Regional Coverage

4:18pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Regional Coverage

Mayor Miner wants Hotel Syracuse redeveloped - one way or another

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says the city isn't giving up on the latest proposal to renovate the Hotel Syracuse. A plan for the city to take over the tax delinquent property stalled last week when, Financitech, which holds the mortgage on the hotel, paid back taxes at the last minute.

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9:16am

Thu May 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

Focus On Women, Families Propels New York's Sen. Gillibrand

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 10:31 am

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand greets panel members from the military and the Defense Department testifying on Capitol Hill on March 13 before the subcommittee's hearing on sexual assault in the military.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is introducing legislation with other lawmakers Thursday that would change how the military handles sexual assault cases. The proposal would let military prosecutors — rather than commanders — decide whether to bring serious military crimes to trial.

It's the latest high-publicity move for a senator who was virtually unknown four years ago when she was appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's senate seat. Now, she's on some lists for possible candidates for vice president — even president.

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9:11am

Thu May 16, 2013
Regional Coverage

"Opt-out" deadline for NY gun law passed, with backlog of applications

As the deadline for the "opt-out" portion of the New York SAFE Act passed Wednesday, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department was still wading through thousands of forms from gun owners who don't want their pistol permit information available to the public.  

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9:14am

Wed May 15, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse's Hancock Airport unveils remodeled security checkpoint

Hancock International Airport
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Starting this morning, it won't take so long for you to get through security at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport. A $60 million project will funnel all outbound passengers through a new security checkpoint at the center of the airport.

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8:51am

Tue May 14, 2013
Regional Coverage

Baldwinsville post office dedicated in honor of fallen Marine

Kevin, Lorie and Rick Schneider unveil the plaque dedicating the Baldwinsville Post Office in honor of family member Marine Corporal Kyle Schneider.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The post office in Baldwinsville is now named for a fallen Marine born and raised in the town. On Monday, a ceremony was held to dedicate the building.

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9:41am

Mon May 13, 2013
Regional Coverage

City plans to take over Hotel Syracuse on hold for now

For the second time in less than two years, back taxes have been paid on the Hotel Syracuse, effectively scuttling plans for the city of Syracuse to take control of the property, and sell it to a developer. So, city officials are now looking at a "Plan B."

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9:16am

Mon May 13, 2013
Regional Coverage

Vermont grants driver's licenses to migrant workers

Migrant worker Alberto Madrigal at the Vermont statehouse protest.
Sarah Harris/Innovation Trail

Dairy farms in northern New York and Vermont have faced a major labor shortage, which means that migrant laborers from Mexico and Guatemala are now milking many of the region's cows. But farm country here is not an easy place to be a migrant worker: It's rural, hard to get around, and there's not a big Latino population. But a new law means that migrant workers in Vermont will soon be able to drive legally.

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8:57am

Fri May 10, 2013
Gun control

Remington Arms' owner breaks silence on state's gun laws

Remington Arms employs about 1,300 people in the Mohawk Valley town of Ilion, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The owner of the Remington Arms factory in upstate New York has finally made a statement about the state's strict gun control laws, calling them unconstitutional, nearly four months after their enactment.

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10:52am

Thu May 9, 2013
Regional Coverage

Maid of the Mist construction resumes with much opposition

Maid of the Mist
Ashley Hassett

The Maid of the Mist tour boats have been working around Niagara Falls for 167 years. Development has just resumed on the operation’s new maintenance dock, after delays caused by local opposition.

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11:39pm

Wed May 8, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse Common Council restores fire department cuts, but that may not last

Syracuse Common Council receives a standing ovation after restoring budget cuts to the fire department.

The pleas of Syracuse firefighters pleas were answered by the city's common councilors as they voted to restore cuts to the fire department.   But, the vote by the council to shift money in the mayor's proposed budget, doesn't mean the Syracuse Fire Department will get that money.

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11:14pm

Mon May 6, 2013
Regional Coverage

Fort Drum's frequent deployments expected “til the end” in Afghanistan

It's a busy time for Fort Drum, near Watertown. Even as the Army prepares to leave Afghanistan, the post has parts of two brigades deployed. Its aviation unit is about to ship off for a nine-month tour. And the 10th Mountain Division is expecting more orders from the Pentagon soon.  

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8:47am

Mon May 6, 2013
Regional Coverage

North Country news giant John Johnson Jr. steps down from Watertown Daily-Times

John Johnson Jr. looks through some clippings from the Watertown Daily Times's archive Wednesday at the newspaper's offices in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

After a long career devoted to documenting – and shaping – North Country life, John Johnson Jr. is far from calling it quits. But he is stepping down from daily oversight at the Watertown Daily Times and its parent company, Johnson Newspapers, helping to make way for a new generation of family leadership.  

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10:23am

Tue April 30, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse firefighters make last gasp to save Station 7

Syracuse firefighter Pete Conover speaks at the budget public hearing Monday evening.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Syracuse firefighters have made a last gasp attempt to save Engine Company Number 7 from the Mayor's budget ax. Mayor Stephanie Miner's proposed budget would shutter the crumbling station, as well as cut four members from the ranks of the firefighters. 

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7:48am

Mon April 29, 2013
Regional Coverage

State approves funding for upstate food and agriculture projects

The former Raindow Centre mall in Niagara Falls will be turned into a regioal culinary center.
WBFO News

Empire State Development approved funding for two upstate food and agriculture related measures in their meeting Friday.

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6:58am

Mon April 29, 2013
Regional Coverage

Community comes out to support Fort Drum as Army reorganizes

State Sen. Patty Ritchie speaks in support of Fort Drum at a community listening session hosted by the Army Thursday at Case Middle School in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards / WRVO

About 200 community members turned up in a school auditorium in Watertown Thursday night in a showing of regional support for Fort Drum. The event was billed as a “listening session” for the Army, to inform a process of personnel cutbacks and reorganization currently affecting military installations around the country.  

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10:38am

Thu April 25, 2013
Regional Coverage

Father, daughter Fort Drum soldiers will deploy together to Afghanistan

Joanna Richards

An unusual pair of “battle buddies” is about to deploy to Afghanistan from Fort Drum. Michael and Miranda Mogg are a father-daughter pair of soldiers with the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.

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6:29am

Mon April 22, 2013
Neighborhoods

Homeowners push for student zoning to fight rental properties

A rental property on Euclid Ave., in the University Area neighborhood of Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Southeast University Neighborhood Association has been fighting back against an invasion for decades.

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4:19pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Regional Coverage

Events like Boston Marathon bombing can have psychological effect on everyone

Central and northern New York may be hundreds of miles from Boston, but there is still a psychological fallout for people in this region and across the country from the marathon bombing and subsequent manhunt. 

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5:01pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County DA announces indictment in Bresnahan murder

An Onondaga County grand jury has returned a 37-count indictment against the Cicero man accused of raping a 10-year old girl and stabbing a Liverpool woman to death last month. 

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2:04pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Regional Coverage

Jeanne Theoharis on the Campbell Conversations

Jeanne Theoharis has recently published the definitive biography of Rosa Parks.  In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, the Brooklyn College Professor counters the many myths held by the public about Parks's life--describing for example the long history of activism and organizing prior to her famous act of civil disobedience, and her affinity for the black power movement and Malcolm X.

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8:58am

Wed April 10, 2013
Regional Coverage

SUNY Oswego looks to build "innovation ecosystem"

It won't be a physical structure like some incubators. And it won't be trying to churn out startup businesses. Instead the incubator SUNY Oswego is launching this month will try to create an "innovation ecosystem."

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10:08am

Fri April 5, 2013
Regional Coverage

Local and state groups work to end sex trafficking

New York state Sen. Andrew Lanza is sponsoring anti-trafficking legislation.
Credit office of Sen. Lanza

It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood, but the sex trafficking trade is alive and well in the United States, and that includes central New York. Forcing young women and men into a life of prostitution is a very lucrative business, but there is a move afoot to end it in New York state.

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10:49am

Thu April 4, 2013
Regional Coverage

Syracuse Police Department Review Board making a difference

Citizen Review Board administrator Joseph Lipari
Ellen Abbott WRVO

It's been about a year since a revitalized Citizen's Review Board started investigating complaints about Syracuse Police officers, but their first annual report, which covers the last half of 2012, shows progress.  

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9:37am

Wed April 3, 2013
Regional Coverage

Onondaga County legislature hopes to close pawn shop loophole

Tuesday's Onondaga County Legislature meeting
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

It'll be easier for police to recover stolen goods from pawn shops and second-hand stores throughout Onondaga County, if a law approved by the county legislature goes into effect. The legislation is aimed at closing a loophole that pushes criminals outside Syracuse city limits to sell stolen goods.

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8:57am

Tue April 2, 2013
Regional Coverage

Preventing child abuse before it happens

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. One organization in central New York that works on preventing child abuse will kick off activities with a new director.

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9:30am

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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9:01am

Tue March 26, 2013
Regional Coverage

Demand for community gardens growing

Syracuse Grows

The organization that supports community gardens in the city of Syracuse is growing, particularly in the city's immigrant community. Syracuse Grows is going into it's sixth year with an eye on the Northside.

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12:47pm

Fri March 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Arguments over fracking bans focus on one sentence

A drilling rig in Pennsylvania, where Act 13 prevents towns from controlling where drilling can take place. State courts have blocked Act 13.
Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

Oral arguments were completed Thursday in the case that will decide whether New York towns have the right to ban gas drilling. The case comes down to how the panel of four judges will interpret a single sentence.

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9:17am

Fri March 22, 2013
Regional Coverage

Participants in gun violence discussion say families are key to prevention

Actor and director Khalil Kain speaks at a discussion on gun violence in Syracuse Thursday.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

There are no simple answers to ways to end the gun violence that plagues the city of Syracuse.  But a discussion called, "Stop the Violence" at the Landmark Theatre last night, looked at the root causes of violent behavior among youth, and how that can lead to answers.

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4:31pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Regional Coverage

Avon fracking ban upheld

CREDO.fracking Flickr

The town of Avon has become the third community in upstate New York to win a court case over the right to ban fracking operations.

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