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WJTN News Headlines for Jan. 27, 2020

A man is in critical condition after being shot while inside his car by someone who drove by in a second vehicle and then fled the scene on Jamestown's southside.  
City police were called to the scene at Hazzard Street and Newland Avenue about 10:45 PM Saturday and, found the victim laying in the street next to his car with multiple gun-shot wounds.  Officers say the man was traveling on Hazzard Stret when the second vehicle pulled up and shots were fired into the victim's car.  Police say the second car, possibly a dark-colored sedan, then fled the scene.  Officers say the victim's car then struck a parked car on Hazzard.  A loaded pistol was found inside the victim's vehicle.  The man was rushed to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery before he was flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Police say shooting appears targeted.  If you have any information, you are asked to call JPD at 483-7537, or their Tips line at 483-TIPS. You can also contact JPD's Tips 4-1-1 app.

Local municipalities are still sorting through Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State and Budget messages to see what kind of impacts they will see.  

New Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist says there were a number of areas it looks like the city may benefit from.  Sundquist says one of those is Cuomo's plan to spend several billion more dollars on infrastructure needs across the state.

For many years, former Mayor Sam Teresi banged the drum on the need for the state to increase funding for municipalities that maintain state roads in their communities.  Sundquist adds that Cuomo has also proposed more funding for the environment, which could be directed to projects on the Chadakoin River.  He says the majority of city residents would be able to benefit from the governor's proposed middle class tax cut.  Sundquist says there is also more money to help locate affordable housing in local communities.  He'll address his plans more during tonight's annual "State of the City" Address during the city council's monthly voting session at City Hall at 7:30 PM.

The 9th annual Souper Bowl soup competition was won Sunday by the Ashville General Store.  

The store's Jackie Francis made a cream of tomato soup that took the top prize by one vote.  Right behind was 'loaded cheesy potato' from Gametime Sports Bar and Grill.  Nine restaurants took part in Souper Bowl number nine.  The event benefits the Rappaport Fund at the WCA Foundation. The foundation's Executive Director, Brigetta Overcash, says the fund's founder, Mary Rappaport, makes her own contribution, putting together dozens of baskets that earned $1,500 to benefit cancer care at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.
Over 250 people attended this year's event, held for the first time at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Fourth Street.  The total amount raised through the Souper Bowl was still being added up on Sunday.  

Public negotiations over New York's budget are set to begin amid worries about another round of Medicaid cuts...  

Heads of state agencies, lobbyists and members of the public will start to offer input on the governor's proposed budget today.  That will kick off three weeks of budget hearings.  Lawmakers are likely to focus much of their attention this spring on avoiding more cuts to Medicaid.  Cuomo's administration hopes to help plug a $6-billion deficit with $600-million in Medicaid cuts to nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare providers.  

Preparations are underway for a Reveal Rally to be held Tuesday night at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House for the announcement of the Season 5 winner of the "Small Business Revolution" on-line TV program.  

Fredonia made it to the Top 5 and the community hopes it collected enough votes to make it over the top.  Rick Davis of the Opera House says the public is invited to turnout for the announcement.

Davis says there will be a celebration immediately following the announcement, including a Street Party whether the village wins the competition or not.  The street party will be held in front of Village Hall on Church Street.  Davis says they'll have a big screen TV located outside for people in the overflow to watch outside.  Fredonia was last reported to be in first place just before the voting ended for "Small Business Revolution."

Legislation to amend Pennsylvania's constitution that could cut short the current Democratic majority on the state Supreme Court is advancing through the Republican-controlled Legislature.  

Final approval of the constitutional change could land in front of voters on the May 2021 primary ballot.  It's a tight timeline, but possible with concerted action. The crux of the Republican-penned constitutional amendment is this: Instead of Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges running for 10-year terms in statewide elections, they would run for the seats in judicial districts where they live.  Democrats call it a scheme to gerrymander the courts.  Supporters say it would create more geographic and ideological diversity on the bench.