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4:34pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Health

State Fair infirmary equipped to handle emergencies big and small

The New York State Fair infirmary handles about 600 patients each year.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A steady stream of patients visit the infirmary at the New York State Fair each day. Though most people have minor maladies, one fairgoer did have a heart attack early in the fair's run and is recovering. Upstate Medical University Hospital ER Physician Erin Wirths isn’t surprised. She says the fairgrounds has all the pieces in place to deal with an emergency situation. For the most part the infirmary handles small things, and sometimes fairgoers who need a few minutes to rest up.

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3:33pm

Thu August 28, 2014
-Nature of Things

The Story of a Maple Part One

John Weeks tells a story about a tree close to his house. He appreciates this tree because it shades his house from the hottest days of the summer. The tree was damaged earlier in it's life and never recovered. The tree might be cut down for a highway.

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7:18am

Thu August 28, 2014
Health

5K run at state fair to help doctors perform hip replacements in Ghana

The Operation WALK team that traveled to Panama in 2013 to perform hip and knee replacements.
Operation WALK Syracuse

For the first time ever at the New York State Fair, there will be a running event at the fairgrounds. The Bubble Blast 5K run will take place Sunday.

One of the beneficiaries of the fundraiser is a group of central New York medical professionals who take their skills to third-world countries.

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7:16am

Thu August 28, 2014
Business

State pension funds hits another all-time high

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says the state's estimated pension fund value has reached an all-time high, thanks to several factors.

"We've been benefiting obviously from the strong public markets, the stock market's been doing well and that's a significant part of our portfolio," DiNapoli said.

"So at the end of our first quarter -- and our fiscal year starts April 1 -- so at the end of the first quarter, which ended June 30, we were up to $180.7 billion. That is an historic high for us, so we're very, very pleased about the continued growth of the fund."

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7:05am

Thu August 28, 2014
Medical marijuana

How will medical marijuana use go over in the workplace?

dank depot via Flickr

While medical marijuana will soon be legal for some illnesses in New York, legal experts are warning there are some unanswered concerns over when and where it can be used.

In about a year and a half, people with illnesses like cancer or AIDS will be able to use medicinal marijuana legally for pain and loss of appetite.

But will those patients be allowed to be high in the workplace?

Labor attorney Michael Macomber, with the firm Tully Rinckey, says marijuana is still an illegal drug at the federal level after all.

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5:55pm

Wed August 27, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Craft distillers make their way to the New York State Fair

New York liquors, including moonshine, are on display at the New York State Fair.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

As New York state continues to boost the craft brewery and distillery business, brews and spirits pushed into the wine court at the New York State Fair.

David Tadros has been collecting brews and spirits from Clayton to Brooklyn to sell at his stand on the edge of the wine court. State Fair Showstopper Ale, a brew concocted only for the run of the fair, by Empire Brewery, is sold here, along with other New York state beers. And for the first time distilled spirits are available outside, opening them up to a bigger audience.

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3:35pm

Wed August 27, 2014
Regional Coverage

Visitors to state fair could find lost money thanks to comptroller

Those visiting the New York State Fair might stumble into some money, thanks to the state comptroller and the Office of Unclaimed Funds.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says there's about $13 billion in lost money throughout the state.

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8:47am

Wed August 27, 2014
Regional Coverage

Lawmakers, preservationists call for historic building renovation credit to be saved

The main lobby of the Hotel Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Preservationists and Syracuse-area economic development specialists are uniting to try and save a federal tax credit that’s helped renovation of historic buildings.

They made the push  from one of the grandest rooms in an historic building that turned 90 years old this month, the Hotel Syracuse.

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8:18am

Wed August 27, 2014
Regional Coverage

North Country lawmaker, group, working to save Fort Drum jobs

Soldiers participate in a homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. (file photo)
WRVO

Supporters of Fort Drum are coming out in full force to prevent the North Country installation from losing more soldiers. The fears come from the United States Army's proposal to reduce troop levels to pre-World War II numbers.

State Sen. Patty Ritchie's office has been working with the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization to gather more than 9,000 signatures in support of keeping jobs at the base, which she says pumped about $1.4 billion into the local economy last year.

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6:25am

Wed August 27, 2014
State Fair

Classic midway prize missing from this year's state fair

Nine-year-old Kacen Chigaridis, left, and his brother Kyler, 7, play a game on this midway at the New York State Fair.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

It’s a common procedure at the state fair: step right up and try to win a prize at one of the midway’s many carnival games.

Pop a balloon with a dart; sink a basketball shot; hook a ring around a bottle. Do so, and spend the rest of a day at the fair slinging an oversized plush gorilla over the shoulder, or carrying a stuffed monkey under an arm.

But one game, and an iconic fair prize, is missing this year.

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3:11pm

Tue August 26, 2014
-Nature of Things

The Twin Miracles of Flight and Frenzy

John Weeks talks about different kinds of birds, especially robins, and the fruits they eat. Fruit is important this time of year as a main source for the energy they need to migrate in the Fall. Their behavior changes towards the end of the summer as they prepare for their long flight.

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3:00pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Regional Coverage

Snow shoveling legislation returns to Syracuse Common Council

People shovel snow along East Fayette St. following a February snowstorm. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Temperatures may still be in the 80s, but Syracuse's common councilors are looking beyond shorts and sandal weather. The issues of people not shoveling snow from their sidewalks is once again on the agenda.

Last year, Councilor Bob Dougherty couldn’t get the votes to pass a law that would have ticketed property owners who didn’t clear snow off their sidewalks. So he’s spent the summer looking at what went wrong and devising a way to encourage homeowners to keep sidewalks clear when the inevitable Syracuse snow begins to fall.

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11:24am

Tue August 26, 2014
Politics

Syracuse Common Council considers Ban the Box legislation

Syracuse lawmakers are making more changes to the proposed Ban the Box legislation. A scheduled vote has been put off until after another committee meeting, to discuss the latest iteration of the civil rights legislation.

Ban the Box legislation is meant to get rid of the check box on a hiring application that asks if applicants have a criminal history. For Brian Johnson of Syracuse, that box is keeping him from getting a job, even though it’s been seven years since his encounter with the law.

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6:57am

Tue August 26, 2014
higher ed

Syracuse University named top campus for LGBT students

Danilo Urbina via Flickr

Syracuse University has earned a top score for being a gay-friendly campus.

It’s hard for campus officials who work with the LGBT community to tell if more students today are coming to campus already out.

"I think they’re maybe a little more savvy and they realize that coming out is a continuous process. There’s no one way to do it," said Chase Catalano, director of the college's LGBT resource center. "And at least our hope is that coming out isn’t a requirement."

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5:34am

Tue August 26, 2014
Politics and Government

GOP continutes to wait for a viable GOP option to the Affordable Care Act

During the last two elections New York and Pennsylvania Republicans campaigned on repealing and replacing so-called Obamacare – but House Republicans have yet to vote on a replacement plan.

Remember “repeal and replace”? It’s the campaign slogan that helped Republicans gain control of the House in 2010 and keep that majority in 2012. House leaders have done what they can to repeal the law – the GOP has cast more than 40 votes to scrap or defund all or part of the Affordable Care Act. But where’s the replacement?

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4:34pm

Mon August 25, 2014
Business

Hotel Syracuse pilot program will help restore landmark to its former glory

George F via Flickr

Syracuse lawmakers agreed to a pilot program Monday that will ease the tax burden for developers renovating the historic Hotel Syracuse.

City Deputy Commissioner for Development Ben Walsh says this is a big step in moving the project forward.

“The project is complicated, and frankly, as expensive as this, it needs as much certainty and predictability as possible," Walsh said. "And that’s what the pilot provides. It provides a certain payment for a period of time when the hotel is most vulnerable in it’s initial years of operation.”

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6:57am

Mon August 25, 2014
Education

Beginning of college marks transition period for students and parents

Students leave their belongings on the sidewalk while they wait for help moving into their dorm rooms.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

As summer vacation comes to a close, many students will be heading back to school for the year. But for some parents, their children are leaving home for college. Parents and their kids both have their own worries about that day.

Jolie Cotner recently graduated from high school and is attending SUNY Oswego for her freshman year. Her family lives several hours away in Rockland County, but Cotner says being away from home isn't going to be an issue.

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5:35am

Mon August 25, 2014
Regional Coverage

Police departments get new vests through state-funded program

Bulletproof vests, like the one shown, have been given out to several regional law enforcement agencies, including the Syracuse and Utica Police Departments.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A new state program is providing bulletproof vests for police departments across the state. One Syracuse Police detective is living proof of how important these vests are to an officer on the street.

It was April 13, 2009, when Syracuse Police Detective Richard Curran and his partner found themselves in a shootout on Syracuse’s south side with a wanted parolee who was carrying an illegal .357 handgun. Curran was wearing an up-to-date bulletproof vest, and was shot at close range.

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7:01pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Health

Making healthy choices for a healthy lifestyle

Lake Mead NRA Public Affairs Flickr

It is a familiar occurrence.  You get home from work with plans to go for a run or head to the gym, but you decide that you are too tired and end up watching television instead.  Why is it that you watch television even though you know that exercising would be a much more productive and healthy use of your time?

This week on “Take Care,” B.J. Gallagher discusses the reasons why we do not always do what is best for us and how we can make positive changes to our lifestyles.  Gallagher is a sociologist and author of the book “Why Don’t I Do the Things I Know Are Good for Me?” 

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with B.J. Gallagher.

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7:00pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Health

Navigating the Blood Drive

César Astudillo Flickr

Although blood donations are a critical part of the healthcare system, many of us have never given blood.  While the American Red Cross and similar organizations work very hard to promote blood drives, they give less information regarding the specifics of the procedure and what to expect after walking into a clinic. 

This week on "Take Care," Dr. Patricia Pisciotto describes the blood donation procedure and the possible conditions that can prevent people from donating.  Pisciotto is the chief medical officer of the American Red Cross Northeast Division.

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12:28pm

Sun August 24, 2014
Politics and Government

Zephyr Teachout on the Campbell Conversations

Zephyr Teachout, democratic candidate for governor, left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

Zephyr Teachout is mounting a spirited challenge to Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign, running against the incumbent governor in this September’s Democratic Primary.  So far the governor has refused to debate her, but in this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Teachout sits down with host Grant Reeher to discuss political reform, state policy, her chances in September and possibly November, and even her curious name.

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4:05pm

Fri August 22, 2014
Regional Coverage

New York State Fair offers visitors the chance to fix tax problems

Tom Mattox, tax department commissioner, explains how fairgoers can resolve tax issues and get their questions answered.
via New York State Tax Department

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance is back at the New York State Fair this year. They had a very positive experience last year signing homeowners up for the STAR tax credit.

This year, Department Commissioner Tom Mattox says they’re taking it one step further by providing private assistance to resolve tax issues on the spot.

“Yesterday alone, we worked with a couple dozen taxpayers to resolve issues in real time," Mattox said. "Everything from eligibility for certain veterans exemptions to certain sales tax collection related issues."

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3:52pm

Fri August 22, 2014
Regional Coverage

Law enforcement officials remember lost officers at the state fair

Today is Law Enforcement Day at the New York State Fair. Police officials remembered officers lost in the line of duty with a special memorial. State Police Superintendent Joe D’Amico says it’s been a tough 15 months in his department, with five officers killed while on duty. He says it’s hard on morale.

“They’re friends, they're people you work with," D'Amico said. "You talk about the law enforcement family, and it really is. It’s more than just colleagues. People become very close, so it’s very difficult.”

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9:40am

Fri August 22, 2014
Business

Cuomo: State talking to Remington about renovations

Ryan Delaney/WRVO

A round of layoffs at Remington Arms and the relocation of some of its manufacturing isn't about New York, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo was asked about layoffs at the century-old Mohawk Valley gun manufacturer while visiting the state fair Thursday.

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9:37am

Fri August 22, 2014
Environment

State Fair hydrofracking protests draw activists and politicians

Hydrofracking protesters rally against the controversial natural gas drilling process at the New York State Fair.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo says there has been no progress on a decision about hydrofracking in New York state, the movement opposing the controversial gas extracting technology gets louder. There are a couple of candidates in the upcoming election who want to tap into this anti-fracking fervor.

"We got the people power, la la la," yelled several protesters gathered at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. "We got the people power, la la la!"
 

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8:10am

Fri August 22, 2014
Politics

Cuomo won't say whether he'll debate Teachout, Astorino

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino visits the New York State Fair in Syracuse Thursday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is non-committal about whether he’ll debate his Democratic and Republican opponents in the fall elections.

Cuomo, who spoke after an early morning stop at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, would not say whether he’ll debate Republican candidate for governor Rob Astorino, or Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout.

“I’ll leave that to the campaigns to talk through,” Cuomo said.

The governor was asked what he meant by the statement.

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7:39am

Fri August 22, 2014
Regional Coverage

Large class begins Syracuse police academy

A large class of new recruits has begun training to become Syracuse police officers, but if you ask Syracuse police chief Frank Fowler, it's still not enough cops.

"Keep bringing them," he said. "I tell you, I can find work for every police officer that you send my way. But this is a great start and I’m glad to have it."

Fowler was speaking after the swearing in of a new class of officers. Syracuse is buffeting its police ranks more than normal. It swore in 35 officers to begin six months of training on Thursday.

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5:35am

Fri August 22, 2014
Politics

Challenger in New York's attorney general race focuses on corruption commission

John Cahill says Attorney General Eric Schneiderman can discuss some aspects of the now defunct Moreland Commission. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The Republican challenger in the race for New York attorney general has begun airing TV ads, and is making an issue of incumbent Eric Schneiderman’s role in a controversial ethics commission.

John Cahill, the Republican candidate for attorney general, has made several stops around the state in recent days, focusing on the controversial Moreland Act Commission on corruption.

Cahill says there are unanswered questions about how deeply involved current Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was with the commission. The commissions’s actions are now under federal investigation.

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5:34am

Fri August 22, 2014
Health

How to make hard but healthy choices

Ed Yourdon via Flickr

You may know that you should eat lots of vegetables and exercise more to stay healthy, but although you know these things, you may not choose to do them. This week on Take Care, Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with sociologist and author B.J. Gallagher about why we don't always act in our own self-interest, and how we can change that pattern.

Lorraine Rapp: How does a negative self-image and poor self-esteem actually stop us from doing the things we know are good for us?

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2:15pm

Thu August 21, 2014
Regional Coverage

Cuomo opens New York State Fair amid downpour

Governor Andrew Cuomo cutting the ribbon to open the Great New York State Fair.
Governor Andrew Cuomo via Flickr

It was an opening day to remember for Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the New York State Fair.

Cuomo opened the fair this morning with a ribbon cutting at the dairy cattle building. Standing next to politicians, goats and cows, he declared the 2014 edition of the fair open.

“On three, don’t cheat, don’t cheat," Cuomo said to those surrounding him. "One, two, three."

The skies opened up shortly after Cuomo left the Dairy Building to make his way to Dinosaur Barbecue for the traditional sausage sandwich.

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