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1. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will be in town this morning and he always makes news. Just not the news everyone is waiting for -- the announcement that he will be running for governor. Cuomo will be at the University at Buffalo Law School at 10 a.m. for what nonetheless is being billed as a major announcement.

2. Sometimes it seems like the whole world pivots on April 1. In many places, including Albany, it's the start of a new fiscal year. Even though the new budget hasn't been resolved before today's deadline, the state will be able to pay bills for the next two weeks, thanks to some emergency legislation. One thing the state won't be doing, however, is an April 1 opening at half a dozen state parks in the area. Remaining closed are Woodlawn Beach State Park and Knox Farm State Park in Erie County, Joseph Davis State Park and Wilson-Tuscarora State Park in Niagara County, Long Point State Park in Chautauqua County and Oak Orchard State Marine Park in Orleans County.

3. This also is the date the U.S. Census has pinpointed for its 23rd head count of everyone in the nation. If you haven't already sent in that Census questionnaire that arrived in the mail a few weeks ago, it's time to do it and save some taxpayer money. Otherwise, the census takers will have to pay someone to go out to your house and see who's living there. It also can help bring your hometown more federal aid, which is based on population.

4. Today also marks the opening of trout fishing season in New York State. It's the end of winter parking rules in Buffalo and many other municipalities, which means you can park overnight on bus routes and other streets that were off limits when snow was in the forecast.

5. Prepared to eat their words are the contestants in the Edible Book Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. today in the Western New York Book Arts Center, 468 Washington St. at East Mohawk Street. Defending his title is Chuck Matteliano, a research and development engineer for Silipos, a Niagara Falls medical equipment company. Last year he devised a way to print pages of Homer's "Odyssey" on phyllo dough and baked them into a multilayered creation he called "Booklava: An Edible Odyssey." Admission is $10. Winners will be announced around 8 p.m.

6 Bluesman Guitar Shorty, born David Kearney, has really been around. While still in his teens, he played for a year in the Ray Charles band, then joined up as a sideman for Sam Cooke. He married the half-sister of Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s. Then, after a hiatus in the early 1970s, he revived his career with a prize-winning appearance on "The Gong Show," playing a song while standing on his head. Tonight he rolls into the Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St., for an 8 p.m. show and CD release party for his latest album on Alligator Records, "Bare Knuckle." Doors open at 7. Warm-up act is Wanted by the FBI. Tickets are $12.

7. If you see horses and men in uniform outside the Broadway Market, no need to be alarmed. It's the annual "Mounted for Meals Campaign" of the Erie County Sheriff's Office Mounted Reserve and the Food Bank of Western New York. They will be collecting perishable and nonperishable food items from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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