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8:08am

Wed September 17, 2014
Sports

New law targets Washington Redskins' mascot use

Keith Allison Flickr

The Oneida Indian Nation and the Change the Mascot campaign have spent more than a year putting public pressure on the Washington D.C.’s football franchise to drop its nickname, the Redskins. They say it’s offensive.

Change the Mascot continuing their push on Washington’s pro football team to change its name by reaching out to owners of all the NFL teams and taking action on Congress.

Half the U.S. Senate and a growing chorus of newspapers and public officials have chimed in too, but so far the team itself has refused to budge.

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7:47am

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics

Astorino says policy changes, hydrofracking can help upstate New York economy thrive

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was in Oswego to talk about his policies.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino was in Oswego Tuesday to meet with supporters, including Assemblyman Will Barclay, to discuss his plans for office if elected. One of the many topics he covered was the need to regrow the upstate economy, including leveraging the region's residents and location to help spur economic development.

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6:27am

Wed September 17, 2014
Education

Education center to be built in Syracuse's Inner Harbor

Syracuse's Inner Harbor will house a center for SUNY ESF and OCC.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

The latest projects slated for Syracuse’s Inner Harbor focus on education.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined county and city officials Tuesday to announce a state grant for the new SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Water Research and Educational Center.

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6:24am

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics and Government

Future of fracking will influence November election for governor

A fracking well in northern Pennsylvania
Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

The issue of hydrofracking played a role in the recent Democratic primary for governor in New York, and those who oppose the gas drilling process hope it will influence the general election, as well.

Governor Cuomo, once on a fast track to begin the natural gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing in New York, has put his decision on hold while his administration is conducting a health review that began two years ago. Cuomo, asked about the future of fracking in the state one day after the Democratic primary, said he’s still reserving judgment.

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3:46pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County looks for options to help mental health inmates

The Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The number of mental health inmates at the Onondaga County Justice Center is on the rise, and the implications of that are widespread.

Esteban Gonzalez, chief custody deputy for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office, sees more and more mental health cases in the jail’s daily count.

"It’s gotten pretty high in the last four weeks," Gonzalez said. "We have more than 20 constant observation inmates on any given day.”

Gonzalez believes some of the increase is due to the heroin epidemic currently plaguing central New York.  

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3:39pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Education

Local program uses story telling to help students become successful

Ralph Singh, with the Wisdom Thinkers Network, kicked off the "Inspire 14" event in Oswego.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Community leaders, business representatives and educators met in Oswego recently to discuss ways to reduce bullying in schools and provide students with the tools to become successful citizens. The "Inspire 14" program was hosted by the non-profit organization Wisdom Thinkers Network, and attempts to prepare children for the future through story telling.

Ralph Singh, chairman of the Wisdom Thinkers Network, says the program fosters collaboration between students and their communities.

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6:41am

Tue September 16, 2014
Business

Mahoney proposes plan to pay for Onondaga Lake amphitheater

County Executive Joanie mahoney speaks to the Onondaga County Legislature to promote her bond plan.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Slightly lower property taxes and decreased spending are the hallmarks of Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney’s proposed $1.25 billion spending plan. The debate over the budget may ultimately be overshadowed by another proposal from Mahoney this week for a bond that will pay for the Onondaga Lake amphitheater project.

At the end of ten days of budget reviews, county lawmakers have injected a review of the western Onondaga Lake revitalization project, that includes construction of an amphitheater on the west shore of Onondaga Lake.

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6:31am

Tue September 16, 2014
Politics and Government

Green Party candidate for governor wants to be involved in debates

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins says he should be involved in this fall's debates because he is the only progressive running.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

The Green Party candidate for governor wants to be included in any upcoming debates. Howie Hawkins says he is the only candidate left in the race to represent the state’s progressives.

Hawkins, a Syracuse-area UPS worker and Teamsters union member, says by any reasonable standard he should be included in any debates for the governor’s race that feature major party candidates, Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo and Republican Rob Astorino.

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4:55pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Politics

Gillibrand says she supports action against ISIS, wants reform in NFL

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Senate Democrats Flickr

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) says she supports President Barack Obama's call for airstrikes in Syria. During a weekend appearance on CBS "Face the Nation," Gillibrand said the United States needs to take action against the militant group known as ISIS in Syria, but the U.S. needs to make intelligent decisions about how to do that.

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6:33am

Mon September 15, 2014
Health

Good hygiene is the best defense against enterovirus

Three central New York children were hospitalized at Galisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse last week.
Ben Nolan

The New York State Health Department has confirmed enterovirus 68 came to New York state last week, with more than a dozen children diagnosed with the illness in the Capitol Region and central New York. Health experts are telling parents the best defense against the virus is to make sure kids practice good hygiene.

Three children with asthma contracted the highly contagious respiratory virus and were admitted to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. The virus made it very difficult for them to breath.

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5:36am

Mon September 15, 2014
Business

Made in America: U.S. government strives for more exports

Courtesy of Mercer's Dairy.

The federal government continues to try to get more businesses to go international, and that includes businesses in central New York.

Among the success stories at a “Made in Rural America” conference in Cortland recently was the growth of an international market for Mercer’s wine ice cream. Mercer’s Dairy in Boonville has been a local ice cream institution for years on Route 12, halfway between Utica and Watertown.

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5:28am

Mon September 15, 2014
Business

Syracuse Hancock International Airport is looking west for continued growth

Hancock International Airport says its passengers want more flights west.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

It’s been a good year for Syracuse Hancock International Airport, according to it’s yearly report to the community. It added new concessions, a new airline and destinations, and improvements to the facility. But perhaps the biggest change came behind the scenes, as facility management was turned over to the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.

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7:01pm

Sun September 14, 2014
Health

Keeping cool: how to treat hot flashes

Jason Coleman

Hot flashes are a normal part of any woman’s progression through menopause that are often viewed as a simple passing phase. While many women go through menopause with little discomfort, others have a much harder time dealing with their symptoms and look for available treatment options.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. JoAnn Manson discusses hot flashes and the things that women can do to reduce the severity of their symptoms. Manson is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s hospital.

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7:00pm

Sun September 14, 2014
Health

Raw food diet in its 'natural state'

Steven Lilley Flickr

The raw diet has received a lot of attention from celebrities and health conscious people recently. But what actually constitutes a “raw” diet? Is it the temperature? It may just be a few simple changes that will not alter your lifestyle, just your health.

This week on "Take Care," Yuri Elkaim talks about what it really means to be on a raw diet. Elkaim is a registered holistic nutritionist, fitness expert and health coach, as well as a former professional soccer player. He currently writes a fitness blog at U.S. News and World Report.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Yuri Elkaim.

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4:00pm

Sun September 14, 2014
Poverty

Tom Buckel and Deborah O'Shea on the Campbell Conversations

Deborah O'Shea, left, and Tom Buckel, center, speak with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

This episode of the Campbell Conversations continues with the theme of poverty in the Syracuse region.  Host Grant Reeher talks with Tom Buckel, a former county legislator and partner in a large Syracuse law firm who now works as an Attorney for Legal Services of Central New York, and Deborah O'Shea, the pro bono coordinator for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County.  They discuss poverty and the access to civil legal services.

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5:20pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Health

Contagious respiratory virus hits three children in central New York

Dr. Quoc Nguyen and Dr. Jana Shaw discuss the first cases of enterovirus in central New York.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There are three confirmed cases in central New York of a highly contagious respiratory virus that health officials said was only a matter of time before it struck children here.

Two school-aged children from Onondaga County and one from a neighboring county were admitted this week to Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse with the Enterovirus 68, according to county health officials and the hospital.

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3:08pm

Fri September 12, 2014
Higher ed

Syracuse University law school christens new home

Dineen Hall is located on Irving Ave., on the western edge of Syracuse University's campus.
courtesy Syracuse University

Syracuse University law students are settling in for many long nights of studying in a new space. 

The university's college of law christened its new home, Dineen Hall, Friday. It's named for two alumni, Robert and Carolyn Dineen. 

The Dineens both put themselves through Syracuse law and became prominent attorneys in both the city and New York state. Their children donated $15 million for the new hall.

One daughter is the Hon. Carolyn Dineen King, a judge on the federal fifth circuit, based in New Orleans.

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9:51am

Fri September 12, 2014
Politics

Poll shows Republican Stefanik with 13 point lead in North Country congressional race

NCPR

A new poll in New York's North Country's Congressional race finds Republican Elise Stefanik leading Democrat Aaron Woolf 46 to 33 percent. Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello is favored by 10 percent of those polled.

The poll was conducted independent of the candidates by WWNY-TV 7 News in Watertown and Siena College. It has a four point margin of error.

The poll also finds North Country voters deeply dissatisfied with their state and federal leaders, with more than 10 percent of voters saying they're unsure how to vote.

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7:12am

Fri September 12, 2014
Environment

New SUNY ESF president says college could be at the forefront of environmental learning

SUNY ESF President Quentin Wheeler says the college could become a major leader in environmental programs.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A new era officially begins at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse this weekend. Quentin Wheeler will be inaugurated as the school’s fourth president. Wheeler sees ESF fitting into a world where environmental issues are moving closer toward the forefront.

Wheeler, a biologist who specializes in bugs and biodiversity, comes to ESF after stints at Arizona State University and Cornell. And that biodiversity background bubbles up when he talks about the future of Earth.

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5:30am

Fri September 12, 2014
Politics and Government

Attention now on Cuomo-Astorino gubernatorial contest

The New York state Capitol building.
Wallyg via Flickr

The primaries are over and the focus now shifts to the general elections, which are a little over seven weeks away. Incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces Republican challenger Rob Astorino.

Cuomo made a rare campaign-style appearance in Buffalo with running mate Kathy Hochul just after winning the Democratic primary with 60 percent of the vote. Without mentioning him by name, he portrayed Republican opponent Rob Astorino as a hyper-conservative who was out of touch with New Yorkers.

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5:06am

Fri September 12, 2014
Health

Getting benefits from raw foods without going all nuts

In recent years, raw food diets have become popular. This week on “Take Care.” WRVO's weekly health and wellness show, hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with Yuri Elkaim, a holistic nutritionist and blogger for U.S. News and World Report. Elkaim explains how to get the benefits of eating more raw foods, even if you don't want to completely give up your favorite grilled, steamed or baked dishes.

Linda Lowen: What are the principals behind a raw food diet and when we say raw, are we really talking raw?

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3:54pm

Thu September 11, 2014
-Nature of Things

South Carolina Sunrise

John Weeks describes the sounds of nature and the animals that come out of the woods as the sun rises. He comments on how the activity level of nature changes as the sun comes out.

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3:16pm

Thu September 11, 2014
Politics and Government

Hanna shows support for president's plan to fight ISIS

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) on primary night earlier in June.
Ryan Delaney WRVO file photo

Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican, is backing the president’s plan to try to root out an Islamic extremist group in the Middle East.

"I think there are some things in life you don’t have a choice," he said. "These people have declared what they mean, what they intend to do, through many different type of media and I think we have to take it very seriously."

Hanna, a moderate conservative from the Utica area, says the fight against the Islamic State militant group, or ISIS, should be taken to them, before it comes here.

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9:08am

Thu September 11, 2014
Politics and Government

Secrecy surrounds the use of 'franked mail' in Congress

Matt Churchill/flickr

Watchdog groups say upstate New York lawmakers, along with lawmakers nationwide, are blurring the line between their campaigns and official duties as representatives.

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4:59am

Thu September 11, 2014
Health

Very contagious respiratory virus affecting children expected to hit central New York soon

Dr. Jana Shaw says the virus could be more widespread than first thought because it has similar symptoms to the common cold.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Infection control officials at Syracuse's Golisano Children’s Hospital believe it’s not an issue of if a respiratory virus that’s storming the country ends up in New York state, but when. Jana Shaw, a pediatric infectious disease specialist, says there are no confirmed cases yet in New York, but she doesn’t expect that to be the case for long because the virus is very contagious.

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4:58am

Thu September 11, 2014
Politics and Government

After primary, focus shifts to general election

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul during the Democratic Party's nomination convention. (file photo)
Matt Ryan, New York Now

After winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now poised to run strongly against his Republican challenger, Rob Astorino. But will he have any lingering problems after more than one-third of primary voters rejected him for an obscure law professor?

Cuomo’s challenger, Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout, managed to win over one-third of the vote against the incumbent governor, despite Cuomo’s multi-million dollar war chest and near unanimous support from the state’s Democratic political establishment, from Hillary Clinton to local mayors.

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4:58am

Thu September 11, 2014
Politics

Green Party gubernatorial candidate says primary results could help his campaign

Howie Hawkins is running for governor this fall as a Green Party candidate.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor in New York state, likes the position he's in after looking at the results from this week’s gubernatorial primary.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo won with 60 percent of the Democrat vote, while a third of the vote went to liberal Fordham Law School Professor Zephyr Teachout. Hawkins figures that leaves him as the only option for progressives in the fall election.

A UPS worker from Syracuse, Hawkins believes the primary results highlight Cuomo’s weakness among progressive Democrats, saying it validates his reason to run this fall.

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4:08pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Education

Schumer pushes for education grant to help train manufacturing employees

Sen. Charles Schumer.
Senate Democrats Flickr

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) says New York has a lack of residents with the skills needed to fill jobs in the state's growing advanced manufacturing industry. That's why he says he's pushing for a $15 million federal grant to help 30 SUNY schools train people to fill those positions.

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10:17am

Wed September 10, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Shipping on St. Lawrence Seaway up

St. Lawrence Seaway in Montreal
Susan Novak

Shipping on the St. Lawrence Seaway is up three percent from last year.  That's a big comeback after last year's long winter  delayed the season.

When the seaway opened in March, the shipping lanes were still clogged with ice. Freighter traffic didn't pick up until late May.  Much of the cargo was leftover grain from Canada. And then, shipping really picked up.

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9:54am

Wed September 10, 2014
Politics

Cuomo-Hochul win primary, but challengers get surprising number of votes

Tim Wu and Zephyr Teachout address supporters at Hudson Terrace in Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan
Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Kathy Hochul beat off a challenge from two law school professors in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. But, challenger Zephyr Teachout won over one-third of the vote, opening  a potential weakness for the incumbent governor among progressive voters.

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