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Syracuse University professor and former Democratic congressional candidate Eric Kingson is doubling down on his criticism of Rep. John Kakto (R-Camillus), calling his claim to be moderate "smoke and mirrors." Kingson said he does support Democratic congressional nominee Colleen Deacon and would be willing to do more to get her elected. Kingson said he does respect and like Katko, a guy who he said would probably make a good neighbor. But in terms of Katko’s politics, Kingson said the idea he...

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Families in the military move a lot. On average, a military child will change schools six to nine times before they finish high school. Making new friends and leaving old ones is hard on kids. Enter Sesame Street. Elmo, Cookie Monster and friends are traveling to military basis across the country to help young kids cope with a big move.

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The idea of cancer can make many of us uncomfortable, and with that discomfort can come uncertainty, and fears about our own mortality. But when a friend or relative is facing a diagnosis of cancer, that's when they need the most understanding and support. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Mindy Greenstein , a cancer survivor herself, gives some advice on how to talk to someone who has cancer. Greenstein is a clinical psychologist, psycho-oncologist, and a consultant in the Department of Psychiatry at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She's also the author of the book “ The House on Crash Corner and Other Unavoidable Calamities .”

5 seconds too long: Do's and dont's of food safety

Oct 29, 2016
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There are good bacteria and there are bad bacteria. No matter which kind gets on food, many people get grossed out by the thought. Scientists are not certain how these germs are transferred from one place to the next, but research has helped offer some tips to protect from contaminating food. This week on Take Care, Don Schaffner , a food microbiologist and professor at Rutgers University, shares what he has discovered on the subject as well as a few tips he uses within his own home.

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American cities have been under great pressure, the city of Syracuse is 'exhibit A' of how poverty and infrastructure challenges can threaten their future. Earlier this year, Michael Nutter stepped down from the mayor’s office in Philadelphia, after serving two terms. He managed to leave as one of the most respected mayors, and respected politicians of any kind, in the nation. In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with Nutter about the different challenges...

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Halloween 2016 may be mostly remembered as the year of the creepy clown in upstate New York and across the country. But experts say clown phobia is nothing new. There’s a word for it -- coulrophobia. That’s the fear of clowns. And this year, it seems to be running rampant with complaints of clown sightings all over central New York. In Syracuse, Utica, and other communities. Just this week, police were called about a clown siting early in the morning near the middle school in Carthage in...

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The so-called “five-second rule” is something many of us cited when we drop a piece of food on the floor and then eat it anyway. But how does cross contamination of food really happen? This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Don Schaffner, a Rutgers University food microbiologist and food safety expert about how bacteria transfers onto food. More of this interview can be heard on "Take Care," WRVO's health and wellness show...

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It looks like Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) will be re-elected to a fourth term on Nov. 8, barring any major turn of events. He’s about 40 points ahead of his nearest opponent in the polls and the bigger question now is: will Schumer be the next Senate minority leader or majority leader?

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The city of Syracuse hopes to use innovative ideas from its Civic Data Hackathon to improve the strategies for fixing potholes. Winners of the Syracuse Roads Challenge focused on using data to create a more comprehensive picture of the pothole problem the city faces. If the city follows through with Stephen Shaffer’s idea called Scout, you’ll be able to use the Facebook messenger app to take a picture of a pothole, and send it to the city. It will be centrally stored and used by DPW crews as...

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Destiny USA announced that they are partnering with Embassy Suites by Hilton on the 200-room hotel that's been under construction in the Inner Harbor since June. A 12-year, $7 million tax deal was granted to the Destiny hotel by the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency earlier this year.
Community benefits included in the tax deal require that 15 percent of the 200 construction jobs on the hotel go to women and minority-owned businesses. Destiny USA’s David Aitken said while...

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Hillary Clinton’s widening lead over Donald Trump is likely to affect downballot races for Congress, where there are several contested seats, and for control of the state Senate in New York, where Republicans are barely clinging to the majority. As recently as the summer, when the presidential candidates were tied in the polls, leading New York Republicans predicted that the state would be in play for Trump — and that he could even help get downballot GOP candidates for Congress and the state...

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The two candidates running in the 24th Congressional District converged in Auburn Wednesday to separately address the issue of toxins in Owasco Lake in Cayuga County, each trying to position themselves as better equipped to handle the problem that's affecting drinking water for voters in the region.

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This year's drought has left wells dry across the region. After some rain, farmers are wondering when their groundwater will be replenished. The good news is groundwater levels are higher than they've been in months, Cornell University hydrologist Todd Walter told farmers and agriculture leaders in Watertown Wednesday. The bad news, he said, is it could take a couple of good years before the groundwater reaches normal levels. Walter said water tables in western, central and northern New York...

The city of Syracuse is expanding its strategy using open source data and technology to solve municipal problems. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner admits in the beginning she was a skeptic about using data and technology to try to fix nagging issues. But she’s sold on the concept now, after the city’s Innovation Team engaged in a number of initiatives. "They have shown me that open sourced data can be used to solve problems you didn’t even know had to be solved. And in the coming months you’re...

Colleen Deacon for Congress; Congressman John Katko

Republican Rep. John Katko and Democratic challenger Colleen Deacon had their first televised debate Tuesday on Time Warner Cable News. The two candidates clashed on a number of national issues including how to defeat ISIS. Deacon said using ground troops should be a last resort. Katko said he would only support ground troops if the generals said that is what they need. “They told me that what they need is training troops, troops to train the Iraqi forces to do it themselves,” Katko said. The...

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a step deeper into the partisan politics of the state Senate on Tuesday night, telling two Democratic factions that they’ll have to work together if the November elections go their way. Cuomo, long an ally of Republicans in the Senate, for the first time headlined a major fundraiser for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. He told them that he can no longer rely on Senate Republicans to approve key issues like the Dream Act for children of undocumented immigrants...

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The battle lines are drawn over a lawsuit that could reshape agriculture in New York state. Civil rights advocates are suing to give farm workers the right to form unions and bargain collectively. The state’s largest farm lobby has signed on in opposition, after Gov. Andrew Cuomo would not. The case centers on an incident at a dairy farm in Lewis County.

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The Syracuse Land Bank has been operating for about four months without a contract with the city. The result is the Land Bank has had to slow down acquiring foreclosed properties. Past contracts between the city of Syracuse and the Land Bank had a clause saying if the city did not collect as much as expected in delinquent taxes, it could pull or recapture some of the Land Bank’s funding. As the Land Bank took off acquiring tax delinquent properties, there was a one-time spike in the amount of...

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A contentious Republican primary is spilling over into the general election race in New York's 54th State Senate District. Businessman Floyd Rayburn narrowly lost the Republican line to the town of Canandaigua's Supervisor PamHelming, who beat him out by 210 votes. But it's the four votes Rayburn received on the Reform Party's line that will keep him on the ballot. That and the raw feelings from the acrimonious republican primary. "I would be lying to you if i said i wasn’t part of it,"...

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Environmentalists are bringing a giant yellow oil barrel across New York State to bring attention to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s fight to extract internal research from Exxon Mobile about climate change.

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The three candidates running in New York's 21st Congressional District argued about the environment and climate change in a debate on Mountain Lake Public Television Monday night. Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello said the U.S. needs to take immediate action to get off of dirty fossil fuel energy sources like natural gas and coal and switch to 100 percent renewable energy sources like solar and wind. "The Greens are saying 'Green New Deal,'" Funiciello said. "Let's employ 20 million...

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The race for the 22nd Congressional District, which includes all or parts of 8 counties in central New York and the Southern Tier, is considered to be one of the most competitive in the nation. That's partially due to the presence of a surprisingly strong third-party candidate, Martin Babinec. But high polling numbers are just one of the candidate's assets in this campaign.

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Upstate Medical University officials hope the build out of the Central New York Biotech Accelerator in Syracuse will help define the area as a haven for biotech research and development.

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The Syracuse Common Council is urging New York state to allow a property tax exemption for low-income homeowners in the newly redrawn federal flood maps. Starting in November, affected homeowners must have flood insurance, which can cost up to $2,500 a year. The proposed tax exemption would be on a sliding scale. Those making a little more than $37,000 a year could get a five percent break, while those making less than $29,000 a year could qualify for a 50 percent break. All the common...

New York’s new bull on Wall Street

Oct 24, 2016
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At first impression Maria Vullo is guarded, and a bit camera shy. But when she talks about her legal work, going back decades, you can feel her conviction. “When I went after a domestic terrorist in the Planned Parenthood case, no one would say I wasn’t tough,” Vullo said. Vullo is the newly appointed superintendent of New York’s Department of Financial Services, an agency ahead of its peers in punishing wayward banks. The state has issued billions in fines, which has paid for things like...

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For the first time since 1990, the Utica Zoo is embarking on comprehensive master plan. The proposed "Dream Big" project would expand the facility from 40 acres to 80 acres over the next 20 years. The goal is to raise $75 million, mainly through fundraising. If achieved, it will mean new animals, like tigers, bears and orangutans, as well as improved homes for some of its current tenants.

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Republican Assemblyman Gary Finch will face a rematch in New York’s 126th Assembly District as he runs for re-election against Democratic challenger Diane Dwire again. The two candidates share similar concerns on the big issues facing the district. The 126th Assembly District covers parts of Onondaga, Cortland, Cayuga and Chenango counties. Both candidates said two of the biggest issues affecting the district are heroin and opioid addiction and toxic blue-green algae in Owasco Lake. About 50...

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Now that a New York State Supreme Court Judge has ruled that Onondaga County legislator pay raises were illegal, at least one lawmaker wants to make amends.

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The Burrville Cider Mill just outside Watertown embodies everything people love about autumn. They have warm cider donuts, crates full of fresh apples and lots of decorative gourds for sale. If you visit the mill in the mornings you might get the chance to watch apples pressed into cider. WRVO's Julia Botero and David Sommerstein of North Country Public Radio visited the cider mill on a crisp fall day and filed this audio postcard. The Burrville Cider Mill is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p...

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What role, if any, the government should play in job creation was at the forefront of Thursday's Time Warner Cable News debate between the three candidates running in the 22nd Congressional District. Third-party candidate Martin Babinec, an entrepreneur, said while rolling back regulations and lowering tax rates on businesses are effective tools, upstate New York already has the ingredients it needs to spur economic growth and he knows how to help them come together. "Within the role of being...

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