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6:32am

Fri May 16, 2014
Energy

SUNY Cortland flips the switch on 3,600 solar panels

SUNY Cortland president Dr. Erik Bitterbaum, Linda Smith and state Sen. James Seward pull the switch to activate the school's new solar field.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

SUNY Cortland has flipped the switch on a solar panel field that will supply six percent of the college’s electricity needs.

The 3,600 solar panels are tucked off to the side of the college’s athletic fields. It was a two year project from start to finish and cost $3 million. SUNY Cortland was the first public college in the state to install such a project.

The panels produce 1.5 million kilowatt hours of power. The college has set a goal of getting 10 percent of its power from solar by 2050.

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5:34am

Fri May 16, 2014
Health

'Polar vortex' may be causing a 'pollen vortex' this spring

The polar vortex is a term many of us learned for the first time this winter. But what you may not know is that the cold, long winter could be the reason so many people are sneezing right now. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Dr. Linda Cox, an allergist and immunologist who is president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, about what's being called the "pollen vortex."

Lorraine Rapp: What is it about a long and severe winter that sets us up for an extreme allergy season?

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3:43pm

Thu May 15, 2014
Politics

Astorino claims Cuomo aide made him sit in the back during president's speech

GOP nominee for governor Rob Astorino speaks to reporters on the first night of the Republican convention in Westchester
Karen DeWitt/WRVO News

The Republican candidate for governor, Rob Astorino, claims an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo made him sit in the back during President Barack Obama’s visit to New York City's Tappan Zee Bridge Wednesday, a charge Cuomo’s spokesman denies.

President Obama spoke near the bridge in Westchester County on the opening day of the state Republican Party convention, held just a few miles away nearby.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who is also the GOP nominee for governor, attended the event, along with his opponent, incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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3:25pm

Thu May 15, 2014
Politics

DiNapoli says he's doing more than other comptrollers to fight graft

New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli at a rally with the SEIU union in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's top fiscal watchdog says he has been directly involved in fighting political corruption in the state. His opponent for state comptroller in November's election says otherwise.

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7:43am

Thu May 15, 2014
Environment

Public gets first chance to weigh in on 'Trash to Ash' plan

Onondaga County's Waste-to-Energy Facility in Jamesville.
Office of Onondaga County Comptroller

The so-called Trash to Ash plan is now officially before the public. The initial public comment period has started, regarding a regional solid waste partnership between Onondaga and Cortland County, but there is already opposition to the plan.
             

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7:13am

Thu May 15, 2014
Politics and Government

State GOP selects candidates for comptroller and attorney general

State Republicans have picked their candidate for comptroller, Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci. He will be the first statewide candidate in New York to rely on public financing to pay for his campaign.

Antonacci has been comptroller for Onondaga County, which includes Syracuse, since 2007, and says he would use his skills as a certified public accountant and attorney to scrutinize state spending by the governor and the legislature, and speak out when he sees waste.

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6:48am

Thu May 15, 2014
Regional Coverage

Motorcyclists urged to take state safety course

Motorcyclists operate their bikes on the training course.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Thousands of motorcyclists are preparing to hit the road as summer nears, and New York state is urging caution.  

To encourage caution and safety, the state is urging motorcyclists to take its Motorcycle Safety Program. During the course, motorcyclists weave in and out of traffic cones behind Shoppingtown Mall in DeWitt, the site of one of the state’s programs.

Program manager Ben Zadrozny said the idea is to get inside the head of riders and teach life saving techniques.

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6:42am

Thu May 15, 2014
Government

Miner vetoes council's tax increase in Syracuse budget

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has vetoed a last-minute property tax hike the Common Council added to the city's spending plan because she says councilors didn't bring it up for public discussion first.

"When you don’t allow that process to happen, you create cynicism and you allow people to get turned off from the process," Miner said Wednesday.

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7:22pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Business

Chobani now a registered company in Delaware; says its not leaving

messycupcakes Flickr

New York-based yogurt company Chobani has registered its company in Delaware. Chobani says it’s not going anywhere, but it’s increased rumors the company is going public.

Chobani's headquarters is in Norwich, in Chenango County and it's factory is in New Berlin. But for tax purposes, the company is now a resident of Delaware.

Many corporations call Delaware their home on paper, because the state has more lenient corporate policies than others. 

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4:11pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Regional Coverage

Cayuga Nation leadership dispute continues to smolder

The flare up in events is a boiling over of a decade-old dispute among senior members of the Cayuga, who disagree over who controls the nation and its business interests.

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3:48pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Higher Ed

Gillibrand pushes for bill to cut student loan rates

Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand, D-N.Y. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

As the debt load of recent college graduates continues to rise, New York's junior senator is stumping for a new bill that will cut the interest rate on federal student loans by nearly half.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is one of about two dozen Democrats backing a bill that will reduce the loan rate on undergraduate loans to about 3.8 percent, from the nearly seven percent they sit at now. The bill would also bring down the interest rates for graduate school loans.

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11:41am

Wed May 14, 2014
Regional Coverage

SUNY Oswego students concerned about possible Bridge Street Run changes

Students gather on Friday afternoon to take part in the Bridge Street Run.
Leah Landry WRVO

Students on the SUNY Oswego campus have been taking to social media to voice their concerns about proposals to change the tradition of Bridge Street Run, an unsanctioned bar crawl that draws hundreds of students and others to the city to celebrate the last day of classes.

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6:17am

Wed May 14, 2014
Politics

GOP lieutenant governor choice is SAFE Act opponent

Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss
Chemung County

GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a lieutenant governor running mate will be Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun control laws.

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6:00am

Wed May 14, 2014
Education

Syracuse schools superintendent loses support of board member

Syracuse public school Superintendent Sharon Contreras. (file photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The superintendent of the Syracuse school system has lost the support of one of the district's school board members. But it's likely not enough dissent to force Sharon Contreras out of her job. 

Syracuse School Board member Max Ruckdeschel spoke out at their annual meeting Tuesday evening. To other board members' surprise, he says he can no longer blindly support the superintendent's administrative appointments.

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5:56am

Wed May 14, 2014
Politics

Astorino the underdog in the governor's race

Ellen Abbott WRVO file photo

Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, faces a steep challenge. He’s 30 points behind the well-known incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the polls, and has only a fraction of Cuomo’s record $33 million campaign war chest.  

Astorino is a Republican in a state where Democrats now dominate and independents, not registered in either major party, are gaining ground. But the 47-year-old married father of three says he’s used to being a long shot.

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7:14pm

Tue May 13, 2014
Regional Coverage

SUNY Oswego president says heroin overdoses tragic, time for 'new approach' to Bridge Street Run

Cassandra Genua

SUNY Oswego President Deborah Stanley, in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, praised the response of the Oswego police and fire departments to heroin overdoses over the weekend that left one student dead and hospitalized two students. 

Stanley also said, “it is time for a new approach to the Bridge Street Run,” the traditional pub crawl in Oswego to celebrate the end of the SUNY Oswego school year, which was going on when the overdoses occurred.

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11:05am

Tue May 13, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego Police arrest two in connection with weekend heroin overdoses

Gino Geruntino WRVO

The city of Oswego Police Department has arrested two men in connection with the heroin overdoses that occurred in the early Saturday morning hours in Oswego.

Brian Tumolo, 21, of Manorville, N.Y., has been charged with selling heroin to two people, who later were taken to Oswego Hospital and treated for suspected heroin overdoses. Tumolo was arrested early Saturday morning.

One of the individuals Tumolo is alleged to have sold the heroin to is Gabriel Gonzalez, 22, of Bridgeport, Conn. Gonzalez was arrested Monday evening and also charged with selling heroin.

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8:53am

Tue May 13, 2014
Politics

Democratic National Committee chairwoman stumps for Dan Maffei

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

One of the Democratic Party’s top women visited Syracuse to stump for Rep. Dan Maffei, who is running for re-election to Congress.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, is chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She spoke a Laci’s Tapas Bar Monday, a women-owned restaurant in the city's Hawley Green neighborhood.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, Common Councilor Helen Hudson, and former Palmyra Mayor Vicky Daly all showered their praise as well.

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7:42am

Tue May 13, 2014
Politics and Government

GOP candidate for AG launches campaign; stops in Syracuse

Republican John Cahill is running for New York state attorney general.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The Republican who wants to be New York state’s attorney general says he’ll be the people’s advocate if elected. John Cahill, an aide to former Gov. George Pataki, made several campaign stops across the state Monday, including Syracuse.

Cahill says education, economic development and integrity in government are top issues he promises to advocate for if he is elected as attorney general.

As far as education goes, he’s a proponent of school choice. But how does the attorney general fit into that issue?

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7:20am

Tue May 13, 2014
Regional Coverage

Oswego lawmakers vote unanimously to ban Bridge Street Run

Students wear their white shirts during the annual Bridge Street Run in Oswego.
Leah Landry WRVO

The city of Oswego Common Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban the Bridge Street Run, a decades-old pub crawl that draws hundreds of SUNY Oswego students to downtown Oswego each spring on the last day of classes. 

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6:26am

Tue May 13, 2014
Politics

Major parties head to NYC suburbs for state conventions

The state’s Republican and Democratic Party conventions will be held over the next couple weeks. Both major parties have chosen to hold them in locations in the New York City suburbs.

The Republicans go first. They are meeting in Rye Brook in Westchester County May 14.  It makes sense for the GOP to hold their convention in a New York City suburb. There is still a small bastion of registered Republicans, and the Republican nominee for governor will be Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.  

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7:25am

Mon May 12, 2014
Environment

New living lab experiment at SU studies climate change impact on trees

The new living lab at Syracuse University.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Last week's federal report on climate change puts the spotlight on how increasing global temperatures will affect the world. One Syracuse University professor is trying to localize that by creating a climate garden on campus that will show the effects of climbing temperatures on trees in central New York.

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6:52am

Mon May 12, 2014
Politics and Government

Public campaign finance showing signs of life

Gov. Cuomo is facing pressure to revive an issue that failed in state budget negotiations -- enacting a public campaign financing system for statewide elections.

In the final budget deal, Cuomo agreed with legislative leaders to a pared-down public campaign finance system that would apply only to the state comptroller’s race, and sunset after this year.

The governor was immediately condemned by government reform groups who said the pilot program was cynically designed to fail. But Cuomo defended the deal, saying advocates were looking at the glass half empty.

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6:26am

Mon May 12, 2014
Education

Syracuse school district exploring turning Delaware into charter

Delaware Elementary School opened in 1917 on South Geddes Street in Syracuse's Near Westside.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Syracuse school district is considering turning one of its underperforming elementary schools into a charter school.

Superintendent Sharon Contreras sent a letter home Friday to parents of Delaware Elementary School saying a charter school is the best option available under state rules for chronically poor-performing schools.

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7:00pm

Sun May 11, 2014
Health

Debunk or da truth: getting to the bottom of medical myths

Credit Sheree Zielke / Flickr

You've heard about it for years and you've come to accept it as fact, but is it backed by medical science or is a story repeated so often that it's taken on a veneer of truth? We pick apart medical facts from health and wellness urban legends in our segment "Debunk or da Truth." We ask the experts and come up with an answer you can trust. Here are some of the myths we've been busting lately:

The earworm

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6:59pm

Sun May 11, 2014
Health

New risk factor for head, neck cancers and how it could impact screening and diagnosis

Some rights reserved AJ Cann

Any diagnosis of cancer can be scary. But cancers of the head and neck bring unique challenges because of the importance of this region to the body. These cancers can impact a patient’s ability to speak, swallow or breathe.

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3:17pm

Sun May 11, 2014
Politics and Government

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee on The Campbell Conversations (Pt 2)

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, left, speaks with Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher

In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher continues the discussion with Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.  The governor frankly describes the political challenges he's encountered as governor, and the effects of his party switch after being elected.  He also discussed his state's relatively smooth roll-out of Obamacare, and his political future. 

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10:57am

Sat May 10, 2014
Regional Coverage

Heroin overdoses in Oswego leave 1 SUNY Oswego student dead, 2 others hospitalized

Gino Geruntino WRVO

Story updated on Monday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m.

On the SUNY Oswego campus, students say they are still coming to terms with the weekend's heroin overdoses, in which one student died and two others were hospitalized.

Many students say they are uncomfortable talking about the subject. One student, Jessie Brandt, said she was scared when she first saw the emergency alerts on her phone.

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8:34am

Sat May 10, 2014
Arts

Keeping the craft of instrument making alive

Noelle Evans/WXXI

John Delmonico works at a small violin shop on East Avenue in Rochester, continuing a tradition that dates back to the 16th century.

"You know it's something we don't hear about that much anymore," said Delmonico, who began working at Sullivan Violins five years ago.

“Really, the story is I couldn't find a teaching job and I needed a job.”

He’s a classically-trained cellist with a background in music education. He started out as an office clerk at Sullivan’s, but soon took an interest in how the instruments were built and maintained.

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7:37am

Fri May 9, 2014
Environment

Onondaga County's compost program is growing in more ways than one

Waste is being transformed into compost at the OCRRA facility in Amboy.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Onondaga County’s program that turns food waste into the compost and mulch we use in our gardens is expanding.

OCRRA, the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, has installed new structures that make the process at the Amboy Compost Facility work like a well-oiled machine.

It all starts with the food we throw away at restaurants, schools and grocery stores; the fruit rinds, the crusts of bread and corn husks. Those scraps are dumped into a new covered mixing area at the facility on Airport Road in Amboy.

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