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3:45pm

Mon December 9, 2002
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1:32pm

Mon December 9, 2002
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Latest Report from Capitol Bureau Reporter Karen Dewitt

Albany, NY – Governor Pataki has yet to address the state's budget crisis.

That has some groups worried that their programs may be slashed.

CLICK on the icon above to hear today's report from Karen Dewitt.

10:28am

Mon December 9, 2002
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Christmas Tree Farmers

WRVO – Many people in Central New York will be getting real christmas trees in the coming weeks...and with Oswego County as the second largest supplier in the state, there should be plenty of trees to pick from.

But few people think of the hard work that goes into growing the perfect tree. WRVO's Amy Cavalier takes a look at the farmers who work year-round cultivating what has become a symbol of the holidays.

9:29am

Mon December 9, 2002
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Statewide Sales Tax Increase Proposed

Buffalo, NY – Counties in New York State are struggling with rising medicaid costs.

One solution, proposd by Erie County Executive Joel Giambra, is to raise the statewide sales tax by one percent.

The state would then eat the cost of medicaid for the counties.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports that this proposal is getting mixed reviews.

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10:31am

Fri December 6, 2002
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Utica-area Community Plans its Future

Whitesboro, NY – The Oneida County village of Whitesboro is conducting a community image survey to allow the public to identify visual character and design preferences for the community. It's the first comprehensive planning review since 1979. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski speaks with Whitesboro planning board chairman Steve Cox.

1:49pm

Thu December 5, 2002
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Amsterdam Officials Respond to Meningitis Death

Amsterdam, NY – Health officials in the Capitol Region are responding to the death of an Amsterdam High School junior from bacteral meningitis.

17 year old Matthew Martuscello died early Wednesday after contracting the disease on a band trip to California.

Fulton/Montgomery County Health Department officials are working with the Amsterdam School District to treat those who had close contact with Martuscello with a course of antibiotics.

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11:29am

Thu December 5, 2002
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Forecasting Lake Effect

WRVO – A team of State University Professors have been working with meteorological technology....tailoring it to help predict lake effect snow storms and their potential severity so the public can better prepare.

One of those professors is Robert Ballentine, an Associate Professor of Meteorology at SUNY Oswego. WRVO's Amy Cavalier has this report:

10:46am

Thu December 5, 2002
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Amsterdam Officials Respond to Meningitis Death

Amsterdam, NY – Health officials in the Capitol Region are responding to the death of an Amsterdam High School junior from bacteral meningitis.

17 year old Matthew Martuscello died early Wednesday after contracting the disease on a band trip to California.

Fulton/Montgomery County Health Department officials are working with the Amsterdam School District to treat those who had close contact with Martuscello with a course of antibiotics.

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2:48pm

Wed December 4, 2002
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Federal Authorities Crack Down on Gun Ring in Syracuse

Syracuse, NY – Federal authorities have cracked down on an alleged weapons trafficking ring in Syracuse.

CLICK on the icon above to hear Elizabeth Christensen's full report.

1:38pm

Wed December 4, 2002
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Christmas Tree Farms

WRVO – Finding that perfect, real christmas tree could become harder in years to come, as tree farmers grapple with a variety of difficulties.

WRVO's Amy Cavalier reports:

11:10am

Wed December 4, 2002
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Syracuse VA Hospital Secure, For Now

Syracuse, NY – The Veteran's Affairs administration has closed and consolidated a number of facilities across the country recently.

The VA is now studying trends in the veteran population in anticipation of more cuts in the future.

For now, Syracuse's VA medical center has been spared.

VA Medical Center Director James Cody says Central New York's veteran population is expected to decline by 20 to 50 percent over the next 20 years and may be subject to a reshuffle in the future.

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10:34am

Wed December 4, 2002
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Clinton: Bush Needs to Release Homeland Security Funds

Washington, DC – New York's Junior Senator says fiscal mismanagement on the part of the Bush administration will compromise the effectiveness of the newly created Homeland Security Department.

Democrat Hillary Clinton says if the president wants the states to take a lead role in homeland defense, he must release the funds to local agencies earlier than Spring 2003.

Clinton made her comments in response to an announcement by Bush officials on Tuesday that Homeland Security payments would be delayed.

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9:59am

Wed December 4, 2002
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Holiday Sales Watch

WRVO – The first week of holiday shopping was better than expected. Consumers bucked analyst predictions, spending four to six percent more over the past "black friday" weekend than last year.

Retail Council Spokeswoman Rebecca Marion says analysts believe the threat of war, high home heating costs, increased property taxes, and a struggling economy will keep consumer spending down. However, she says it's still too early to make predictions.

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1:48pm

Tue December 3, 2002
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State Senate Agrees to Change DWI Laws

Albany, New York – After years of debate, the State legislature may change New York's drunk driving laws.

Capitol Bureau Correspondent Karen Dewitt has more in this report.

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12:40pm

Tue December 3, 2002
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Destiny USA Officials say RTC Must Expand

Syracuse, NY – Executives at the Pyramid Companies say once the Destiny USA proejct is complete, the Regional Transportation Center in Syracuse will probably have to expand.

Pyramid Executive Mike Lorenz says the expanded mall and resort will draw in millions of extra visitors to the Salt City. He says he doesn't believe the RTC can handle the influx of people.

Officials at the two year old William Walsh Regional Transportation Center say they will indeed be able to handle to increased volume of visitors.

11:30am

Tue December 3, 2002
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Onondaga County Will be Smoke Free

Syracuse, NY – Onondaga County legislators voted 14 to 5 in favor of a law banning smoking in public places.

Small businesses will have 2 years to comply with the new law, which bans smoking in restaurants, taverns, and other public entertainment establishments.

The legislators who opposed the bill said they were afraid that some smokers would venture outside the county for dinner and entertainment, hurting local business.

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11:05am

Tue December 3, 2002
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Onondaga County Bans Public Smoking

Syracuse, NY – Onondaga County lawmakers voted 15 to 4 last night to ban smoking in restaurants, taverns, and other public places.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke with the bill's co-sponsor, Robert Warner, and has this report.

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4:26pm

Mon December 2, 2002
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Onondaga County Legislature to Vote on Smoking Ban

Syracuse, NY – After years of debate, the latest bill prohibiting smoking in public places will be up for a vote in the Onondaga County legislature today.

The Warner-Winslow Bill would prohibit smoking in public places, such as restaurants, taverns, and bowling alleys.

Smaller establishments with less than 50 seats would have two years to comply with the law.

Sources in the county legislature say passage of the ban is likely.

4:24pm

Mon December 2, 2002
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Schools Must Have AEDs on Campus Today

New York State – Starting today, schools in New York State must have Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, on site.

The device help those in cardiac arrest.

Dave Ernst of the New York State School Board Assocation says while his group applauds the AED mandate from a public health standpoint, they wish state lawmakers had given districts more notice.

The AED mandate passed the state legislature long after school district had shored up their budgets for the year.

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3:10pm

Mon December 2, 2002
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Schools Must Have AEDs on Campus Starting Today

New York State – Beginning today, all schools in New York State must have Automated External Defibrillators on site.

When used properly, AEDs can help someone who is in cardiac arrest.

Dave Ernst of the State School Boards Association says while his group applauds the mandate from a safety standpoint, they wish the state had given school districts more time to find funding for the devices.

The state legislature passed the bill long after school districts had shored up their budgets.

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1:55pm

Mon December 2, 2002
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Schools Must Have AEDs on Campus Today

New York State – Starting today, schools in New York State must have Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, on site.

The device help those in cardiac arrest.

Dave Ernst of the New York State School Board Assocation says while his group applauds the AED mandate from a public health standpoint, they wish state lawmakers had given districts more notice.

The AED mandate passed the state legislature long after school district had shored up their budgets for the year.

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1:32pm

Mon December 2, 2002
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Citizens Group May Sue Verona Over Turning Stone Status

Vernon, NY – A citizens group wants to sue the town of Verona.

Upstate Citizens for Equality says Verona should put several Oneida Nation owned properties back on the tax rolls.

A UCE spokesman says the acreage in question, which includes the site of the Turning Stone Casino, is not reservation land.

The town of Vernon took the properties off the tax rolls in 1990 and declared them reservation lands.

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1:27pm

Mon December 2, 2002
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Schools Must Have AEDs on Campus Today

New York State – Starting today, schools in New York State must have Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, on site.

The device help those in cardiac arrest.

Dave Ernst of the New York State School Board Assocation says while his group applauds the AED mandate from a public health standpoint, they wish state lawmakers had given districts more notice.

The AED mandate passed the state legislature long after school district had shored up their budgets for the year.

Read more

1:02pm

Mon December 2, 2002
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NY Schools Must Have AEDs on Campus Starting Today

New York State – Starting today, schools in New York State must have automated external defibrillators on site.

The devices can help save someone in cardiac arrest.

Dave Ernst of the New York State School Board Association says while his group applauds the mandate from a public health standpoint, they wish the state had given districts more warning.

The state legislature passed the AED mandate after districts had shored up their budgets.

Read more

12:16pm

Mon December 2, 2002
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Schools Must Have AEDs on Campus Starting Today

New York State – Beginning today, all schools in New York State must have Automated External Defibrillators on site.

When used properly, AEDs can help someone who is in cardiac arrest.

Dave Ernst of the State School Boards Association says while his group applauds the mandate from a safety standpoint, they wish the state had given school districts more time to find funding for the devices.

The state legislature passed the bill long after school districts had shored up their budgets.

Read more

11:23am

Mon December 2, 2002
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Schools in NYS Must Have AEDs On-Site Today

New York State – Starting today, all schools in New York State must have Automated External Defibrillators on campuses.

AEDs can help save the life of someone who is in cardiac arrest.

Dave Ernst of the New York State School Boards Association says his group applauds the AED mandate from a public health stanpoint, but they wish state officials had given school districts more notice.

The state legislature approved the AED mandate long after school districts shored up their budgets.

12:39pm

Fri November 29, 2002
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World AIDS Day Focuses on HIV Prevention

Syracuse, NY – Sunday is World AIDS Day.

It's a time to remember those who have died from the disease, support those living with HIV, and spread the word about how to prevent becoming infected.

Michael Crinnin of the group "AIDS Community Resources" says his agency will be working with churches to help spread the word.

He says it's only fitting since this year's celebration falls on a Sunday.

Crinnin says churches could play a key role in disseminating accurate information about AIDS.

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10:14am

Fri November 29, 2002
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Retailers Expect Busy "Black Friday"

Albany, NY – Today is "Black Friday," one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports on what consumers and retailers can expect this holiday season.

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11:55am

Thu November 28, 2002
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Feature: The Origin of Classical Place Names in NYS

Syracuse, NY – It's striking how many places in New York are named after ancient cities and classical figures.

In his new book, "Classical Place Names in New York State: Origins, Histories, and Meanings," William Farrell explores how places like Romulous, Ovid, and Manlius got their names.

He spoke with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.

CLICK on the icon above to hear the full interview.

3:05pm

Wed November 27, 2002
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Food Pantries Face New Challenges

Utica, NY – Advocates for the poor are out in force, making sure that those in need have food and clothing for the winter.

The Food Bank of Greater Utica is in the midst of it's largest drive for food of the year.

Kimberly Strong, President of the Board of Directors for the Food Bank, says the agency relies on these drives around the holidays to maintain an ample supply of food for the rest of the year.

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