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The SUNY Board of Trustees appointed Kristina Johnson as the system's 13th chancellor Monday.

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Albany – Union College archeologists have found what they believe to be the stones of the wall of Lock One on the Old Erie Canal in Albany. The locks acted like water elevators -- moving boats through changes in elevation along the canal. Lock One was part of an extension of the 363-mile canal more than 150 years ago.

Researchers say the canal spurred westward expansion in the country and was a link to the nation's fertile interior lands. It tied the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Oswego, NY – The Oswego County Office of Emergency Management tested all 37 of it's nuclear alert sirens Friday morning.

The tests went off without a hitch, but the loud alerts caught some students and faculty off guard.

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Buffalo – A researcher says pharmacists should be allowed to give flu and pneumonia shots.

Wayne Anderson -- Dean of the University of Buffalo's School of Pharmacy -- says the change would improve the state's rate of immunization. The state ranks 41st in the nation. He says that's because only doctors, physician assistants, registered nurses and nurse practitioners are allowed to give the shots in New York.

Utica, NY – Local chapters of the American Diabetes Association want runners and walkers to participate in it's "Team Diabetes" program. They'll run in races all over the world.

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Oswego, NY – In order to ensure that nuclear safety alert systems are working properly, the Oswego County Emergency Management Office is performing siren testing.

The testing, which has taken place all week, concludes this morning with a final test of all 37 sirens.

Spokeswoman for the EMO, Terry Bennett, says the tests are a precautionary measure taken to ensure that citizens would be alerted in the event of a nuclear emergency.

Utica, NY – Officials with the Lairdsville Fire Department hope ending the use of live "victims" during training drills will prevent another tragedy.

19 year old Bradley Golden, a trainee in the department, died in September of 2001. He was acting as a victim during a "live burn" drill at an abandoned house. When the structure failed, Golden was trapped. Another trainee who was also playing a victim was injured when he was forced to jump from a second story window.

Niagara Falls, NY – The U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to approve a Seneca-run casino in Nigara Falls in the next few days.

The green light would be the last major legal hurdle the tribe must clear to open a temporary casino on December 31.

Several anti-gambling groups have filed lawsuits protesting the project, but legal experts say those suits will not pose a serious challenge to the casino's approval.

Pompey, NY – The family of a Central New York Firefighter who was killed while battling a housefire in March plans to file a wrongful death suit against Onondaga County and the Fire Coordinator.

Donna Prince-Lynch will file a suit claiming the Pompey Hill Fire Department and the Onondaga County Fire Coordinator, Mike Waters, failed to have enough back-up rescue teams at the site of a housefire last Spring.

New York – Many of New York's third parties failed to attain or retain ballot status on election day.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports on where the parties go from here and what happens to the issues they tried to raise.

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11/06/02 – Political Science Professor at SUNY Oswego, Bruce Altschuler, explores the outcome of the latest elections.

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