Regional Coverage http://wrvo.org en Update: Five tornadoes hit upstate New York Tuesday http://wrvo.org/post/update-five-tornadoes-hit-upstate-new-york-tuesday <p><strong>Update, Friday, July 11:</strong></p><p>A fifth tornado from Tuesday's swath of powerful thunderstorms and twisters has been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Albany. <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&amp;issuedby=ALY&amp;product=PNS" target="_blank">This one in the eastern Adirondacks</a>. More from the Associated Press:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:53:34 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58618 at http://wrvo.org Update: Five tornadoes hit upstate New York Tuesday SU: campus will be "dramatically" impacted by I-81 construction http://wrvo.org/post/su-campus-will-be-dramatically-impacted-i-81-construction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse University campus would be greatly impacted by the reconstruction of Interstate 81 through the city, a university working group has determined.</span></p><p>When visitors to the Syracuse University campus exit the Interstate 81 viaduct, they’re currently faced with an “unattractive city fabric,” the study concludes.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:14:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58669 at http://wrvo.org SU: campus will be "dramatically" impacted by I-81 construction Reveal, an investigative radio show http://wrvo.org/post/reveal-investigative-radio-show <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Join us on Sunday July, 13 at 7:00 p.m. for Reveal, an investigative radio show from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:05:36 +0000 Jason Smith 58657 at http://wrvo.org Reveal, an investigative radio show Details about $100 million Onondaga Lake West project announced, among some controversy http://wrvo.org/post/details-about-100-million-onondaga-lake-west-project-announced-among-some-controversy <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:46:11 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58647 at http://wrvo.org Details about $100 million Onondaga Lake West project announced, among some controversy Smithfield community in shock after tornado strikes; governor offers condolences http://wrvo.org/post/smithfield-community-shock-after-tornado-strikes-governor-offers-condolences <p>The National Weather Service has determined that it was a tornado that touched down in a rural part of Madison County last night, killing four people, including an infant. &nbsp;<br /><br />Barbara Watson, lead meteorologist for the National Weather Service, made the tornado determination after surveying&nbsp; damage along Goff Road in the town of Smithfield.<br /><br />"It will be declared a significant tornado.&nbsp; It had wind speeds well over 100 miles per hour,” said Watson.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:08:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58611 at http://wrvo.org Smithfield community in shock after tornado strikes; governor offers condolences Tornado with winds at least 110 mph hit Smithfield http://wrvo.org/post/tornado-winds-least-110-mph-hit-smithfield <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service officially declared that it was a tornado that struck the town of Smithfield in Madison County, killing four people, destroying four homes and severely damaging three others.</span></p><p>Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley announced that the victims include Kimberly Hillard, 35; her four-month-old baby, Paris Newman; Virginia Warner, 70; and Arnie A.D. Allen, 53.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:41:43 +0000 Catherine Loper 58591 at http://wrvo.org Tornado with winds at least 110 mph hit Smithfield Tornado kills 4 in Madison County; thunderstorms leave thousands without power around region http://wrvo.org/post/tornado-kills-4-madison-county-thunderstorms-leave-thousands-without-power-around-region <p>The National Weather Service says a tornado struck the Smithfield area killing four people in Madison County and leaving tens of thousands without power and causing significant damage through the region.</p><p>A line of severe thunderstorms moved through the entire region of western, central and northern New York Tuesday evening causing damage in various areas, but Smithfield suffered the worse.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:58:23 +0000 WRVO News 58581 at http://wrvo.org Tornado kills 4 in Madison County; thunderstorms leave thousands without power around region Powerful storm slams East Syracuse; fatalities in Madison County http://wrvo.org/post/powerful-storm-slams-east-syracuse-fatalities-madison-county <p>Trees were on front yards, on cars, in roads, on power lines and on top of houses in East Syracuse after a powerful storm system swept through the village Tuesday evening.</p><p>A few hours later, residents were using the remaining daylight to survey damage, many walking around or sitting in their driveway, others checking in on neighbors. Chainsaws were already roaring to begin cleaning up.</p><p>Emergency crews requested power be shut off to the entire village as power lines were down across several streets and yards.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:41:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58573 at http://wrvo.org Powerful storm slams East Syracuse; fatalities in Madison County Severe storms kill 3 people in Madison County, damage homes, cause power outages throughout region http://wrvo.org/post/severe-storms-kill-3-people-madison-county-damage-homes-cause-power-outages-throughout-region <p><strong>10:04 p.m. update:</strong></p><p>The National Weather Service says three people died from the storms in Madison County.</p><p>Family members confirm to WRVO News that three people were killed in Peterboro&nbsp;when the homes they were in on Goff Road collapsed after being pounded by thunderstorms.</p><p>The deceased include a mother and her four-month-old daughter who were in a single family home. Another woman, approximately 70 years old, according to family members, was in a mobile home that was also destroyed. In all, four homes collapsed.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:47:44 +0000 Jason Smith 58572 at http://wrvo.org Severe storms kill 3 people in Madison County, damage homes, cause power outages throughout region Disaster readiness program encourages communities to pool knowledge and experience http://wrvo.org/post/disaster-readiness-program-encourages-communities-pool-knowledge-and-experience <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service predicts 2014 will be a relatively tame hurricane season. But memories of hurricanes like Sandy and Irene, as well as tropical storm Lee, have led </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo to create the Citizen Preparedness Corps in hopes of training New Yorkers to be their own first responders.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:21:40 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 58492 at http://wrvo.org Disaster readiness program encourages communities to pool knowledge and experience Auburn Housing Authority bans smoking in public housing units http://wrvo.org/post/auburn-housing-authority-bans-smoking-public-housing-units <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There will be no more smoking inside apartments operated by the Auburn Housing Authority.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58491 at http://wrvo.org Auburn Housing Authority bans smoking in public housing units Miner calls for increased broadband access in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/miner-calls-increased-broadband-access-syracuse <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city can't have a modern economy without access to high-speed Internet and strong phone service.<br /><br />Miner has recently called for better broadband in Syracuse, and has signed a petition to the state's Public Service Commission asking for an investigation into broadband's rollout in the state.<br /><br />"And what I have seen firsthand is a number of businesses who said they wanted to locate to Syracuse, or expand in Syracuse, but couldn't because of a lack of access to affordable broadband or telecommunications," Miner said.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:08:28 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58350 at http://wrvo.org Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system http://wrvo.org/post/red-green-syracuse-working-upgrade-traffic-signal-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s what every commuter hates when trying to get to work in the morning: red lights. They slow drive times down and waste gas, but&nbsp;the city of Syracuse is working to upgrade its traffic light system, so drivers see more green.</span></p><p>"By coordinating the traffic lights, what happens is, we can tell the traffic light not only how long to be green in a certain direction, but when to go green," explains Harry Carlson of the city's public works department.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:45:13 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58319 at http://wrvo.org Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system Fireman's Association says leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals http://wrvo.org/post/firemans-association-says-leave-pyrotechnics-professionals-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fireworks are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations. But one statewide organization is worried about sparks that will start flying in backyard pyrotechnics displays this weekend.</span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58345 at http://wrvo.org Fireman's Association says leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals Fort Drum unlikely to house Central American immigrant children http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-unlikely-house-central-american-immigrant-children <p></p><p>Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says the chances are slim that undocumented children caught trying to cross the US-Mexican border illegally will be housed at Fort Drum.<br /><br />The Army base is reportedly being considered to house hundreds of Central American immigrant children under a government program as soon as August</p><p>But Schumer says he’s spoken with officials at the Department of Health and Human Services:</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:37:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58323 at http://wrvo.org Fulton takes the next steps to try to get back to fiscal stability http://wrvo.org/post/fulton-takes-next-steps-try-get-back-fiscal-stability <p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:13:23 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58300 at http://wrvo.org Fulton takes the next steps to try to get back to fiscal stability "Common problem" caused Air National Guard's drone to crash http://wrvo.org/post/common-problem-caused-air-national-guards-drone-crash <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An unmanned aircraft expert says a "not uncommon problem" caused an Air National Guard drone to smash into Lake Ontario last November.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/air-guards-drone-crash-caused-multiple-malfunctions" target="_blank">Air Force says multiple communication and navigation failures</a> lead to the crash of an MQ-9 Reaper drone, piloted by the Syracuse-based 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard.</p><p>No one was hurt when the multi-ton aircraft plummeted into the lake 12 miles offshore, late last year.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:51:57 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58272 at http://wrvo.org "Common problem" caused Air National Guard's drone to crash Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions http://wrvo.org/post/air-guards-drone-crash-caused-multiple-malfunctions <p></p><p>Multiple communication and navigation failures on&nbsp;174th Air National Guard Attack Wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned drone flying over central New York last November caused it to crash in Lake Ontario.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:58:05 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58187 at http://wrvo.org Air Guard's drone crash caused by multiple malfunctions New federal program seeks to provide homeless families with longer lasting housing solutions http://wrvo.org/post/new-federal-program-seeks-provide-homeless-families-longer-lasting-housing-solutions <p>Syracuse has the second highest number of homeless children in New York state outside of New York City, according to recent statistics. There are 957 homeless children in the city of Syracuse, 1,401 in all in Onondaga County. Now one organization that deals with that population is hoping a new program will help ease that number.</p><p>This is the time of year things start getting busy at local homeless shelters. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:29:32 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58116 at http://wrvo.org Audit faults Griffiss airfield development agency management http://wrvo.org/post/audit-faults-griffiss-airfield-development-agency-management <p>A state audit has criticized the management of the agency redeveloping the former Griffiss Air Force base in Rome.</p><p>The Authorities Budget Office is a state office overseeing economic development agencies. <a href="http://www.abo.ny.gov/reports/compliancereviews/GriffissLocalDevelopmentCorporationFinalReport2014.pdf" target="_blank">The ABO audit</a> says the Griffiss Local Development Corp. took a “cavalier” approach to handling its funds.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:22:20 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58117 at http://wrvo.org Tighter curves could minimize impact of new I-81 viaduct http://wrvo.org/post/tighter-curves-could-minimize-impact-new-i-81-viaduct <p>Tighter curves built into a new Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse could mean fewer buildings along the highway’s path would need to be torn down.</p><p>Rebuilding the mile and a half of elevated interstate through the city is one of two options transportation planners are recommending for how to replace the current, aging viaduct.</p><p>But a new viaduct would have to be significantly wider than the current one in order to be up to highway standards. It could also be up to ten feet higher.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:39:18 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58012 at http://wrvo.org Tighter curves could minimize impact of new I-81 viaduct Maffei promotes infrastructure plan in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-promotes-infrastructure-plan-syracuse <p>Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) has put together a wide-ranging program that would invest in central New York’s infrastructure, ranging from fixing crumbling roads and bridges to bringing high speed rail to the area. He says there has to be a mindset change in Washington for this to happen.<br /> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:17:20 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57789 at http://wrvo.org Maffei promotes infrastructure plan in Syracuse Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81 http://wrvo.org/post/tunnel-depressed-highway-are-out-plans-new-i-81 <p>Syracuse looks less likely to go through its own <a href="http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/TheBigDig.aspx" target="_blank">Big Dig</a>, as state highway transportation officials recommend a tunnel or depressed highway are not the best options for a rebuilt Interstate 81 through Syracuse.</p><p>Transportation officials have been considering <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/16-different-paths-new-interstate-81" target="_blank">several variations of four core options</a> for a new I-81: a rebuilt viaduct, a street-level boulevard, a tunnel, or sunken roadway.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:39:56 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57772 at http://wrvo.org Tunnel, depressed highway are out in plans for new I-81 Autograph book reconnects Oswego resident with Holocaust refugee http://wrvo.org/post/autograph-book-reconnects-oswego-resident-holocaust-refugee <p></p><p>Oswego's <a href="http://wrvo.org/post/safe-haven-museum-hold-70th-reunion-oswegos-jewish-refugees">Safe Haven Museum is marking 70 years</a> since Fort Ontario served as a camp for Jewish refugees fleeing Europe during World War II. To celebrate the event, one Oswego resident who lived near the fort at the time talked about what it was like and tells the story of her long-lost friendship with one refugee.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57656 at http://wrvo.org Autograph book reconnects Oswego resident with Holocaust refugee SU group offers backup plans if Carrier Dome becomes inoperable http://wrvo.org/post/su-group-offers-backup-plans-if-carrier-dome-becomes-inoperable <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A special work group at Syracuse University has laid out several options in case the Carrier Dome is ever incapacitated.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The group has come up with a back-up plan to deal with the 275 events that happen in SU’s iconic stadium.</span></p><p>So what would happen to Syracuse University's most high profile sports if the Carrier Dome became inoperable for a long period of time?</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:17:02 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57637 at http://wrvo.org SU group offers backup plans if Carrier Dome becomes inoperable Verona cleaning up after tornado touches down http://wrvo.org/post/verona-cleaning-after-tornado-touches-down <p>The Oneida County town of Verona is still cleaning up after a tornado touched down and caused damage to homes, road signs, trees and businesses Tuesday night.</p><p>Town Councilman Fred "Fritz" Scherz lives only a few miles from where the tornado landed. He says he quickly reached out to the National Weather Service to survey the damages.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:27:48 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57599 at http://wrvo.org Verona cleaning up after tornado touches down Downtown Syracuse's boom is led by residential development http://wrvo.org/post/downtown-syracuses-boom-led-residential-development <p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 57563 at http://wrvo.org Downtown Syracuse's boom is led by residential development Safe Haven Museum to hold 70th reunion for Oswego's Jewish refugees http://wrvo.org/post/safe-haven-museum-hold-70th-reunion-oswegos-jewish-refugees <p></p><p>Beginning Thursday, the <a href="http://www.safehavenmuseum.com/">Safe Haven Museum in Oswego</a> is celebrating the 70th anniversary of when 982 Jewish refugees were first housed at Fort Ontario.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 09:57:37 +0000 Gino Geruntino 57435 at http://wrvo.org Safe Haven Museum to hold 70th reunion for Oswego's Jewish refugees DiNapoli trying to reduce account of unclaimed funds http://wrvo.org/post/dinapoli-trying-reduce-account-unclaimed-funds <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>New York’s Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is trying to whittle down a fund of abandoned or unclaimed money owed to&nbsp;both individuals and municipalities.</p><p>DiNapoli’s office says there are more than 31 million accounts in the state with money sitting in them. It can be a utility deposit or old bank account that sat unused too long and was turned over to the state.</p><p>About 10,000 of those unclaimed funds belong to towns and cities throughout the state, worth more than $5 million.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:44:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 57506 at http://wrvo.org DiNapoli trying to reduce account of unclaimed funds New study points to trauma as a contributing factor in homelessness http://wrvo.org/post/new-study-points-trauma-contributing-factor-homelessness <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The majority of homeless mothers in upstate New York have experienced trauma in their lives -- about half of these show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.</span></p><p>A 12-month study of nearly 300 homeless families in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Rochester released last week by The Wilson Foundation shows 93 percent of the mothers in the study experienced either physical or sexual abuse in their lifetimes.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:25:22 +0000 Michelle Faust 57374 at http://wrvo.org New study points to trauma as a contributing factor in homelessness