The city of Syracuse and Onondaga County have been designated as a Hidden Heroes community, which signifies support for Central New Yorkers who care for military veterans.

While many Americans will be watching fireworks and parades and lighting up barbecues at family gatherings this Fourth of July, the celebrations for some military veterans will be starkly different.

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President Donald Trump is set to announce his choice for a new Supreme Court justice, which he’s said could eventually result in the reversal of the abortion rights case Roe v. Wade.

New York has had legal abortion since 1970, three years before the landmark ruling. But advocates and many Democratic politicians say it’s not enough, and it could become an issue in this year’s governor’s race.

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ERWIN, N.Y. (AP) — A state trooper responding to a call about a suicidal and possibly armed man barricaded in his home near the Pennsylvania border early Monday was fatally shot along with the man, a school principal, officials said.

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Starting this month, geriatrics becomes its own clinical department at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. The change reflects a societal change with more and more older people needing specific attention.

Geriatrics had part of the Department of Medicine. This move puts it on the same level as other specialties, such as Surgery, Psychiatry and Neurology. Upstate Geriatrician Dr. Sharon Brangman will be the new department's inaugural chair, and said the new department will change the way older patients are cared for.

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In the waning days of the New York State Legislature's session, a bill meant to stop a trash incinerator from being built in the Finger Lakes sailed through the Senate and an Assembly committee with unanimous support. But when it reached the Assembly floor, it sat untouched as the session came to a close.

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Tuesday's primaries in New York reflected national divisions within the Democratic Party as it heads into what could be the most important midterm elections in a generation. This week, we recap the primary races, and look at their implications. We're joined by Hamilton College professor Phil Klinkner, and Oswego County Clerk Michael Backus. 

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The announcement that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring came only a couple of days ago, but the nation is already captivated over who will replace him on the country's highest court.

For a closer look at Kennedy and his jurisprudence, WRVO spoke with SUNY Oswego Associate Professor Helen Knowles. She teaches classes in American law and politics, and is the author of the book "The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Freedom."

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Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new system for state government to respond to requests made under the Freedom of Information law. It would allow citizens and members of the media seeking government documents to go to one online site to request information from multiple state agencies.

The new portal offers a form for document requests. The requests can be sent to up to three state agencies at one time. It also lists the contact information for staff members who handle FOIL requests at 59 state agencies and public authorities.

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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney requested that money set aside to get the county’s amphitheater going, be returned to the legislature because it is no longer needed. But the county comptroller said no money would actually be returned to the general fund.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro is putting ethics issues at the top of his campaign. During a stop in Syracuse Thursday, Molinaro has a list of proposals he thinks will make for better government in Albany.

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Wednesday morning mass at St. Mary's Catholic church in Oswego never garners a large crowd, but this week it's particularly small. Only six are worshipping. Attendance is much better on Sundays, but it too has dwindled over the years according to Father John Hogan Jr. - just as it has at every other Catholic parish in Oswego.

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New York’s union leaders are condemning the U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the right of a worker to not pay union dues. But a newly passed state law might mitigate the effects of Janus v. AFSCME.

The court, in a 5-4 ruling, agreed with Illinois state worker Mark Janus that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was compelled to have $45 a month deducted from his paycheck by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, to pay for collective bargaining even though Janus did not want to be part of the union.

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Thousands of children in the city of Syracuse recieve free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches during the school year. Now that summer vacation has started, however, those lunches go away. So the Syracuse City School Disrict is once again this trying to bridge the hunger gap this summer.

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Central New York Democrats resoundingly chose Dana Balter over Juanita Perez Williams as their candidate to take on Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. Balter won Tuesday’s primary with more than 60 percent of the vote and the enthusiasm of passionate supporters across the 24th Congressional District, despite being down in the polls.

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Oswego is finalizing designs for a $1.5 million street makeover in the city's downtown district.

Three blocks along State Route 104, a major highway that cuts through downtown, will get new enhanced crosswalks, curbs with ramps and audible pedestrian signals at crosswalks. The funding will also pay for new in-ground flower beds, benches and trash cans.

Mark Budosh, a senior managing engineer with Barton & Loguidice, designed the plan.

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Midterm election year primaries typically do not generate a lot of voter turnout, but this year could be different. Democrats will head to the polls today for several competitive primary contests featuring 12 Democratic candidates seeking their party's nominations in three central and northern New York congressional districts.

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Tuesday is primary day for federal elections in New York. Democrats across central New York's 24th Congressional District will choose between Dana Balter and Juanita Perez Williams, both competing for the Democratic nomination in the race to take on incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November.

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There is a record setting wave of candidates running for political office this year. Most are women, and most of them are Democrats. Two are running for the Democratic nomination in the 24th Congressional District, which covers all of Onondaga, Cayuga and Wayne counties and the western part of Oswego County. 

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Juanita Perez Williams is running in a primary Tuesday, against designated Democratic candidate Dana Balter for their party’s nomination in the race for the 24th Congressional District. Perez Williams, who lost in the Syracuse mayoral race last year, said she’s ready to support a bold vision for the region’s future.

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Today in our latest in health segment: two recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studies that reflect different trends in pediatric health.

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For teens facing depression, stress and other mental health problems, suicide can seem like the only way out. It's the third-leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 10 and 24 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York educators are now trying to alleviate the problems mental health is causing their students by addressing the issue head on.

Michelle Bartholomew Green lost her son Eric to suicide in 2013. The 18-year-old was a freshman at Alfred State College in western New York when he died.

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Virtual reality, often pictured on the heads of avid gamers in the U.S., is finding a new purpose in an unexpected place: pediatric pain management.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Gold, director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic in the Department of Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, is the lead of a new study examining the effectiveness of virtual reality for kids undergoing painful procedures. He spoke with “Take Care” about the ways VR can be used to help children through typically painful, high-stress procedures.


The past two decades have seen a spike in the use of technology, so much so that the internet has become prevalent even in the classroom. A psychologist and internationally known expert on internet addiction argues that parents and teachers should be more careful about how much time children are spending in front of screens.

Dr. Kimberly Young, author and founder of the Center for Internet Addiction in 1995, said technology and internet addiction is increasing, especially in children, which can hinder young minds’ development.

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Adversity isn't something that's exclusive to our youngest generation, but when it occurs early in life, toxic stress can have lasting effects. Things like divorce, death, substance abuse or sexual assault can create both mental and physical issues down the road.

Pediatrician Dr. Darcy Lowell is founder and CEO of Child First. Child First is an organization that helps struggling families build strong, nurturing relationships with the goal of healing and protecting children from the impact of trauma and toxic stress. Lowell spoke to us on "Take Care" about why this type of stress is toxic, its lasting effects and how to help our children.

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With the demand for schools to focus more on academics and less on gym class, many districts in the U.S. have cut back students’ physical education times or eliminated them completely. However, an author and authority on the connection between brain activity and fitness said the two goals of fitness and academic success are not mutually exclusive.

Dr. John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and internationally recognized expert on neuropsychiatry, spoke with “Take Care” about the importance of physical exercise on brain development, especially when it comes to adolescents.

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Reformers of the political system have had a lot to talk about in recent years, and one group with deep experiences to draw on is former members of Congress. This week, Grant Reeher talks with Richard Hanna who represented New York's 22nd Congressional District from 2011-2017. He's a current member of the reform group Fix Politics Now

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The 2018 legislative session ended quietly, as Democrats and Republicans in the legislature failed to agree on major issues and exited the Capitol until next January. Although Gov. Cuomo is now leaving the door open to calling them back.

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A new report attempts to explain the causes of last year’s flooding along the south shore of Lake Ontario.


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The House of Representatives is expected to vote on an immigration bill next week, meant to be a compromise among Republicans. Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) worked on the bill. This comes after a more conservative immigration bill failed in the House Thursday. 

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Upstate University Hospital is getting into the pharmacy business. A new pharmacy run by Upstate, has opened near the main entrance of the downtown Syracuse hospital. Pharmacy manager David Geloso said their goal is to fill all patients' prescriptions before they go home.

“Get them from sitting in a bed in the hospital and get them home to recuperate," Geloso said. "Once they are home and they want to stick with their pharmacy, they can have those prescriptions tranferred to their home pharmacy."