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WBFO Brief Wednesday February 1, 2023

A Black History Month profile of Sheila Brown, in another "Women Wednesday" segment from Angelea Preston. Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt has a preview of Governor Hochul's budget announcement today. Transit workers in Canada are calling for fresh anti-violence measures on the subway after several high-profile incidents recently. And Democrat Nate McMurray tells the Buffalo News he is running in a primary for County Executive, against incumbent Mark Poloncarz .

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  • What are the origins of the advertisements backing Gov. Kathy Hochul's budget plan? And Peter Hall and Anthony Chase give you Theater Talk on a Friday.
  • Starbucks workers join a nationwide strike over unfair labor practices, and nearly a million dollars is going to UB's School of Public Health for a Mobile Health Unit.
  • Buffalo Starbucks workers are joining a nationwide strike; state budget negotiations enter the final weeks; and celebrations of the Hindu festival Navaratri begins today.
  • Residents of Buffalo's McCarley Gardens are unhappy with renovations to their living space and a federal judge has ruled that counts of a sexual lawsuit against trustees of Canisius College can proceed.
  • Governor Kathy Hochul has several key budget priorities rejected and the Kensington Expressway reconstruction gets a boost from the federal government.
  • It's Friday on WBFO, so it's Theater Talk. Anthony Chase and Peter Hall talk about the Buffalo Quickies, and walk you through the openings this week on the theater scene.
  • Theaters in WNY are struggling; WBFO's Jay Moran is looking at how they continue to recover from COVID quarantines. Also, expanded relief for financial losses from the Christmas blizzard have been announced, the state senate is puting forth a proposal to increase money for childcare
  • The investigation into that Main Street fire where firefighter Jason Arno died, is over- and the results go to the District Attorney for possible criminal charges. Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt looks at the re-election of Ed Cox as chair of the NYS Republican Party, out of office since 2019, but back now. And Dan Karpenchuk reports on a Volkswagen electric vehicle battery plant coming to St. Thomas, south of London, Ontario
  • Hear Gov. Kathy Hochul say, "Pharmacies have become the new battleground", in abortion rights in NYS. Also Ontario will miss some health care goals, and it's making for backlash against Premier Doug Ford. Also, hear from District Attorney John Flynn on the lack of charges in a stabbing death at the University at Buffalo, and two more candidates want to run for Buffalo Common Council in the Ellicott District.
  • If it's Friday, it's Theater Talk- today with Anthony and Peter talking about several comedies on local stages. Hundreds assemble outside UB's Center for The Arts, as controversial commentator Michael Knowles delivers an address at UB. A change in the hours at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library's Central building downtown, after too many fights and other incidents there. Also, a look at the wake for firefighter Jason Arno Thursday, and his funeral downtown today, with thousands of firefighters expected to line Buffalo streets.