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7:35am

Wed October 1, 2014
Politics and Government

Maffei announces last 30 days push against Katko

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) announced his "30 Days" plan to comapaign against Republican John Katko
Ellen Abbott WRVO

With five weeks until election day, Rep. Dan Maffei’s reelection campaign is embarking on a campaign strategy called “30 Days and 30 Ways John Katko is Too Reckless and Radical for Central New York.”

Maffei, a Democrat, is running for his third term in Congress, and says the idea is to outline differences between him, and Republican nominee John Katko. Week one focuses on the candidate’s jobs agenda.  Maffei says he has a record and accuses Katko of having nothing but a one-page jobs document.

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6:44am

Wed October 1, 2014
Drones

Drone industry says it's being targeted by civil liberties groups

David Rodriguez Martin via Flickr

The commercial drone industry says privacy advocates are unfairly targeting it when it comes to privacy and surveillance concerns.

The unmanned aerial systems industry wasn’t even expecting to have to fight over privacy when it came to the integration of drones into the national airspace.

"When the FAA bill passed, we had no idea privacy was going to be the issue de jour, of the day, for the next years to come," said Mario Mairena, who handles government relations for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, a leading industry trade group.

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6:15am

Wed October 1, 2014
Politics

Cuomo faces deadline to choose high court nominee

Brian Turner Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has until the end of this week to fill a vacancy on the state’s highest court. His choices include the reappointment of a Republican woman judge who currently holds the seat, and several Democratic alternatives.

Judge Victoria Graffeo’s term on the New York State Court of Appeals ends later this year. Under the rules Cuomo could reappoint her, but she would only be able to serve out part of the fourteen year term. Graffeo is now 62 years old, and the mandatory retirement age for state judges is 70. Graffeo is also a Republican, and Cuomo is a Democrat.

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6:14am

Wed October 1, 2014
Education

SUNY Oswego receives $2.9 million to promote higher education

SUNY Oswego/Facebook

SUNY Oswego is one of only 24 colleges and universities in the United States to receive a portion of $75 million in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Education that are meant to help make higher education possible for more students. The college plans to use its share of the grant to promote education throughout the region.

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8:08pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Politics

Hawkins open to all credible candidates debating, but wants criteria in place

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says he should be involved in this fall's debates because he is the only progressive running. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says every debate leading up to the fall election should be televised statewide and that he should be included.

During a teleconference with reporters Tuesday morning, Hawkins said his poll numbers make him a credible candidate.

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7:07am

Tue September 30, 2014
Politics

Astorino, underdog in governor's race, relies on creativity

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino is far behind in the polls and in fundraising, compared to incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But Astorino is making the most of his campaign and is quick to improvise or bend a situation to his advantage. He also maintains that he expects to win.

Since last winter, Astorino, who currently serves as Westchester County executive, has been determinedly traveling the state and expounding on a core message that he lays out in an introductory video.

“As a state, are we winning or are we losing?” Astorino asks.

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7:05am

Tue September 30, 2014
Health

Needle exchange program to be expanded into Utica

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ACR Health has expanded its needle exchange program in Utica.  

In the Syracuse area, the organization’s three-year-old needle exchange program has reached almost 1,000 injection drug users. ACR health prevention director Erin Bortel says one of the reason it’s so successful is that it goes to where the injection users are.

"We’re able to infiltrate the community in a little bit more practical way, than expecting people who continually experience stigma and discrimination from having to come to us. So our mobility is our huge asset in our ability to reach individuals.”

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6:45am

Tue September 30, 2014
Education

Oprah Winfrey cuts ribbon on SU's Newhouse 2 building

Oprah Winfrey was on hand to cut the ribbon to SU's Newhouse 2 building, which will house the school's journalism program.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse University showed off an $18 million renovation of the Newhouse 2 building on campus with arguably one of the most successful television personalities in the country cutting the ribbon.

"Let the new generation of innovation come forth," said long-time talk show host Oprah Winfrey to those standing beside her. "One, two, three. Cut!"
 

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3:28pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Regional Coverage

Port of Oswego says expansion will not block access to shoreline

Lake Ontario seen from a small parking area on Oswego's eastern shoreline.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

The Port of Oswego has spent the summer replacing rail lines and creating a rail yard east of its main site in Oswego to help the facility continue its planned expansion. But the project has some Oswego residents worried that those changes could prevent them from visiting a stretch of shoreline along Lake Ontario that has been accessible for years.

Rocco Saya created a Facebook page to gather supporters of an openly accessible shoreline. He says the Port of Oswego has not fully communicated its intentions for the area with citizens.

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8:30am

Mon September 29, 2014
Agriculture

FDA expected to allow brewers to send spent grain to farmers

Sen. Charles Schumer. (File photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Spent grain will once again be allowed to be used as livestock feed in New York state. Sen. Chuck Schumer says the by product of the brewing process had been used for centuries by farmers to feed livestock, until the federal government got involved.

"All of a sudden the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration, came in and said 'you can’t send this spent grain except under certain conditions.' That hurt our craft brewers, say Empire Brewing and F.X.Matt here in central New York," said Schumer. It hurt our farmers getting this grain. Otherwise they’d have to pay to dispose of it.”

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7:01am

Mon September 29, 2014
Politics

Cuomo runs Zen campaign -- says he's campaigning by not campaigning

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke to the New York State Business Council last week.
governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not running the typical campaign. In fact, it could be called the Zen campaign.

The incumbent governor with a $35 million war chest who is well ahead in the polls, is employing a classic Rose Garden strategy. He seldom holds an overtly political event, and his limited public schedule often includes a carefully stage managed  economic development announcement.

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6:13am

Mon September 29, 2014
Education

Expert: Parents play key role in child's education

Walter Broadnax, center, poses with Fowler High School students after a talk.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Parental pressure was a major part of Walter Broadnax staying in school – and then doing well. He went on to serve as a policy expert for two different presidential administrations.

Success in education is the responsibility of more than just the student, he says now.

His father was the one that was strict about him staying in school, while his mother also usually had some sharp advice.

He recently spoke to a group of Fowler High School students in Syracuse as part of a national effort for African American leaders to give back to schools.

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5:30am

Mon September 29, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo visits Afghanistan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is greeted by Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend, Regional Command-East Commander after arriving at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan
U.S. Army photo by Master Sgt. Kap Kim

Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent the weekend in Afghanistan, as part of a contingent of four U.S. governors on a trip to learn about counterterrorism measures.

Cuomo and the other governors were invited by the Defense Department, to receive briefings on counterterrorism efforts and increasing global threats, and to meet with the troops, including 270 Members of the New York National Guard and 900 members of Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division.

Cuomo held a conference call with reporters while in Afghanistan.

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8:01pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Politics

Cuomo agrees to two debates

Ryan Delaney WRVO (file photo)

Incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s agreed to two debates with his opponents, both on public broadcasting. But his GOP challenger is angered because the formats do not include a televised contest between the Democratic and Republican candidates.

Cuomo says he’s accepted an invitation to debate on television in Buffalo, along with GOP candidate Rob Astorino, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and the Libertarian Party’s Michael McDermott.

The governor has also agreed to a radio debate in New York City. It will be a one-on-one between Cuomo and Astorino.  

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7:02pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Health

A healthy career: Nancy Shute and her experiences as a health journalist

Nancy Shute, science and medical journalist and co-host of the NPR Shots blog.

“Take Care” is dedicated to providing WRVO’s listeners with reliable and useful information regarding health and wellness issues.  Although most of our interviews involve specialists in certain areas of medicine, this time we wanted to interview someone on the other side of health news.

This week on “Take Care,” Nancy Shute talks about her experiences as a health journalist and what she has learned along the way.  Shute is co-host of “Shots,” NPR’s health and medical blog.  She also writes for Scientific American, National Geographic, and U.S. News and World Report.

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7:00pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Health

Going green: the health benefits of green tea

McKay Savage via Flickr

You may enjoy having a cup of coffee every morning, but have you ever considered switching to green tea?

This week on “Take Care,” Ashley Koff discusses the health benefits of green tea and how to properly incorporate the beverage into your diet.  Koff is a registered dietician and creator of the website Ashley Koff Approved, which provides viewers with a comprehensive and thorough guide to quality eating.

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5:42pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Politics and Government

Pavel Baev on the Campbell Conversations

Pavel Baev, an international expert on Russian foreign and security policy

Pavel Baev is a leading international expert on Russian foreign and security policy.  He grew up and studied in the former Soviet Union, worked in the Soviet Ministry of Defense, and is now a professor at Oslo's Peace Research Institute, as well as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.  In this conversation with host Grant Reeher, Baev discusses what's motivating Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine, and what's at stake for the West in the conflict there.  He compares Russia's involvement to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, and argues that Russia is "experimenting" in

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8:34am

Sat September 27, 2014
Agriculture

Ag-Extravaganza brings children and farmers together

Fourth and fifth graders identified a variety of vegetables with help from a Jefferson County vegetable farmer during the Ag-Extravaganza.
Credit Julia Botero

Fourth and fifth graders across Jefferson County jammed the Thompson Park Pavilion in Watertown, N.Y., recently to learn about farming and agriculture. The two-day event called Ag-Extravaganza was hosted by the county's cooperative extension office. 

Students patted sheep, watched an apple press in action, and learned about life on a dairy farm from Jeffersons County's Dairy Princess, Krystle  Burger. They played a game she called "Got Moo?" where students pointed out which things from the grocery store were and were not dairy.

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4:36pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo ahead in governor's race, but new poll shows weakness

The New York state Capitol building.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

A new poll finds that six weeks before elections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo maintains a double-digit lead against his Republican opponent, but the governor’s job performance rating has hit an all-time low.

The Siena Research Institute poll finds Cuomo continues to be around 30 points ahead of Republican challenger Rob Astorino, leading 56 to 27 percent. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins received seven percent.

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3:48pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Regional Coverage

Onondaga county officials introduce "3 Day OK" emergency preparedness program

Last year's flooding caused major problems for homeowners in the Mohawk Valley.
Gino Geruntino WRVO/File photo

Onondaga County and emergency management officials are taking the next step to help central New Yorkers prepare for a natural or man-made disaster. Officials believe it’s not a matter of if a disaster will strike, but when, and residents need to be ready.

Following a survey last year of central New Yorkers asking how ready they were for a disaster, one statistic stood out to Rosie Taravella of the Red Cross. Most people believe emergency responders will be able to help them right away if there is a community-wide storm, flood or man-made disaster.

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6:16am

Fri September 26, 2014
Business

Adams company dominates the runway business

The McNeely family from Adams has been marking parking lots, highways and airport runways for the past 25 years.
Credit Julia Botero

A family business based in a small town in Jefferson County has become a leader across the continent in a business you've probably never thought of.   Hi-lite Airfield Solutions cleans and marks airport runways, including  those at JFK, and airports in Dallas, Abu-Dhabi and Quito, Ecuador.  This week, the company based in the town of Adams received a $7 million federal loan to grow even bigger. 

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6:15am

Fri September 26, 2014
Health

ACR Health taking HIV, hepatitis C education to prison populations

ACR Health Prevention Services in Syracuse is looking for ways to reduce HIV and hepatitis C infection rates in New York state prisons.

According to federal statistics, inmates have the highest rate of HIV in New York, compared to any other state, and many of those inmates are  co-infected with hepatitis C. To fight that, the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS has a campaign that emphasizes public awareness, education and access to testing and treatment.  

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6:15am

Fri September 26, 2014
Politics

Picente elected president of statewide county organization

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente was elected president of te New York State Association of Counties. Maggie Brooks, Monroe County executive, was elected vice president.
@Maggie_Brooks Twitter

The New York State Association of Counties has a new president and he hails from the Mohawk Valley.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente was unanimously selected as the organization's next president, and will replace Steuben County Manager Mark Alger.

Picente says during his one-year tenure as president, he wants to address issues like unfunded mandates and help educate residents statewide about their county governments.

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5:34am

Fri September 26, 2014
Health

Green tea time brings health benefits

Today's consumers seem to be always looking for foods that have lots of health benefits. Green tea is one of those foods that have been recently credited for everything from helping you lose weight to preventing cancer. This week on WRVO's weekly health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with one of the country's top dieticians, Ashley Koff, about why drinking green tea is a healthy choice.

Lorraine Rapp: What is it about green tea that makes it so healthy?

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3:48pm

Thu September 25, 2014
Politics

Oneida County Executive upset with Astorino comments on Nano Utica

GOP candidate Rob Astorino discusses his campaign plans during a recent visit to Oswego. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino has been traveling the state criticizing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's attempts to invest money in parts of New York to spur economic development. During a recent interview with Utica radio station WIBX, Astorino called the Mohawk Valley's $1.5 billion Nano Utica project "smoke and mirrors." Astorino also said the Mohawk Valley is not really experiencing an economic recovery.

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6:44am

Thu September 25, 2014
Transportation

City vs. suburban divide apparent from future of I-81 surveys

Ryan Delaney WRVO

Two recent surveys have solidified a suburban-city divide over the future of Interstate 81 in Syracuse, with people living outside the city want to see the elevated roadway stay. 

A Siena College/Syracuse Media Group poll released over the weekend found that people living outside of Syracuse’s borders want to see the highway’s path through downtown preserved, compared to an urban boulevard replacing the aged roadway.

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6:44am

Thu September 25, 2014
Politics

New York, New Jersey governors announce more police presence on public transit

Grand Central Station.
Oliver Mallich Flickr

Stepped up security at railroad and other mass transit systems was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who say it’s absolutely necessary, but no there’s specific terror threat.

The governors of New York and New Jersey say they are reacting to the increasingly active terrorists in the Middle East, and stepped up military activity by the United States, including air strikes.

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6:43am

Thu September 25, 2014
Business

Public comment session in Ithaca draws casino supporters, opposition

A large crowd came to a public comment hearing in Ithaca, regarding a proposed casino coming to the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The jockeying for a coveted casino license in New York state's Southern Tier and Finger Lakes was on display at a public comment session in Ithaca Wednesday. The New York Gaming Facility Location Board wrapped up a series of public hearings by listening to arguments about proposed casinos in what is called the Eastern Southern Tier region.

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2:56pm

Wed September 24, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Schumer pushing for more high-skilled training

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing for federal grants to create a new training program to ease the shortage of high-skilled jobs in central New York.

If the $15 million federal grant comes through, Onondaga Community College will be able to partner with local businesses and place graduates in a job and train local residents in the growing field of mechatronics.

Mechatronics requires students to be skilled in engineering, mechanics, electronics and other technical skills. Potential jobs in the field range from maintenance and repair workers, to industrial machinery mechanics.

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7:54am

Wed September 24, 2014
Politics

Challenger Cahill wants a lot of debates in race for AG

John Cahill, the Republican candidate for state attorney general. (file)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Republican John Cahill is asking the state’s top prosecutor to debate him multiple times, but so far, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hasn’t agreed to anything.

Cahill wants to take on Schneiderman, a Democrat, in every region of the state.

"It’s a long process to convince voters and to talk to voters about the issues that they face, the roll of the attorney general," he said in an interview.

Cahill wants ten regional debates and one statewide.

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