Jason Smith

Host, Morning Edition

Jason is the regional host of Morning Edition, heard Monday through Friday from 5AM to 10AM.  He presents state and area news updates and keeps an eye on weather developments.  During the winter months he reports regional school closings and other weather-impacted developments.  Jason occasionally serves as host of WRVO Community Forums and other special programs.

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A New York State trooper was shot and killed after responding to a call Sunday night at a home in Jefferson County, according to State Police. 

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Syracuse University men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim will stay on the bench at least through the 2017-2018 season, after his contract was extended, the university announced Sunday. 

The extension comes after associate head coach Mike Hopkins announced earlier in the day that he was leaving Syracuse to become the new head coach at the University of Washington. 

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More than 2 feet of snow fell across parts of central New York Tuesday, making travel treacherous and shutting down schools, government offices and many businesses across the region. More snow is expected today, leading to more closings and warnings advising against travel.

The state of emergency the governor declared for all of New York state is still in effect, and states of emergencies have also been declared by some central New York counties.

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As the pressure mounts on Republican members of Congress to hold town hall meetings, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has a message for those members of Congress from New York who have not held town halls in their districts. 

"We have members of Congress in this state who won't even do a town hall. I don't think those members of Congress should stay in office if they aren't willing to do a town hall," said Gillibrand. 

Joe Nicoletti campaign

Three Democrats are already in the race to replace Stephanie Miner as Syracuse's next mayor. Now, a fourth has declared their candidacy. 

Syracuse Common Councilor Joe Nicoletti announced Thursday that he is running for mayor. He joins Andrew Maxwell, Alphonso Davis and Marty Masterpole in the race for the democratic nomination. Another Democrat, Juanita Perez Williams, is also considering a run. 

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Updated at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday

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Oswego's mayor is asking city residents to conserve water, saying the city's water supply is at critically low levels. 

Colleen Deacon for Congress; Congressman John Katko

Democratic congressional candidate Colleen Deacon is calling out her Republican opponent, Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus), for not criticizing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over comments he made about Gold Star parents of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq in 2004.

During the Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan, father of Capt. Humayun Khan, talked about the loss of his son in Iraq. Trump tweeted several apparent criticisms of Khan and his wife, and the public feud has continued for nearly a week. 

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Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) Tuesday became the first Republican member of Congress to say he will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president in November. 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The owner of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Oswego County, which is scheduled to be closed starting in January, is in discussions to sell the plant to Exelon, owner of the nearby Nine Mile Point facility. 

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Syracuse City School District superintendent Sharon Contreras, who has led the district since 2011, has been hired as the superintendent of Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, North Carolina, and will take over that position in August. 

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Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) still has not endorsed presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, and says he won't unless Trump tones down his rhetoric and divisiveness. 

Previously, Katko had said that Trump would have to "earn my endorsement." Speaking with Grant Reeher on WRVO'S Campbell Conversations, Katko says Trump hasn't been doing a very good job of that.

"I'm very concerned about his tone and  his rhetoric and the divisiveness of his message and I think it's the wrong thing for the country," said Katko. 

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Democratic congressional candidate Eric Kingson, one of three Democrats running in a primary Tuesday for the Democratic nomination in New York's 24th District, will get some high-profile help Friday. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) will appear at a rally in Syracuse for Kingson, who is competing in a primary against fellow Democrats Colleen Deacon and Steve Williams. Sanders endorsed Kingson's run for Congress earlier this month, and has appointed Kingson to a committee that will help write the platform for next month's Democratic National Convention. 

Payne Horning / WRVO News (file photo)

The three candidates running for the Democratic nomination for central New York's 24th Congressional District seat are being more critical of each other as we get closer to the June 28 Congressional primary. The winner will go on to face incumbent Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) in November. The three candidates, Colleen Deacon, Eric Kingson and Steve Williams, sat down for a debate with Grant Reeher on this week's edition of the Campbell Conversations. In this debate preview, the candidates were asked why voters should not re-elect Katko, who has been viewed as more of a moderate Republican.

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Former President Bill Clinton has spent the last several weeks campaigning in New York for his wife, ahead of the state's primary April 19.

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After campaigning in Rochester and Albany over the last few days, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will bring his campaign to Rome on Tuesday. Trump will hold an event at Griffiss International Airport at 4:00 p.m.

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After spending much of the last week in New York City, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is bringing his campaign to upstate New York this week, ahead of the state's primary April 19.

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New York's presidential primary is here. Polls are open around upstate New York from noon until 9:00 p.m. today and is open to registered Democrats and Republicans only. The deadline to change party affiliation was last October. You can find your party affiliation and polling place from the state Board of Elections. Join us for special coverage of the New York primary, from WNYC and NPR, tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. on WRVO. 

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Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump lead among New York voters ahead of the state's presidential primary on April 19, according to a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

Oswego County emergency management officials say one of the emergency sirens that surround the county's three nuclear power plants inadvertently went off twice early Wednesday morning.

The siren, located on County Route 1 in Scriba near the entrance to the Novelis Aluminum plant, went off shortly after 3:00 a.m. and again just before 4:00 a.m. County 911 officials received a radio signal from the siren that indicated a malfunction.

National Weather Service

It's been a quiet winter so far for central New York, but that's about to change. Heavy lake effect snow will likely make driving very difficult over the next few days. 

Many North Country residents have seen more than two feet of snow over the last few days, but now the lake effect will shift to the south. 

Ryan Delaney / WRVO

The NCAA Thursday denied Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim's appeal of a nine-game suspension, but Boeheim will begin serving the suspension immediately. 

Entergy

Updated 12:45 p.m.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released the following statement on Entergy's decision to close the FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant:

"The closing of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant will devastate the lives of more than 600 employees and their families. Good corporate citizenship must appreciate that there are many factors that count as the 'bottom line.' The State of New York will pursue every legal and regulatory avenue in an attempt to stop Entergy's actions and its callous disregard for their skilled and loyal workforce."

City of Syracuse/Department of Aviation

Updated at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday:

American Airlines has released the name of the pilot who died during a flight from Phoenix to Boston early Monday. That flight was diverted to Syracuse after the pilot became incapacitated. 

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An Oswego County resident is hospitalized in critical condition, after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE. According to Oswego County health officials, the victim is a resident of the Town of Albion. This is the second human case of EEE this year. Earlier this month, an Onondaga County resident died after contracting the deadly virus, which is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

New York State Public Service Commission

A new area code is coming for those who live in the 18 counties that are part of the 315 area code. The New York State Public Service Commission Thursday approved an 'area code overlay' for the region.

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Syracuse University announced Thursday that assistant men's basketball coach Mike Hopkins will succeed head coach Jim Boeheim when Boeheim retires in three years. Hopkins played at Syracuse from 1989- 1993 and has been an assistant coach on the team since 1996.

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A cruise ship crashed into a lock on the St. Lawrence River Thursday night, injuring 17 people. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the 286-foot Saint Laurent hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock along the St. Lawrence in Massena, just after 9 p.m. Thursday.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of New York, is expected to speak at Le Moyne College's graduation ceremony Sunday, but some students won't be listening. They aren't happy with the choice of Dolan as commencement speaker. 

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

Nicole Vaisey admitted in federal court Thursday that she helped her boyfriend kidnap two Amish sisters from their family's roadside farm stand last August, and sexually abused them before letting them go a day later. 

Vaisey, 25, also pleased guilty to a total of 10 felony charges, including nine charges of sexual exploitation and one charge of conspiracy. Vaisey was accused of abusing four other girls as well, all under the age of 12.

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