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“Over the Edge” of M&T helps raise funds for families in need

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Over 70 people scaled the side of the M&T Plaza downtown on Saturday.

United Way joined forces with Oishei Children’s Hospital to host their “Over the Edge” event.

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Neurotrauma consultant fired following NFLPA investigation

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — There has been widespread outrage over how the Miami Dolphins and medical professionals handled quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s recent injuries.

And now the NFL Players Association has fired the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant who evaluated Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after he stumbled off the field against Buffalo last weekend, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday.

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During Thursday night’s game between the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, Tagovailoa was slammed to the ground after being sacked. His arms and hands immediately seized up in fencing posture after hitting the ground.

Four days prior, Tagovailoa sustained an injury while playing against the Bills. Tagovailoa was evaluated and returned to the game.

“The joint NFL-NFLPA investigation into the application of the Concussion Protocol involving Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Tua Tagovailoa remains ongoing. Therefore, we have not made any conclusions about medical errors or protocol violations. The NFL and the NFLPA agree that modifications to the Concussion Protocol are needed to enhance player safety. The NFLPA’s Mackey-White Health & Safety Committee and the NFL’s Head Neck and Spine Committee have already begun conversations around the use of the term “Gross Motor Instability” and we anticipate changes to the protocol made in the coming days based on what has been learned thus fair in the review process. The NFL and NFLPA share a strong appreciation for the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants who contribute their time and expertise to our game solely to advanced player safety. This program has made our game safer for the athletes who play it for the past twelve seasons,” the NFL-NFLPA said in a joint statement.

What happened to Tua Tagovailoa, and should he have been playing?

Tagovailoa remains in the NFL concussion protocol.

There are three unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants (UNC) at each game. They are jointly paid by the league and the players’ union to work with team physicians to diagnose concussions. The NFLPA is exercising its right to terminate the UNC directly involved in the decision to clear Tagovailoa

The person who confirmed the firing, which was first reported by Pro Football Talk, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because a joint review by the NFL and its players’ union into Tagovailoa’s quick return to Sunday’s game is ongoing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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World Pumpkin Weigh-off winner sets new record

CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Great Pumpkin Farm held its annual World Pumpkin Weigh-off contest Saturday.

This year’s first place winner set a new state record and walked away with a $5,000 cash prize.

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Buffalo police investigating shooting on Saturday afternoon

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo police say they are investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday afternoon.

Just after 1:15 p.m., officers responded to a call near Minnie Gillette Drive and South Division Street where detectives say a 39-year-old Amherst man was struck multiple times by gunfire.

The victim was transported to ECMC where is was listed in critical condition. Police say the incident appears targeted in nature.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 716-847-2255.

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Buffalo police investigating Friday night shooting

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo police say they are investigating a shooting that occurred on Friday night.

Officers responded to a call just before 7:30 p.m. Friday on the 200 block of Edison Avenue, where they say a 32-year-old male was shot.

The male was transported to ECMC and is listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential TIPCALL line at 716-847-2255.

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Batavia man arrested on gun charge

BATAVIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Batavia man was arrested on a gun charge after a shots fired incident on Friday night, police said.

At approximately 6 p.m. Friday, police say they received a complaint of what sounded like gunshots in the area of 200 Ellicott Street. Later, police attempted to stop an individual who matched a description, but he fled on foot. During a pursuit, police say that 22-year-old Tarrence Williams of Batavia threw the gun in a bush near M&T Bank on Court Street.

Williams was arrested and charged with on second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was also awaiting sentencing on an attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance with an intent to sell charge.

This is believed to be an isolated incident and no injuries were reported, police say. Anyone with information is asked to call 585-345-6312 or email JIvison@batavianewyork.com.

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Indigenous children honored at Lake Shore

ANGOLA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Friday is known as Truth and Recognition Day, a day to honor children who survived the indigenous residential school system in the US and Canada.

Today students in the Lake Shore district placed orange pinwheels outside the high school and held a moment of silence. The students are honoring the many indigenous children who were taken from their families. For more than 100 years US and Canadian boarding schools tried to assimilate indigenous children into white society.

“It’s recognizing the negative effects of the boarding school era, an era in which the United States and Canada forcibly removed Native American children to residential schools where they were put through forced assimilation and education processes which vastly affected our way of life and our own knowledge and identity,” said Jordan Cooke, a Seneca language teacher.

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Unique fundraiser takes people ‘over the edge’ Saturday

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A unique fundraiser will be taking people “over the edge” on Saturday.

During a fundraiser for Oishei Children’s Hospital and the United Way, participants will rappel down 20 stories off the M&T Plaza Building on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. Friday, they held a practice run. donations raised will help mothers and their children across Western New York.

“Today we are going over the edge, you can go online and pledge support for the women and children here in Western New York the money will go to those in the most need here in Buffalo and Erie County,” said Dr. Stephen Turkovich, the Chief Medical Officer at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

The event will run on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, click here.

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WNYers in South Carolina on alert for heavy rain, flooding as Ian weakens

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – South Carolina, especially Myrtle Beach is a big vacation destination for Western New Yorkers.

News 4 is hearing from Western New York natives who are in South Carolina riding out Hurricane Ian, which has now weakened into a post-tropical cyclone.

“They’re still calling for 2-3 inches of rain and when you get that deluge like that over a short period of time there are some flood warnings that are out there,” said John Daniel, a Brockport native.

Flooding is a concern for Western New York natives we heard from living away from the South Carolina coast. Daniel and his friend, Mike Newsom who’s from the City of Tonawanda run a Bills Backers bar in Greenville, South Carolina at Eastside Bar and Grill. They say people are retreating from the Carolina coast.

“There’s a lot of people that live on the coast that come inland when these kind of events happen, so within the last 24 hours it seems that there’s more and more people coming up in here. The Interstates, they’re not slammed by any means just yet but there’s a high volume of traffic coming into the area right now,” Daniel said.

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Mike Duganier, who’s from Elba, Genesee County runs several restaurants in Columbia, South Carolina. Flooding is a concern there as well.

“Different neighborhoods offered sandbags out to different restaurants that we’re utilizing for you know just in case I’ve heard more than normal sirens going off this morning,” Duganier said.

Meanwhile, flights from Florida to Buffalo were back on schedule Friday. Mary Kitchen of Fort Myers, evacuated with her two children and came to Buffalo to see friends. She says her husband stayed behind to cleanup.. in a city that’s been devastated by Ian.

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“I know all of downtown is just under water and our area thankfully did okay, there’s just a lot of downed trees you could hardly drive through the neighborhood, there are just trees everywhere,” Kitchen said.

FEMA continues to assess the damage in Florida and conduct search and rescue efforts.

“Downtown is flooded beyond belief, I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s very sad and it appears destroyed, if you know Naples, you know the pier and beautiful beaches that are now all up in arms now a lot of devastation there for sure,” said Liam Fisher a Naples resident.

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State Department of Labor announces farm worker overtime changes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The New York State Department of Labor announced Friday that they have accepted a recommendation from the Farm Laborers Wage Board to lower the current 60-hour threshold for overtime pay to 40 hours.

The rate will be lowered by January 1, 2032, allowing 10 years for the transition to take place.

This is a process that began in 2020, with the board gathering testimony from farm owners, workers, advocacy groups and academic researchers. Over the course of those two years, the state enacted three new tax credits to help farm employers transition. The Investment Tax Credit was increased from 4% to 20% for farm businesses, the Farm Workforce Retention Tax Credit was increased to $1,200 per employee and a new refundable overtime tax credit was established for overtime hours paid by farm employers.

From now until 2032, it was recommended that the overtime threshold be reduced by four hours every two years beginning in 2024, giving agriculture businesses time to adjust.

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“I thank the Farm Laborers Wage Board and all New Yorkers who provided insight and input during this inclusive process,” said New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon. “I come from a farm community myself, so I know how important the agricultural sector is to the New York State economy. Based on the findings, I feel the Farm Laborers Wage Board’s recommendations are the best path forward to ensure equity for farm workers and success for agricultural businesses.”

However, some are against the decision.

“This is a difficult day for all those who care about New York being able to feed itself. Commissioner Reardon’s decision to lower the farm labor overtime threshold will make it even tougher to farm in this state and will be a financial blow to the workers we all support,” New York Farm Bureau President David Fisher said. “Moving forward, farms will be forced to make difficult decisions on what they grow, the available hours they can provide to their employees, and their ability to compete in the marketplace. All of this was highlighted in the testimony and data that the wage board report and the commissioner simply ignored.”

For more information on the process and next steps, click here.

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