BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - In just over a week, automatic budget cuts kick in on the federal level, which could put the United States in serious financial trouble.
President Barack Obama and Congress need to reach a deal by March 1st to stop what is being called the "sequester." At stake are cutbacks to almost every government agency, and many federal workers would lose their jobs.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the vast majority of the defense department's 800,000 civilian workers would be affected. It could mean they'd lose a day of work per week, or 20 percent of their pay, for up to 22 weeks.
The automatic budget cuts would add up to around $1.2 trillion over the next decade.
Senator Charles Schumer said, "Federal workers of different types here in Buffalo. We could lose civilian workers who work for the military. You could lose some people on Border Patrol, which we have because we're on the Canadian border. It would hurt our schools' federal aid to our local schools, whether they be suburban or city, would be greatly hurt. We would lose people - you name it, across the board. Anything that's federal would be hurt."
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
A seven-year-old Buffalo girl got dropped off more than three miles away from the bus stop where her mother was waiting for her on Wednesday.
Police, FBI agents and a bomb squad all showed up on a quiet residential street in North Buffalo overnight.
The Niagara County Sheriff's is on the scene of a suspected meth lab in Cambria.
Authorities say they're investigating the deaths of two inmates at New York's maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility.