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SU professor says Theta Tau members, involved in offensive video, did not get fair hearing

Disciplinary hearings were held last week for 15 students involved in a racist and sexist fraternity video at Syracuse University. An SU professor advising three of those students at the hearings said it was not an open and fair process.

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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.

Click on the icon above to hear Elizabeth Christensen's report.

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.

Oswego, NY – In New York State, there were no major surprises or upsets last night.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen has more on the story.

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Syracuse, NY – Syracuse area congressman James Walsh believes the slim majority Republicans will hold in the U.S. Senate will help get key legislation approved in congress next year.

He concedes that the Democratic loss diminishes any of the clout gained by New York two Senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, but says they can turn to him to help benefit New York State.

The veteran house Republican plans to continue serving as the chair of a key subcommittee that allows him to bring millions to Central New York.

(New York State) – Governor Pataki was easily re-elected over Democrat Carl McCall and Independent Thomas Golisano.

As expected, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer kept his job, beating Dora Irizarry.

Democrat Alan Hevesi is the state's new comptroller. He replaces Carl McCall, who gave up the job to run for Governor.

Locally, Jim Walsh, John McHugh, and Sherwood Boehlert will all be re-elected to the House of Representatives.

Joan Christensen beat fellow incumbent Bill Sanford in the 119th District Assembly race.

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