Tue July 8, 2014
Regional Coverage

Auburn Housing Authority bans smoking in public housing units

Dale M Moore Flickr

There will be no more smoking inside apartments operated by the Auburn Housing Authority.

Auburn Housing Authority Director Stephanie Hutchinson says the idea for the smoking ban began when non-smokers started speaking up.

"We had received a number of complaints from tenants whose neighbors smoked, saying they could smell inside their apartment units, and they were worried for their children’s health," Hutchinson said. "And that’s where it really started."

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Mon March 10, 2014
Regional Coverage

World War II veteran honored with Purple Heart 70 years after turning it down

Staff Sergeant Richard Faulkner receives his Purple Heart from Rep. Dan Maffei.
Tom Magnarelli WRVO

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) awarded a World War II veteran the Purple Heart on Saturday. Staff Sergeant Richard Faulkner turned down the award 70 years ago, but recently had a change of heart.

When 89-year-old Richard Faulkner was 18, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps as a ball turret gunner. In March of 1944, he was wounded after parachuting out of an airplane that crashed in France. Faulkner says it was the scariest time of his life, he spent 29 days behind enemy lines. He was awarded the Purple Heart, but he turned it down.  

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Fri December 6, 2013

Auburn milk plant hopes to capitalize on export market

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D - N.Y.), second from left, speaks with dairy farmers outside a milk processing plant being built in Auburn, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A new dairy processing facility under construction in Cayuga County plans to make most of its money on the export market and its owners are hoping trade rule changes don’t hinder that.

An $80 million dairy facility going up in Auburn plans to sell powdered milk to countries in Asia and North Africa, but current trade rules with some of those countries could make exporting their products difficult.

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Tue November 12, 2013
Politics and Government

Cokie Roberts: Women's impact on America from Sewards to senators

NPR political analyst Cokie Roberts is also an author of historical non-fiction books. And she will be speaking in central New York Thursday evening at the Seward House in Auburn. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Roberts from her home in the Washington, D.C. area about the role of women in American history and in politics today.

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Mon August 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Activists walk Auburn to promote Tubman national park

Harriet Tubman home in Auburn
Heather L via Flickr

More than 100 people walked an Auburn street this weekend to help unveil a highway sign commemorating the work of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The walk is part of an effort to put Tubman’s home one step closer to becoming a national park.

Harriet Tubman’s great-grandniece Geraldine Copes-Daniels of Auburn believe her ancestor is long overdue for national recognition.

“Tonight we’re trying to do what she did, but hers was a longer way…People of today don’t realize what she’s done,” said Copes-Daniels.

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Thu July 4, 2013
Independence Day

Pretty much everything lights up on the 4th of July

The fireworks display at Emerson Park in Auburn, N.Y. on July 3.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Communities across central and northern New York this week are playing with glow sticks, grilling hot dogs and looking up at the night sky to watch a fireworks display.

Here's a postcard from Wednesday evening's Independence Day festivities at Emerson Park in Auburn, N.Y.

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Fri June 7, 2013
Regional Coverage

Congress begins work on Tubman home national park

The Harriet Tubman home in Auburn, N.Y. is a candidate to become a national park.
Credit Heather L / via Flickr

A congressional committee has begun taking up the designation of Harriet Tubman’s home in Auburn as a national park.

A House sub-committee on natural resources heard testimony Thursday from Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, and the Rev. Daren Jaime of the AME Zion church and boardmember for the organization that runs the home of the former anti-slavery leader.

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Fri May 31, 2013
Regional Coverage

Maffei's bill for Tubman national park moves along

The bill to make Tubman's home a national park is advancing in the House of Representatives
Heather L via Flickr

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s Auburn home is one step closer to becoming a national park and it could mean a makeover for the property.

The bill to designate Tubman’s home a national park will get a hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources June 6. Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei sponsored the bill to recognize the leader of the anti-slavery network known as the Underground Railroad.

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Fri March 29, 2013
Regional Coverage

State pension funds invests in central New York business

Money from a state pension fund is flooding into an Auburn company that manufactures, distributes and services electrical products. It's one way the state is trying to encourage economic growth in upstate New York.

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Thu February 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

Auburn plant announces closure

A manufacturing company in Auburn, N.Y. has announced it will be closing its doors by the end of 2014.

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Thu February 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

Members of Congress push for Harriet Tubman National Park in Auburn

Heather L via Flickr

Lawmakers in Washington are pushing for the establishment of a Harriet Tubman National Park in Auburn, where the abolitionist lived and died. Members of the New York congressional delegation say it could have a big impact on Auburn.

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Wed February 6, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Local company wants American steel used in public projects

Nucor Steel employs about 300 people in Auburn, New York. Company officials asked for Rep. Dan Maffei's support of infrastructure projects that use American steel, when he paid a visit recently.

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Fri November 30, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Plastic maker breaks ground on expansion in Auburn

Economic development officials and company workers held a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Currier Plastics in Auburn.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The walls on the 55,000 square foot expansion started going up a few weeks ago, but company owners and state and local economic development officials still gathered Thursday at Currier Plastics in Auburn to throw some dirt around with gleaming shovels.

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Thu March 8, 2012

City of Auburn votes to rescind ban of treatment of fracking fluid

Just a few days after the city of Niagara Falls voted unanimously to ban the treatment of fracking fluid at its municipal treatment plant, the city of Auburn has voted to rescind theirs.

Auburn City Councilors voted in July of 2011 to ban the treatment of fracking wastewater, which could contain chemicals and heavy metals. 

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