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Thousands attend the funeral of Trooper Joel Davis

Thousands of law enforcement officials and community members gathered at Fort Drum Saturday afternoon to mourn the loss of New York State Trooper Joel Davis.

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Syracuse, NY – Economic uncertainty and job loss is taking a toll on the Salvation Army.

The organization is searching for volunteers to raise money for those in need.

Captain Kenneth Hayes says the Salvation Army is launching a major public relations campaign to find people to man the familiar red kettles.

Hayes says, unfortunately, there's also a greater need for funds this year thanks to an ailing upstate economy.

Oswego, NY – Two groups opposed to nuclear power say federal regulators failed to inform the public about all the risks associated with dry cask storage systems.

Click above to hear Chris Ulanowski's report.

NY – Democratic candidate for Governor Carl McCall was making a last minute whirlwind tour of the state last night to get more support.

But polls indicate that Governor Pataki, who ran from rally to rally with his son Owen, is still firmly in the lead.

Independence Party candidate Thomas Golisano spent the evening in Schenectady talking with supporters about special interest funding, one of his major campaign themes this year.

10/30/02 – click on the "Listen" icon above to hear Amy Cavalier's feature report.

New York, NY – A group of conservative rabbis says Governor Pataki isn't as conservative as he's pretending to be.

Click above to hear Elizabeth Christensen's report.

Albany, NY – A coalition of parents, teachers, and children's advocacy groups has surveyed candidates about the issue of reforming New York's school aid formula.

"The Alliance for Quality Education" says most candidates want to change the way schools are awarded state money.

Most said wealthy suburban districts should have to give up some state aid so that poorer urban and rural districts could improve their curriculum.

Albany, NY – Governor Pataki has won praise from the Adirondack Council for protecting loons, supporting an adirondack museum, and agreeing on an environmental spending plan with the legislature.

The group released it's annual "State of the Park" report on issues affecting the Adirondacks.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer was also cited by the group for his work on acid rain and his efforts to negotiate legislation increasing penalties for timber theft.

New York – A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that having Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, in public places saves lives.

The study found that 67% of those treated with an AED within 5 minutes of having a heart attack lived.

Red Cross Spokesman John Freeborn says the study makes the case for more AEDs in public places like malls, restaurants, and airports.

Freeborn says the devices are not foolproof, however, and that some training should be offered to employees.

Oswego, NY – Thomas Golisano will be in Oswego today.

The Independence Party candidate will meet with Mayor John Gosek and local officials to discuss the issues facing New York State.

Golisano will meet and greet the public at Coleman's restaurant at 2:30 p.m.

Golisano made headlines yesterday when he ran a two minute advertisment announcing he would stay in the race for governor to the end.

Rochester, NY – The Rochester Institute of Technology is teaming up with the CIA.

The Intelligence Agency wants researchers at RIT to continue it's work on tiny batteries known as "nanopower sources."

The CIA thinks the small, lightweight sources of power will help soldiers in the field with an increasing amount of technical gadgetry.

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