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Trump budget plan targets Great Lakes funding

The Trump administration released details of its 2018 budget plan yesterday. As expected, it eliminates a $300 million program to help the Great Lakes. But that isn’t the only environmental program targeted.

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Police officers have arrested three men as part of the investigation into Monday's bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The arrests come after Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror threat level to "critical," the highest setting.

The identities of those men and the charges against them were not announced; they were arrested "after police executed warrants in South Manchester," the Greater Manchester Police department says. That's the same area of the city where suspected suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, is believed to have lived.

It's a simple, frequently recurring phrase: "The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack." But it raises some questions: Is the claim credible or just an empty assertion, and if it's true, what does "responsibility" actually entail?

Experts who closely follow the Islamic State say that in general when it comes to attacks in the West, an ISIS claim of responsibility usually means there was some sort of connection. But the attack might have been planned, funded and directed by ISIS ... or it could just have been inspired by the group's propaganda.

The 'No Fun League' Relaxes End Zone Celebration Rules

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The National Football League announced three changes to the game on Tuesday, but the one getting most of the attention has to do with end zone celebrations.

For years, the league has limited how players could celebrate following touchdowns, and for how long.

Thousands of people in Manchester, England, defied a terror warning, and poured into the streets for a vigil honoring the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

A suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 people and wounded 59 Monday night.

Authorities identified the bomber as 22-year-old Salman Abedi and arrested another suspect.

Hours before the vigil, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that another attack could be "imminent."

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Faith leaders from around New York came to the Capitol to gain support in the state Senate to adopt a statewide single-payer health care system. It would be an alternative to the national Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump have been trying to dismantle.

Gino Geruntino / WRVO News File Photo

The level of poverty in Oswego is more than double the national rate with 29 percent of residents living below the federal threshold.

That's the finding of a study the city recently commissioned as part of its poverty reduction initiative. And, Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow says that's only the tip of the iceberg.

"It shows another 18 percent may be above that threshold but struggle to make ends meet," Barlow said. "So if you combine those two numbers you’re almost near 50 percent, and that’s a problem."

Trump budget plan targets Great Lakes funding

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Elizabeth Miller / Great Lakes Today

The Trump administration released details of its 2018 budget plan yesterday. As expected, it eliminates a $300 million program to help the Great Lakes. But that isn’t the only environmental program targeted.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News File Photo

After years of financial loss, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse is posting a profit. New York state helped contribute to the financial gains.

St Joseph’s Chief Financial Officer Meredith Price said a $20 million state grant lifted the hospital to an $8 million profit. The grant has allowed the hospital to pay for the outstanding debt on the purchase of a primary care physician practice.      

St. Joe’s had a loss of nearly $20 million last year.

Today, more Americans graduate high school and go on to college than ever before. But as the country becomes more diverse — the Census Bureau expects that by 2020 more than half of the nation's children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group — are colleges and universities ready to serve them?

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