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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President Obama comes to Syracuse later today, where he will give a speech on college affordability and the middle class. The speech at Henninger High School is expected to begin at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 3:00 p.m. for those who have tickets, which were distributed earlier this week

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President Barack Obama will visit the Syracuse area this week, giving a speech at Henninger High School on the importance of an affordable education. The president's speech is expected to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Primary day is September 10 this year. In Syracuse, three Democrats will face off in a primary for mayor. Common Councilor Pat Hogan and Alfonso Davis are challenging incumbent Mayor Stephanie Miner. As of now, there is no Republican candidate on the ballot, so whoever wins the primary is likely to win the general election in November. 

The U.S. Attorney's Office has dropped its year-long investigation of sexual abuse of minors by former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.

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The winds are starting to die down around central and northern New York, but high winds last night have caused power outages and some schools around the region decided on Monday to close or delay this morning. 

After more than one hundred years in circulation, Syracuse's newspaper is cutting production to three days a week.

Tuesday's federal primary in New York state was marked by low turnout.  New York's primaries were split into three dates this year, with a presidential primary in April, Tuesday's Congressional primary and a September primary for state Senate and Assembly candidates. Experts believe having a primary in June, which is not traditional for New York, contributed to the low turnout. But, it is now known who will be on the ballot for Congress in November.

New York Senator Charles Schumer is pushing a new bill that he says would help bring outsourced jobs back to upstate New York.

The bill would provide a 20 percent tax credit for businesses that bring outsourced jobs back to the US as well as close tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.

Republicans in the state Senate Tuesday night brought up a bill that would give $10 million in extra aid to schools. 

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Mitt Romney won New York’s presidential primary Tuesday without much difficulty. Romney won 62.4% of the vote statewide. Ron Paul finished second, picking up 15.7%. Newt Gingrich finished third, with 12.9% and Rick Santorum picked up 9% of the vote, despite dropping out of the race earlier this month.

Governor Andrew Cuomo stopped in Syracuse Wednesday, fresh off the passage of the second straight on time budget under his administration. Cuomo called the $132.6 billion budget part of a series of actions that will transform New York State. 

Two men who accused former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse have filed a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse University and head basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

Zach Tomaselli, one of three men to accuse former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse, filed a lawsuit in a Pennsylvania court Thursday. 

Zach Tomaselli, the third man to come forward accusing former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of sexual abuse, will hold a news conference in Pittsburgh Thursday, where he's expected to announce that he is filing a civil lawsuit against Fine.

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Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick held a news conference in Syracuse Wednesday, where he announced that his office is ending its grand jury investigation into sexual abuse allegations against former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.

UPDATE: WRVO's Ellen Abbott caught up with Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler Tuesday afternoon. Click "Listen" above to hear the raw audio. Note: The other voice you hear asking questions is Syracuse Post-Standard reporter Tim Knauss. 

Earlier story: Syracuse police, along with the Onondaga County District Attorney, the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Secret Service continue to investigate sexual abuse allegations against former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine. 

Longtime Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has been fired. The university fired fine Sunday night after new allegations of sexual abuse surfaced.

The long time assistant men’s basketball coach at Syracuse University has been placed on administrative leave, after two former team ball boys have accused him of sexual abuse.

Bernie Fine has been S.U.’s assistant basketball coach for 35 years. Former ball boy Bobby Davis, who’s now 39, told ESPN that he was molested by Fine beginning in 1984 and lasting more than 10 years.

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