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Local school districts are assisting the Niagara County health department with COVID-19 contact tracing duties when a new case turns up in the district.

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LOCKPORT — A transcript of the arraignment of Falls attorney Nicholas D'Angelo shows that an assistant Erie County District Attorney, acting as a special prosecutor for the Niagara County District Attorney, pressed to have D'Angelo held without bail on a 12-count sex crimes indictment.

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A 61-year-old Sanborn woman was arrested by Falls police after she refused to follow COVID guidelines at a Military Road store Monday morning.

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For the past 20 years, an ordinary house on Maple Street has become something extraordinary at Christmastime.

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A proposed new, half-million-dollar skate park in Lockport is not only getting closer to reality, the city's been given a year extension to raise remaining funds.

ALBANY — New York is set to acquire its initial batch of 170,000 doses of the newly approved Pfizer vaccine for coronavirus Dec. 15 and will get its first shipment of Moderna's vaccine by month's end, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

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A new COVID-19 public service campaign released by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration will warn New Yorkers about the potential dangers of "living room spread." 

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Darren McGee/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via APIn this Nov. 18, 2020 photo provided by the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo holds a press briefing on the coronavirus in the Red Room at the State Capitol in Albany. On Tuesday, Cuomo described the federal government's plan…

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Newfane Central School District on Tuesday reported three new COVID-19 cases, two in the middle school and one at the high school.

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ALBANY — The federal government's plan to distribute a coronavirus vaccine is deeply flawed because it lacks an outreach program targeting minority communities and could lead to undocumented immigrants being rounded up, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said on Tuesday.

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BUFFALO — Bishop Michael William Fisher, a Baltimore native, has been appointed by Pope Francis as the 15th bishop of the troubled Diocese of Buffalo. He will be formally inducted on Jan. 15 in St. Joseph’s Cathedral downtown.

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ALBANY — Hospitals across New York could soon face acute staffing shortages at a time when a surge in COVID-19 patient admissions is threatening to overwhelm some medical centers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Monday.

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NEW YORK – A unanimous panel of the Second Circuit United States Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling that Erie County Clerk Michael (Mickey) Kearns does not have the legal standing to challenge the constitutionality of New York’s Green Light Law.

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About a half dozen mayoral vetoes that would have funded the Community Pool next summer and granted extended hours for an engineering department intern and the city's part-time dog catcher were overturned piecemeal on Monday at a special, virtual meeting of the Lockport Common Council.

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The Niagara County SPCA just accepted its newest shelter-mate, a six-month old puppy already well aware of how terrible the world can be.

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Niagara County officials say about a dozen social services employees who work on the second floor of the department's office on 10th Street in Niagara Falls have tested positive for COVID-19, with additional tests still outsanding. 

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Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.

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ALBANY — Upstate school districts are facing financial storm clouds even as they eye reserve funds to tide them over as the Cuomo administration withholds 20 percent of their state support.

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MIDDLEPORT — FMC Corporation has been recognized with the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Responsible Care Company of the Year Award for the second consecutive year, and for the third time since 2017.

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BUFFALO — If you’re sitting down, the findings of two major new studies led by University at Buffalo researchers are likely to get you moving.

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John Restaino has been privy to politics for a long time.

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ALBANY — The potential for a second surge in deaths from the COVID-19 contagion has prompted the New York State Association of Cemeteries to find ways to avoid cremation backlogs that caused bodies to be stored in refrigerated trucks.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced — for the second straight day — a record-high number of COVID-19 reported to the state. According to Cuomo's office, 219,442 virus test results were reported to the state on Thursday. 

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Three of every four registered voters in Niagara County cast their ballots in the 2020 general election, according to final results posted this week by the county Board of Elections.

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With a dam, even one crack can signal an out-of-control flood. That’s what happened when Boy Scout Troop 47 conducted its yearly “Scouting for Food” drive to benefit the Pendleton Food Pantry.

WASHINGTON — As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday temporarily barred New York from enforcing certain attendance limits at houses of worship in areas designated as hard hit by the virus.

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The skies over Lockport are gray today in more ways than one, but with times growing tougher for many of us, a half dozen determined Lockportians representing dozens of city school district employees are making this Thanksgiving Day a much brighter one for their neighbors.

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On a day when Niagara County reported more than 70 new positive cases of COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday warned of a post-Thanksgiving uptick that could stress hospitals across the state, which has recorded the highest seven-day average of new virus cases since late April.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking proposals from engineering companies to oversee the design of a large-scale effort to remove radioactive materials buried at the Niagara Falls Storage Site in Lewiston. 

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WILMINGTON, Del. — In a time of plague and raw division, President-elect Joe Biden appealed for unity Wednesday in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation asking Americans to “steel our spines” for a fight against the coronavirus that he predicted would continue for months.

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A Niagara Falls man is facing multiple charges for his involvement in a series of thefts committed last month in Wheatfield, Sanborn, Lockport and Pendleton.

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