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Seven by Seven / Seven things you need to know by 7 a.m.

1. All eyes and ears will turn toward Albany today for the start of the new session of the State Legislature and the first State of the State address from newly inaugurated Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Due to requests for tickets to the speech, it's been moved from its usual venue -- the Assembly chamber -- to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, roughly doubling the capacity. Catch the speech in live broadcast on buffalonews.com, public radio (88.7 FM and 970 AM) and public affairs television (ThinkBright) at 1 p.m.

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2. The 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship all comes down to one game at 7:30 p.m. in HSBC Arena. It's the winners of Monday's semifinal matches -- Canada and Russia -- in what's sure to be a hard-fought match in front of thousands of rabid fans clad in red and white. Earlier, at 3:30, Team USA gets a chance to salvage some pride in the Bronze Medal match against Sweden.

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3. It's the final day for most of the auxiliary activities surrounding the hockey tournament. After Albright-Knox Art Gallery closes at 5 p.m., the Stanley Cup and hockey's other leading trophies leave Clifton Hall and hit the road. The exhibit in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Buffalo Sabres, meanwhile, stays up until Sunday. Over at the Peace Bridge tonight, the lighting scheme will celebrate the tournament's finalists and, ultimately, the winning team.

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4. The resignation of no-show Buffalo School Board member Vivian Evans becomes official today, which raises the question of whom the board will name to succeed her. They have 30 days to make a choice. Many say the post should go to the woman who lost the last election to Evans by just 15 votes, Buffalo State College assistant professor Theresa Harris-Tigg, but any qualified East District resident can submit an application until noon Friday to James Kane, chief of staff, at Room 801, City Hall.

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5. The rain forest is coming! No, it's not an attack of global warming, it's a remarkable show called "Live on Stage, The Rain Forest," which features founder and animal trainer Mike Kohlrieser and a collection of exotic birds, cats, monkeys and snakes that normally are found in the Amazon region. The rain forest visits Allendale Elementary School in West Seneca for shows at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. today, then moves on to Court Street School in Lancaster for one show Thursday and William Street School in Lancaster for two shows Friday. Tickets are $5 at the door.

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6. While the junior hockey tournament winds up, the University at Buffalo women's basketball team plays its first conference game of the season in Akron at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the Medaille College women's basketball team begins its defense of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference title with its first AMCC game of the season, hosting Hilbert College at 6 p.m. in the Sullivan Center.

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7. Jiffy-Tite Co., a Lancaster-based maker of quick connecting fluid fittings for autos and the military, is getting some national television exposure. It will be featured on several Fox News segments throughout the day. Business owner Steve Zillig and others from the company will appear in segments that start at 9 and 11 a.m., and 1 and 4 p.m. The 145-person company, profiled in a Buffalo News story in August, was founded in 1963 by Steve Zillig's father, Robert Zillig.

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