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Amherst, NY – Amherst Town Supervisor Susan Grelick delivered her "State of the Town" address Friday.

Grelick says, like other municipalities in the state, 2001 did create some very serious budget challenges, but the town managed to hold the line on taxes without cutting services.

Jamestown – The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) in Jamestown Thursday welcomed home 500 original artworks from the famed nature artist.

Nestled in the woods of Jamestown, Peterson's boyhood home, RTPI has continued Peterson's quiet work of educating and inspiring people to love and respect the natural world around them. It was perhaps gratitude for RTPI's dedication to his work that prompted Peterson to bequeath his prolific art collection to the institute.

Buffalo, NY – It's a pretty well known fact that most kids love all things disgusting, revolting and just plain gross. Well, a new exhibit at the Buffalo Museum of Science takes that fascination for the gooey, crusty and oozy and turns it into a lesson in biology. Listen here as we take you on an audio tour of "Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body."


Buffalo, NY – So there I was, at the meeting about planning the city and in particular downtown, and I was pleased to see that the art gallery's auditorium was full. Not bulging at the seams, but full. Mostly white people in the audience and five white men and one white woman on the panel. Nobody looked poor or needy. No one was there to speak for the jobless and homeless.

Buffalo, NY – In the midst of a struggling economy made worse by the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Governor George Pataki faced a difficult challenge in putting together his new state budget. The fact that it's an election year adds to budget's importance, for Pataki and his opponents.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Schools Superintendent warns that Governor Pataki's proposed state budget could mean another shortfall for the district.

Just as the Buffalo school district completed a final round of layoffs to close a $28 million dollar deficit, Superintendent Marion Canedo says Pataki's proposed spending plan means "serious" trouble for the district. Canedo said they could face a shortfall possibly as high as $40 million dollars.

Lewiston, NY – Several environmental groups held a news conference Tuesday at Lewiston Porter Schools to spotlight national efforts to protect children from toxic exposure. The "Childproofing our Communities" campaign seeks legislation that would prevent schools, like Lewiston Porter, from being built near superfund sites.

Williamsville, NY – One of the Beatles early hits was entitled, “Money Can’t Buy Me Love.” In the case of Enron, and its auditor Arthur Andersen, money didn’t seem to buy them special treatment when they needed it most. According to The Wall Street Journal, during the 1999-2000 election cycle, Enron contributed $1,766,000 to both Republican and Democratic causes with their auditor Arthur Andersen contributing a little more than $1 million to political campaigns.

Lewiston, NY – Several environmental groups held a news conference Tuesday at Lewiston Porter Schools to spotlight national efforts to protect children from toxic exposure. The "Childproofing our Communities" campaign seeks legislation that would prevent schools, like Lewiston Porter, from being built near superfund sites.

Buffalo, NY – A Buffalo company has been chosen to head up a major overhaul of the city's school buildings. Ciminelli Construction was selected from among four finalists by the Joint School Construction Board to serve as program manager for the nearly one billion dollar project.

The overhaul is moving ahead despite the school district's financial problems. Ciminelli President and CEO John Giardino said he's sensitive to the district's challenges.

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.

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.

Buffalo, NY – From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and 186 points in between! It's the world from A to Z in an exhibit currently running at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The Common Ground World Project, created by Buffalo born artist Neil Tetkowski, brings new meaning to the word international, by literally merging samples of earth from every corner of the world.

Buffalo, NY – The number of people out of work continues to climb in Buffalo-Niagara.

The State Labor Department is out with its monthly jobless numbers. In Buffalo-Niagara, the unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a point to 5.5 percent in December. Labor Analyst John Slenker says Buffalo, like the rest of the nation, is suffering from the recession. But he said it's not as severe as the last one ten years ago.

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Pulitzer-Prize winning Poet Lucille Clifton talks about her work in advance of a visit to Buffalo

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo and Erie County have received $1.35 million in federal funding to begin work toward a future regional water delivery.

Lackawanna, NY – Even beyond death, Father Nelson Baker will be helping children in Western New York. Lackawanna's Padre of the Poor - and candidate for sainthood - is the basis of a new educational program from the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Albany, NY – The State Legislature has approved a multi-billion-dollar health care plan for New York. In part, the legislation is designed to boost salaries for nurses, home health care aides and others in the health care industry. It will be partially financed by another increase in the state's cigarette tax.

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders announced they had reached a bipartisan agreement on the plan Tuesday just as the union representing health care workers was holding a rally in Albany in support of it.

Buffalo, NY – The Erie County Industrial Development Agency has made permanent the interim appointments of its two leaders. The action was taken Wednesday at the agency's monthly board meeting.

Thomas Kucharski will serve as the agency's president and James Allen as its executive director.

Buffalo, NY – Members of the Buffalo firefighters union received important information this week from their colleagues in Rochester. It basically warns against the implementation of a "Quint/Midi" fire apparatus system in Buffalo.

Buffalo Firefighters Local 282 president Anthony Hynes shared a letter with WBFO News that he received Monday from the president of the Rochester firefighters union.

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