7 things to know: Monday, 1/29

Posted at 5:41 AM, Jan 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-29 05:58:28-05

Today is Monday, January 29th. Here are seven things you need to know to start your day.

1. A six-year-old child has died after a three-alarm fire in Buffalo. Two other people were rescuedfrom the home on Benzinger Street in Buffalo's Lovejoy neighborhood. After rescuing the people inside, firefighters had to move into a defensive position. The commissioner of the Buffalo Fire Department will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. today.

2. Bills center Eric Wood will officially announce his retirement today. News of Wood's career-ending neck injury broke on twitter on Friday. Wood has been a Bill for his entire career. He will address the media with head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane at 1 p.m. 7 Eyewitness News will carry the press conference live on air and on wkbw.com.

3. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for federal action in New York's widespread flu outbreak. From New York City Sunday night, Schumer called for the CDC to send a flu surveillance team to the state to monitor the flu. "Domestic flu surveillance teams" help local agencies identify which flu strains pose the biggest danger to communities.

4. The Buffalo Teachers Federation is releasing a report on disruptive student behavior. The teachers' union surveyed 1,217 teachers at Buffalo Public Schools. It uncovered what it calls "very serious issues and concerns" about student behavior. The BTF will release the results at its headquarters at 10 a.m.

5. You might want to go to bed early tonight. Buffalo could see 2 to 4 inches of snow overnight, making for a slow commute into work on Tuesday morning. You'll want to get a head start out the door tomorrow.

6. The IRS starts accepting 2017 tax returns today. Tax experts recommend filing early to get your return more quickly.

7. Didn't stay up for the Grammys? No problem. You can fool your co-workers today by checking this complete list of Grammy winners. Late writer and actress Carrie Fisher won posthumously for her audiobook recording of her memoir, "The Princess Diarist."