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The candidates in the race for the 24th Congressional District are previewing some of what's in store for the campaign ahead. 

Shortly after basking in the success of her primary victory Tuesday night, Democratic candidate Colleen Deacon, a former staffer for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), quickly shifted to the general election.

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Ben Peyton lives on Fuller Road in Adams. His home is surrounded on both sides by wide green corn fields. Those corn fields are owned by a dairy farmer, Mike Hill. He runs Hillcrest farms. Peyton points across the road from this driveway.

“The manure pit will be located just on the eastern side of that,” Peyton said.

Peyton and his neighbors want Hill to pick another site. The proposed pit will sit above the Tug Hill aquifer.

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The Urban Jobs Task Force is urging the New York State Department of Transportation to apply to a federal program that would require contractors to hire local residents for the I-690 project in Syracuse.

The state is planning to spend $74 million next year to repair 15 crumbling bridges along a portion of Interstate 690 between Teall Avenue and Beech Street in the city of Syracuse. Urban Jobs Task Force Chair Aggie Lane is asking state officials to seriously look at the Local Labor Hiring Pilot Program, something the federal Department of Transportation is trying out.

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A schooner that sank off the shores of New York in Lake Ontario almost a century and a half ago has been discovered.

Underwater explorer Jim Kennard says he and his colleagues Roger Pawlowski and Roland Stevens were canvassing miles of lake bottom with a remote control video camera when it happened.

"All of a sudden you see something and the adrenaline kicks in."

Several competitive House races to be fought in upstate

Jun 30, 2016
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Now that the primary is over, New York candidates for Congress can get started on the general election -- when more voters are paying attention. Upstate in particular should see a lot of competitive races.

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report is calling three Congressional races in upstate "toss-ups." In other words, they really could go either way. They put a fourth upstate race in the "lean Republican" category.

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The FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant is still offline as its employees and New York state continue their inspection of why the plant unexpectedly shut down last week.

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Syracuse City School District superintendent Sharon Contreras, who has led the district since 2011, has been hired as the superintendent of Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, North Carolina, and will take over that position in August. 

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It’s been 10 years since New York’s highest court ordered that more state money be paid to schools with the poorest children. But advocates say that since the 2006 ruling, many so-called high-need schools have fallen even further behind.

The Alliance for Quality Education looked at aid in the state budget allotted to 161 of the poorest schools among the more than 700 districts in New York.

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Republican primary voters in the 22nd Congressional District elected Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney to represent them Tuesday. She defeated her two GOP opponents, Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells and Binghamton teacher George Phillips, capturing 41 percent of the vote.

Tenney finally won the party’s ticket after losing this very primary race in 2014 to then-incumbent Rep. Richard Hanna, who’s now retiring. He endorsed Wells, her more moderate opponent.

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Colleen Deacon, a single mother and former staffer for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), will be the Democratic nominee in the race for the 24th Congressional District.

Deacon handily beat her competitors, Syracuse attorney Steve Williams and Syracuse University professor Eric Kingson, by winning more than 48 percent of the vote in the primary election. Deacon had support from Gillibrand and other Democratic bigwigs, as well as the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, as the establishment party pick to face freshman Republican Rep. John Katko.

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Today is primary day for congressional races. Voters in central New York will be going to the polls for two races:

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New York state is investigating the unexpected shutdown of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County on Friday. The state Public Service Department says as a result of the shutdown, a stuck valve released oil into Lake Ontario Sunday. The source of the leak, which was not radioactive,has been stopped. And now, the U.S. Coast Guard says the process of removing the oil from the lake has begun.

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Tuesday is primary day in New York State and central New York Republicans and Democrats can vote in two competitive congressional primaries. The two moderately leaning districts could see more far-left and far-right candidates in November.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to focus on positive actions in his public events in recent days as a federal investigation into his administration’s economic development programs continues. 

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New York State’s STAR Rebate Program has a new wrinkle. State lawmakers approved changes this year to the property tax discount program that affects new homeowners across the state, who will now get a rebate check instead of a credit on their tax bill. It applies to all people who have purchased property after March 1 in New York state.

Syracuse Common Councilor Nadar Maroun said the city assessor has sent out about 800 letters to new property owners who would be affected by the change. It will also be reflected in tax bills that are going out this week.

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The last time Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) campaigned in Syracuse, he did so on behalf of his own presidential bid. Even though he has not yet conceded the race to Secretary Hillary Clinton, he spoke on Friday about his desire to shape the future of the party as an advocate rather than a candidate.

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Syracuse University’s Connective Corridor, which collaborates on improvement projects with the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County, is kicking off a summer of art installations throughout downtown Syracuse. The goal is to get students off the university hill and to beautify the area.

Jon Bocksel is about two stories high in the air painting two 208-square-foot murals along either side of the Penny Pub in downtown Syracuse.

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Democrats in the 24th Congressional District decide this week who should run against Rep. John Katko, the Republican who has represented the four-county district, centered in Syracuse, for the last two years. The three candidates, who will be on the June 28 primary ballot, squared off in two debates in recent days.

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After staying neutral throughout a divisive Republican primary for New York's 22nd Congressional District, retiring Rep. Richard Hanna is endorsing Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells to replace him. But, will his support may be more of a burden than a benefit?

Hanna called wells a bright, successful businessman who will be open to working across the aisle. He contrasted that pragmatic approach to Wells' main opponent in the primary, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. She was aggressive in her 2014 primary bid to replace Hanna and has acted similarly in this year's race.

The dangers of sun exposure and melanoma

Jun 25, 2016
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A day on the lake, an afternoon of yard work, watching a baseball game; these are all events that can put us in direct sunlight. But with a 200 percent increase in melanoma diagnoses since the 1970s, we may need to take more precaution when it comes to the sun.

Fortunately, there have been improvements in diagnosis and treatment over the past few decades.This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Lynn Schuchter explains the rise in melanoma and gives us the latest on treatment and prevention. Schuchter is the medicine division chief of hematology-oncology at Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.  She also leads the melanoma program at the university, and is a professor of hematology-oncology.

Things to keep in mind when grilling this summer

Jun 25, 2016
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Nothing beats the taste of flame grilled food in the summertime. But there are some things to keep in mind in terms of safety when using the grill.

This week on “Take Care,” food safety expert Benjamin Chapman tells us what we need to know. Chapman is an associate professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. He's also the co-host of the podcast “Food Safety Talk.”

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On June 23, 1976, an oil barge called the NEPCO-140 ran into a shoal on the St. Lawrence River, spilling 300,000 gallons of crude into the heart of the Thousand Islands. The "Slick of ‘76" remains one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history.

That tragic incident changed how local residents viewed the St. Lawrence River. Many felt a strong urge to protect it from future catastrophes.

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The race for New York’s 24th congressional district has been identified as one that could be quite competitive.  Three Democrats are vying to challenge Republican incumbent John Katko in Tuesday’s federal primary.  This week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher follows up his earlier discussions with Colleen Deacon, Eric Kingson and Steve Williams, with a conversation with the incumbent they will be running against in November, Rep.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed doubt about a proposed plan for New York state to take over the financially impaired FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County. State Sen. Patty Ritchie (R-Oswegathcie) and other state leaders have suggested that the plant could be saved if New York purchased or seized it using eminent domain.

That could potentially buy enough time for FitzPatrick to become profitable again if the New York Public Service Commission approves some nuclear plant subsidies this summer, called zero emission credits.

Great grilling means safe grilling

Jun 24, 2016
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Many people look forward to grilling in the summertime as a fun, healthy choice. But if not done properly, grilling can be dangerous and cause a food safety issue. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with food safety expert Benjamin Chapman, a professor at North Carolina State University about the do's and don'ts of grilling. Chapman also co-hosts the podcast “Food Safety Talk.”

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The Syracuse Police Department has released a video from the Father's Day shooting that happened over the weekend where a police officer fired her gun and one man was shot and killed.

The video starts with a large crowd of party-goers running frantically away. The video appears to show a woman in uniform, presumably Officer Kelsey Francemone running towards the chaos. Francemone is the officer Syracuse Police said fired her weapon.

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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) still has not endorsed presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, and says he won't unless Trump tones down his rhetoric and divisiveness. 

Previously, Katko had said that Trump would have to "earn my endorsement." Speaking with Grant Reeher on WRVO'S Campbell Conversations, Katko says Trump hasn't been doing a very good job of that.

"I'm very concerned about his tone and  his rhetoric and the divisiveness of his message and I think it's the wrong thing for the country," said Katko. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo was in Onondaga County on yesterday to sign into law a bill that holds banks accountable for vacant or abandoned properties seized through foreclosures. These “zombie properties” as they are known, can bring down the value of other houses in the same neighborhood.

Standing in front of one of these “zombie properties” in the village of Solvay, with weeds creeping up on an unkempt lawn, Cuomo said it was just another example of banks avoiding their responsibilities.

Claudia Tenney for Congress; Steve Wells for Congress; George Phillips for Congress

The three Republican candidates running to replace retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) in New York's 22nd Congressional District competed in four debates in June. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, Cazenovia businessman Steve Wells and Binghamton teacher George Phillips have showed few differences on major policy issues, but there was no shortage of friction.

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A German-owned manufacturing company in Watertown will expand its facility and add jobs to its workforce. Roth Industries only plans to add 12 jobs as of now, but any job growth in Jefferson County is positive news.

Roth Industries is in the plastic processing business. That means they use heat to mold plastics into different forms -- like into those orange rectangle-shaped traffic barriers at highway construction sites. They also make oil storage tanks and other products.

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