Today is Tuesday, January 23rd. Here are seven things you need to know today.
1. Federal offices will be fully operational today. One day after Congress voted to end the government shutdown, all government employees will resume normal duties today. President Trump signed a continuing resolution yesterday to fund the government through February 8.
2. A magnitude 8.2 earthquake has hit Alaska. A tsunami warning is in effect for part of Alaska, and watches are in effect along the Pacific Coast of the United States. So far no major damage has been reported.
3. Neil Diamond is retiring from touring. The singer announced he canceled his upcoming tour and will no longer perform following a Parkinson's diagnosis. Diamond, 76, says he still plans to be a writer and musical contributor.
4. The Buffalo Common Council will review a resolution to investigate Shinda property managers. The investigation comes after a 70-year-old woman contacted 7 Eyewitness News because she was living without heat for two weeks at BMHA's Frederick Douglass Properties. Shinda Management Corporation was contracted to manage units at that facility.
5. First-time homebuyers will can learn the basics at an orientation seminar today. The Buffalo Urban League is hosting a first-time homebuyer orientation at its office on Genesee Street at 6 p.m.
6. Temperatures take a tumble this afternoon. After a few mild days, temperatures will drop later today. Some areas could see scattered snow overnight into Wednesday morning.
7. The Buffalo Bisons need a new mascot. Buffalo's minor league baseball team is looking for a replacement for Celery, who retired at the end of last season. The mascot will run in the team's famous WCC Race during each home game. The options include a pierogi, a beef on weck, a chicken finger, and more. You can vote on their website.