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Officials break ceremonial ground on $51M Forge on Broadway housing

Major development continues to move out from downtown Buffalo, with the Wednesday groundbreaking for a $51 million mixed-use project on the remediated land of the old Buffalo Forge site on Broadway.

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Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Common Council approved a new fire commissioner and reconfirmed other city leaders at Tuesday's session.

Calvin Worthy, appointed by the mayor, takes over the Buffalo Fire Department as the city faces some tough fiscal reform decisions. Commissioner Worthy says he's ready for the challenge.

"I will continue to provide and do the best I can for the Buffalo Fire Department and the City of Buffalo," he said.

St. Bonaventure, NY – Yes, yes, I know. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. But what most people don't hear is that in addition to his vision of what this country could be, he had a vision of how this country could get there.

King believed that our country could be great, but only if we re-ordered our spending priorities and approached our problems nonviolently. We have not followed his advice, and we are no closer today to the dream than we were on the day King was gunned down.

Albany, NY – Governor Pataki is proposing an $88.6 billion dollar budget for the state's 2002-03 fiscal year, an increase of 4.7 percent in overall spending from the current year. However, by removing federally-funded programs from the state budget, spending increases by 1.6 percent.

Buffalo, NY – It would seem that the rust belt is getting "up scaled." Western New York now has its own version of Architectural Digest. The new publication, Design Western New York, is a local resource guide to the area's premier design suppliers.

Albany, NY – Governor George Pataki's releases his proposed state budget for the upcoming fiscal year later today. It may be the toughest spending plan he's ever had to put together.

Cheektowaga, NY – Airport travel has certainly changed in the "war against terrorism." As of last Friday, all bags must match each on-board passenger. Also, airline travelers may also random bag searches.

At the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, John Zielski is a screening supervisor at Southwest Airlines. Wearing rubber surgical gloves, he takes a large suitcase from a man at the ticket counter for a random search.

Buffalo, NY – U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Buffalo Monday to announce that more than $800,000 in federal funding will be provided to Homespace.

Homespace is all about helping young homeless people with children. It provides transitional housing to those 18 to 25 years old at Ellicott and Dodge in Buffalo. One of the young women enrolled in Homespace tearfully thanked Senator Clinton for fighting to help fund the program. She says before entering Homespace, she had no where to turn.

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Review of Philadelphia, Here I Come at the Irish Classical Theatre Company

Buffalo, NY – WBFO theatre critic Grant Golden reviews Philadelphia, Here I Come at the Irish Classical Theatre Company

Cheektowaga, NY – All airports are now complying with mandated baggage screening procedures. It is part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act to ensure travel safety.

If a bag fails to match a passenger on board a flight, it will not be placed on the airplane.

Congressman Jack Quinn, R-Hamburg, appeared at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Friday to examine the new procedures. Quinn says there might be some "glitches" in the system, but overall the airport is doing a fine job.

Albany, NY – This year Governor George Pataki says he plans to propose a constitutional amendment to establish "Initiative and Referendum" in New York State.

The New York State Constitution, first adopted in 1777, was last modified in 1938. Changes can occur in two ways -- through a Constitutional Convention, or proposed amendments by the State Legislature, which would need approval in two consecutive, regular legislative sessions.

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Malik Naveed bin Rehman has spent much of this year wishing he could see the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut. He and his wife Zahida Altaf lived in the leafy coastal town for six months, but never actually walked out on the streets.

That’s because they were confined to the grounds of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, where they were seeking sanctuary from a deportation order they received earlier in 2018.

Dollar stores might not be selling items for a dollar for much longer

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While most businesses suffered after the Great Recession, dollar stores thrived. But of course, the success of these stores has a whole lot to do with items costing ... a dollar. About 70 percent of these products come from China, and with an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China, this could mean higher prices will be passed down to consumers before long. Marketplace reporter Reema Khrais has spent some time talking to owners and shoppers of dollar stores.

President Trump is throwing his support behind legislation that could shorten sentences for some drug offenders and help prisoners adjust to life after incarceration.

Details of the measure have not been officially released, but Trump said Wednesday the bill will provide incentives for prisoners to participate in training or rehabilitation programs with a goal of reducing recidivism.

It will also include measures to address sentencing disparities and inequities.

Pound falls in aftermath of Brexit resignations

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(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service... Several members of the U.K.'s government have resigned the day after a long-awaited draft outlining Britain's withdrawal from the European Union was agreed upon by Prime Minister Theresa May and Brussels. The news dampened British business and the value of the pound. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks exclusively to us at the ASEAN summit in Singapore about the importance of free trade between countries as a trade spat continues between two of the world's biggest economies: the U.S. and China.

Two members of British PM Theresa May's cabinet have resigned following a tentative Brexit agreement with the European Union. What does the potential of leaving the E.U. without a deal mean for their respective economies? How brick and mortar stores are competing with giant online retailers. And why all those dollar stores might not be selling things for just a dollar for much longer.

Today's show is sponsored by Forex  and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

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Heritage Moments: That’s why we call it Buffalo. Maybe.

We know why most cities have their names, but not Buffalo. New York City is named after York, England; Los Angeles is the city of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels; Philadelphia is named for the Greek word for brotherly love; Toronto, for the Mohawk word for a place where trees stand in the water; Detroit and Quebec, respectively, for the French and Algonquin words for narrows; Rochester and Hamilton, for founders of those cities; and so on.

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