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Health department issues measles warning after patient visited multiple sites

The Erie County Health Department is dealing with an unusual double-barreled health problem—a measles case and an active case of tuberculosis.

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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.

at the Irish Classical Theatre

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.

Buffalo, NY – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has designated Buffalo, Lackawanna and Niagara Falls as "renewal communities."

The designation is given to economically-distressed areas. Congressman John LaFalce says HUD will provide federal tax incentives designed to attract new businesses and create jobs.

A Salute to The Fantasticks, and a review of Flyin' West at Studio Arena

Buffalo, NY – WBFO's Theatre Talk for 1/18/02:
Jim and Tony say farewell to The Fantasticks and review Flyin' West at Buffalo's Studio Arena Theatre.

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A  year and a half after President Donald Trump reversed an Obama administration decision to block TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, a federal district judge in Montana has halted the project again, citing an insufficient review of the project's environmental impact. 

In his ruling, Judge Brian Morris said “the Trump administration completely disregarded the climate effects of building the Keystone pipeline,” according to Vermont law professor Pat Parenteau.

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Departing members of Congress lobby for new jobs

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Around a hundred members of the House and Senate will leave Capitol Hill early next year when the new Congress is sworn in. 

Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn, is one of them. Nolan has served two stints in Congress, the first from 1975 to 1981. When he left that year, lobbying was just becoming a thing in Washington, with new lobbying firms establishing K Street as ground zero for the influence peddling business.

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Heritage Moments: The firebrand in Buffalo, the rebellion in Canada

Buffalo used to be a mustering ground for invading armies, both official and unofficial. The target was always Canada: several times during the War of 1812; ahead of the Fenian Invasion in 1866; and – least remembered by Americans but no less important – during the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837 and its aftermath.

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