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DEC proposes changes to streamline, simplify black bass fishing regulations
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 11:25 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to black bass (smallmouth and largemouth bass) fishing regulations to make these regulations easier to understand while continuing to successfully manage these species for future angler enjoyment.
Higgins announces approval of legislation authorizing $5 billion to address opioid prevention & treatment measures
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:45 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, announced the House of Representatives approved H.R. 2466, the State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act of 2020. The bill provides funding to states and tribes for opioid prevention and treatment measures.
Niagara Falls USA launches 360-degree virtual site visits
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:45 am
As a result of COVID-19, Destination Niagara USA created a series of 360-degree videos designed specifically for meeting planners to virtually explore meeting and event venues in Niagara Falls.
FOX presses play on revival of popular musical game show 'Name That Tune'
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:40 am
FOX hits the right note with the all-new rendition of beloved musical game show "Name That Tune," premiering Wednesday, Jan. 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT), 2021, on FOX. Created by Harry Salter, the one-hour game show tests contestants' music knowledge, as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging musical games for cash and prizes. Jane Krakowski ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "30 Rock") will host, and Randy Jackson ("American Idol") will serve as band leader.
Sabres Holiday Angels program returns for 2020 presented by WellNow Urgent Care
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:40 am
The Buffalo Sabres recently announced the team will partner with Child & Family Services and WellNow Urgent Care for the return of the Sabres Holiday Angels program. Sabres Holiday Angels is an adopt-a-family program that allows Sabres fans to support their neighbors in need this holiday season.
Oh deer! New York car-animal crashes peak in autumn
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:40 am
Opening day of regular season deer hunting is Nov. 21 in most areas of Western and Central New York. Hunting will stir the deer population, which is already active due to mating season. AAA is warning motorists to buckle up, be extra cautious on the roads, and scan for deer and other animals.
ABC announces early 2021 scripted series premiere dates
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:40 am
New series 'Call Your Mother' starring Kyra Sedgwick joins Wednesday comedy block Jan. 13; 'The Rookie' & 'mixed-ish' return Jan. 3, 26, respectively; Tuesday lineup adds 'black-ish' Jan. 26
Survey: 71% of hotels won't survive another 6 months without further government COVID relief
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:40 am
With a resurgence of COVID-19 and renewed travel restrictions enacted in many states, a new survey of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) members shows the hotel industry will continue to face devastation and significant job loss without additional relief from Congress.
Goo Goo Dolls debut retro lyric video for 'Christmas All Over Again'
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:40 am
Earlier this week, multi-Platinum, four-time Grammy-nominated rock band ​Goo Goo Dolls debuted a brand-new lyric video for their cover rendition of Tom Petty's holiday classic "​Christmas All Over Again​." Filled with an array of retro home video footage, the piece elicits nostalgic memories of the Christmas season. Watch it below.
Governors encourage colleges to provide testing for students before thanksgiving break, recommend expanded remote instruction
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 10:05 am
Earlier this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Delaware Gov. John Carney, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced they will encourage residential colleges and universities in their respective states to provide testing for all students traveling home for Thanksgiving break to the maximum extent possible before they leave campus.
Law enforcement officials in 9 WNY counties won't enforce Cuomo's 10-person limit
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 09:55 am
Joining their colleagues in Erie, Fulton, Washington and Saratoga counties, the following Western New York officials have stated they have no intention of enforcing what they called an unconstitutional executive order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo limiting gatherings in private residences to 10 persons or less:
Nikki's Chocolates to host CAO holiday pop-up event
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 09:50 am
Nikki's Chocolates is hosting a CAO holiday pop-up event today as part of the holiday pop-up series promoting minority-owned businesses in Buffalo. Nikki's Chocolates owner Jannell Eason is a graduate of the Community Action Organization of WNY's Business development workshop series. She opened her chocolate shop in 2018. It is located at 27 Chandler St, Suite 205, Buffalo.
Catholic Health, ECMC make adjustments based on micro-clusters
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 09:50 am
As the COVID-19 virus continues to increase at a dramatic pace in Western New York, surpassing peak volumes Catholic Health saw last spring, system officials are temporarily suspending all inpatient elective surgery procedures only from Saturday, Nov. 21, through Saturday, Dec. 5.
State Parks releases draft Greenway trails plan
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 09:50 am
Earlier this week, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the release of the Draft Statewide Greenways Plan/Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) for review and public comment.
NYS Division of Consumer Protection offers tips for a safe & happy holiday shopping season
Fri, Nov 20th 2020 07:00 am
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection announced the rollout of a seven-part consumer alert series to help New Yorkers navigate new holiday shopping pitfalls. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, most experts predict this year's online holiday shopping season may top records - both in sales and in scams. In the coming weeks, consumers will receive guidance on equitable pricing requirements, credit cards, gift cards, refunds, warranties and data privacy.
COVID-19 micro-clusters: Erie County goes to 'orange zone,' NT, Wheatfield Niagara County 'yellow zones'
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:00 pm
Following almost a week of warnings by local elected leaders, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday did, in fact, move portions of Erie County into an "orange" micro-cluster zone.
COVID-19: What about Thanksgiving?
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 08:15 pm
Local and state leaders have speculated the new coronavirus wave of infections began, in large part, with people having Halloween get-togethers. As such, both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz warned residents to limit their Thanksgiving gatherings.
Justin Bieber teams up with T-Mobile for epic performance at 2020 American Music Awards
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 02:15 pm
ABC and dick clark productions announced global superstar Justin Bieber will return to the American Music Awards stage for the first time since 2016 with an "exhilarating" performance, brought to fans by T-Mobile.
The Big Easy in Buffalo announces next set of local music series shows
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 02:10 pm
The Big Easy in Buffalo announced the next four concerts in its new local music series featuring some of Western New York's top local bands that have that New Orleans spirit. The shows will be live-streamed at The shows, all with 5:30 p.m. start times, are:
Higgins announces movement on Pilot Records Database
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 02:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the final rule for the Pilot Records Database has moved to the Office of Management and Budget for review. This is a final step toward implementation of the measure, which has been advanced following the crash of Flight 3407.
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper completes shoreline restoration project on Spicer Creek at River Oaks on Grand Island
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 02:10 pm
Volunteers from across Western New York joined the team from Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper for a native tree planting event Saturday to complete Waterkeeper's three-year shoreline restoration project on Spicer Creek at River Oaks on Grand Island.
Higgins announces approval of Fraud and Scam Reduction Act
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 02:05 pm
The House of Representatives has approved H.R. 2610, the Fraud and Scam Reduction Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26.
Cuomo launches free online platform for New Yorkers to learn new job skills, earn certificates & advance careers
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 01:40 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the launch of a new online training platform that will enable unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers weathering the COVID-19 pandemic to learn new skills, earn certificates, and advance their careers at no cost.
Higgins announces reauthorization of National Sea Grant College Program
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 01:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced passage of S.910, the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2020. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) supports university-based programs that focus on studying, conserving and effectively using U.S. coastal resources, including those in the Great Lakes region, through the National Sea Grant. The bill reauthorizes the Sea Grant College Program through 2025.
Niagara University Center for Supply Chain Excellence establishes board of advisers
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 01:40 pm
Nine industry experts were named to the Niagara University Center for Supply Chain Excellence's newly established board of advisers. Established in 2000, the Center for Supply Chain Excellence is a collaborative effort between the university's College of Business Administration and the local business community to promote regional education in all aspects of supply chain management.
Assemblyman Mike Norris' annual winter clothing drive kicks off
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 01:40 pm
Assemblyman Mike Norris' annual winter clothing drive began this week. The public being can drop donated items at the assemblyman's office or the Lockport Town Hall until Dec. 14.
Ortt questions broadband availability
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 01:40 pm
NYS honors older volunteers at Older New Yorkers' Day virtual celebration
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 01:40 pm
The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) on Tuesday celebrated Older New Yorkers' Day virtually, recognizing 87 volunteers from across the state who "demonstrate their extraordinary value every day to their family, friends and community." The celebration traditionally takes place each year in May in Albany; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year it was premiered as a virtual event.
Q&A with 'A Million Little Things' star James Roday Rodriguez
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 11:00 am
If you ask fans of "A Million Little Things" whom they'd choose to be, if they could emulate one character, they would choose Gary Mendez (James Roday Rodriguez) - hands down.
North Tonawanda Youth Center to remain closed
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 10:40 am
UB will continue mandatory pre-break testing before transitioning to remote instruction Nov. 25
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:35 am
After the Thanksgiving break (Nov. 25-29), the University at Buffalo will transition to remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester.
Statewide crackdown on seat belt use
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:25 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the 21st annual "Buckle Up New York, Click It or Ticket" enforcement campaign is underway and will run through Nov. 29. The statewide campaign, supported by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, raises awareness about the importance of wearing seat belts.
New York Power Authority announces first milestone of $1.1 billion, 15-year project to extend operating life of largest power plant
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:25 am
The New York Power Authority on Tuesday announced the first milestone of its 15-year modernization and digitization program to significantly extend the operating life of its Niagara Power Project in Lewiston, the largest source of clean electricity in New York state and one of the country's largest hydroelectric projects.
NYS Department of State announces completion of improvements to Scenic Woods-Bicentennial Park on Grand Island
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:25 am
The New York State Department of State on Tuesday announced the completion of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) project for Scenic Woods-Bicentennial Park in the Town of Grand Island. The completion of the nearly $600,000 project, which was funded in part with a $197,634 EPF LWRP grant, is helping to transform the town's waterfront into a vibrant destination with public spaces and amenities for residents and visitors.
7th annual Spark Awards honorees announced
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:20 am
Arts Services Inc. (ASI) announced the winners and honorees of the 7th annual Spark Awards, presented by M&T Bank and held Monday. The presentation was streamed for free through ASI's YouTube page (
Maid of the Mist earns 'Boat of the Year' award
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:20 am
American Ship Review has named the new all-electric, emission-free Maid of the Mist vessels as "Boat of the Year."
Memorial Medical Center's 'Bids for Blessings' auction underway
Wed, Nov 18th 2020 09:20 am
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's "Bids for Blessings" virtual auction began accepting bids at 5 a.m. Wednesday. The auction features an enticing variety of items, including many that would be unique holiday gifts. Bidding will continue until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling to perform at 'CMA Country Christmas'
Tue, Nov 17th 2020 09:40 am
With Christmas just around the corner, the Country Music Association has revealed performers for its annual holiday special, "CMA Country Christmas." Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Lady A, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, and Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling will take the stage for a spirited night of festive classics.
'Buffalo Rock City' KISS tribute album out Dec. 15; raising funds to fight homelessness
Tue, Nov 17th 2020 09:35 am
"Buffalo Rock City" will release Dec. 15 on CD, all digital stores and streaming media. The recording's proceeds are geared to help the Compass House Foundation, a charitable organization that helps homeless youth in Buffalo.
Thruway Authority announces start of toll booth removal following successful conversion to cashless tolling
Tue, Nov 17th 2020 09:35 am
The New York State Thruway Authority on Monday announced the start of major deconstruction at 52 toll plazas (approximately 230 individual toll booths) on the thruway's ticketed system following the successful conversion to cashless tolling on Saturday.

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