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6:01am

Fri July 4, 2014
Environment

Giant Hogweed poses threat to both plants and people

Giant Hogweed hides out in the woods near the Rice Creek Field Station in Oswego.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

New York has a big problem with an invasive species you may have never heard of. Giant hogweed is a poisonous plant that can overtake entire fields with its giant leaves and can cause painful blisters on a person's skin. But the state Department of Environmental Conservation says it's stepping up its digging and spraying program to help control the plant and even eradicate it in some spots.

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5:27am

Fri July 4, 2014
Regional Coverage

Fireman's Association says leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals

Derek Key

Fireworks are a staple of Fourth of July celebrations. But one statewide organization is worried about sparks that will start flying in backyard pyrotechnics displays this weekend.

More fires are reported on July 4th than any other day of the year, according to the Fireman’s Association of New York State. And 60 percent of all fireworks injuries happen in the weeks immediately before and after the holiday.  

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5:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
NPR Story

China's President Visits South Korea, Snubs North Korea

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:52 am

China's president is in Seoul to meet his South Korean counterpart. In a not-so-veiled gibe at North Korea, the two leaders repeated their opposition to nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.

5:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
NPR Story

20th Essence Music Festival Opens In New Orleans

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:52 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK. I'm fine with that theme you just heard. It begins this segment every morning. But this morning, how about this?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ALL NIGHT LONG")

LIONEL RICHIE: (Singing) All night long, all night, all night long.

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5:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
Business

It's Going To Cost More To Have A Burger This July 4

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:52 am

"For most people, this is going to be the most expensive hamburger they've eaten in their life," says economic analyst Joe Deaux of the street.com. Prices are soaring because of the on-going drought.

5:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
Business

2010 World Cup Helped South Africa Attract Latin American Tourists

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:52 am

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11:14am

Thu July 3, 2014
Economy

Report Shows 288,000 New Jobs In June

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. We begin this hour with more positive signs about the nation's economy. The Labor Department this morning said the U.S. unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly six years last month, and employers added some 288,000 jobs to their payrolls. Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli.

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9:13am

Thu July 3, 2014
Regional Coverage

Fulton takes the next steps to try to get back to fiscal stability

Gino Geruntino WRVO

New York state's Financial Restructuring Board released its review and recommendations for the city of Fulton, which in recent years has faced serious fiscal issues. City leaders say they plan to take the state's advice.

Since 2011, Fulton has raised its tax rate by more than 15 percent to make up for a decline in property values. It also slashed full-time staff from more than 150 employees down to 135.

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7:27am

Thu July 3, 2014
Business

Schumer puts out the call for a downtown Syracuse supermarket

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., hold up a symbolic checklist for downtown Syracuse's needs.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

As the number of people living downtown continues to grow, so does the need for a grocery store in the neighborhood. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says he can help lure one to the central business district.

Schumer says the heads of major chains will listen to him. He's reaching out to a number of chains, like Tops and Whole Foods, to try to convince them to locate downtown.

Many officials and residents say that as the neighborhood become more residential, a place to buy groceries is needed.

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6:52am

Thu July 3, 2014
Asia

Mosquito-Repellent Paper Attracts Readers

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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6:46am

Thu July 3, 2014
Sports

Traded MLB Pitchers Meet For The First Time During Bathroom Break

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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6:25am

Thu July 3, 2014
Politics

Katko calls out Maffei on gas and energy policies

John Katko says the middle class is getting squeezed by high gas prices.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

As central New Yorkers hop in their cars to head off for the holiday weekend, the 24th Congressional District race is focusing on gas prices and energy policy.

The Republican candidate in the race, former federal prosecutor John Katko, is calling on incumbent Democrat Rep. Dan Maffei to say no to what Katko calls a growing effort in Washington to raise the federal gas tax.

He says central New Yorkers just can’t afford it.

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5:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

In Iraq's Sacred City Of Najaf, Clerics Call On Shiites To Fight

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:08 pm

Iraqi Shiite volunteers with the Labayk ya Hussein Brigade take part in a training session in the holy city of Najaf in late June. Clerics in the city called for Shiites to step forward and fight the Sunni group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (which now calls itself simply the Islamic State).
Haidar Hamdan AFP/Getty Images

Sunni militants claimed vast swaths of Iraq last month, thanks largely to the collapse of the Iraqi army.

But three weeks later, the army has been able to win back some territory. The gains come after a call to arms by Shiite religious leaders in the holy city of Najaf, where deep emotion and symbolism are inspiring Shiite volunteers.

Najaf is home to the ancient Valley of Peace cemetery, which seems crowded. Miles of desert stretch under blistering sun, the gilded domes of mausoleums pressed up against the dusty headstones of the ordinary dead.

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5:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

Award-Winning Children's Book Author Walter Dean Myers Dies

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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5:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Yields Polarized Debate

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Now let's get one more perspective on a deeply polarized debate, a debate set off by this week's Supreme Court ruling in a case brought by the craft store chain Hobby Lobby. The court found that some business owners with religious objections to contraceptives cannot be required to provide them to their employees with their health insurance plans. But does that ruling end there? Our Steve Inskeep digs deeper into what's fueling this debate.

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5:18am

Thu July 3, 2014
NPR Story

Ale Ads Rethink Revolutionary War Outcome

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:14 am

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And our Last Word In Business today is, if they won.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RULE, BRITANNIA!")

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Imagine an America where trucks are called lorries, garbage cans are bins.

GREENE: Taxicabs are black, elevators are lifts, and English muffins are, well, just muffins.

MONTAGNE: That's the idea behind, If We Won. It's a cheeky, new advertising campaign from Newcastle Brown Ale. It envisions what the United States would be like if Britain had won the Revolutionary War.

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1:06pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Religion

Syracuse museum tells story of St. Marianne Cope

The St. Marianne Cope museum in Syracuse opens next week.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

A museum and shrine honoring St. Marianne Cope is ready for visitors. The center will honor a woman raised in central New York and who became a saint two years ago.

The museum sits on North Townsend Street, in the shadow of St. Joseph’s Hospital on Syracuse’s northside.  Cope was one of the founders of St. Joe’s and current CEO Kathryn Ruscitto says there will always been a connection.

“The reason we are such a unique institution is because of the roots that started with St. Marianne,” Ruscitto said. “So we are just delighted to have it on our campus.”

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7:01am

Wed July 2, 2014
Animals

Ukraine Wants Its Dolphins Back

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Ukraine wants its dolphins back. It seems when Russia invaded the Ukrainian nation of Crimea, it also seized Ukraine's military dolphins. Those dolphins were trained to detect mines and enemy divers. Now they're under Russian control. A Russian news site reports Ukraine is demanding Russia return the dolphins as it has other military equipment. But Russia is saying nyet, the dolphins are in the navy now - the Russian Navy. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

6:38am

Wed July 2, 2014
Health

ACR Health says not to worry about health insurance increase letters

ACR Health in Syracuse is getting a lot of calls from people who signed up for healthcare through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, and are worried their health insurance costs are rising. But the experts who signed hundreds of people up for insurance in central New York say not to worry.

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6:15am

Wed July 2, 2014
Sports

U.S. Goalkeeper Becomes Social Media Star

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:53 am

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5:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
Sports

Belgium Ends U.S. Team's World Cup Hopes

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:09 pm

The U.S. men's soccer team is out of the World Cup. For 90 minutes, the score was tied at 0-0, but the team lost in extra time to Belgium on Tuesday, 2-1.

5:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
Research News

Living 63 Feet Underwater Helps Cousteau Team Conduct Experiments

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:03 pm

Fabien Cousteau and a crew of scientists and explorers have spent the past 31 days underwater in the Aquarius Reef Base off the coast of Florida. David Greene talks to Cousteau about the experience.

5:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
NPR Story

Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Paul Mazursky Dies At 84

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:53 am

Paul Mazursky earned his first Oscar nomination for his debut feature film, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, in 1969. His An Unmarried Woman was nominated for Best Picture.

5:05am

Wed July 2, 2014
NPR Story

World Cup Sparks More Interest In U.S. Soccer

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:53 am

All through the World Cup, Kansas City has been a terrific place to watch a match. Interest in soccer has exploded there, stoked by the rise of the city's professional soccer team.

2:45pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Health

Liquid in e-cigarettes resulting in more calls to upstate poison control center

Joseph Morris Flickr

Poisonings from the liquid that is used in electronic cigarettes is on the rise in New York state. They come in flavors like bubble gum, mint chip and grape, but only one swallow of liquid nicotine can make a child very, very ill, according to Michelle Caliva, head of the Upstate New York Poison Center.

"E-cigarettes contain nicotine, and nicotine is toxic to children," Caliva said. "Whether it’s in the e-cigarette or a cigarette. If they ingest enough of it, they’re going to get sick."

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11:55am

Tue July 1, 2014
Business

GM Recalls Another 8.5 Million Vehicles

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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11:49am

Tue July 1, 2014
Business

Own A South Dakota Prairie Town For $400,000

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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And that brings us to the last word in Business which is no sweat. You too can own a piece of the old American frontier.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

An entire town nestled in the flat prairie lands of South Dakota is up for sale for $400,000. You can own Swett - S, W, E, T, T - Swett, South Dakota.

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8:03am

Tue July 1, 2014
Environment

Offshore wind energy faces setbacks in Great Lakes

Martin Abegglen Flickr

The United States is not yet generating a watt of energy from commercial offshore wind. A couple of years ago, it looked like the Great Lakes might lead the nation. Pennsylvania was among a handful of states working with federal agencies to speed up the process.  As recently as a couple of months ago, construction of a wind farm in Lake Erie, off the Ohio shoreline near Cleveland, looked promising. But now some are sounding the death knell for any wind development in the Great Lakes.

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7:02am

Tue July 1, 2014
Food

In Support Of U.S. Soccer, Don't Eat Belgian Waffles

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:24 pm

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6:55am

Tue July 1, 2014
Food

IBM's Watson Is Out With Its Own Barbecue Sauce

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:12 am

The barbecue sauce concocted with the help of Watson contains a dozen ingredients.
IBM

A company specializing in bytes is offering a special flavor for your Fourth of July: IBM's Watson barbecue sauce.

The supercomputer first showed off its intellectual process on Jeopardy, but Watson now seems ready for the Food Channel.

After analyzing massive numbers of recipes, Watson went gourmet. The condiment, called Bengali Butternut BBQ Sauce, contains a dozen ingredients, including butternut squash, white wine, dates, Thai chilies and tamarind. According to IBM, "it's got a slow, warm heat and a kick."

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