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4:13pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Politics

Maffei says Katko crossed the line by talking about Democrat's wife, child

Dan Maffei and his wife, Abby, hold hands while walking to where Maffei held his press conference Wednesday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The issue of central New York Congressman Dan Maffei's connections to Washington, D.C. has once again come up as a campaign issue. But it's the mention of his wife and newborn daughter that has the Democrat steaming.

Maffei called a news conference Wednesday, telling reporters that Republican candidate John Katko crossed the line when mentioning the fact that Maffei’s wife works in Washington, D.C, and his baby was born in a Washington, D.C. area hospital earlier this summer

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12:18pm

Wed August 20, 2014
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum hosts open-house to discuss proposed missile defense site

A small crowd gathered at Carthage High School to learn more about a proposed missile site that could be built at Fort Drum.
Gino Geruntino

Fort Drum near Watertown is one of a handful of sites being considered as an East Coast missile defense site. A meeting was held Tuesday at Carthage High School to gauge the community's interest on the potential project.

Lt. Col. Chris Snipes, with the Missile Defense Agency, says the study being performed right now looks at a variety of factors when it comes to where the prospective site might go.

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10:47am

Wed August 20, 2014
Drones

Air Guard moves closer to launching drones from Syracuse

Air National Guard members prepare an MQ-9 Reaper drone for a taxi demonstation at Hancock Airfield in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A remotely-piloted military aircraft taxied around Hancock Airfield for the first time Tuesday.

Officers of the 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard are calling it a small step toward a goal they’ve had for five years: launching their MQ-9 Reaper drones from Syracuse.

"A milestone," albeit not a dramatic one, is what Col. Greg Semmel, the 174th's commander, said of the event. 

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7:45am

Wed August 20, 2014
Politics and Government

Business group praises Senate GOP voting record, pans democrats

unshackleupstate.com

An upstate pro business group is out with ratings for the Senate and Assembly, and finds, not surprisingly, that more liberal Democrats are at odds with the group’s agenda than conservative leaning Republicans. Unshackle Upstate says that could have implications for the group’s interests if Democrats take over the Senate in November.

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7:25am

Wed August 20, 2014
Politics and Government

Supporters launch campaign for yes vote on redistricting ballot amendment

Columbia City Blog Flickr

Supporters of a November ballot amendment on redistricting say it will help prevent rampant partisan Gerrymandering when the next district lines are drawn in the Senate and the Assembly. The groups Citizens Union and League of Women Voters are making voters aware of the amendment and giving them reasons why voters should approve the measure.
 

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4:32pm

Tue August 19, 2014
Regional Coverage

Smartphone app allows drivers in Syracuse to pay for parking remotely

New Whoosh signs on the electronic parking meters.
Tom Magnarelli WRVO

A new smartphone app being used by the city of Syracuse will allow drivers to pay for parking without going to the meter. The app, called Whoosh, was developed by Parkeon, the same company that provides Syracuse with its electronic parking meters.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said the app is being tested on 90 of the 280 meters in the city, mainly in Armory Square. 
 

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1:15pm

Tue August 19, 2014
-Nature of Things

Park Systems in Onondaga County

John Weeks talks with director of recreation and public programs, Bob Geraci, about the different parks in Onondaga county. They address how the various parks are classified and different activities that go on at each one. 

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6:45am

Tue August 19, 2014
Regional Coverage

Central, northern New York getting access to 211 phone service

Aiden Flickr

In January, all of New York state will be involved with the 211 call service. The plan is to reduce the number of calls to 911, while helping those who need assistance get help.

Brenda Episcopo, executive director of the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area, says the service is a mix of 911 and 411.

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5:34am

Tue August 19, 2014
Education

Education Bond Act draws support, criticism from educators

Sean MacEntee Flickr

New York voters will decide in November whether the state should borrow $2 billion for new technology, including iPads, in school classrooms. Teachers and school administrators who could benefit from the funds say they are supportive, but want to see more details.

The Bond Act, as it reads on the November ballot, would provide access to classroom technology and high-speed Internet connections, as well as offer funds to build more pre-kindergarten classrooms and replace the trailers that some overcrowded schools in New York City have been using to teach students.

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5:40pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Politics

Utica councilman calls for public safety review

At least one member of Utica's Common Council is calling for the city's public safety commissioner to perform a top-down review of the city's safety policies, saying a rise in gun crime and the heroic actions of two residents are a call for change.

Councilman Joe Marino presented his request during a meeting last week and is calling on Mayor Robert Palmieri, who also serves as the city's public safety commissioner, to provide the council with a full review.

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4:26pm

Mon August 18, 2014
Regional Coverage

Feds: No temporary sheltering of Central American children in Syracuse

Federal officials looks at the former Sisters of St. Francis convent to house Central American children.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The federal government is dropping plans to house children fleeing violence in Central America and coming to the United States in temporary shelters, including one considered in Syracuse.

WRVO has confirmed the news, which Syracuse.com first reported this afternoon. A spokesman for the mayor said government officials had notified the mayor of the decision.

It's affective for all sites in the country considered for temporary shelters.

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11:55am

Mon August 18, 2014
Business

Port of Oswego says increase in aluminum shipments puts it on pace for record season

The Port of Oswego says its seeing huge gains this season. (file photo)
Gino Geruntino WRVO File

The Port of Oswego says its working toward a record year, thanks to an increase in shipments of aluminum coming in through the St. Lawrence Seaway for use at Oswego's Novelis aluminum plant.

Port Director Zelko Kirincich says it's been a great year, and that the facility is expecting to receive about 20 barges of aluminum from facilities in Quebec and Ontario.

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11:39am

Mon August 18, 2014
Entertainment

New York State Fair changes midway, keeps traditional flair

One of the new rides coming to this year's New York State Fair.
Courtesy of Wade Shows

Every year there are new attractions or cosmetic changes at the New York State Fair in Geddes. This year, when the fair gates open Thursday, visitors will see some of the most dramatic differences in decades.

It’s the biggest change at the fair in 73 years, says Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner. An all new midway, with long-time show operator James E. Strates out and Michigan-based Wade Shows in.
 

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7:17am

Mon August 18, 2014
Regional Coverage

More charges expected against couple accused of kidnapping North Country girls

Nicole F. Vaisey, 25, left, and Stephen M. Howells II, 39, have been charged with kidnapping two Amish girls from a roadside farmstand in St. Lawrence County
St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

More charges are expected this week against a St. Lawrence County couple who allegedly kidnapped two Amish girls.

Police gathered potential evidence from the home of Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey of Hermon Sunday. The pair was arrested Friday night on charges of first-degree kidnapping with intent to harm two Amish girls, ages 6 and 12.

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7:01pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Health

Continuing education for doctors

Mercy Health Flickr

After many years of hard work at medical school, recently graduated students may like to believe that they have finally completed their education.  However, since medical practice and treatments are constantly evolving, doctors are required to receive periodic supplementary education in order to maintain their practices.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Atul Grover discusses continuing medical education and its importance for both physicians and their patients.  Grover serves as chief public policy officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Grover.

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7:00pm

Sun August 17, 2014
Health

Approaches to hair loss in women

Ian 'Harry' Harris Flickr

If a man starts losing hair as he gets older, it is usually accepted as a normal part of aging.  Many women also experience thinning hair related to aging but work hard to hide it.  Women may expect the other signs of aging, such as wrinkling and grey hair, but hair loss often catches them off guard.

This week on “Take Care,” we talk to Dr. Maria Hordinsky about the causes of hair loss in women and how to prevent or mitigate its symptoms.  Hordinsky is professor and chairwoman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Minnesota.

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6:12am

Sat August 16, 2014
Health

Horse dies of EEE in Oswego County

Gravitywave via Flickr

A horse in southern Oswego County has died of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. According to the Oswego County Health Department, the horse was stabled near the area where EEE had been found in Oswego and Onondaga counties. The horse was likely exposed to the virus in late July, before aerial spraying had taken place in the Toad Harbor - Three Mile Bay area. 

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12:51am

Sat August 16, 2014
Regional Coverage

Two arrested, charged with kidnapping North Country Amish girls

Nicole F. Vaisey, 25, left, and Stephen M. Howells II, 39, have been charged with kidnapping two Amish girls from a roadside farmstand in St. Lawrence County
St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

Saturday, 10 a.m. update:

Police provided a few more details on the two people arrested and charged with kidnapping two Amish girls Wednesday. 

Stephen M. Howells II, 39, and Nicole F. Vaisey, 25, were arrested Friday and were charged with first-degree kidnapping and are currently being held at the St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

During a Saturday morning news conference, St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said, "the motive was to take these girls from their home and to victimize these girls."

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5:19pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Regional Coverage

Law enforcement agencies perform security exercise on Lake Ontario

A U.S. Coast Guard boat pulls into the Oswego Coast Guard station.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Members from about 20 different federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and Canada were on Lake Ontario today to take part in a full-scale security and preparedness exercise.

Dale Currier, director of the Oswego County Emergency Management Office, says today's exercise dealt with the loss of a commercial radiation source being brought in from Canada, and could have been used in a dirty bomb if it fell into the wrong hands.
 

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6:52am

Fri August 15, 2014
Education

Students make incremental progress on Common Core math tests, but English scores remain flat

timlewisnm Flickr

New York’s school children made incremental progress in math scores, but no gains in English tests, during the second year of Common Core-related exams. Education officials say overall, only around one-third of students actually passed the tests.

In math tests administered to third through eighth graders, just 35.8 percent statewide were considered to meet or exceed the new Common Core standards.

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6:45am

Fri August 15, 2014
Health

SUNY Oswego prepares for Tobacco Free 2015

Fried Dough Flickr

SUNY Oswego is joining a growing number of colleges in the United States going smoke free on campus.

The college will be completely tobacco-free starting Jan. 1, according to Jerald Woolfolk with SUNY Oswego.

She says the plan allows for students and faculty to police themselves like they would at other smoke-free places, like hospitals and shopping centers.

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5:34am

Fri August 15, 2014
Health

Maintaining a doctor's education

Dr.Farouk Flickr

Do you ever wonder how your doctors are keeping up on the latest developments in medicine? This week on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Atul Grover with the Association of American Medical Colleges about the continuing education requirements for doctors and how you can find out if your physician is up to date.

Lorraine Rapp: Most patients are probably not aware that their medical practitioner is required to take continuing education in their field.  How does that work?

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4:18pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Education

Utica school district receives delay for extended school day program

xMizLitx Flickr

The Utica City School District is delaying a plan to make the school day longer in order to gather more input from teachers, parents and students.

The district was supposed to extend the school day in five schools this fall, stretching the average student's day by about 25 percent. But Superintendent Bruce Karam says the district only had about seven weeks to come up with a plan and needed more time.

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3:56pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Regional Coverage

Update: Missing North Country Amish girls found safe, returned home

A sketch released by police of 12-year-old Fannie Miller, who was abducted Wednesday with her 6 year old sister Delila. Both girls were found safe Thursday night.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff

Update: 

12-year-old Fannie Miller and her 6-year-old sister Delila were found safe and returned home Thursday night. According to WWNY, the girls were dropped off by two men in Richville, about 15 miles from where they were abducted Wednesday evening. When they were dropped off, they were told to stay where they were. Instead, the girls ran to a nearby home and asked for help. The girls were then returned home. 

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2:23pm

Thu August 14, 2014
-Nature of Things

Rewards of Roadside Nature Watching

John Weeks talks about the approaching fall season and the summer sunlight cycle. He discusses the relationship between the sun and plants and how that changes as we go through the different seasons.

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7:44am

Thu August 14, 2014
Health

SUNY throws support behind proposed campus sexual assault bill

personaldemocracy Flickr

The State University of New York system is the first to support a proposed bill that would strengthen rules to protect students from sexual assault.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was in Manhattan Wednesday to announce SUNY's support for the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. Gillibrand has been a lead backer of the bill, which would ensure minimum training standards for campus employees and would require colleges and universities to perform annual surveys to keep records of sexual assault cases.

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7:31am

Thu August 14, 2014
Politics and Government

Reform groups split on ballot amendment

Blair Horner of NYPIRG, Susan Lerner of Common Cause, and Jesse Laymon of Effective New York present mock awards for most gerrymandered districts in the NYS legislature
Karen DeWitt

Government reform groups are split over whether an amendment on the November ballot to change the way legislative district lines are drawn is an improvement, or will only make gerrymandering worse.

On November 4, voters in New York will decide whether they want to amend the state’s constitution to change the way Senate and Assembly lines are drawn.

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7:03am

Thu August 14, 2014
Politics and Government

Reformer: Cuomo using campaign money for Israel trip better than using funds for defense lawyer

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders visit an Iron Dome missile site in Israel
Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo

A member of a government reform group says it’s ok if Governor Cuomo uses his campaign coffers to finance this week’s trip to Israel if the visit is for political, rather than government purposes.

Blair Horner, with the New York Public Interest Research Group, says it’s preferable for Governor Cuomo to use funds from his $35 million dollar campaign fund to pay for his visit to Israel than for state taxpayers to foot the bill.  Horner says by using the campaign money, Cuomo is also signaling that the trip is more of a political event than official government business.

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8:57am

Wed August 13, 2014
Agriculture

Branch by branch, artist grafts a Tree of 40 Fruit

An artist rendering of the Tree of 40 Fruit mature and in bloom.
Sam Van Aken courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art

Imagine dozens of different kinds of fruit all hanging from a single tree. It's the dream of a Syracuse artist, who is building such a tree, branch by branch.

Grafting fruit trees is a practice almost as old as fruit trees themselves. Mending branches from two different varieties of fruit is how we get hybrid fruit varieties.

Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken is taking the art of graft to another level.

In a make-shift tree nursery behind the school’s art building, Van Aken has been slowly grafting together what he's calling the Tree of 40 Fruit.

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8:11am

Wed August 13, 2014
Politics

GOP candidates file for new "Stop Common Core" ballot line

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the GOP candidate for governor.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Republican candidate for governor and other state-wide conservative candidates have submitted their names for a new “Stop Common Core” party ballot line.

The campaign of Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says they collected about four-times as many signatures as the 15,000 needed to apply to create a new ballot line.

Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, who is running for state comptroller as a Republican, is also applying for the line. He says they hope to win votes on the line from liberals and conservatives.

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