Oswego, NY – Professional groups representing colleges and faculty members have issued a white paper that examines higher education in New York. The groups, lead by the New York State Public Higher Education Conference Board, found that New York is failing to adequately support public higher education. The Conference Board is co-chaired by former State Comptroller H. Carl McCall.
Oswego, NY – The Republican-controlled New York State Senate plans on a vote to bring back the state's flawed death penalty law. WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke with Onondaga County District Attorney, an outspoken proponent of reinstating New York's death penalty law.
Red Creek, NY – A local folksinger is working to highlight the lives of women in the Adirondacks from the 1800s to the present day. Peggy Lynn is visiting schools and libraries across central and northern New York to entertain students while educating them about some of the women who have helped shape Adirondack history. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Oswego, NY – Advocates for embryonic stem cell research meet with NY legislators to discuss lifting the current state ban on that practice. One of those testifying before state lawmakers will be Robin Eliot - the chair of a group called "New Yorkers for the Advancement of Medical Research. He spoke with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Oswego, NY – A number of environmental groups around the state say Governor Pataki's plan to locate five native-run casinos in the Catskills region needs further study. One of those groups is "Environemtnal Advocates." WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke with E-A's Jeff Jones about increased development in the former "Borscht-Belt."
Hamilton, NY – Colgate University's Upstate Institute has released the first part of a study examining the economic impact of New York's Oneida Indian Nation. Upstate Institute Director Jill Tiefenthaler explains the findings to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen. (more information about the study is available at colgate.edu)
Oswego, NY – State University of New York Chancellor Robert King visited Oswego Wednesday to talk to college students about his new tuition proposal. King took time before his presentation to explain the plan to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Macedon, NY – What started out 20 years ago as a hobby is now a Central New York business success serving female cyclists. Terry Precision Cycling, located in Macedon, sold millions of dollars worth of bicycles, saddles and apparel last year. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this profile of Georgena Terry, the company's founder.
Syracuse, NY – The Onondaga County Justice System may soon place more emphasis on mental health in Family and Criminal Court cases. A group called the Partnership for Mental Health Alternatives has released its recommendations for better handling of mental illness in the criminal justice system. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Oswego, NY – 115th District New York State Assemblyman David Townsend,(R) Kirkland, is urging Governor Pataki to delay action on proposed land claim settlements and casino compacts with five Native American Nations. Townsend asked Pataki to wait for the U-S Supreme Court to render a decision in a lawsuit filed by the City of Sherrill, Oneida Co. against the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. Townsend explains his position to WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
Oswego, NY – Many Americans see fat as a number on a scale or a social issue. But one local professor wants people to understand that fat is an experience too. Oswego State University professor Ira Sukrungruang and Ohio State University professor Donna Jarrell co-edited "Scoot Over Skinny," which they call the "fat nonfiction anthology." Sukrungruang spoke with WRVO's Skye Rohde about his book.
Wash. D.C. – Democrats are criticizing President Bush's plan to overhaul the Social Security system. New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer gave a hint of the Democratic response when he spoke Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Oswego, NY – Recent job cuts at two Lake Ontario nuclear power plants near Oswego, NY have raised questions about safety. While the 51 layoffs have an obvious effect on the workers who were let go, it also means more work for those left behind. That has some nuclear watchdogs concerned about the effect of low staffing levels on plant safety. Elizabeth Christense reports.
Oswego, NY – Much has been said about the flight of young talented people from upstate New York in search of better opportunities elsewhere. One group of young artists is staying. They're renovating space in a long vacant upper floor of a century-old downtown Oswego building into a community art gallery. WRVO's Mark Lavonier caught up with the 'founding' members who call themselves the 'Hat Factory' collective.
Oswego, NY – Wintertime in Central New York has always been tough for walkers. They brave ice, unshoveled driveways and cold air to get their exercise. But now there's another option. The Lowe's Home Improvement store in Oswego is welcoming walkers inside the store. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Auburn, NY – This week, the city of Auburn and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are experimenting with a variety of ways to remove thousands of crows from downtown Auburn. It's part of the city's ongoing challenge to balance nature and culture. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report.
Oswego, NY – A year ago, it wasn't too hard to find an apartment in Jefferson County. There were plenty of houses for sale too. But the housing market has shifted dramatically since Army officials announced eight months ago that a new brigade would come to Fort Drum. WRVO's Skye Rohde takes a closer look at the state of the county's real estate market.
Oswego, NY – Six students from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry are traveling today to the Caribbean to put their engineering skills to work. They will spend more than two weeks on the island of Dominica, where they will install a hydroelectric generator and lead workshops. Sophomore Megan Scott spoke with WRVO's Skye Rohde about the students' project.
Oswego, NY – You may have heard the commentaries of John Weeks on "The Nature of Things" on WRVO's Morning Edition Friday. For over two decades, his weekly broadcast has taken us on a guided tour of the forests, rivers, and wildlife in our region, as well as the occasional nature walk in our backyard.
John's early fascination with our world has led to a career in environmental advocacy that has spanned over 60 years.
Oswego, NY – It's been over a year-and-a-half since New York State officials decided to allow liquor sales on Sundays. Steve Glamuzina is president of the Empire State Liquor Store Association. He told WRVO's Skye Rohde that, despite recent opposition from some liquor store owners in the Albany area, the policy is a good one.
Syracuse, NY – Onondaga Lake in Syracuse NY is one of the dirtiest waterways in the nation. It wasn't like that more than a century ago. Then, resorts dotted its shorelines. Author Donald Thompson , a retired teacher, has captured the lake's glory days in "The Golden Age of Onondaga Lake Resorts" first published in 2002. He's out with an expanded third printing. He spoke about it with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.
Syracuse, NY – Today may mark the end of the firearm hunting season, but the deer are still plentiful in upstate New York. Roadside deer kills are one result. But the overpopulation also means more deer meat is made available to the region's poor, thanks to a statewide network of hunters, meat processors and food banks called the Venison Donation Coalition. WRVO's Skye Rohde has this report about the organization, which aims to give local food pantries more than 2,500 pounds of venison this season.
Oswego, NY – The New York State Chapter of the National Organization for Women has elected a new President. She is Marcia Pappas, who is currently "Now's" Albany chapter president. She replaces Kathryn Lake Mazierski.
Pappas promises to be a different kind of keader and restore some of the assertiveness from "Now's" early days almost 40-years ago. Pappas spoke with WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.