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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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9:43am

Wed March 20, 2013
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Fracking Rule Delays Rile New Yorkers

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 9:30 am

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Horizontal hydro-fracking has transformed the energy market. Drillers get natural gas out of the ground by drilling down, then sideways, using water pressure to unlock energy - natural gas. But for all the money coming out of the ground in some places, the technique is contentious and New York does not allow it; which causes landowners to feel they're being left behind.

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3:22am

Wed March 20, 2013
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A new plan to bring back the Hotel Syracuse

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) speaks in front of the Hotel Syracuse.
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Sen. Charles Schumer is bringing his influence to the latest plan to revive the Hotel Syracuse.  The Democrat senator believes a federal tax credit program would help draw investors that would be willing to spend the millions it would take to restore the Warren Street historic landmark.

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10:40am

Tue March 19, 2013
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New private jet hangar coming to Syracuse airport

The control tower at Syracuse's Hancock Airport.
mrsmecomber via Flickr

A group of private jet owners will build and operate its own hangar at Syracuse's Hancock Airport.

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10:28am

Mon March 18, 2013
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Guy Stern on the Campbell Conversations

When he was 15, Guy Stern emigrated from Germany to the United States in order to escape the Holocaust. He then returned to Europe following D-Day, as a U.S. Army interrogator. After the war, he became a distinguished scholar of German studies and literature. In this edition of the Campbell Conversations, Guy describes his emigration and his war experiences.

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9:16am

Mon March 18, 2013
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Public wants park space at Onondaga Lake

Central New Yorkers want a public park available to everyone along Onondaga Lake. That was the upshot from the latest survey on the future of what was once the most polluted lake in the nation.

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5:47am

Fri March 15, 2013
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2013 looking like a better year for maple producers

Sidsel Overgaard/WRVO

Maple producers across New York will throw open their doors to visitors this weekend and next for the state’s 18th annual Maple Weekend. 

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12:27pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Herkimer County shooting

Police shoot and kill suspected killer of 4 in Herkimer County rampage

Suspected shooter Kurt Myers.
Credit New York State Police

Updated, Thursday 5:50 p.m.: Local police officers were "overwhelmed" as they raced from scene to scene yesterday morning in pursuit of a shooter who first set his home on fire and then killed four people and wounded two others at two different locations in Herkimer County.

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9:21am

Wed March 13, 2013
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Area groups team up to push for immigration reform

Undocumented immigrant Arely Tomas (far left) and immigration reform advocate Rebecca Fuentes (far right)
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Several local community organizations have joined forces to create the Central New York Coalition for Immigration Reform.  This group will push a comprehensive immigration reform agenda, with an emphasis towards towards family unity, an improved visa system, and a path to eventual citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in this country now. It's the only hope one undocumented immigrant who lives in Syracuse has of staying in this country.

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2:51am

Fri March 8, 2013
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Watertown City Council tries to ban roommates – but planning officials say measure is unenforceable

Watertown mayor Jeff Graham voted against making changes to the city's zoning code that essentially aimed to ban roommates.
Credit City of Watertown

The Watertown City Council has received a lot of pushback and even ridicule in the media recently for passing what's being referred to as a “roommate ban.” Last month, in response to a neighbor dispute, the City Council removed language from the zoning code that allowed the renting out of rooms in single-family homes. But city planning officials say the regulatory change is completely unenforceable.

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9:17am

Wed March 6, 2013
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Women learn art of wood splitting at hands-on workshop

WRVO reporter Joanna Richards tries her hand at wood splitting at a workshop especially for women in Colton, St. Lawrence County.
Credit Joanna Richards

Our reporter, Joanna Richards, is a city girl. But since she moved to the north country four years ago, she's been boning up on the traditions and culture of rural life. She had a chance recently for a bit of North Country skill building, in a workshop on wood splitting especially for women. Joanna tells the story of her lesson.

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3:10pm

Tue March 5, 2013
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GOP pushes middle class tax breaks

New York Senate Republicans are pushing for middle class tax breaks in the new state budget, including a return to the New York State School Tax Relief Program property tax rebate checks curtailed in 2009.
 

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5:51am

Tue March 5, 2013
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Syracuse will seize troubled, vacant landmark property

A postcard image of the Mizpah Tower in downtown Syracuse.
Credit Boston Public Library / via Flickr

Syracuse will formally commence the foreclosure process on a long vacant downtown church, aiming to turn the historic building into another part of a downtown residential boom.

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4:10pm

Mon March 4, 2013
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Anti-hydrofracking activists try to get students involved in movement

Nicole St. James in her NYPIRG office
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

As the controversy over hydrofracking drags on in New York state, opponents of the drilling method are trying to get more college students involved in the debate.  NYPIRG project coordinator Nicole Saint James is recruiting students at Syracuse University to help put more pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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11:23am

Mon March 4, 2013
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Stephen Barton on the Campbell Conversations

Stephen Barton was a top honors student at Syracuse University—he delivered the student commencement address at the university’s graduation exercise last May. He had won a prestigious Fulbright grant to teach English in Russia, but before he could go, he was shot by James Holmes in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20th. The experience led him to join the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

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5:37am

Fri March 1, 2013
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Emergency organizations want central NY to be more prepared for disaster

Rosie Travella, CEO of the Central New York American Red Cross, talks about emergency preparedness
Credit Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Onondaga County emergency professionals want to prepare central New York for a potential disaster.  First they want to know whether everyday citizens are ready for anything from the storm of the century to an act of terrorism.

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9:07am

Thu February 28, 2013
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Activist says the fight continues for equal pay for women

When President Barack Obama named the first legislation he signed into law after Lilly Ledbetter, not everyone knew her name. But, the woman who has fought for years for equal pay for women says her cause is something that affects everyone.

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4:55pm

Wed February 27, 2013
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Potential buyer wants to turn Mizpah Tower into luxury apartments

CORRECTION March 4: Current Mizpah Tower owner Syracuse Bangkok, LLC. is $115,646.31 delinquent on taxes, according to the Onondaga County property tax database.

A potential new owner of the long-vacant Mizpah Tower in downtown Syracuse is hoping to satisfy a certain kind of rental market. 

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5:40pm

Tue February 26, 2013
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10 years after his arrest, supporters of Dr.Rafil Dhafir try to bring attention to his case

Supporters of Dr. Rafil Dhafir hold a noontime vigil in Syracuse Tuesday
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

It's been ten years since Syracuse-area oncologist Dr. Rafil Dhafir was arrested for crimes involving the Muslim charity Help the Needy.  Dhafir continues to serve a 22-year prison sentence after he was convicted of violating U.S. sanctions against his native Iraq by sending money there. In 2005, a federal jury convicted him of 59 felonies, including fraud and tax evasion, among other things. But Dhafir's conviction and incarceration still has some central New Yorker's crying foul.

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