Havana, Cuba – At a time when the Bush administration continues to toughen its stance against Cuba and American travel to the island, an upstate college has created a study abroad program there. It's one of just five semester-in-Cuba programs offered by American universities. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with the program's coordinators, as well as with some of the students after they arrived in Havana.
Oswego, NY – New York stands to gain millions of dollars in revenue if it collected taxes on cigarettes and gasoline sold by Native American vendors to non-indians. Governor Pataki has failed to act -- citing his preference for a negotiated settlement. Frustrated by years of inaction, a citizens group is taking a new tact -- Upstate Citizens for Equality is calling for the impeachment of Governor Pataki. U-C-E President Scott Peterman described the reasons why to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Constantia, NY – The Carrier Corporation's announcement last October that it was eliminating 1,200 jobs in Syracuse was a blow to both the region and the company's employees. Many workers who have spent decades at Carrier face uncertain futures once the company's Syracuse manufacturing operation shuts down for good in April. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this glimpse into the life of Pete Renne, who is one of these men.
Syracuse, NY – An estimated 375,000 people will lose their unemployment benefits in the first half of 2004. That's according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policies. Isaac Shapiro, who authored the study, says the ending of the Temporary Extended Unemployment Compensation Program will mean hard times for many across the country, especially in New York. He spoke with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen. -- A full copy of the report can be found at: www.cbpp.org
Oswego, NY – Students living on campus at the State University of New York at Oswego may not have driveways to shovel, but they're still being forced to shift their routines according to the whims of the weather. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with some students on campus on January 30.
Watertown, NY – Arrests and seizures related to methamphetamine use have risen dramatically in Jefferson County, and law enforcement officers say they're facing a dangerous epidemic. The county sheriff is even suggesting toughening state laws to prosecute people caught with components used to make meth. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Solvay, NY – The village of Solvay is its own small world, defined by its industrial past but often dwarfed by its neighbor, Syracuse. A new collection of stories about the village, compiled by Solvay native Judith LaManna Rivette, is now in its second printing. WRVO's Skye Rohde spoke with Rivette and some of the book's contributors and created this sound portrait.
Syracuse, NY – The stage is set for next week's New Hampshire Presidential Primary. And, if Monday night's news coverage of the Iowa Caucus is any indicator, it could be another exciting night for news consumers, according to Syracuse University Professor of Television and Popular Culture, Robert Thompson. As Thompson explains to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski, the caucus coverage was a "rip-roaring" drama that trumped Reality Television.
Syracuse, NY – At age 91, Angus MacDonald has decades of activism under his belt. He's been a member of the Syracuse Peace Council since the 1930s, demonstrating -- and being arrested -- in anti-war protests and calling attention to the School of the Americas.
A committee at Syracuse University chose MacDonald as one of four recipients of its 2004 Unsung Heroes Award. The award honors community members who reflect the values of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Syracuse, NY – University Hospital's clinic for overweight children has a new location on Harrison Street in Syracuse. The Healthy Lifestyles Family Clinic, which has been open since May 2003, helps children ages 2 to 18 to adopt healthy eating habits. The clinic's director, Dr. Denise Woodall-Ruff, told WRVO's Skye Rohde that the clinic addresses a growing problem in the region.
Oswego, NY – The issues of food safety and nutrition will be foremost on the mind of Assemblyman Felix Ortiz in the 2004 Legislative session. The Brooklyn Democrat is chair of the Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy. Three-years ago, he held public hearings on food-related diseases like Mad Cow Disease. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke with Assemblyman Ortiz earlier this week. (interview) Ortiz also says funding to fight obesity might have to come from a "fat tax" on junk food.
Auburn, NY – Controversy is brewing in Auburn over a radio and television advertisement for a local store. John Hurd, owner of The Casket Store, decided three months ago to use an adaptation of a children's song to promote his business. But Hurd told WRVO's Skye Rohde that not everybody was happy about that.
Watertown, NY – New York State's expanded Clean Indoor Air Act has been in place since July, banning smoking in almost all public places, restaurants and bars. But some bar owners are taking advantage of a clause in the law which allows two "tobacco sampling" nights per year. Watertown mayor-elect Jeffrey Graham owns the Speak Easy Tavern. He told WRVO's Skye Rohde that he plans to host a tobacco sampling event on New Year's Eve.
Albany, NY – New York State is number one in the nation when it comes to medicaid spending. It's likely to be a top issue in the upcoming legislative session that begins next week. Public Radio's Capital Bureau Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports.
Syracuse – When U-S Forces capture former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, for once, the mainstream news media did a good job of covering a major story. That's according to Robert Thompson, the Director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University. He spoke to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Syracuse, NY – The newest fraternity at Syracuse University is a little different from the rest, but that's why its members joined in the first place. Delta Lambda Phi is a national fraternity for gay, bisexual and progressive men. Currently, it's the only gay fraternity in New York state. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.
Auburn, NY – The face of Auburn's downtown business district is about to change. Nolan's Sporting Goods, which has served local residents for 50 years, is shutting its doors early next year. For owner Bob Nolan, it's a bittersweet transition and, he says, an inevitable one. WRVO's Skye Rohde reports.
Fulton, NY – The long tradition of chocolate-making in the city of Fulton will continue. A consortium of chocolate makers is taking over the former Nestle plant... bringing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to the ailing city.
WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen prepared this report.
Hamilton, NY – Colgate University has launched an institute to serve as a resource for anyone seeking information about upstate New York. Colgate president Rebecca Chopp announced the formation of the Upstate Institute last week. Jane Pinchin is Colgate's Vice President for Academic Advancement and the institute's new director. She told WRVO's Skye Rohde the program is on the cutting edge of university-community relations.