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New Hartford, NY – More police officers will be posted at the Sangertown Square Mall in New Hartford.

The Mall will also be installing new security cameras.

Those are just two of the security measures agreed upon by mall officials and New Hartford Police.

The beefed up security is in response to a brawl on Friday night involving close to two hundred teenagers.

Two youths were arrested after the fight.

Oswego, NY – Blood donations tend to drop by ten percent over the holiday season.

To counter that shortage, the American Red Cross is starting early in encouraging people to donate blood.

The slogan "Don't be a turkey, donate blood this Thanksgiving" will be plastered in all sorts of public places.

Red Cross spokeswoman Andrea Holland says the holiday season is a time for giving.

She says people should contact their local chapter of the Red Cross for appointments and information.

Syracuse, NY – Commuters who ride Centro buses may see some changes in their routes today.

The bus company has expanded some routes and has restored Sunday night service in some areas.

Rich Landerkin, a spokesman for Centro, says riders should be able to adapt to the changes fairly easily.

He says the biggest change will be the route labels. They've gone from an alpha-numeric system to strictly numberic labeling.

Vernon, NY – Nineteen Oneida Nation members have filed suit against 25 Oneida Tribal Leaders claiming the Nation has violated their civil rights.

CLICK on icon above to hear a report from Elizabeth Christensen

New York – Lockheed Martin in Syracuse is holding it's second annual "Woman in Engineering" workshop today.

WRVO's Chris Ulanowski talks with Lockheed Martin's Kevin McSweeney about the lack of women in engineering.

New York – New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer is leading an effort by Attorney Generals from four Great Lakes States to urge the federal government to protect the waters from harmful, foreign species.

The Attorney Generals say zebra mussels, spiny water fleas, sea lamprey, and other species of fish and insects, which enter the lakes through the ballast water of ocean-going ships, have cost the states millions of dollars in damage.

Spitzer says the Environmental Protection Agency needs to dictate a uniform approach to combatting invasive species.

New York –
Medical equipment maker, Welch Allyn Inc. will move some of its North Carolina operations to Skaneateles. Workers at the North Carolina plant will be offered a relocation or a severance packages. The company's mechanical blood pressure devices and stethescopes will now be made at the Skaneateles plant. No word yet on how many new jobs will result from the move.

Rochester – Canadian American Transporation Systems has revealed that the company's president and financial advisor are the primary private investors.

Earlier this week, the Rochester Genesee Regional Transit Authority halted the project, demanding among other things, that the company reveal it's private financers.

Transit Authority Chairman William Nojay says that CATS still has to meet several other demands before the autority will release it's six million dollar share of the 14 million dollar state aid package.

Palermo, NY – Sunday is the first anniversary of a fire that destroyed a sikh worship center in Palermo.

Three teens were charged with arson in connection with the blaze.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen explores how the sikh community has recovered and how local officials are teaching tolerance to young people.

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New York – The United States Secretary of the Interior has approved the state's gaming compact with the Seneca Indian Nation...but with some trepedation.

In a letter to Governor George Pataki, Secretary Gale Norton says the revenue-sharing part of the plan streches the limits of The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in ways that Congress never imagined.

New York – A federal judge has ruled that a law banning out-of-state wineries from directly shipping wine to New York consumers is unconstitutional.

U-S District Judge Richard Berman made the ruling in a case brought by "Swedenburg Estate Vineyards" in Virginia.

The New York law is similar to laws in 29 other states. It requires that imported liquors be distributed only through licensed wholesalers and retailers to ensure accountability and that taxes are paid.

Albany – Pharmacists tried to give a shot in the arm to a long-proposed law allowing them to give flu shots. Pharmacists held a news conference in Albany on the issue yesterday. But nurses continued to oppose the effort as a threat to public health.

Craig Burridge is executive director of The Pharmacists Society of The State of New York. He says five thousand to seven thousand people die each year due to what is a preventable disease.

Syracuse, NY – An executive with the Pyramid Companies, Mike Lorenz, says the developer hopes the New York State Senate will act on it's six month old tax break legislation in the new session.

(CLICK on icon above to hear Mike Lorenz on the Destiny USA incentive package.)

Lorenz says the company understands that the legislative process takes time, but that Pyramid wants final authorization on the bill as soon as possible.

Oswego – The winter recreational season is fast approaching and one popular area is the adirondacks region, where officials struggle to balance tourism with tranquility.

WRVO's Amy Cavalier spoke with Richard Beamish, publisher of "Adirondack Explorer," a bi-monthly publication based in Saranac Lake, about the region's unique winter opportunities.

Oswego – The federal government has announced a new nursing home comparison website. But an association for the state's non-profit, long-term care providers says this shouldn't be the sole resource consumers ues when selecting a nursing home.

Hear a report by WRVO's Amy Cavalier or check out the site online at: http://Medicare.gov.

Oswego – The winter recreational season is fast approaching and one popular area is the adirondacks region, where officials struggle to balance tourism with tranquility. WRVO's Amy Cavalier spoke with Richard Beamish, publisher of "Adirondack Explorer," a bi-monthly publication based in Saranac Lake. Beamish explored the region's unique winter opportunities.

Oswego, NY – Oswego County has been handing out potassium iodide tablets to residents living within the ten mile zone around the Nine Mile Point nuclear plants.

Now, two entities will start distributing the pills to employees who WORK inside but LIVE outside the hot zone.

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

Oswego – The winter recreational season is fast approaching and one popular area is the adirondacks region, where officials struggle to balance tourism with tranquility. WRVO's Amy Cavalier spoke with Richard Beamish, publisher of "Adirondack Explorer," a bi-monthly publication based in Saranac Lake. Beamish explored the region's unique winter opportunities.

Syracuse – A senior fellow at John Hopkins University's Center for Bio-defense Strategies speaks about how public health and emergency response officials can better prepare the public to respond constructively to disasters.

CLICK on the icon above to hear Amy Cavalier's Feature Interview.

Syracuse – A senior fellow at John Hopkins University's Center for Bio-defense Strategies speaks about how public health and emergency response officials can better prepare the public to respond constructively to disasters.

Syracuse – A senior fellow at John Hopkins University's Center for Bio-defense Strategies speaks about how public health and emergency response officials can better prepare the public to respond constructively to disasters.

Oswego, NY – A number of environmental groups will be holding a forum at SUNY Oswego tonight exploring nuclear safety after September 11th.

One of those speaking will be Doctor Gordon Thompson, the executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies and a professor at Clark University.

Thompson says one of the main safety concerns at the nation's nuclear plants is the practice of storing nuclear waste on site in large dry casks.

Oswego, NY – The State University of New York at Oswego will begin handing out potassium iodide, or KI, tablets to students today.

Taking the pills after a nuclear incident can help prevent thyroid cancer by absorbing certain kinds of radiation in the body.

The Oswego County Emergency Management office has been handing out KI tablets to residents living within 10 miles of the county's three nuclear reactors.

The college is just about 10 miles away from Nine Mile Point.

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Cortland, NY – Smoke was visible for miles and miles after last night's fire at the Cortland County recycling plant.

The City of Cortland was blanketed in thick, malodorous smoke for much of the night.

Forty firefighters were called in to battle the blaze. One suffered a minor shoulder injury.

City officials are calling the fire one of the city worst.

About 50 tons of plastic and paper products burned.

Niagara Falls, NY – The Seneca Nation's new casino on the American side of Niagara Falls will be called the "Seneca Niagara Casino."

The Nation held a contest to name the new gaming facility. About 500 entries were made. The winner is a Seneca Nation member from the Alleghany territory. She gets a five day vacation in the Bahamas for her efforts.

The casino logo will feature a picture of the American falls.

New York – A suggestion made by a professor at The University of Buffalo's School of Pharmaceuticals to allow pharmacists to administer flu and pnemonia vaccinations is not new.

Cortland – Police investigating a suspicious weekend fire that destroyed a county recycling center in Cortland have found some clues to help them determine the cause. Investigators found that the entrance gates at Cortland County's Recycling Center had been ripped from its hinges.

Inside one of the storeage bays, police discovered a burnt-out minivan that had been stolen from a nearby neighborhood.

Police think the fire got started near the minivan, although they're not sure how.

Canandaigua – A day long telecom summit was held in Canandaigua on Friday.

Business leaders from around the state and around the nation met with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss strategies to attract investment in broadband infrastructure in Upstate New York.

The leaders also discussed how technoology could bring new jobs to upstate New York.

Senator Clinton says the telecom summit yielded some interesting discussions and she hopes to hold another meeting in the future.

Buffalo – WRVO's Amy Cavalier reports that the idea of allowing pharmacists to give shots isn't a new one:

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