Erie County's assigned counsel program to resign for allegedly misusing her position to help local Democrats.
  • Researchers at UB and the Department of Veterans Affairs identified 17 distinct clinical subtypes of long COVID.
  • Erie County officials give themselves a pay raise.