Regional Coverage

Last November, the Great Law of Peace Center opened on Onondaga Lake, replacing the Ste. Marie Among the Iroquois exhibit.  The new center is focused on and driven by the history and culture of the Haudenosaunee and more specifically, the Onondaga Nation.  This week on the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher is joined by Onondaga Nation Faith-keeper Oren Lyons, and Onondaga Historical Association executive director Gregg Tripoli to discuss the new center, the politics and negotiations involved in making the change, and the history of the Haudenosaunee and the Law of Peace.

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The Seneca County Industrial Development Agency has announced its choice for the winning bidder to take over the former Seneca Army Depot.

He is Earl Martin, who bid $900,000 for the 7,000 acres that are being sold. The depot is a former World War II weapons storage facility, and may be best known as being home to a herd of white deer.

Martin says it’s important for him to protect the deer and he will devote at least 1,500 acres for the white deer.

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Events celebrating LGBT pride in Syracuse this week are being overshadowed by the shooting at a gay club in Orlando. A candlelight vigil for the victims was held at Syracuse’s city hall.

Oneida County Sheriff's Office

An explosion that injured a state corrections officer at his home in Oneida County a week and a half ago had nothing to do with his job. But three people from Ohio have been arrested, in a case that involves the victim’s mother and suspected theft.

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A bill that will make it easier for military spouses to start working immediately after moving to the state is about to become law. New York is the only state that requires military spouses to re-apply for their professional license after arriving here.

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A judge denied a defense motion to reduce the charges and change the trial venue for Ryan Lawrence, the Syracuse man charged with the murder and kidnapping of his 21-month-old daughter, Maddox. The defense is taking one motion to an appellate court.

Ryan Lawrence’s defense attorney, Michael Vavonese, said it is their position that the allegations against Lawrence, should not include the first degree murder and first degree kidnapping charges.

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At the start of World War II, Fort Drum expanded. Five villages and 360 farms became part of the base’s training lands. Even the village cemeteries became Army property. Every Memorial Day, training stops on Fort Drum and descendants of those farm families can visit the graves of their loved ones buried there.

The Syracuse Police Department has had tensions with the city’s Citizen Review Board, as well as ongoing conflicts with the county district attorney’s office.  This week on the Campbell Conversations host Grant Reeher talks with Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler about those issues, as well as the national problem of police shootings of unarmed citizens and other police abuse—and the effect they have on police-community relations.  They also discuss the facts and the myths about crime in Syracuse.

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Investigators have determined the fire that killed six people, including four children, on Syracuse’s north side last week was an accident. But the question as to what started the fire remains.

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An elevated museum of sorts, bike trails, a blooming bridge, an outdoor ice skating park. Those are all some of the ideas that have been submitted to the “Elevating Erie” competition, focused on revamping Erie Boulevard East in Onondaga County. Now it’s time for the public to weigh in on potential projects that could turn six drab lanes of traffic into an historic and recreational destination.

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The Syracuse Fire Department has confirmed six people died in a fire that started early Friday morning on  the city's north side.

Officials said eight people lived in the home. A 33-year-old male was not home at the time of the fire. A 32-year-old woman was home when the fire started but was able to get out. She was taken to a hospital. A seven-year-old girl died as well as three boys ages 10, 12, and 13. A 33-year-old man and a 34-year-old man also died in the fire. Two of the bodies were found downstairs and four were found upstairs.

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Friday marks the last day of classes for SUNY Oswego students for the year, which means the return of the annual bar crawl, Bridge Street Run (BSR). While BSR is considered a long-time college tradition, SUNY Oswego is hoping to build its own tradition as an alternative.

Often overlooked in considerations of the anti-nuclear movement are the distinctive contributions of activists of color.  In this week’s edition of the Campbell Conversations, host Grant Reeher talks with Montgomery College professor Vincent Intondi, the author of the book "African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement".  They discuss the ways that Black anti-nuclear activism intersected with other important strains of Black activism and Black freedom m

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Syracuse is getting some federal funds that will help youth transition from the criminal system back into society.

Twenty-four-year-old David Lefler was in and out of the Jamesville Correctional Facility for several years. He says it was hard to stay out of trouble once jail became a way of life.

"If you really don’t care, then it’s just going to keep happening,” Lefler says. “You’re going to hang out with the wrong person, and next thing you know you’re in a car with a bag of dope and you’re going to jail.”

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The walls are up on the first tiny homes in Syracuse. And they will be used in the fight against homelessness.

Volunteers erected walls on two 300 square foot tiny homes in a low income neighborhood on the city’s south side. The roof and indoor work comes next, and Tiny Homes for Good executive director Andrew Lunetta expects the first residents to move in by the end of May.

"So you walk in, and have a full Murphy bed. There will be a walled-off bathroom and a small kitchenette."

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The Erie Canal Corridor in upstate New York is getting a boost from some federal dollars.

Federal funds from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor will go to 10 education and preservation projects from the Albany area to Buffalo. The $44,000 in grants will leverage an additional $165,000 in private funds to create teachers guides, murals, and historical markers.

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Local police agencies have a new foe in the fight against opioid addiction -- the synthetic drug fentanyl. It started showing up on central New York streets just over a year ago. Fentanyl, mostly mixed with heroin, but sometimes on i’s own, being sold to opioid users. 

A think tank out of Albany has analyzed census data that show the number of New Yorkers has increased by 2.2 percent over the last five years, a jump of almost 418,000 people. But population growth in the New York City metro area makes up for the regional trend in upstate New York, where statistics show the area losing thousands of residents between 2010 and 2015.
 

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Ryan Lawrence, the Syracuse man accused of murdering his 21-month-old daughter Maddox Lawrence last month, was denied bail at his arraignment Wednesday after being indicted on first-degree murder and kidnapping charges. 

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The millennial generation will save us all, according to a couple of Le Moyne graduates who have authored books on the subject. The pair brought their perspective to Syracuse this week.

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Watertown celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a little early this year with a beard contest at their annual Irish Festival last weekend. But he competition begins before that. On January 1, men come to Watertown for a clean shave. They have until the Irish festival in mid-March to grow the fullest, longest beard they can.  WRVO's Julia Botero went to the  Donegal Beard Competition in Watertown to see the winner. 

In tax season, watch out for scams

Mar 16, 2016
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Across the nation, it’s tax season - time to take a look at W-2s, bank statements, and all the other aspects of your financial life. It’s also a time when trustworthiness is especially important.

New York Western District U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. said one of the best defenses against problems at tax time is going to a legitimate tax preparer. He said citizens should be able to trust such professionals, but should also be on the lookout for a particular warning sign.

New York State Public Service Commission

New York officials have been trying to stall the need for a new area code for years by trying to make existing numbers last and getting some digits back, but demand outpaced those efforts. Now, they are beginning to implement a new area code in 18 central and northern New York counties, from St. Lawrence to Chenango and Ontario to Hamilton counties.

But Scott Morris, a senior adviser with the land line and broadband provider Windstream, said there's no need to panic.

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Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson says they are improving operations at their crisis hotline in Canandaigua.

A report issued by the inspector general earlier this month documented almost two dozen cases of veterans calling the VA's crisis hotline and getting a voicemail message.

Deputy Secretary Sloan says the IG's data is outdated, that it does not include their most recent improvements and adjustments, and that it undermines the hard work of the center's staff.

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The remaining soldiers on lockdown at Fort Drum were allowed to go home Thursday evening for the first time in almost a week.

Post officials had barred over 500 soldiers from leaving their offices on Friday evening when an inventory revealed a piece of Army equipment was missing. 

The night vision device still hasn’t been found.

Military police will continue their investigation into exactly when the combat and training item disappeared. It’s worth between $2,000 and $3,000  dollars.

More than a hundred Fort Drum soldiers have been barred from going home since Friday when a post official discovered a piece of Army equipment was missing. Soldiers have been kept on post for six days now.

The missing item is a night vision device used in combat and training missions. Its worth between $2,000 and $3,000.

Julie Halpin, a spokesperson with Fort Drum, says military police are looking into when and how it disappeared.

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A judge has denied a request for a new trial in the 20-year-old Heidi Allen disappearance case.

The man who was convicted of kidnapping her from a New Haven convenience store, Gary Thibodeau, claims that new evidence has surfaced since the original trial that exonerates him. But, more than a year after the hearing for a new trial began, the judge denied the request.

His attorney, Lisa Peebles, said the ruling is disappointing but expected.

Last week, Campbell Conversation host Grant Reeher spoke with former Congressman Jim Walsh and CenterStateCEO President Rob Simpson about the Commission on Local Government Modernization’s Consensus Report regarding government consolidation.  Their conversation continues this week, with a focus on the objections that have been raised about the report’s recommendations, and how those recommendations might impact taxes, schools, and other important aspects of life in Central N

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Home health care agencies are the latest group to come out against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The Association of Health Care providers, which represents around 350 home health care agencies across New York, says many of its members can’t afford to pay workers $15 an hour, which represents around a one-third increase to the current average pay of between $10 and $11.50 hour. The group says the state should help by upping Medicaid allotments so that people won’t lose their home care services.

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Residents of Onondaga County will have more time to have their say about reorganizing local government. There have been calls for more time to look at an 80-page report that includes 51 recommendations for changing the way government works in central New York.

The deadline for public comment had been March 16. But Friday morning, Consensus CNY extended the comment period by six weeks, to May 1.

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