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Black Lives Matter protest closes I-490

Black Lives Matter protest closes I-490

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) – A peaceful Black Lives Matter protest shut down part of Interstate-490 Sunday afternoon, in a rally against police brutality and inequalities for communities of color.Protesters from across the Rochester area gathered at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park for the event, hosted by the group.The protest marched down East Broadway Street, heading toward Interstate 490, as they planned to close down the road, rallying to support the Black Lives Matter movement.“We’re not here because we’re violent, we’re not here because we’re trying to cause trouble. We’re here for a...

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Atyia Collins
Jul 20
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New York state releases guidance on reopening schools in new 28-page document

New York state releases guidance on reopening schools in new 28-page document

ALBANY, N.Y. () — The New York State Department of Education released detailed guidance on the process of reopening schools Monday morning.The 28-page document covers a range of topics, including:School districts across New York are to submit their specific reopening plans to the state government by the end of July. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week the state would make a for the fall.According to the guidance, “New York is a large and diverse state – so there will be no ‘one size fits all’ model for reopening our schools.”Schools like Allendale Columbia have a lot to consider and officials...

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Kayla Green
Jul 13
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All Western New York Pizza Hut locations permanently close

All Western New York Pizza Hut locations permanently close

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Pizza Hut spokesperson tells News 4 the local franchisee decided to permanently close all 17 dine-in restaurants in Western New York.Officials say this is the result of the initial temporary closing of Pizza Huts because of COVID-19 restrictions.“Pizza Hut has new franchisees coming into the New York region, and we are hopeful we will be able to serve our customers in this area again in the future,” the spokesperson said.Below is a list of the stores that have closed:× Close Ad

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Jul 22
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10 more states added to New York coronavirus travel advisory, 31 total on updated list

10 more states added to New York coronavirus travel advisory, 31 total on updated list

ALBANY, N.Y. () — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on a conference call with media Tuesday 10 more states were added to the coronavirus travel advisory, which requires incoming travelers from these states to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.The new states are Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Virginia, and Washington, making 31 states total after Minnesota was removed from the list.The full updated list of states on the travel advisory:The travel advisory quarantine applies to any person that arrives from a state with a positive test rate...

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Jul 21
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Area nursing homes using new technology to keep residents safe

Area nursing homes using new technology to keep residents safe

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Nursing homes and schools are getting some added help in keeping their residents safe thanks to thermal facial recognition cameras and touchless check-in technology.“COVID really helped expedite the temperature features, also detecting if someone is wearing a mask or not,” said Chrissy Casilio-Bluhm with in Buffalo.Casilio-Bluhm said their touchless devices can log temperature and information instantly and automatically. She said it’s essential for admission into places like nursing homes and schools in the age of coronavirus. “[Especially] with nursing homes, we...

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Christian Garzone
Aug 12
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5th-grader’s school project turns into mission to help dogs around the world

5th-grader’s school project turns into mission to help dogs around the world

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. () — Ryan Marusa says he wishes he could give one of his homemade dog toys to every pup in the world. For now, he’s starting in State College, Pa.“I just wanted to donate for dogs because I really like dogs,” Ryan told us.He says he wouldn’t have believed you if you told him a fifth-grade school project would quickly connect him with almost 100 dogs.When Ryan expressed his wish to give to all the dogs in the world, his mother, Chrissy, got to work as well. With a simple post on Facebook, Ryan’s handmade dog toys went in high demand for local families.“I just found out...

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Dec 29
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Gov. Cuomo: ‘COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in New York as early as December 15’

Gov. Cuomo: ‘COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in New York as early as December 15’

ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) – The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in New York state in as soon as two weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced during a Wednesday morning briefing.The governor reported the following data update Wednesday, day 277 of the pandemic in New York:Each region’s percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:“Questions that are on everybody’s mind, that I get asked all the time,” Gov. Cuomo said. “Where are we in terms of COVID now? Where are we going in terms of COVID? When is COVID going to be over?”In the terms of the now...

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Dec 2
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ICU nurse becomes 1st New Yorker to receive COVID-19 vaccine: ‘I am hopeful’

ICU nurse becomes 1st New Yorker to receive COVID-19 vaccine: ‘I am hopeful’

QUEENS, N.Y. (WROC) — The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in New York state.A critical care nurse who has treated COVID-19 patients in hard-hit New York City became the first person in the state to receive the vaccine Monday as part of campaign to inoculate front-line health care workers.Sandra Lindsay, an ICU nurse at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, was the first New Yorker to received the Pfizer vaccine at 9:15 a.m.“I’m feeling well,” Lindsey said after receiving the shot. “I would like to thank all the frontline workers; all my colleagues who been working during this pandemic, all over...

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Dec 14
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Trump remaining at Mar-a-Lago is possible violation of 1993 agreement

Trump remaining at Mar-a-Lago is possible violation of 1993 agreement

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has been living at his Mar-a-Lago club since leaving office more than a week ago — a possible violation of a 1993 agreement he made with the Town of Palm Beach that limits stays to seven consecutive days.Town Manager Kirk Blouin said in an email Thursday that Palm Beach is examining its options and the matter might be discussed at the town council’s February meeting.The South Florida town last month received a letter from an attorney representing a Mar-a-Lago neighbor demanding it enforce the agreement’s residency clause — something...

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Jan 31
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Protest held after Rochester police pepper sprayed child, officers suspended

Protest held after Rochester police pepper sprayed child, officers suspended

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A protest was held Monday evening in Rochester, in response to a on Friday.“The mother was there,” one protester said. “In this incident, there was no reason for the police officer to be so rough with this child. We’re here because we want change. We want our police officers to stop abusing our babies.”City officials announced Monday that the until, at minimum, the conclusion of an internal investigation.“What happened Friday was simply horrible, and has rightly outraged, all of our community,” said Mayor Warren in a Monday statement. “Unfortunately, state law and...

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Feb 1
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