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A final poll in the long presidential race shows the contest tightening a bit in New York state, though Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton still leads Republican Donald Trump by double digits. Siena College spokesman Steve Greenberg says while Clinton is still 17 points ahead of Trump in New York state, she’s lost ground in the past few weeks among independents. He says Clinton and Trump are now tied among independents in the downstate suburbs. The poll was conducted after the news that the...

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Bipartisanship was once again a key focus in the last debate between the two candidates running in the 24th Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) and his Democratic challenger Colleen Deacon bickered in a News Channel 9 debate Sunday about who would ultimately be more independent voice for the district in congress.

National Republican Congressional Campaign

Attack ads complete with a creepy voice and dark music are common in congressional races. In the campaign to replace retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), they have been ubiquitous.

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Syracuse Common Councilor Joe Nicoletti is running to retain his seat after being appointed last year when former Councilor Pamela Hunter was elected to the Assembly. Nicoletti, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Norm Snyder, who said Nicoletti is using his position to further his own political career. Nicoletti has not said if he will or will not run for mayor of Syracuse next year when current Mayor Stephanie Miner’s term ends. But Snyder said he thinks Nicoletti’s intentions for...

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Democrats across central New York are making their final push for votes before Election Day. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) rallied volunteers in Syracuse to support congressional candidate Colleen Deacon in the 24th Congressional District. Deacon worked as Gillibrand’s regional director for central New York. At the get out the vote rally Friday in Syracuse, Deacon shared more of her personal story of being a single mother on Medicaid to supporters. Gillibrand gave Deacon a rousing...

Whole grains add more than carbs and calories to a diet

Nov 5, 2016
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An estimated 20 to 30 percent of the population has trended toward gluten-free products in an attempt to avoid whole grains these days. According to Dr. Donald Hensrud of the Mayo Clinic, people who are not gluten intolerant should eat those whole grains for their many different health advantages. This week on “Take Care,” Hensrud , the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and editor of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller, “ The Mayo Clinic Diet ,” talks about what whole grains are and their benefits.

Using hypnosis for more than just entertainment

Nov 5, 2016
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Hypnosis is often demonstrated in the entertainment world as someone dangling a stopwatch in front of another’s face telling them they’re “getting very sleepy,” and then when the person awakes, engaging in some bizarre behavior. But there’s more value to hypnosis than just entertainment. Hypnosis can be used to medically treat disorders that involve the brain -- such as anxiety, stress, pain, and bad habits. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Spiegel of Stanford University explains the medical value of hypnosis . Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine.

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Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) is leaving Congress at the end of the year. This week on the Campbell Conversations, the three-term Congressman reflects on his time in Washington with host Grant Reeher.

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Over the last month, the race to represent the 116th Assembly District has gone from heated to scorching. In the so-called River District in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, mailboxes are overflowing with political ads from Republican John Byrne and the Democratic incumbent, Addie Russell. One of the big issues? Russell has accused Byrne of inflating his credentials as a business owner in New York state. Byrne doubled down during a recent debate moderated by WWNY-TV's Jeff Cole. "I have...

The whole story on whole grains

Nov 4, 2016
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The current diet trends to eat low-carb or go gluten-free have resulted in many people giving up a food group long believed to be part of a healthy diet -- whole grains. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Donald Hensrud, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and editor of the bestseller, The Mayo Clinic Diet. Hensrud discusses the benefits of eating whole grains. More of this interview can be heard...

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There’s a good chance you’ll be voting at a school on Tuesday. Onondaga County Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny says they’re just good places to hold elections.

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Voters in Madison, Otsego and Oneida Counties will once again face a choice between long-time Assemblyman Bill Magee and Republican John Salka. In 2014, Salka came the closest to unseating the 13-term incumbent in 20 years. Magee was first elected to the Assembly in 1990. He says he is proud of what he has achieved for the 121st District and New York farmers during that time. Magee attributes part of that success to the alliances he has developed with downstate Democrats. "They come to me...

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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney rolled up her sleeve this week, not to work, but to show central New Yorkers how easy it is to get a flu shot. "This took me less than a minute, and if you get the flu, you are down for a couple days and you’re making everybody around you sick,” Mahoney said. “It is a much better use of your time to take one minute and get your flu shot.” Onondaga County is offering free flu shots every Wednesday at the Civic Center in downtown Syracuse for residents...

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The central New York economy is the focus of a new report by the state comptroller’s office. An analysis of how the region has recovered since the recession shows some improvements but also many challenges. All five counties in the central New York region are below the state’s median household income. The regional unemployment rate is higher the state average. And the child poverty rate in Syracuse and Fulton are significantly higher than the state average. The region includes Onondaga,...

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State Assemblywoman Addie Russell is still untangling herself from ties with disgraced former Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Lopez resigned from the state legislature in May 2013 in the midst of allegations that he sexually harassed female staffers. Lopez was also a big fundraiser for Democrats, including Russell. Russell represents the 116th District, more commonly known as the River District, in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. Lopez gave $2,500 to Russell’s election campaign between 2008 and...

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has named a committee to come up with proposals for another big state investment in the New York State Fair.

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If the state Senate is controlled by Democrats after the election, taxing and spending policies could see some differences. Many Democrats favor extending an income tax surcharge on millionaires when it expires next spring. New York currently has a temporary income tax surcharge on the wealthy. The additional taxes affect those making more than $300,000 a year, with the rates growing higher for incomes over $1 million, and the highest rate for $2 million or more. The tax was first imposed...

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Like elsewhere around the country, Republicans and Democrats in Onondaga County are making a last effort to get out the vote in the week before the election. Volunteers are making calls, signs and traveling many miles to get their candidates elected.

Michael Koval of Syracuse has been volunteering for the Hillary Clinton campaign for about a month now, sometimes five days a week. On Monday, Koval and the other volunteers were calling Democrats and independent voters in North...

New York State Senate

There’s a greater chance than ever that the New York State Senate could be dominated by Democrats after the Nov. 8 election, meaning many issues stalled in the Republican-led Senate for years would have a possibility of passing. The Assembly has long been controlled by Democrats, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a Democrat. Campaign finance reform, the Dream Act — which offers college tuition support to the children of undocumented immigrants — and more money for underperforming schools are just a...

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Regardless of politics, New York state will most likely continue with its New York State of Health official health insurance marketplace, according to Steve Wood, director of insurance programs at ACR Health in Syracuse. He said New York is committed to the program that grew out of the Affordable Care Act.

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Record-breaking rain along with regular sewage flow was to blame for a burst pipe that dumped millions of gallons of raw sewage into Onondaga Lake late last week. The 42-inch pipe that broke carries sewage from the Ley Creek Pump Station to Onondaga County’s wastewater treatment plant on the southern shore of Onondaga Lake. According to county officials, the leak was at the top part of the underground pipe very near the railroad crossing of the Onondaga Creek Inlet. Noting the 50-year old...

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In 2014, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro) won a primary and a three-way general election to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. This year’s election has provided different challenges in the race for the North Country's 21st Congressional District. WRVO news director Catherine Loper spoke with reporter Brian Mann from North Country Public Radio about the state of Stefanik’s re-election race against Democrat Mike Derrick and Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello. They began...

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Students at Syracuse University’s School of Social Work in Falk College are learning about the ramifications and public policies regarding gun violence in the city of Syracuse. Activists spoke with students recently about how race and economic inequality factors into gun violence in the community. Clifford Ryan, a prominent advocate in Syracuse who lost his son to gun violence, said he spoke with SU students to shed light on the plight of the urban community, what he went through growing up...

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Election day is just a week away and New York's county boards of election are prepping for what's expected to be a large turnout.

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Onondaga County almost wiggled out of a multi-million dollar budget deficit with no layoffs, because of an early retirement buyout plan. But after all the numbers were counted, the county is still looking at a half a million dollar hole for next year. County Executive Joanie Mahoney is proposing cuts that include 12 layoffs to close that gap. That means lawmakers have to go back to the budget drawing board. Onondaga Legislature Ways and Means Chair David Knapp calls it a mini-budget review,...

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In upstate, the minimum wage is at $9, but will rise to $12.50 by the end of 2020. It is an issue that affects many across upstate, from farmers and small business owners to the workers themselves.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said one of the reasons he is actively campaigning for Democrats to take over the New York State Senate is that he believes he will have more success getting ethics changes done without the GOP in charge. Cuomo, who’s been holding rallies for Democratic candidates in key Senate races, said he thinks a legislature controlled by Democrats will be more willing to approve changes to address a wave of scandals plaguing state government. “We’re going to do the unfinished business...

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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), in the only debate with his opponent, said he’s “appalled” by FBI director James Comey’s actions, including the decision announced Friday to re- examine emails from Hillary Clinton’s top aide for evidence of misuse of classified materials.

Madison County Board of Elections

A New York state judge has ruled against 22nd Congressional District candidate Martin Babinec in a case related to the party he created for his independent run. When the entrepreneur petitioned for endorsements from the 22nd District's Republican county committees earlier this year, he found little success. So Babinec exited the race and created his own party. Babinec's campaign collected 10,000 signatures to establish the Upstate Jobs Party. Bbut most of the district's county boards of...

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For the first time, a woman will be installed as the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York. The Very Rev. DeDe Duncan-Probe will look for ways to bring a geographically sprawling diocese together in an increasingly secular and divided world. In December, Duncan-Probe becomes bishop of a diocese that stretches from the Canadian border to Pennsylvania and includes the cities of Syracuse, Utica, Binghamton, Watertown, Elmira and Ithaca. Membership of the far flung churches total 13...

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