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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) has joined the movement in Congress to make the NCAA more accountable. 

Katko is among five House of Representatives members introducing a bill that would reform the way the NCAA oversees college sports. The legislation would require the NCAA to be more transparent in how it deals with disciplinary cases, which include investigations that sometimes go on years. There would also be some sort of legal avenue for schools or athletes accused of transgressions.  

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The New York City rent laws expired Monday night as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators continued to negotiate on the rent laws, a related pretty tax break for developers, and an education tax credit.   

Assembly Democrats approved a temporary 48-hour extension of the laws, which affect around one million apartments. But rather than pass a temporary extension, Senate Republicans approved an 8-year extension of the laws late Monday night.

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Starting as early as the end of the summer, all officers in the City of Ithaca Police Department are going to wear body cameras. City of Ithaca Police Chief John Barber presented the department’s camera policy to common council members earlier this month. The policy includes rules for operating the cameras, storing the videos and releasing them to the public.

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The race for mayor in Watertown is heating up. Three candidates have thrown their hat in the ring to run against incumbent Jeff Graham in November's election. 

Stephen Jennings, Joseph  Butler and Mayor Jeffrey Graham work together on a weekly basis. Both Jennings and Butler are city council members.  Both believe the city needs a new leader at the top.

“There is no vision to me. That is my great frustration and I feel that the things I envision are not going to be enacted in this current council. I think we need a change,” Jennings said.

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Lyme disease has been spreading in upstate New York for the past few years. For example, there were 57 cases in Oswego County in 2014 compared to just five cases in 2009. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has introduced legislation that he says would help prevent the disease and educate the public.

Debi Collins found a bullseye rash on her arm, six weeks after she had been working outside one day. Her doctor told her they didn't have Lyme disease in Madison County.

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New York’s Board of Regents meets Monday and Tuesday to finalize controversial new teacher evaluation laws ahead of a June 30 deadline.

When legislators mandated the evaluation system in the state budget, they left out some details. Now the state Education Department is writing those rules, and the Regents will vote on them.

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The final week of New York’s legislative session begins Monday, and so far, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers have still not come to agreement on a number of major laws that expire.  

New York City’s rent laws, which impact over one million apartments, sunset at midnight. They are tied, through legislation, to a property tax cap important to suburbanites and upstaters. Also set to expire -- a tax break for large real estate developers who agree to set aside some of their projects for affordable housing, and mayoral control of the New York City schools.

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The Syracuse City School district reached a contract agreement with its teachers, which district officials are calling historic. 

The deal offers teachers pay raises over the next five years, ranging from three to five percent.  It marks the biggest raises the teachers have received in a decade, and makes them among the highest paid teachers in the region. 

Diabetes: Symptoms, signs and causes

Jun 14, 2015
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Diabetes has reached epidemic levels, and in fact is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, but many people don't know exactly what it is, beyond the fact that is has something to do with sugar levels.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. David Nathan discusses diabetes, how it’s caused and what symptoms to check for if you’ve developed it. Nathan is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the General Clinical Research Center and of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.  

Food trucks: Consider this on-the-go cuisine a go

Jun 14, 2015
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Food trucks, while mobile, have a foothold in many urban areas. And they’re not just providing American food staples – your classic grilled cheese or hot dog. Some of these trucks are quite near gourmet, specializing in locally-sourced food or a particular culture’s cuisine. But are they safe? Is the food prepared in the truck? Do food trucks follow the same regulations as regular restaurants?

This week on “Take Care,” we speak to Richard Myrick about food truck safety. Myrick is an expert in the field, the founder of Mobile-Cuisine.com (the online trade magazine of the mobile food industry) and the author of the book “Running a Food Truck for Dummies.”

This week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with the internationally acclaimed Oneida Nation singer and songwriter Joanne Shenandoah.  They discuss music, peacemaking, and politics, as well as her recent work to reduce violence among Native American children.  Their political conversation touches upon the tensions among the Nations of the Iroquois when it comes to policies like casino gambling. 

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New York State Police say a worker at an upstate New York maximum-security prison has been arrested on charges she helped two convicted killers escape.

Fifty-one-year-old Joyce Mitchell was arrested and will be arraigned on charges of first-degree promoting prison contraband and fourth-degree criminal facilitation, state police said.

Mitchell is accused of befriending inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora and giving them contraband.

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Why food trucks may be safer than you think

Jun 12, 2015
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Food trucks have made a name for themselves in many communities and even on national television. Sometimes they offer food made only from local ingredients, specialty items or even gourmet dishes. And if there's a long line, you know it's good! But is it safe? What kind of regulations do these mobile restaurants and kitchens adhere to?

This week on Take Care, hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak to Richard Myrick. Myrick is one of the foremost leaders in the field and author of the book "Running a Food Truck for Dummies."

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The Oneida Indian Nation, which operates the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, opened the new Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango earlier this month. Madison County is pushing to receive a percentage of the new revenue New York state is getting from the Oneidas.

Madison County Board Chairman John Becker admits they didn't see this coming.

'Some things you just don't forget'

Jun 12, 2015
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One of the two prisoners who escaped from Clinton Corrections Facility, David Sweat, was serving time for the murder of Broome County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Tarisa.

Corrections officer Anthony Rando was working when Tarsia was killed in the line of duty. Tarsia died almost thirteen years ago. 

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The search for two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. is nearing a week. Thursday, hundreds of officers walked arms' length apart, searching in a grid pattern through an area two miles east of the prison near the town of Cadyville.The search took law enforcement through mixed terrain including muddy areas, woods and thick underbrush. Residents were ordered to stay in their homes while police went door to door.

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The George and Rebecca Barnes Foundation is raising money to preserve the Barnes Hiscock Mansion in Syracuse. The foundation recently gave tours of the home in an effort to bring in enough money to qualify for matching funds.

When you step inside the dining room at the mansion, you’re transported back to the 1880's. Surrounded by mahogany woodwork, mosaic tiles, stained glass windows and murals, one piece of artwork is particularly striking -- a mural that depicts a young black boy with a young white girl.

Search continues for escaped prisoners

Jun 11, 2015
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State Police focused their search late last night on an area around Cadyville and West Plattsburgh in Clinton County, as the manhunt for two missing inmates continues.

Multiple news sources, including the Plattsburgh Press Republican, reported that portions of Highway 374 were closed overnight and local residents were urged to stay indoors and keep their lights on outside their homes.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is promising police and firefighters in New York City a better deal on their disability benefits, as a budget watch dog group warns against the proliferation of end of session bills that give union workers more benefits.

Cuomo made a rare appearance at a rally, held by firefighters and police union members from New York City, to support their push for better disability benefits.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledges that the cloud of corruption over the Capitol is making it harder to achieve end of session deals. Cuomo says currently, there are no deals on any end of session issues, including renewal of New York City rent laws and a related property tax cap, or an education tax credit the governor is pushing.

The governor says the renewal of a tax break for real estate developers, known as 421a, has become problematic, because any changes to the law benefits “some political interest.”

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It sometimes can be more difficult for a smoker to quit the habit if they’re in chronic pain. A Syracuse University graduate student has won a federal grant to figure out a way to change that.

There can be a vicious circle when it comes to pain and smoking according to SU graduate student Emily Zale.

"Smokers are more likely to develop chronic pain and they may experience worse pain and have more disability that goes along with their pain, and in turn the pain may actually motivate continued smoking,” Zale says. “And may actually be a barrier in quitting.” 

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Research shows that during summer, children who don’t continue to read, lose about two months of the reading growth they’ve made during the school year.  It's called 'summer slide.' Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras says that can be a big issue, especially in an urban district like Syracuse.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said she has “serious concerns” with the way U.S. Border Patrol agents conduct roadside checkpoints in New York's North Country. The viral video of a St. Lawrence County woman being tased by agents last month drew her attention.

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Le Moyne College announced this week that it is going test optional. They’re joining a growing movement that includes other New York schools that are not requiring SAT or ACT test scores in their admission process. 

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One of the ethics reforms agreed to in the state budget has still not been passed by state Assembly Democrats, and minority party Republicans say they are worried that the bill will be delayed, or watered down.

When the state budget was approved in late March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders announced some reform measures, including changing the state’s constitution to deny government pensions to lawmakers convicted of felonies.

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The chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee says an education tax credit bill pressed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not appropriate for the state at this time.

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Syracuse Common Councilors have gone on record opposing the idea of resurrecting a junk yard along the shores of Onondaga Lake, near Destiny USA and the Inner Harbor development.  But they are at odds with the mayor’s office over how to do it.

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Without sustainable federal investment in medical research, innovation in the field will be stunted say academic leaders. Colleagues from across the country join in their appeal to Congress.

New York medical school administrators join 17 others in a recent open letter in the Journal Science Translational Medicine.  The letter says unstable funding for biomedical research drives investigators out of the country.

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Lawmakers are struggling to reach end of session deals, as the corruption scandals and on going federal investigations seem to be hampering their progress.  

With just over one week left until the session is scheduled to end, lawmakers seem far apart on many key issues. New York City’s rent regulations expire next week, along with a property tax break for real estate developers who agree to set aside some of their project for affordable housing, known as 421a.  

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State Sen. Patty Ritchie has secured 185 thousand dollars in funding to treat troops and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Part of the money will go towards a program at Alexandria Bay’s River Hospital that treats Fort Drum soldiers.

The announcement comes just days after the hospital was given the ok to continue the program.

The River Hospital’s Community Wellness program was in danger of shutting its doors last month. The Army had decided to move all PTSD treatment programs back onto bases across the country.

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