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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.

Buffalo, NY – Adelphia has selected the nationally-recognized architectural firm of Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, or HOK, to design its waterfront office complex. Wendel Duchscherer of Amherst will serve as the local partner.

Adelphia CEO Tim Rigas says he envisions a 20 to 25 story building. Various Adelphia offices as well as its Empire Sports cable network will be housed there. It's estimated as many as 1,000 employees will work in the complex.

Buffalo, NY – An update was provided Tuesday on initiatives established to create job growth and new investment in the region. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership released a second quarterly report on Buffalo Niagara NOW.

Albany, NY – Legislative leaders and Governor Pataki say they have a deal on a multi-billion dollar health care plan. In part, the legislation is designed to boost salaries for health care workers.

The plan is expected to be approved by the State Senate and Assembly by the end of the day Tuesday.

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello is planning more employee layoffs to close part of the remaining $7 million gap in this year's city budget.

Masiello is not disclosing the number of layoffs he's planning. But they would affect temporary and provisional employees in Buffalo, many of whom work in the city's public works, parks and streets departments.

The city laid off 75 employees in November.

Buffalo, NY – I live in the Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo, where there have been recent news reports of house break-ins. The Parkside Community Association suggested that a dog may be the best burglar prevention device. My kids really want a dog. I’m not so sure. When I was young, my next door neighbors had a dog...

Buffalo, NY – The Alleyway Theatre Company got a belated Christmas present. The company was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts for renovations of its new Upper West Arts Center on Richmond Avenue.

Buffalo Philharmonic Welcomes Flutist Carol Wincenc

Buffalo, NY – A native Western New Yorker returns to perform and make a recording with the Buffalo Philharmonic. Good morning. I'm Bill Raffel with Music Notes.

Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, NY – The decision over the weekend by the Seneca Nation of Indians Tribal Council to approve a gambling agreement with New York State has raised the hopes of supporters for casinos in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and on Seneca land.

According to the Buffalo News, Seneca President Cyrus Schindler will submit the terms to Governor Pataki. He expressed optimism Pataki would accept them but would not say what they are.

Buffalo, NY – State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt is calling on Governor Pataki to instruct his appointees on the NFTA Board of Commissioners to reject a proposed fare increase for Metro Bus and Rail.

Assembly Hoyt says the governor promised New York City residents in December that he would do what he can to stop proposed rate hikes for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Pataki is quoted as saying the fare increase would be the "wrong thing to do" as the New York City continues to recover from September 11th.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Building and Construction Trades Council rallied outside the Tri-Main Building in Buffalo Friday. Inside, representatives from Erie County were meeting with the non-union shop, Merit Construction Alliance, and construction manager, Ciminelli Cowper, about the county courthouse renovation project.

Trades president Dan Boody says he believes they were also discussing the disadvantages of a Project Labor Agreement.

Philadelphia, Here I Come!

Buffalo, NY – Jim Santella and Anthony Chase review "Philadelphia Here I Come" at the Irish Classical Theatre, plus "Noises Off" on Broadway and in Buffalo

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