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7:39am

Fri October 31, 2014
Politics

Voters to decide fate of Oswego's property tax cap proposal

Members of the Oswego Dept. of Public Works wait to see if the 2014 budget is passed. The department was prepared for major cuts to its staff, but the jobs were saved.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

On Tuesday the city of Oswego will decide whether it wants to bring back a five percent property tax cap, but many of the city's elected officials warn that it could come with some unintended consequences.

The proposed property tax cap would force Oswego to keep any tax increases to less than five percent. If the city raises taxes more than that, Oswego residents would have to vote to approve the budget. If that fails, the city must reduce the budget to keep the increase below the threshold.

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7:06am

Fri October 31, 2014
Politics

Maffei, Katko talk ISIS, minimum wage in latest debate

Democrat Dan Maffei (left) and Republican John Katko (middle) debate the issues at the Thursday Morning Roundtable..
Ellen Abbott WRVO

With less than a week to go until Election Day, candidates in one of the highest profile races in central New York are in the midst of a debate blitz. Democrat incumbent Dan Maffei and his Republican challenger, John Katko, are both running to represent the 24th Congressional District, and outlined their stands at the Thursday Morning Roundtable in DeWitt.

The candidates offered up views on foreign policy to kick off the latest debate, specifically whether American troops should be used to deal with the advancement of ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, in the Middle East.

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6:47am

Fri October 31, 2014
Politics

Failed public campaign finance experiment hampers comptroller's race

Republican candidate for state comptroller, Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci, says he still believes in campaign finance reform.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

An experimental public campaign finance system for the state comptroller’s race has fizzled, after the lone candidate who applied for the program failed to meet the minimum threshold to obtain public monies.

The pilot public campaign financing program was limited to just the state comptroller’s race as part of a state budget deal.

It was widely condemned at the time by reform groups as fatally flawed. Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group called it cynical.

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6:34am

Fri October 31, 2014
Politics

John Katko, prosecutor and political neophyte

Former U.S. Attorney John Katko working a crime scene. Katko is the Republican candidate for Congress in the 24th district.
John Katko for Congress

As WRVO profiles congressional races in central and northern New York this week, we turn to the 24th Congressional District. It features a well-known Democrat who has struggled to hold onto the office, and a political neophyte. We begin first with our profile of the incumbent, Rep. Dan Maffei.

When John Katko decided to quit his job as a federal prosecutor in January to run for Congress, his sister was surprised.

"I’m like really, are you serious,” Cindy Hoyne said. “He’s like yeah. He’s not your typical politician; I think that’s what floored me the most.”

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6:22am

Fri October 31, 2014
Digital Life

Selfies With Bears Prompt Warning From Park Rangers

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6:22am

Fri October 31, 2014
Research News

Less Than Jubilant Genes: Why The Brits Keep Calm

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6:21am

Fri October 31, 2014
Politics

Hawkins slams Cuomo for calling public education a monopoly

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor in Syracuse Thursday.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins is joining the growing criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a comment Cuomo made about teachers. The governor said the public education system is a monopoly.

Earlier this week, Cuomo told the New York Daily News the state’s public education system is the last great public monopoly. He says he’ll try to push for a new round of teacher evaluations if reelected.

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6:15am

Fri October 31, 2014
Health

The causes and concerns of radon exposure

The first time many people learn about radon is when they're buying or selling a house. But this gas, which has no smell, is more than just something to check off in your home inspection. Radon is a leading cause for lung cancer. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with John Martin from the Environmental Protection Agency about the causes and concerns of radon exposure.

Linda Lowen: What causes radon? Where does it come from and why is it a health hazard? How does it enter our homes?

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4:57am

Fri October 31, 2014
Politics

For This Colorado Voter, Oil And Gas Debate Plays Out On His Property

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 6:22 am

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4:57am

Fri October 31, 2014
Movie Reviews

Review: Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' Is Pulp With A Purpose

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 7:42 am

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4:57am

Fri October 31, 2014
StoryCorps

For Morbid Anatomy Museum Founder, Spooky Things Are Life's Work

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 6:22 am

Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, has always had a fascination with creepy things since childhood. Her father, Bob, always nurtured her passion.
StoryCorps

Joanna Ebenstein is founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood, which features a human skeleton, a pickled possum and a two-headed duckling, among other things.

Ebenstein and her father, Bob, recalled during a recent visit to StoryCorps, how ever since childhood, she's been fascinated with things that make most of us squirm, including black widow spiders.

"I used to catch them, and I'd put them in jars," says Joanna, 42.

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11:24am

Thu October 30, 2014
Business

Apple's Tim Cook In Rare Company As Publicly Gay Chief Executive

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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7:25am

Thu October 30, 2014
Regional Coverage

Amphitheater project's future relies on upcoming vote

The Onondaga County Legislature meets to talk about the proposed $100 million amphitheater project.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

The future of an amphitheater project on the western shore of Onondaga Lake comes down to a vote by Onondaga County lawmakers next week. 

The amphitheater is part of a $100 million project to revitalize the communities on the western shore of Onondaga Lake. The state will pay for infrastructure improvements and housing projects in Solvay and Geddes but Onondaga County will have to pay for the $50 million amphitheater, by way of a 30-year bond.

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6:56am

Thu October 30, 2014
Politics

Attorney general race closest of all statewide races

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (right) stands next to Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his 2010 run for office. (file photo)
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The race for attorney general is the closest of all the statewide contests. Democrat Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says he wants another four years to continue what he says have been numerous successes, while his Republican opponent, John Cahill, says the incumbent has not been aggressive enough and is too cozy with the political establishment in Albany.  

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6:28am

Thu October 30, 2014
Business

Record Those Work Hours, Get Some Beer

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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6:28am

Thu October 30, 2014
Politics

Evangelicals Mobilize Voters, But GOP Candidates Less Vocally Supportive

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6:07am

Thu October 30, 2014
Politics

Dan Maffei, the cerebral Democrat and perennial candidate

Rep. Dan Maffei, D-Syracuse, at an infrastructure roundtable. (File photo)
Ryan Delaney WRVO

As WRVO profiles congressional races in central and northern New York this week, we turn to the 24th Congressional District. It features a well-known Democrat who has struggled to hold onto the office, and a political neophyte. We begin first with our profile of the incumbent, Rep. Dan Maffei.

Maffei has spent the better part of the last decade running for Congress. He’s lost, won, lost, won and now, at 46 years old, he’s running for re-election.

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5:23am

Thu October 30, 2014
World

Thief In Canada Tries To Make His Getaway In Red Canoe

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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4:46am

Thu October 30, 2014
Sports

Giants Trump Royals For World Series Win

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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4:46am

Thu October 30, 2014
Remembrances

'Lastness': Award-Winning Poet Galway Kinnell Dies At 87

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, BYLINE: And now this. The poet Galway Kinnell has died. He began writing poetry at the end of World War II in a plain-spoken style some compared to Walt Whitman. In his long career, he won both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.

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11:04pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Politics

Katko and Maffei debate infrastructure, Wayne County jobs

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) and Republican John Katko in their debate Monday. (file photo)
Sarah Jean Condon The Citizen

A week busy with debates for the 24th Congressional District candidates continued last night with their first live televised debate.

The Democratic incumbent and Republican challenger fielded questions on infrastructure, and cuts to carbon emissions, taxes and the Affordable Care Act.

Gas tax

In the Syracuse Media Group/WCNY debate aired live, neither Rep. Dan Maffei nor Republican challenger John Katko supported raising the gas tax, which the federal government uses to fund bridge and road repair.

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7:26am

Wed October 29, 2014
Politics

In North Country, Republican candidate Stefanik says "people want a new generation of leaders"

Elise Stefanik, 21st Congressional District Republican candidate at her campaign headquarters in Watertown.
David Sommerstein/NCPR

This week, WRVO is profiling candidates for Congress in central and northern New York. Today we take a look at Elise Stefanik, the Republican running for the open seat in 21st district in the North Country.

Stefanik hopes to return the North Country’s seat in Congress to the Republican side of the aisle as it had been for decades before Democrat Bill Owens won three times. She would become the youngest member of the House at 30 years old.

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7:01am

Wed October 29, 2014
Environment

Gillibrand wants plastic microbeads removed from personal care products

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) discusses the impact of microbeads on the environment. Oswego Mayor Tom Gillen (left) and Port of Oswego Board Chairman Terry Hammill (right) attended.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

They are in products people use every day to help get grime off their hands, keep their faces acne free and even make their teeth pearly white. But environmentalists and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) say plastic microbeads are polluting the country's lakes and streams.

While standing in front of Lake Ontario, Gillibrand announced her push to get companies to remove microbeads from personal care products like hand soap, facial scrubs and toothpaste, citing the harmful effects they have on the environment.

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6:36am

Wed October 29, 2014
All Tech Considered

Behind The Scenes, Storyful Exposes Viral Hoaxes For News Outlets

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 9:57 am

Storyful is making a business out of verifying material on social media for journalists and news organizations.
Storyful

At most news organizations, journalists celebrate when they get a story in print, on air or online.

At Storyful, editors high-five when they knock a story down.

"We like to think about [Storyful] as the first social news agency," said Mark Little, the company's buoyant CEO. A former television news anchor and correspondent in his native Ireland, Little conceived the company in 2009 after watching the documentation of mounting protests in Iran posted to Flickr and YouTube.

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6:36am

Wed October 29, 2014
Around the Nation

Doctor Delivered Baby Who Grew Up To Be His Heart Surgeon

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:12 am

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6:36am

Wed October 29, 2014
World

Court Tells 'Naked Rambler' There Are Other Forms Of Expression

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:12 am

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6:29am

Wed October 29, 2014
Politics

Candidates running for 24th Congressional District spar on I-81, campaign finance

Democratic incumbent Dan Maffei (left) is running for the 24th Congressional District against Republican John Katko.
Ryan Delaney/WRVO and Katko for Congress

Republican John Katko and incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei largely stuck to the issues in their latest television debate Tuesday night. The two candidates took stands on the economy, Common Core and U.S. military action in Syria on the half-hour debate on CNY Central.

But on the issue of what to do about the aging span of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse, neither candidate had a definitive answer.

Katko said the options that have been presented are good ones, but he needs more information.

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5:56am

Wed October 29, 2014
Government

Syracuse council renews call to change residency laws for cops, firefighters

Ken Hawkins Flickr

Syracuse city councilors are hoping to convince state-level lawmakers to change a law that allows police, firefighters and sanitation workers to live outside the cities they work in.

A non-binding resolution issued by the council comes after they learned only about three dozen of the city’s roughly 450 police officers actually live in the city. Firefighters and sanitation workers are also exempt, though a higher percentage of those employees live in the city.

That results in tens of millions of dollars in city salaries leaving the city, the council estimates.

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5:43am

Wed October 29, 2014
Politics

Cuomo pushes for education bond act, skeptics remain

Katie Keier Flickr

The Nov. 4 ballot includes an amendment to borrow $2 billion to buy new technology for school children, like iPads and other tablets. Fiscal watchdogs are against it and the reaction of the education community has been lukewarm. But with one week left to go before Election Day, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who came up with idea, has finally started to push for it.

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5:00am

Wed October 29, 2014
U.S.

Lava Spills Onto Private Property In Hawaii, Closing In On Homes

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:12 am

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