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8:01pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Health

New York organ donations lag far behind national average

A new report recommends that New York simplify its organ donation process, because 18 people die per day in the state awaiting a transplant. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield conducted the study. The company's medical director, Dr. Martin Lustick, says they found that just 22 percent of New Yorkers are registered donors, compared to 48 percent nationally.

"Unlike states that have a high rate of registration, our process for registering is somewhat more cumbersome than the average across the country," Lustick said.

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7:08pm

Wed July 30, 2014
Health

Health advocates promote "She Matters" mammogram campaign in Syracuse

The "She Matters" campaign will kick off at Pioneer homes in Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

There is a nationwide racial disparity when it comes to breast cancer. The mortality rate is 41 percent higher for African-American women than Caucasian women. But a special program at Pioneer Homes in Syracuse hopes to put a dent in that number.

The idea is to get the 149 women over the age of 40 in this public housing development to get a mammogram, which can detect cancer in its early stages and can lead to better survival rates.

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5:56am

Wed July 30, 2014
Technology

Harassment law catches up to the digital age

Central New Yorkers trying to help victims of domestic violence are happy that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that deals with the changing technology.

Vera House Executive Director Randi Bregman says the world of domestic violence and harassment has changed as technology allows people to become more plugged in.

"It used to be aggravated harassment was primarily making a phone call," Bregman explained. "Now it’s texting, Facebook messaging, email and the GPS piece."

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5:35am

Wed July 30, 2014
Politics

Cuomo's GOP challenger gains from ethics commission controversy

GOP candidate Rob Astorino discusses his campaign plans during an Albany press conference.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

The little known and underfunded Republican challenger for New York governor has been getting a boost from incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s troubles over alleged interference in an ethics panel. Rob Astorino has been doing his best to keep the controversy, first reported in an in-depth story in the New York Times, alive.

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4:02pm

Tue July 29, 2014
-Nature of Things

In Nature What Goes Around, Comes Around

John Weeks discusses how the different predators and prey find their food. He also talks about how different animals communicate and warn each other of danger. He expresses that upon entering the woods, a person never knows what just occurred between the creatures that make up the forest.

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6:45am

Tue July 29, 2014
Politics

Oswego, Oneida counties receive additional family court judges

Brian Turner Flickr

Twenty-five family court judges will be added statewide by the end of 2015 to help reduce a backlog of cases and streamline the family court process. It's the first major addition of judges in New York in more than three decades.

Last year, there were more than 7,200 family court petitions filed in Oswego County, resulting in nearly 3,500 cases that needed to be handled by a judge. That equates to about 20 to 40 cases each day that are handled by either the county's elected family court judge, or another county judge as needed.

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5:35am

Tue July 29, 2014
Transportation

Area lawmakers say Congress is failing voters by avoiding long-term solution to highway funding

Doug Kerr via Flickr

Despite a bipartisan bill making its way through Congress to keep road and bridge projects funded, there’s still concerns about the long-term health of the highway fund. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives has passed short-term funding that was based on a budget gimmick. The Senate is expected to take it up soon. But several lawmakers in the region say Congress is failing voters by avoiding a long-term solution.

While more fuel-efficient cars and trucks may be good for your wallet and the environment, they may not be so good for roads.

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5:30am

Tue July 29, 2014
Energy

New organization's goal is to Solarize Syracuse

Solar panels on the home of Peter Wirth in Fayetteville.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

There’s a movement afoot in the Syracuse area to get more people to install solar energy technology in their home or business.

Peter Wirth of Fayetteville installed solar panels on his home two years ago. And one of the most frequent questions he hears is,

“Does it work in central New York? Well, it’s produced almost 100 percent of our power for the last two years,” said Wirth.

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7:11pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo makes first comments on ethics commission controversy

Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Buffalo Monday talking about StartUp NY before answering the media's questions about the Moreland Commission controversy
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his first public appearance since a potentially damaging news story about allegations his staff tampered with an ethics probe, tried to change the subject by talking about economic development.  But the story continues to dog the governor.

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3:23pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Politics

Astorino likens Cuomo to mob boss over Moreland Commission

Rob Astorino, the Republican nominee for governor, holds a can of Lysol, saying Albany needs to disinfected.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Rob Astorino is working to keep heat on Gov. Andrew Cuomo over reporting the governor interfered with an Albany ethics panel.

Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, made several stops across upstate New York Monday, as Cuomo made his first public comments since The New York Times reported Cuomo and his office tried to influence an independent commission set up by the governor to investigate corruption.

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7:32am

Mon July 28, 2014
Education

More school spending doesn't always mean fiscal efficiency

Thomas Favre-Bulle via Flickr

At the Baldwinsville School District’s administrative office, Superintendent David Hamilton works from an office filled with reclaimed furniture. He says a fancy office chair doesn’t help teach students biology.

Hamilton says that sort of frugality is what helped Baldwinsville score one of the best “bang for the buck” ratings in a recent report by the Center for American Progress. It ranked high on a spending to test score ratio.

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7:18am

Mon July 28, 2014
Regional Coverage

Peace activists says drone protests at Hancock Air Base will continue

Activists stand near the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base to protest drone use.
Courtesy of Upstate Drone Resisters

Activists opposed to drone warfare continue targeting the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base north of Syracuse.

During a protest at the air base last week, local upstate drone activists were joined by some members of the Atlantic Life Community Activists, an East Coast-based group of pacifists.

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5:45am

Mon July 28, 2014
Health

River Hospital working with Upstate Medical University to bolster emergency department

River Hospital is partnering with Upstate Medical University thanks to a grant.
River Hospital

Beginning in August, River Hospital in Alexandria Bay will partner with Syracuse's Upstate Medical University to bolster the Thousand Islands' hospital's services.

The goal is to bring more physicians to work in River Hospital's emergency department, according to chief executive officer Ben Moore. He says the hospital is receiving about $1.4 million in state and federal funding this year to bring in between six and nine additional physicians.

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5:30am

Mon July 28, 2014
Politics and Government

Long-term impact of Moreland Controversy on Cuomo unknown

Zack Seward WXXI

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not held any public appearances since a potentially damaging New York Times story that reported that his top aide interfered in a corruption probe when it focused on Cuomo donors. But on Monday morning, the governor is scheduled to visit the University of Buffalo, where the press will try to ask him questions about the Moreland Act Commission and his office's involvement.

Cuomo’s political challengers leaped on The Times story, that alleges a top aide to Cuomo squelched subpoenas to the governor’s donors and associates.

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7:01pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Health

Planning for the worst with medical directives

Marc Gutierrez Flickr

Although we may like to think that we will always have control of our lives, there may come a time when we are incapable of making sound decisions for our health.  Determining the best way to deal with those situations is difficult, but thanks to advances in medical ethics it may be a little easier.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Barron Lerner talks about the different kinds of medical directives and how they can help make an illness-related death easier on the patient’s caregivers. Lerner is an author and professor of medicine at New York University.  His most recent book is "The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son and the Evolution of Medical Ethics."

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Lerner.

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7:00pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Health

Becoming a quality 'qualitarian'

I-5 Design and Manufacture Flickr

Using a list for grocery shopping can be helpful for remembering which food items to purchase, but is your list optimized for your health? 

This week on “Take Care,” Ashley Koff talks about the importance of selecting and incorporating quality foods into your diet.  Koff is a registered dietician and creator of the website ashleykoffapproved.com, which provides viewers with a comprehensive and thorough guide to quality eating.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Ashley Koff.

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4:32pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Politics and Government

State Senator Dave Valesky on the Campbell Conversations

State Senator Dave Valesky (D-Oneida), left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

When the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference joined in a majority coalition with Republicans in 2012, it claimed that the arrangement would provide more up-or-down floor votes on progressive legislation.  In announcing a new intention to caucus with Democrats following this November’s elections, the IDC is claiming that the arrangement will provide….more up-or-down votes on progressive legislation.  How can both claims be true?  That question and others related to political power-sharing arrangements are explored with this week’s guest on the Campbell Conversations—IDC

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3:03pm

Fri July 25, 2014
Regional Coverage

Midway Drive-In owner gets help from community to restore institution

The Midway Drive-In after a severe storm struck the region on July 8.
Midway Drive In Theatre- Minetto NY- Rebuilding Fundraiser Facebook

This weekend a local Girl Scout troop is teaming up with the owner of the Midway Drive-In in Minetto to raise money to rebuild the decades old facility that was destroyed during a storm that struck the region July 8.

Midway Drive-In owner John Nagelschmidt says although the wooden screen tower was destroyed, it happened at a good time of day, when no customers had yet arrived at the facility. If it had hit later in the evening, he believes things could have been a lot worse.

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7:39am

Fri July 25, 2014
Immigration

Vocal support, opposition to housing immigrant children

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner at a community meeting about housing Central American immigrant children entering the United States.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

While Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner wants the city to be a temporary shelter for Central American children fleeing to the country, there is a vocal opposition against it.

There are strong opinions on both sides over whether Syracuse should become a temporary shelter site for the children.

The mayor was interrupted often Thursday evening by a boisterous crowd at a North Side meeting with shouts of "legal!" and applause for comments both for and against.

It took back-to-back sessions to accommodate an overflow crowd of a few hundred.

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5:47am

Fri July 25, 2014
Energy

Dispute over Seneca Lake gas storage proposal rages on

Hundreds of protestors gather on the shores of Seneca Lake to protest proposed gas storage facilities
David Chanatry/NYRP

The debate over proposals to store natural gas, propane and butane in salt caverns under Seneca Lake has become increasingly vocal, especially after a federal agency approved part of the project last May.  Last week opponents organized the biggest rally yet in the Finger Lakes village of Watkins Glen.

As the members of the Schuyler County Legislature left their meeting last week, the emotion, passion and anger of opponents of the gas storage projects -- and fracking in general -- burst into full display.

“Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame!” the protestors chanted.

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5:34am

Fri July 25, 2014
Health

Getting the most out of medical directives

Thinking about the end of life is not something many of us want to do. But today a variety of medical directives exist that can help your family members and health care providers know your wishes ahead of time. This week, Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care" interview Dr. Barron Lerner about what different medical directives do. Dr. Learner is a medical ethicist, author and professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

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5:01am

Fri July 25, 2014
Politics and Government

Moreland Commission controversy raises questions on role of attorney general

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the Moreland Commission in July 2013
Karen DeWitt/WRVO News (file photo)

The fallout continues over whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide interfered with an ethics commission probe, with some now saying that state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman could have done more to protect the integrity of the investigations.

Schneiderman’s opponent in the fall elections is one of those raising questions about whether the attorney general, who was key to the formation of the ethics commission, could have been more involved and done something to stop alleged interference in probes by Cuomo’s aides.

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1:45pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Politics

Green Party gubernatorial candidate wants to debate Cuomo, Astorino

Howie Hawkins speaks to the press in front of the Jerry's Rescue statue in downtown Syracuse.
Tom Magnarelli WRVO

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor, called for a series of debates with Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo and  Republican candidate Rob Astorino on a range of issues Wednesday, including job creation. Hawkins was critical of both Republican and Democratic economic policies.

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8:02am

Thu July 24, 2014
Politics

Onondaga County executive discusses role in Cuomo's Moreland Commission

Joanie Mahoney served as one of the members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Act Commission. (file photo)
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A New York Times report alleges that a senior aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo interfered with the work of the Moreland Commission, the group the governor appointed to investigate corruption in Albany. The Times story also accuses Cuomo's office of trying to stop the commission from investigating groups tied to him. Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney was a member of the commission and Grant Reeher, host of WRVO's Campbell Conversations, interviewed Mahoney after the Times report came out.

GR: With this report, are you surprised by anything in it?

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7:22am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Upstate Economy

Community job training program will expand

Participants in Northside UP's Green Train job program in 2012.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A minority workforce training program on Syracuse’s North Side is being expanded with the help of several local agencies.

Northside UP, a community group targeting the immigrant population in the northern sections of Syracuse, has been running training programs called Green Train and Health Train. The second has placed a few dozen people on the payroll on St. Joseph’s Hospital, also located on the North Side.

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7:07am

Thu July 24, 2014
Politics

In New York's 128th Assembly District race, a familiar matchup returns

Republican candidate for the 128th Assembly District John Sharon during an event on Wednesday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

For the third time in six years, Republican John Sharon will challenge Democrat Sam Roberts for the 128th Assembly District seat.

Sharon admits going into a race in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans overwhelmingly, it doesn’t look promising.

“Just do that red-blue math, the numbers are not good," Sharon said. "But I’m not concerned about that, because I’m trying to reach out to the people who live here. And say, look, I’ll work for you, I will listen to you, I’ll be accessible, I’ll be visible, I’ll give you everything I’ve got every day.”

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6:34am

Thu July 24, 2014
Business

Public hearing for Solvay amphitheater draws criticism

Members of the Onondaga County Legislature listen to public comments regarding Solvay's $100 million amphitheater project.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The only scheduled public hearing on the proposed amphitheater project on Onondaga Lake drew mostly criticism Wednesday. The project, which has been fast-tracked by the state legislature, would put the concert venue on land that was used as a dumping place for industrial waste for years.

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9:12pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Politics and Government

Fallout for Cuomo over report his aides interfered with ethics probes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo named the Moreland Commission on public corruption in July 2013
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

One of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’ s political opponents is calling on Cuomo to hold an explanatory press conference, and  another is demanding that the governor to resign after an in-depth account in The New York Times reports that the governor’s top staff repeatedly interfered in an ethics commission investigation.

Cuomo created the ethics commission under the state’s Moreland Act a little over a year ago amidst rampant corruption rampant in the legislature, that included a string of indictments, resignations and jailings of lawmakers.

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3:54pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Politics and Government

Duffy will keep thoughts to himself on Moreland Commission

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy Wednesday in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy says he had no direct knowledge of alleged meddling by his boss into an ethics commission the governor set up.

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3:25pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Energy

New York's senators applaud safety proposals for transporting crude by rail

Sen. Charles Schumer called for better safety standards of DOT 111 rail cars in Syracuse in August 2013
Tom Magnarelli/WRVO (file photo)

Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are welcoming the announcement today by the federal Department of Transportation for increased safety measures for rail cars that carry crude oil.

With more oil being shipped via train from the Bakken region in North Dakota and adjacent Canada to the East Coast, and more accidents involving those tanker cars, safety concerns have been growing.

Schumer told reporters today that he hopes the rules will be implemented as soon as possible

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