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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Washington, D.C. – New York's senior senator says it's too easy for teens to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products over the internet.

Charles Schumer demonstrated just how easy it was with help from his 13 year old daughter, Alison.

Alison Schumer sat at a computer in her father's New York City office yesterday and ordered a carton of cigarettes from the web site

She did not complete her purchase. However, there were no age verification requirements on the site.

Albany – Union College archeologists have found what they believe to be the stones of the wall of Lock One on the Old Erie Canal in Albany. The locks acted like water elevators -- moving boats through changes in elevation along the canal. Lock One was part of an extension of the 363-mile canal more than 150 years ago.

Researchers say the canal spurred westward expansion in the country and was a link to the nation's fertile interior lands. It tied the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Oswego, NY – The Oswego County Office of Emergency Management tested all 37 of it's nuclear alert sirens Friday morning.

The tests went off without a hitch, but the loud alerts caught some students and faculty off guard.

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Buffalo – A researcher says pharmacists should be allowed to give flu and pneumonia shots.

Wayne Anderson -- Dean of the University of Buffalo's School of Pharmacy -- says the change would improve the state's rate of immunization. The state ranks 41st in the nation. He says that's because only doctors, physician assistants, registered nurses and nurse practitioners are allowed to give the shots in New York.

Utica, NY – Local chapters of the American Diabetes Association want runners and walkers to participate in it's "Team Diabetes" program. They'll run in races all over the world.

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Utica, NY – Officials with the Lairdsville Fire Department hope ending the use of live "victims" during training drills will prevent another tragedy.

19 year old Bradley Golden, a trainee in the department, died in September of 2001. He was acting as a victim during a "live burn" drill at an abandoned house. When the structure failed, Golden was trapped. Another trainee who was also playing a victim was injured when he was forced to jump from a second story window.

Niagara Falls, NY – The U.S. Department of the Interior is expected to approve a Seneca-run casino in Nigara Falls in the next few days.

The green light would be the last major legal hurdle the tribe must clear to open a temporary casino on December 31.

Several anti-gambling groups have filed lawsuits protesting the project, but legal experts say those suits will not pose a serious challenge to the casino's approval.

Pompey, NY – The family of a Central New York Firefighter who was killed while battling a housefire in March plans to file a wrongful death suit against Onondaga County and the Fire Coordinator.

Donna Prince-Lynch will file a suit claiming the Pompey Hill Fire Department and the Onondaga County Fire Coordinator, Mike Waters, failed to have enough back-up rescue teams at the site of a housefire last Spring.

New York – Many of New York's third parties failed to attain or retain ballot status on election day.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen reports on where the parties go from here and what happens to the issues they tried to raise.

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11/06/02 – Political Science Professor at SUNY Oswego, Bruce Altschuler, explores the outcome of the latest elections.

Oswego, NY – In New York State, there were no major surprises or upsets last night.

WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen has more on the story.

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Syracuse, NY – Syracuse area congressman James Walsh believes the slim majority Republicans will hold in the U.S. Senate will help get key legislation approved in congress next year.

He concedes that the Democratic loss diminishes any of the clout gained by New York two Senators, Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, but says they can turn to him to help benefit New York State.

The veteran house Republican plans to continue serving as the chair of a key subcommittee that allows him to bring millions to Central New York.

(New York State) – Governor Pataki was easily re-elected over Democrat Carl McCall and Independent Thomas Golisano.

As expected, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer kept his job, beating Dora Irizarry.

Democrat Alan Hevesi is the state's new comptroller. He replaces Carl McCall, who gave up the job to run for Governor.

Locally, Jim Walsh, John McHugh, and Sherwood Boehlert will all be re-elected to the House of Representatives.

Joan Christensen beat fellow incumbent Bill Sanford in the 119th District Assembly race.

Syracuse, NY – Economic uncertainty and job loss is taking a toll on the Salvation Army.

The organization is searching for volunteers to raise money for those in need.

Captain Kenneth Hayes says the Salvation Army is launching a major public relations campaign to find people to man the familiar red kettles.

Hayes says, unfortunately, there's also a greater need for funds this year thanks to an ailing upstate economy.

Oswego, NY – Two groups opposed to nuclear power say federal regulators failed to inform the public about all the risks associated with dry cask storage systems.

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NY – Democratic candidate for Governor Carl McCall was making a last minute whirlwind tour of the state last night to get more support.

But polls indicate that Governor Pataki, who ran from rally to rally with his son Owen, is still firmly in the lead.

Independence Party candidate Thomas Golisano spent the evening in Schenectady talking with supporters about special interest funding, one of his major campaign themes this year.

10/30/02 – click on the "Listen" icon above to hear Amy Cavalier's feature report.

New York, NY – A group of conservative rabbis says Governor Pataki isn't as conservative as he's pretending to be.

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Albany, NY – A coalition of parents, teachers, and children's advocacy groups has surveyed candidates about the issue of reforming New York's school aid formula.

"The Alliance for Quality Education" says most candidates want to change the way schools are awarded state money.

Most said wealthy suburban districts should have to give up some state aid so that poorer urban and rural districts could improve their curriculum.