Sat August 13, 2011

State to Investigate Non-profit Execs Pay and Benefits

ALBANY, NY (August 4, 2011) - A revelation in the New York Times that a non-profit funded mainly by Medicaid has executives who pulled in a million dollars in pay and benefits has caused the state to investigate.

WRVO Capitol Correspondent Karen Dewitt tells us that the state plans to look at the compensation of non-profit leaders statewide.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.

She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now.  She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers. 

Karen previously worked for WINS Radio, New York, and has written for numerous publications, including Adirondack Life and the Albany newsweekly Metroland.


Sat August 13, 2011

Bike Plan Shapes Up in Syracuse

SYRACUSE, NY (August 3, 2011) - Bicycles could soon have lanes to call their own in the city of Syracuse.  As WRVO's Ellen Abbott reports, plans for a bike infrastructure are taking shape.


Sat August 13, 2011

Arts Organization Trying to Bring More Opportunities to Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY (August 2, 2011) - An arts organization is trying to bring more opportunities to artists in Watertown and surrounding areas, and more cultural events to residents.

The North Country Arts Council was born out of a declining artists' guild a few years ago. Now with a space in downtown Watertown and some successful fundraising behind it, WRVO's north country correspondent Joanna Richards tells us the group is becoming an active force in the community.

Based in Watertown, Joanna files reports and feature stories of specific interest to listeners in the North Country. Her reports are heard during regional news breaks aired in Morning Edition and All Things Considered.


Sat August 13, 2011

Ash Borer the Target of New Invasive Species Effort

UPSTATE NEW YORK (Produced by The New York Reporting Project at Utica College) - Non-native plants and animals will readily invade a local ecosystem if they get the chance think kudzu or the gypsy moth, or even those Africanized "killer bees." But now scientists with the State Department of Environmental Conservation are tracking a new threat to New York the Emerald Ash Borer. They entered the state near Buffalo and earlier this month were found at West Point, on the Hudson River.

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Sat August 13, 2011

Destiny USA Owners Offer Tours of Mall Expansion

SYRACUSE, NY (August 2, 2011)- Soon, Carousel Center will be no more. The Syracuse mall's owner, Pyramid, will change the name to Destiny USA sometime soon.

It's a sign that the mega mall project is moving forward again, even if it's not the luxury resort and entertainment destination that was the original plan.

Pyramid is ramping up its effort to sell the mall's expansion to the press and public. The new push began this week, with the first of several tours of the mall's long-delayed new wing.

WRVO's Ellen Abbott reports.

Ellen produces news reports and features related to events that occur in the greater Syracuse area and throughout Onondaga County.  Her reports are heard regularly in regional updates in Morning Edition and All Things Considered. 


Sat August 13, 2011

Effect of Regents Cuts Sinking In

OSWEGO, NY (wrvo) - As WRVO's Joyce Gramza reports, students who failed Regents exams in June may have to wait a whole year to be able to retake them.


Sat August 13, 2011

People are Turning to Life Coaches to get through Tough Times

OSWEGO, NY (August 1, 2011) - More and more people are turning to life coaches to help get them through the difficult periods of their lives. Bob Vinciguerra and Alicia Wood are both Syracuse-area life coaches who have joined us today to help shed some light on this somewhat unknown profession. We start off with the obvious question, what is a life coach?