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State of Emergency and curfew issued in Rochester and all of Monroe County


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 21:03:00 EDT

Author: Nicholas Phillips

Rochester, NY (WENY) -- A State of Emergency has been declared in the City of Rochester and all of Monroe County as protests continue to rage. Monroe County Executive Adam Bello, made the announcement on his professional twitter page around 8:00 pm, Saturday. In the post, he announced that a curfew is also set to start an hour later at 9:00 pm for the “safety of our community”. Executive Bello's full statement on Twitter reads.....

Read more: State of Emergency and curfew issued in Rochester and all of Monroe County


NYPD arrest a dozen people during anti-police brutality protest


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 09:31:00 EDT

Author: Vanessa Rizzitano

Anti-police brutality protesters faced off against police officers in New York City on Friday. 

Read more: NYPD arrest a dozen people during anti-police brutality protest


NYSP arrest more than 200 people on DWI charges over Memorial Day weekend


Created: Sat, 30 May 2020 09:27:00 EDT

Author: Vanessa Rizzitano

New York State Police arrested 203 people for a DWI over Memorial Day weekend. 

Read more: NYSP arrest more than 200 people on DWI charges over Memorial Day weekend


Chemung County Executive Reacts to States Decision to Begin Phase Two


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 21:12:00 EDT

Author: Christina Episcopo

As far as opening local businesses, Moss said this is great for the local economy, especially for the businesses that were not able to remain open in phase one.

Read more: Chemung County Executive Reacts to States Decision to Begin Phase Two


Guidelines on Reopening Pennsylvania's Schools this Fall Expected Soon


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 19:22:00 EDT

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Wolf's administration has said for weeks that its goal was to get students to go back to school in the fall, and the governor said school boards will still have "a lot to say" about how they will do that.

Read more: Guidelines on Reopening Pennsylvania's Schools this Fall Expected Soon


16 More Pennsylvania Counties to Move to Green Phase Next Friday; Erie County Not Included


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 19:18:00 EDT

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They will move next Friday to the so-called "green" phase, which has the fewest restrictions in the governor's stoplight-colored three-phase reopening plan.

Read more: 16 More Pennsylvania Counties to Move to Green Phase Next Friday; Erie County Not Included


Sen. Bob Casey reveals he has COVID-19 antibodies, will donate plasma


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 11:21:00 EDT

Author: Caitlin Murphy

U.S. Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania announced today he tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody, meaning he likely had the virus at “some point over the last several months”. 

Read more: Sen. Bob Casey reveals he has COVID-19 antibodies, will donate plasma


Special Olympics New York prepares to compete from home


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 09:53:00 EDT

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The Special Olympics New York is making history. For the first time in 50-years, the athletes are training and competing from home.

Read more: Special Olympics New York prepares to compete from home


Gov. Cuomo signs Executive Order extending Phase One of reopening plan


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 08:55:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Under a newly-signed Executive Order, Governor Cuomo has extended Phase One of the state's reopening plan.

Read more: Gov. Cuomo signs Executive Order extending Phase One of reopening plan


Claims backlog persists; Pennsylvania park beaches to reopen


Created: Fri, 29 May 2020 05:55:00 EDT

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Pennsylvania state officials say they’re making progress, but acknowledge more needs to be done to whittle down an unemployment compensation claims backlog that has persisted for more than two months.

Read more: Claims backlog persists; Pennsylvania park beaches to reopen


Steuben County Manager Expects Southern Tier to Enter Phase 2 Friday


Created: Thu, 28 May 2020 21:56:00 EDT

Author: Griffin Haas

CORNING, NY (WENY) - While the Southern Tier awaits the official executive order to move to Phase Two, Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler expects the region to reopen on Friday.  Wheeler says, "Our expectation in all of our conversations with the governor's office is that phase two will begin tomorrow (Friday)." Wheeler says there are frustrations with the state as the region awaits an executive order. He says, "Our frustration certainly is that the specific gui...

Read more: Steuben County Manager Expects Southern Tier to Enter Phase 2 Friday


Rep. Tom Reed Addresses COVID-19 Nursing Home Crisis


Created: Thu, 28 May 2020 21:46:00 EDT

Author: Lexie Cutmore

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak nearly seven thousand nursing home residents in New York State have died from the virus. Congressman Tom Reed is looking for ways to stop the spread in the states nursing homes.

Read more: Rep. Tom Reed Addresses COVID-19 Nursing Home Crisis


The Food bank of the Southern Tier Partnered up with WGI to create a Safe and Fast Experience


Created: Thu, 28 May 2020 16:53:00 EDT

Author: Christina Episcopo

The use of WGI's garages for the distribution made it safe and easy for the flow of traffic to get in and out after receiving their food items.

Read more: The Food bank of the Southern Tier Partnered up with WGI to create a Safe and Fast Experience


NYSP releases results of 2020 Memorial Day Weekend enforcement campaign


Created: Thu, 28 May 2020 11:25:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Fewer people have been on the road amid the current health crisis, and it shows in New York State Police's latest traffic enforcement initiative.

Read more: NYSP releases results of 2020 Memorial Day Weekend enforcement campaign


American Heart Association advocates push for higher cigarette tax in NY


Created: Thu, 28 May 2020 11:12:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

Amid the current health crisis, American Heart Association advocates are holding a virtual lobby week to push for a higher cigarette tax, as well as more health funding in New York.

Read more: American Heart Association advocates push for higher cigarette tax in NY


Suspect arraigned in connection to Tonawanda shooting that left one man and one detective injured


Created: Thu, 28 May 2020 09:46:00 EDT

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A judge has arraigned a man on charges associated with a shooting in the City of Tonawanda that left a police detective and a civilian injured.

Read more: Suspect arraigned in connection to Tonawanda shooting that left one man and one detective injured


NY lawmakers vote to extend Child Victims Act


Created: Thu, 28 May 2020 09:38:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

The legal window for child victims to take action against their abusers in New York could be extended.

Read more: NY lawmakers vote to extend Child Victims Act


NY voter registration deadline Friday for June 23 primary


Created: Thu, 28 May 2020 09:27:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

New Yorkers wishing to vote in this summer's Democratic presidential primary must register by Friday.

Read more: NY voter registration deadline Friday for June 23 primary


Northern Tier Businesses Prepare to Re-Open during Green Phase


Created: Wed, 27 May 2020 21:14:00 EDT

Author: Christina Episcopo

"We are looking to do around 30-40% capacity. We'd like to keep it on a lower number even than what's being recommended just so that we can stay safe."

Read more: Northern Tier Businesses Prepare to Re-Open during Green Phase


NY Gov. Cuomo Meets With President Trump to Talk Infrastructure, Pleads for Federal Funding for States


Created: Wed, 27 May 2020 19:33:00 EDT

Author: Griffin Haas

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WENY) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday to discuss expediting infrastructure projects in New York. Cuomo later pleaded for federal funding for the states at his daily coronavirus briefing.  Cuomo specifically spoke with President Trump about the $30 billion Gateway Tunnel Project, a Second Avenue Subway Project, and a plan to build an air train to LaGuardia Airport. Cuomo says the projects can help ...

Read more: NY Gov. Cuomo Meets With President Trump to Talk Infrastructure, Pleads for Federal Funding for States


Gov. Wolf Issues New Guidance For Green and Yellow Phase Dining


Created: Wed, 27 May 2020 17:13:00 EDT

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Pennsylvania has issued a green phase order that will loosen restrictions for 18 counties including Bradford, Tioga, and Potter starting Friday at 12:01 a.m. The state also announced restaurant and food retailers in yellow phase counties will be allowed to offer outdoor dining starting June 5.

Read more: Gov. Wolf Issues New Guidance For Green and Yellow Phase Dining


New search for student wanted in killings comes up empty


Created: Wed, 27 May 2020 15:29:00 EDT

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A man matching the description of a fugitive college student wanted in the killings of two people in Connecticut was seen in northeastern Pennsylvania, but an hours-long search overnight came up empty. 

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New search for student wanted in killings comes up empty


Created: Wed, 27 May 2020 10:23:00 EDT

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A man matching the description of a fugitive college student wanted in the killings of two people in Connecticut was seen in northeastern Pennsylvania, but an hours-long search overnight came up empty.

Read more: New search for student wanted in killings comes up empty


Healthy Living: Signs of Heat Exhaustion


Created: Wed, 27 May 2020 10:15:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

With that summer weather also comes the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be life-threatening if not treated quickly.

Read more: Healthy Living: Signs of Heat Exhaustion


Injured Tonawanda police detective expected to be released from hospital within 24 hours


Created: Wed, 27 May 2020 10:11:00 EDT

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The Tonawanda police detective shot multiple times by a suspect Tuesday morning is expected to be released from the hospital within 24 hours.

Read more: Injured Tonawanda police detective expected to be released from hospital within 24 hours


Buffalo-area police officer expected to survive after being shot multiple times


Created: Wed, 27 May 2020 00:23:00 EDT

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Authorities say a police officer in suburban Buffalo, New York, was shot four times and wounded while investigating gunfire early Tuesday.

Read more: Buffalo-area police officer expected to survive after being shot multiple times


Local Hair Salon Prepares for Phase Two Re-Opening


Created: Tue, 26 May 2020 21:35:00 EDT

Author: Christina Episcopo

 The owner of AJ's hair and makeup told WENY News that him and his staff are extremely excited to be able to re-open their doors, but they want their clients to know they have had to make quite a few changes to their booking and appointments to be able to reopen.

Read more: Local Hair Salon Prepares for Phase Two Re-Opening


Temporary Pa. Spending Plan Passes House, Moves to Senate


Created: Tue, 26 May 2020 18:58:00 EDT

Author: Cody Carlson

Pennsylvania House lawmakers narrowly approved a spending Bill Tuesday afternoon that will fund the state through the first five months of Fiscal Year 2020-2021.

Read more: Temporary Pa. Spending Plan Passes House, Moves to Senate


New York State Single-Day COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches New Low


Created: Tue, 26 May 2020 18:55:00 EDT

Author: Griffin Haas

NEW YORK, NY (WENY) - During his daily briefing on Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state's single-day death toll reached a new low on Monday, dipping to 73. The previous low was 84 on Friday, May 22nd.  New COVID-19 hospitalizations also reached a single day low at 204.  The Mid-Hudson region began the reopening process on Tuesday. Long Island will begin the process on Wednesday. After Wednesday, New York City will be the only region completely closed...

Read more: New York State Single-Day COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches New Low


Need to Know Info about MIS-C in Pennsylvania


Created: Tue, 26 May 2020 14:47:00 EDT

Author: Cody Carlson

There’s a complication of COVID-19 impacting children that health officials are keeping their eye on. It’s called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, and there are 17 reported cases of it in Pennsylvania.

Read more: Need to Know Info about MIS-C in Pennsylvania


NYS nursing facilities to receive more than $394 million in federal aid


Created: Tue, 26 May 2020 13:47:00 EDT

Author: Caitlin Murphy

 New York State's skilled nursing facilities are set to receive more than $394 million in federal COVID-19 aid. 

Read more: NYS nursing facilities to receive more than $394 million in federal aid


Pennsylvania Lawmakers To Approve Two Budgets For 2020-2021 Fiscal Year


Created: Tue, 26 May 2020 11:11:00 EDT

Author: Cody Carlson

The budget process in Pennsylvania will look a little different for the next fiscal year. According to a House GOP Spokesman, lawmakers will be voting on two spending plans to fund the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Read more: Pennsylvania Lawmakers To Approve Two Budgets For 2020-2021 Fiscal Year


NFHS provides potential road map for return of high school sports


Created: Tue, 26 May 2020 07:49:00 EDT

Author: Olivia Jaquith

The governing body for most high school sports in the U.S. is providing a potential road map for a return to high school athletics amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more: NFHS provides potential road map for return of high school sports


Cuomo: Families of frontline workers who die of COVID-19 will be eligible for death benefits


Created: Mon, 25 May 2020 18:14:00 EDT

Author: Caitlin Murphy

During Monday's COVID-19 briefing in New York City, Governor Andrew Cuomo said state and local governments will provide death benefits to families of frontline workers who died of COVID-19. 

Read more: Cuomo: Families of frontline workers who die of COVID-19 will be eligible for death benefits


Pa. Hospital Association Projects $10B Deficit For State's Hospitals


Created: Mon, 25 May 2020 16:16:00 EDT

Author: Cody Carlson

According to the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, it's due to lost revenue and extra costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more: Pa. Hospital Association Projects $10B Deficit For State's Hospitals


Healthy Living: Getting the Best Protection


Created: Mon, 25 May 2020 11:21:00 EDT

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The safest sunscreen uses minerals such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide to reflect UV rays rather than chemicals that transform the UV rays into heat.

Read more: Healthy Living: Getting the Best Protection


Local restaurants push to extend 'alcohol-to-go' orders


Created: Mon, 25 May 2020 10:23:00 EDT

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Local restaurants are showing their support for a new state bill that would allow an extension of 'alcohol to go' orders past June.

Read more: Local restaurants push to extend 'alcohol-to-go' orders


NYSP crack down on impaired driving with STOP-DWI campaign for Memorial Day weekend


Created: Sun, 24 May 2020 09:40:00 EDT

Author: Vanessa Rizzitano

New York State Police are cracking down on impaired driving for Memorial Day weekend. 

Read more: NYSP crack down on impaired driving with STOP-DWI campaign for Memorial Day weekend


Nursing home testing a massive challenge for Pennsylvania


Created: Fri, 22 May 2020 00:35:00 EDT

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Wolf insists his administration has a plan in place starting June 1 to test every employee and every patient once a week.

Read more: Nursing home testing a massive challenge for Pennsylvania


Small Horseheads Business Raises Concern about Re-Opening Time Line


Created: Thu, 21 May 2020 19:46:00 EDT

Author: Christina Episcopo

Brad said he believes both of his businesses will be able to make it through this pandemic because of the amazing support from his community, but only time will truly tell the outcome. 

Read more: Small Horseheads Business Raises Concern about Re-Opening Time Line


Alfred State College to Host Virtual Open House Saturday


Created: Fri, 15 May 2020 13:42:00 EDT

Author: Renata Stiehl

ALFRED, NY (WENY) -- Alfred State College is going virtual and interactive in its recruitment efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The college is hosting an television special on Saturday, May 16th at 11AM. The special can be watched on WENY ABC. 

Read more: Alfred State College to Host Virtual Open House Saturday


Wegmans announces price hikes, cites pandemic as reason


Created: Fri, 15 May 2020 01:09:00 EDT

Author: Nick Quattrini

Wegmans is announcing price hikes - and blaming it on the increasing cost of doing business during the pandemic.

Read more: Wegmans announces price hikes, cites pandemic as reason


Guthrie Health Starting Non-Emergent Procedures


Created: Thu, 14 May 2020 19:16:00 EDT

Author: Christina Episcopo

Guthrie says this does not mean the virus is behind us, they are just now prepared to be able to treat those with and or without COVID-19.

Read more: Guthrie Health Starting Non-Emergent Procedures


2 shot at Syracuse train and bus station; suspect arrested and has connection to Aaron Hernandez


Created: Sun, 10 May 2020 21:52:00 EDT

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A man was charged with attempted murder after a security guard and a bus passenger were shot and wounded at Syracuse’s train and bus station early Sunday, the Onondaga County sheriff’s office said. Deputies and Syracuse police arrived at the station around 2 a.m. to find two wounded people and a man with a handgun. A deputy fired but hit no one, and the suspect was arrested without injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

Read more: 2 shot at Syracuse train and bus station; suspect arrested and has connection to Aaron Hernandez


WATCH: Interviews with Family of Children Killed in Daycare Fire


Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:53:00 EDT

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A fire ripped through the Harris Family Daycare on West 11th Street, killing five children Sunday.

Read more: WATCH: Interviews with Family of Children Killed in Daycare Fire


Mother of Two Year Old Who Died in Fire Shares Pictures


Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2019 14:26:00 EDT

Author: Lisa Adams

Mother shares photos of baby.

Read more: Mother of Two Year Old Who Died in Fire Shares Pictures


Pennsylvania DEP to Conduct Air Quality Sampling Near Erie Coke Plant


Created: Mon, 22 Jul 2019 12:21:00 EDT

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Thirteen monitors will be placed along the outside of the facility and at four locations in the community.

Read more: Pennsylvania DEP to Conduct Air Quality Sampling Near Erie Coke Plant


Copy-Closing arguments at trial of self-improvement group founder


Created: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 16:11:00 EDT

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A federal prosecutor says the former spiritual leader of a cult-like self-improvement group was a "con man" and a "crime boss."

Read more: Copy-Closing arguments at trial of self-improvement group founder


PA House's $2B no-new-taxes revenue plan could be thorny


Created: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:59:00 EDT

Author: Isabel Garcia

The thorny question of where to find $2 billion will dominate the upcoming weekend session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. House members were expected to reconvene in Harrisburg on Saturday amid a three-week budget stalemate with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Senate. 

Read more: PA House's $2B no-new-taxes revenue plan could be thorny


Tornado damage confirmed in western NY


Created: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:04:00 EDT

Author: Nick Quattrini

No injuries have been reported as severe storms ripped through the area Thursday, uprooting trees and knocking down power lines.

Read more: Tornado damage confirmed in western NY


Suspect in Times Square car crash that killed 1 is indicted


Created: Wed, 24 May 2017 16:03:00 EDT

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A man accused of intentionally mowing down pedestrians with his car on a Times Square sidewalk has been indicted by a grand jury.

Read more: Suspect in Times Square car crash that killed 1 is indicted

 
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