SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Earlier this week, we brought you the story of the response to Hurricane Katrina by Central New York's faith community. Houses of worship collected personal hygiene kits for refugees at the Houston Astrodome. As a member of Park Central Presbyterian Church, WRVO's Matt Hackworth took part in the aid effort. He spoke with Charles Tremper, who drove his truck and a trailer more than two days straight to Texas and back to Syracuse.
Oswego, NY – The Hannibal Central School District in rural Oswego County has had difficulties lately with its budget. As classes resumed this week, there's some positive news to report. Hannibal Physics Teacher Carol Burch has been recognized as an "Unsong Hero" by the financial services group ING for her innovative class work. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke with the 11-year teaching veteran.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A truck and trailer filled with donations from Central New Yorkers is on its way to Houston to aid refugees. The donations are personal care kits in Ziploc bags, to help people stuck in the astrodome. As a member of Park Central Presbyterian Church in Syracuse, WRVO's Matt Hackworth took part in the aid effort. He brings us this audio journal of the mission.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Long-time peace activist Kathleen Krumpf will travel to Craford, Texas to take part in the growing anti-war vigil outside President Bush's ranch. She spoke with WRVO's Matt Hackworth before she left.
Syracuse, NY – Mentoring and professional development are critical in the retention of new teachers. That's the recommendation of the not-for-profit "Alliance for Excellence in Education." In a new study, the Washington D-C based policy and research group found that nationally, fifty-percent of teachers will leave the profession within the first five-years of entering it. Alliance President Bob Wise explains the findings.
OSWEGO, N.Y. – As school districts ready buses, classrooms and cafeterias for another year of learning, those handling district finances face an unexpected new challenge. As WRVO's Matt Hackworth reports, rising gas prices run the risk of sapping districts of cash.
Syracuse, NY – Developers of the Destiny USA mega-mall project in Syracuse want J-C Penney to use only approved Destiny USA workers. WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen spoke to Amanda Nicholson, an Associate Professor in Syracuse University's Department of Retail Management, about the unusual proposal.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It's been more than four years since Syracuse's common council asked for a racial profiling study of the city's police department. Changes in city and police leadership mean the study was never completed. As WRVO's Matt Hackworth reports, the department's first real racial profiling study is about to get underway.
Rome, NY – Mohawk Valley Edge, the agency leading efforts to keep Rome's Defense Finance and Accounting Service Center off the Pentagon's base closing list, has submitted a white paper to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission.
Mohawk Valley Edge spokesman Rob Duchow tells WRVO's Chris Ulanowski that it makes a strong case to keep the Rome center open.
OSWEGO, N.Y. – Energy company executive John McClellan decided to visit his company's facilities last year...by bike. He used the trip not just for on-the-job visits but also to raise money for charity. McClellan spoke with WRVO's Matt Hackworth
FT. DRUM, N.Y. – The Army has a new plan to bridge the cultural divide between American soldiers and Iraq's civilian population. As W-R-V-O's Matt Hackworth reports, Ft. Drum has the only school in the Army that teaches Arabic language and culture to soldiers set to deploy to Iraq.
Central New York – Central New York author Robert Emmet Long speaks with WRVO's Mark Lavonier about his new look at the films of Merchan/Ivory productions in a series of conversations with director James Ivory. His book, "James Ivory in Conversation" explores Ivory's filmmaking career with innumerable stories and anecdotes about the 40+ years of the Merchant/Ivory film company.
Oswego, NY – Fulton resident Robert Emmet Long has just released another comprehensive look at films of Merchant/Ivory through a series of interviews with director James Ivory. WRVO's Mark Lavonier spoke with Long to find out more.
Syracuse , NY – A group of young professionals which set out last year to bring about positive change in Central New York has set a date for a second 40 Below Summit. It will take place October 7th at the OnCenter in Downtown Syracuse. WRVO's Chris Ulanowski spoke with 40 Below Summit Steering Committee Chair Jessica Crawford.
OSEWGO, N.Y. – Gov. George Pataki attended the annual conference of governors over the weekend. The Iowa visit could mean the beginning of a presidential bid. WRVO's Matt Hackworth spoke with Steve Kraske, political correspondent for the Kansas City Star and host of Up to Date on KCUR Public Radio, about how Pataki could fare in America's heartland.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Almost a quarter of homeless adults are veterans. Special federal programs are available to those who served yet dozens of veterans in Central New York remain on the streets. A conference today in Syracuse aims to end veteran homelessness within a decade. WRVO's Matt Hackworth reports.
Oswego, NY – In this final part of a three part series on the future of nuclear generation in Oswego County, WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen talks with opponents of putting a fourth reactor on the Lake Ontario shoreline.
Oswego, NY – In this first part of a three part series, WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen takes a look at NuStart, a consortium of energy industry groups that may build a fourth nuclear power plant in Oswego County.
OSWEGO, N.Y. – New York's legislature extended the plan that commits some with mental illnesses to treatment. But on the capitol grounds in Albany this week, protestors question the law's ability to guarantee patient rights. WRVO's Matt Hackworth reports.
OSWEGO, N.Y. – For the first time in more than a dozen years of battling water chestnut, New York will allow chemical spraying in flowing bodies of water to fight the invasive species. WRVO's Matt Hackworth reports.
Syracuse, NY – An Upstate Congressman wants to know why the Department of Veterans Affairs has a $1 billion hole in its budget. Republican Jim Walsh of Syracuse, NY who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Life and Veterans Affairs, says he's investigating the sudden lack of funding. The Congressman spoke about the issue with WRVO's Elizabeth Christensen.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Skiddy Park's recent makeover has been overshadowed by a fatal shooting last month that led to questions of public safety. As WRVO's Matt Hackworth reports, parents, players and coaches are determined to keep playing at what's become the heart of an inner-city little league program.
Oswego, NY – Something might be noticably absent from high school commencement ceremonies this year. Many schools nationwide are eliminating the valedictorian class-ranking system. It's being done in part to bring about a greater degree of fairness among students. That's according to the Executive Director of the New York State Schools Boards Association, Tim Kremer. He spoke to WRVO's Chris Ulanowski.