News http://wrvo.org en Statewide GOP candidates follow Astorino's lead to secure anti-Common Core ballot line http://wrvo.org/post/statewide-gop-candidates-follow-astorinos-lead-secure-anti-common-core-ballot-line <p>Republicans vying for statewide office continue pushing an anti-Common Core ballot line they’re trying to get in place for the November elections.<br /><br />Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino announced this week that he’s trying to create a ballot line called “Stop the Common Core.” Now, other statewide GOP hopefuls are explaining why they like the idea.<br /><br />Bob Antonocci, who's running for state comptroller, says Common Core was something forced on the state with the promise of federal dollars.<br /> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:02:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58700 at http://wrvo.org Statewide GOP candidates follow Astorino's lead to secure anti-Common Core ballot line Update: Five tornadoes hit upstate New York Tuesday http://wrvo.org/post/update-five-tornadoes-hit-upstate-new-york-tuesday <p><strong>Update, Friday, July 11:</strong></p><p>A fifth tornado from Tuesday's swath of powerful thunderstorms and twisters has been confirmed by the National Weather Service in Albany. <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/product.php?site=NWS&amp;issuedby=ALY&amp;product=PNS" target="_blank">This one in the eastern Adirondacks</a>. More from the Associated Press:</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:53:34 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58618 at http://wrvo.org Update: Five tornadoes hit upstate New York Tuesday Preventing and coping with Alzheimer's disease http://wrvo.org/post/preventing-and-coping-alzheimers-disease <p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:27:55 +0000 WRVO News 58259 at http://wrvo.org SU: campus will be "dramatically" impacted by I-81 construction http://wrvo.org/post/su-campus-will-be-dramatically-impacted-i-81-construction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse University campus would be greatly impacted by the reconstruction of Interstate 81 through the city, a university working group has determined.</span></p><p>When visitors to the Syracuse University campus exit the Interstate 81 viaduct, they’re currently faced with an “unattractive city fabric,” the study concludes.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:14:25 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58669 at http://wrvo.org SU: campus will be "dramatically" impacted by I-81 construction Healthcare professionals against fracking urge state to look at more research http://wrvo.org/post/healthcare-professionals-against-fracking-urge-state-look-more-research <p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:13:14 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58699 at http://wrvo.org Healthcare professionals against fracking urge state to look at more research Astorino challenges Cuomo to eight debates http://wrvo.org/post/astorino-challenges-cuomo-eight-debates <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican challenger for governor, Rob </span>Astorino<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, has proposed multiple debates in locations around the state with incumbent </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo. The governor has so far not accepted any.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:12:33 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58701 at http://wrvo.org Astorino challenges Cuomo to eight debates Starwood announces second hotel coming to Syracuse's Inner Harbor http://wrvo.org/post/starwood-announces-second-hotel-coming-syracuses-inner-harbor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Starwood group is now building two hotels in Syracuse’s Inner Harbor. Word of the second hotel came at the groundbreaking of the first.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:12:17 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58707 at http://wrvo.org Starwood announces second hotel coming to Syracuse's Inner Harbor Syracuse schools, attorney general reach settlement on discipline http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-schools-attorney-general-reach-settlement-discipline <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Syracuse public school district and the state attorney general's office say they've reached a settlement to curb the district's alarmingly high suspension rate.</span></p><p>The district will amend its code of conduct under the agreement.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:01:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58698 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse schools, attorney general reach settlement on discipline Moss emphasizes importance of Fort Drum during visit to North Country http://wrvo.org/post/moss-emphasizes-importance-fort-drum-during-visit-north-country <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:06:10 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58684 at http://wrvo.org Moss emphasizes importance of Fort Drum during visit to North Country Katko unveils plan for veterans, says VA needs to be held accountable http://wrvo.org/post/katko-unveils-plan-veterans-says-va-needs-be-held-accountable <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:59:50 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 58626 at http://wrvo.org Katko unveils plan for veterans, says VA needs to be held accountable Reveal, an investigative radio show http://wrvo.org/post/reveal-investigative-radio-show <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Join us on Sunday July, 13 at 7:00 p.m. for Reveal, an investigative radio show from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:05:36 +0000 Jason Smith 58657 at http://wrvo.org Reveal, an investigative radio show Details about $100 million Onondaga Lake West project announced, among some controversy http://wrvo.org/post/details-about-100-million-onondaga-lake-west-project-announced-among-some-controversy <p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:46:11 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58647 at http://wrvo.org Details about $100 million Onondaga Lake West project announced, among some controversy Cuomo primary challenger predicts she'll have 45,000 petition signatures by Thursday deadline http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-primary-challenger-predicts-shell-have-45000-petition-signatures-thursday-deadline <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Zephyr </span>Teachout<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Democratic primary challenger to </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo, expects to file more than 40,000 signatures late Thursday to obtain a place on the ballot for the September primary voting.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:13:52 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58625 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo primary challenger predicts she'll have 45,000 petition signatures by Thursday deadline How the weather service decides if a tornado touched down http://wrvo.org/post/how-weather-service-decides-if-tornado-touched-down <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At least </span><a href="http://wrvo.org/post/least-three-separate-tornados-hit-upstate-new-york-tuesday" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">four tornadoes ripped through central and northern New York</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tuesday evening. It's the National Weather Service that makes that determination if a funnel cloud touched down. It's a careful and calculated process.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:27:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58632 at http://wrvo.org How the weather service decides if a tornado touched down Lieutenant governor candidate Hochul keeps a low profile http://wrvo.org/post/lieutenant-governor-candidate-hochul-keeps-low-profile <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo’s running mate, lieutenant governor nominee Kathy </span>Hochul<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by </span>Hochul<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is starting to raise some questions.</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58624 at http://wrvo.org Lieutenant governor candidate Hochul keeps a low profile Smithfield community in shock after tornado strikes; governor offers condolences http://wrvo.org/post/smithfield-community-shock-after-tornado-strikes-governor-offers-condolences <p>The National Weather Service has determined that it was a tornado that touched down in a rural part of Madison County last night, killing four people, including an infant. &nbsp;<br /><br />Barbara Watson, lead meteorologist for the National Weather Service, made the tornado determination after surveying&nbsp; damage along Goff Road in the town of Smithfield.<br /><br />"It will be declared a significant tornado.&nbsp; It had wind speeds well over 100 miles per hour,” said Watson.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:08:37 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58611 at http://wrvo.org Smithfield community in shock after tornado strikes; governor offers condolences Onondaga County to unveil plans for amphitheater in Solvay http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-unveil-plans-amphitheater-solvay <p>Just about six months ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to central New York to announce that the state would chip in $30 million for a multi-million dollar plan to revitalize the western lakeshore of Onondaga Lake, including the village of Solvay. Today, Onondaga County is ready to share with the public detailed plans about what this development entails.<br /> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 19:03:52 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58610 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County to unveil plans for amphitheater in Solvay Tornado with winds at least 110 mph hit Smithfield http://wrvo.org/post/tornado-winds-least-110-mph-hit-smithfield <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service officially declared that it was a tornado that struck the town of Smithfield in Madison County, killing four people, destroying four homes and severely damaging three others.</span></p><p>Madison County Sheriff Allen Riley announced that the victims include Kimberly Hillard, 35; her four-month-old baby, Paris Newman; Virginia Warner, 70; and Arnie A.D. Allen, 53.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:41:43 +0000 Catherine Loper 58591 at http://wrvo.org Tornado with winds at least 110 mph hit Smithfield Tornado kills 4 in Madison County; thunderstorms leave thousands without power around region http://wrvo.org/post/tornado-kills-4-madison-county-thunderstorms-leave-thousands-without-power-around-region <p>The National Weather Service says a tornado struck the Smithfield area killing four people in Madison County and leaving tens of thousands without power and causing significant damage through the region.</p><p>A line of severe thunderstorms moved through the entire region of western, central and northern New York Tuesday evening causing damage in various areas, but Smithfield suffered the worse.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:58:23 +0000 WRVO News 58581 at http://wrvo.org Tornado kills 4 in Madison County; thunderstorms leave thousands without power around region GOP candidate for governor will also run on anti-Common Core ballot line http://wrvo.org/post/gop-candidate-governor-will-also-run-anti-common-core-ballot-line <p>The Republican candidate for governor in New York is petitioning to run on a new ballot line that capitalizes on public opposition to the new Common Core learning standards.</p><p>Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino is gathering signatures to run on a third ballot line in November. In addition to the GOP and Conservative party slots, Astorino has begun a new ballot line called Stop Common Core. He admits it could give Democrats and others who are reluctant to vote for the Republican Party another option.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58547 at http://wrvo.org GOP candidate for governor will also run on anti-Common Core ballot line Powerful storm slams East Syracuse; fatalities in Madison County http://wrvo.org/post/powerful-storm-slams-east-syracuse-fatalities-madison-county <p>Trees were on front yards, on cars, in roads, on power lines and on top of houses in East Syracuse after a powerful storm system swept through the village Tuesday evening.</p><p>A few hours later, residents were using the remaining daylight to survey damage, many walking around or sitting in their driveway, others checking in on neighbors. Chainsaws were already roaring to begin cleaning up.</p><p>Emergency crews requested power be shut off to the entire village as power lines were down across several streets and yards.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:41:47 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58573 at http://wrvo.org Powerful storm slams East Syracuse; fatalities in Madison County Severe storms kill 3 people in Madison County, damage homes, cause power outages throughout region http://wrvo.org/post/severe-storms-kill-3-people-madison-county-damage-homes-cause-power-outages-throughout-region <p><strong>10:04 p.m. update:</strong></p><p>The National Weather Service says three people died from the storms in Madison County.</p><p>Family members confirm to WRVO News that three people were killed in Peterboro&nbsp;when the homes they were in on Goff Road collapsed after being pounded by thunderstorms.</p><p>The deceased include a mother and her four-month-old daughter who were in a single family home. Another woman, approximately 70 years old, according to family members, was in a mobile home that was also destroyed. In all, four homes collapsed.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:47:44 +0000 Jason Smith 58572 at http://wrvo.org Severe storms kill 3 people in Madison County, damage homes, cause power outages throughout region Hydrofracking decison may impact more than just oil and gas industry http://wrvo.org/post/hydrofracking-decison-may-impact-more-just-oil-and-gas-industry <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt"><span style="vertical-align:baseline">In a decision released last week, the highest court in New York ruled that local governments can ban drilling within their borders. And while hydrofracking remains on hold in the state, the ruling is expected to have a huge impact on the industry in New York if fracking is eventually permitted.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:22:28 +0000 Matt Richmond 58546 at http://wrvo.org Hydrofracking decison may impact more than just oil and gas industry Disaster readiness program encourages communities to pool knowledge and experience http://wrvo.org/post/disaster-readiness-program-encourages-communities-pool-knowledge-and-experience <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Weather Service predicts 2014 will be a relatively tame hurricane season. But memories of hurricanes like Sandy and Irene, as well as tropical storm Lee, have led </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo to create the Citizen Preparedness Corps in hopes of training New Yorkers to be their own first responders.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:21:40 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 58492 at http://wrvo.org Disaster readiness program encourages communities to pool knowledge and experience Auburn Housing Authority bans smoking in public housing units http://wrvo.org/post/auburn-housing-authority-bans-smoking-public-housing-units <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There will be no more smoking inside apartments operated by the Auburn Housing Authority.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:37:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58491 at http://wrvo.org Auburn Housing Authority bans smoking in public housing units Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York http://wrvo.org/post/medical-marijuana-becomes-legal-new-york <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New York is now the </span>23<sup>rd</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> state to allow medical marijuana, now that </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But, it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:32:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 58483 at http://wrvo.org Medical marijuana becomes legal in New York Miner calls for increased broadband access in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/miner-calls-increased-broadband-access-syracuse <p>Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city can't have a modern economy without access to high-speed Internet and strong phone service.<br /><br />Miner has recently called for better broadband in Syracuse, and has signed a petition to the state's Public Service Commission asking for an investigation into broadband's rollout in the state.<br /><br />"And what I have seen firsthand is a number of businesses who said they wanted to locate to Syracuse, or expand in Syracuse, but couldn't because of a lack of access to affordable broadband or telecommunications," Miner said.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:08:28 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58350 at http://wrvo.org Environmental group tests Erie Canal and Oswego River water for invasive species http://wrvo.org/post/environmental-group-tests-erie-canal-and-oswego-river-water-invasive-species <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Nature Conservancy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and other environmental groups are making use of a recently developed DNA sampling technique to determine whether or not any invasive species might be swimming, living or growing in the Oswego River and Erie Canal. By taking hundreds of water samples, the group believes it can slow the growth of invasive species in the state.</span></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:26:56 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58344 at http://wrvo.org Environmental group tests Erie Canal and Oswego River water for invasive species Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system http://wrvo.org/post/red-green-syracuse-working-upgrade-traffic-signal-system <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s what every commuter hates when trying to get to work in the morning: red lights. They slow drive times down and waste gas, but&nbsp;the city of Syracuse is working to upgrade its traffic light system, so drivers see more green.</span></p><p>"By coordinating the traffic lights, what happens is, we can tell the traffic light not only how long to be green in a certain direction, but when to go green," explains Harry Carlson of the city's public works department.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:45:13 +0000 Ryan Delaney 58319 at http://wrvo.org Red to green: Syracuse working to upgrade traffic signal system Cuomo vows to reduce number of AIDS cases in New York http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-vows-reduce-number-aids-cases-new-york <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a plan he hopes will end the AIDS epidemic in New York state by the year 2020, but much of what’s involved in the three-point program is already being done.</span></p><p>The governor's program is called “Bending the Curve," and concentrates on three things: identifying people who test HIV positive; linking those people to healthcare and connecting them to anti-HIV therapy to prevent further transmission; and stopping high-risk behavior among others to keep them HIV negative.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:48:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 58285 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo vows to reduce number of AIDS cases in New York